IITJEE name is not enough

IIT name is not the enough. Around 274 students who had enrolled for undergraduate tech courses in IITs have pulled out to study elsewhere in spite of paying the fees in full. Reason they did not get the branch of there choice

This is about 3% of the 9,885 IIT seats on offer but eight to 10 years ago, no one would think of quitting IIT, no matter what the stream. Withdrawals have been a rising trend for the past five years and this year has been the worst

The admission process got over on Friday, but on Thursday night, a stock-taking by the IITs revealed that many of them had decided to withdraw mostly because they didn’t get a stream of their choice. Those who sacrificed the IIT brand chose IISc Bangalore, IIIT-Hyderabad, NITs and Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani and Ranchi.

Thursday was the last date for candidates to withdraw from IITs. The pullouts started after the JEE-main (what was earlier called AIEEE) results were announced in mid-June and admission to the NITs started. IIT-Madras zone has taken the biggest hit — at least 76 candidates have left for the two NITs in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, IISc-Bangalore and IIIT-Hyderabad.

“We’ve had the maximum withdrawals because there are more options for tech studies in the southern states. Many students who had taken admission in streams like mining, metallurgy, architecture and biotechnology have opted for computer science, electronics or electrical engineering in the other institutes,” said IIT-JEE chairperson from IIT-Madras, R Sarathy.

Informal discussions between the candidates and faculty members revealed that they do not mind giving up the IIT brand if they get a stream that will fetch them a prized job. Placement results for streams like mining and metallurgy have been poor in recent times, the students said.

IIT faculty members say so many withdrawals were unthinkable a decade ago, perhaps because the options were limited. However, the times have changed and many new institutions have attained excellence. “The tech education scene, even in 2005, was very different from what it is now. New IITs have come up. From 4,000-plus seats, there are now nearly 10,000 seats on offer. Naturally the withdrawal rate will be proportionately higher,” explained P K Das, IIT-JEE chairman at IIT-Kharagpur

Courstesy: Times of India

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