63 students failed in IITs in last session : Smriti Irani informs Lok Sabha

In India, there are two types of people IIT+IIM passed outs and the rest of the herd. If you belong to the second category, there is a news that might lead you in dilemma that during the academic session 2014-15, 63 students failed to secure the prescribed minimum grade in six Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT). But still there would be few who would not pay heed to this news though the same has been informed by Smriti Irani to the Lok Sabha.

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Here’s a glimpse at the information provided by Smriti Irani in response to a written question in Lok Sabha about whether students have been expelled from various IITs on the ground of poor performance :

“If the rigorous academic system of Indian Institute of Technology is taken into consideration then the students are required to obtain minimum grades for continuation of studies, but in the present academic session, 63 students in undergraduate courses have failed to secure the prescribed minimum grade in 6 IITs”, Minister told.

Out of the students who could not make out, 8 belongs to the General category, 9 to OBC, 30 to Scheduled Caste (SC) and 16 from Scheduled Tribe (ST) category. This is the situation even after all the sixteen IITs and ISM run preparatory courses of one year duration for SC, ST and PwD candidates. The course is being offered to improve their intake in the B.Tech and Dual Degree programme. Even IIT Council has discussed the matter and implemented a system called Peer group Assisted Learning (PAL) to handhold students who are socially and educationally backward.

In July this year 73 students were expelled from IIT Roorkee on the grounds that their performance was not up to the mark after their first-year of the B.Tech programme. The expelled students moved to Uttarakhand High Court against the decision, but the court had upheld the institute’s decision. These students were again called back in August as ‘one-time measure’. They are on an academic probation for an year and have been re-admitted on strict conditions.

The students were made to repeat the year and will be bound to clear again all the courses of both autumn and spring semesters of the first year, besides maintaining a minimum attendance of 75 per cent in every subject.

As per the report released in August this year somewhere around 4,400 students have dropped out of IITs and NITs in last three years. The number of students dropping out at an alarming rate has startled the education ministry. This is happening even when the aspiring students begin preparations for Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) from the school days. Admission in one of the IITs is treated like an appointment letter to Infosys.

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