Special cell at IITs to help Hindi medium students

IITs are undoubtedly considered as a mark of irrevocable excellence in India. The craze for being in IITs has crossed boundaries since the time of its establishment, however, the gateway of entering into IITs requires serious efforts by the aspirants. IITs have always been a dream-destination for both students and their parents. Furthermore, the technical line is mostly preferred as the best career option by the students these days.

When the IIT aspirants take the coaching, the coaching institutes incorporate their best efforts to teach students in the language with which they are comfortable with. The main purpose of the institutes lies in making their students understand the concepts. Some students make through the entrance by answering in Hindi because the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) is conducted in both Hindi and English, many students from Hindi-medium schools manage to enter IITs across the country. It is after classes begin that things get tough – they fail to understand the study material and lectures, which are predominantly made in English.

Even the analysis of JEE results showed that students who took the examinations in English performed much better than their Hindi-medium counterparts. Incidentally, the IIT council – the highest decision-making body of the prestigious institutes – had commissioned a study in August to assess the performance of Hindi students who appeared for the JEE. For instance, while the success percentage of English-medium students who appeared for the Advanced exam in 2016 was 24%, only 15% who picked the Hindi option made it through. Hence, language is the major reason why many students fail to achieve the required cut-off marks for getting promoted to the second year. A large number is also expelled from the premier institutes due to their inability to grasp the concepts taught in class.

The council, after the survey, came to a conclusion that students from a Hindi background have trouble understanding subjects taught in English. IIT-Delhi director V Ramgopal Rao said “If they don’t grasp the basic concept, they face difficulties in exams. Hence, we have formed a support system, through which staffers of our Hindi cells explain the subject to them. We have launched it for first-year students.”

So to overcome and get rid of this hiccup, the IIT authorities are planning to set up a support system to ensure that study material – otherwise taught in English – is put across in a way that students from Hindi-medium schools can understand. The institutes are using their Hindi cells, which handle administrative work such as translating texts and organising seminars, to assist them. So all-in-all, if all goes well, students from Hindi-medium schools who gain admission to the IITs will no longer face the language barrier in class. It has also been revealed that many IITs, including the ones in Delhi and Roorkee, have witnessed a large number of such students failing or performing poorly due to this issue.

IIT-Roorkee, for its part, is holding extra classes where professors fluent in both the languages explain scientific concepts to such students in chaste Hindi. “This will help clear their doubts, ensuring that they don’t lag behind,” said Pradipta Banerji, director of IIT-Roorkee.

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