According to the information provided by Ministry of Human Resouce and Development (MHRD), Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have recorded less number of drop outs in the academic session 2015-16. Statistics reveal that a total number of 1,126 students dropped out in the academic session 2014-15 whereas a total number of 656 students dropped out in the academic session 2015-16. It is a good sign that the number of drop-outs has declined.
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Of all the IITs, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay recorded a good progress in the current academic year. A total number of 34 students dropped out this year whereas it was 109 during the academic session 2014-15.
Similarly, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi also recorded less number of dropouts this year. A total number of 443 students dropped out during the academic session 2014-15. However, during the academic session 2015-16, the number was only 256. The institute has been working consistently towards declining the dropout percentages by laying emphasis on management and student mentorship programmes.
Discussions related to dropouts in IITs have become common in all IIT council meetings. It has been a great concern for both the government and the institutes from the past few years. Most of the students are leaving IITs midway as they are unable to tolerate the stress.
V. Ram Gopal Rao, Professor at IIT Delhi, explained that they simply do not admit the students. Instead, they provide strong counselling to them. If any student faces trouble or is uncomfortable, they can take the help of the counselling centre which has been set up exclusively for students. On the other hand, most of the students leave IITs midway as they face difficulties in the medium of instruction. Special arrangements have been made to tackle this problem.
He further added that students who leave the course midway are mostly postgraduate students. They take jobs in Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) and ditch the course in between. IITs have conveyed to PSUs asking them to let students complete their course first.