Getting into the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) is a dream lakhs of Indian students see everyday. And every year, lakhs of students burn the midnight oil to secure admission into any one of the prestigious institutions. But recently a shocking fact has come to light about IITs and the National Institute of Technology (NIT).
Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani revealed that over 4,400 students dropped out of IITs and NITs in the last three years due to various reasons, including “academic stress”.
As many as 2,060 students dropped out from various Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) from 2012-13 to 2014-15. During this three-year period, 2,352 students dropped out from the National Institutes of Technology (NITs).
IITs witnessed the maximum number of dropouts (757) in 2014-15. Out of 16 IITs, IIT-Roorkee saw the highest number of dropouts (228), followed by IIT-Kharagpur (209) and IIT-Delhi (169).
Interestingly, there were no dropouts at IITs in Mandi, Jodhpur, Kanpur, Madras and Ropar during 2014-15 period. Of the NITs, there were 717 dropouts in 2014-15, lower than 785 seen in the year-ago period.
“The reasons for dropouts may be attributed to shifting to other colleges/institutions, personal reasons, medical reasons, getting jobs during PG courses, inability to cope with academic stress etc. The government is committed to address issues related to academic stress.”
However, when Smriti Irani was asked whether academic pressure is the cause behind suicide committed by IIT students, she said:
“Children in the IIT ecosystem and IIT family are committing suicides because they are unable to keep up with the pressure that the academic environment in the IIT has, is incorrect”.