7000+ Students Drop out of IIT and IIITs in Last 5 Years

According to a recent statement by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) in the Lok Sabha on providing an exit option to students, 7248 students have dropped out from India’s premier engineering institutes like Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) & International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT).

Crux of the Matter
  • The exit option was proposed by the MHRD after which the IIT Council had left it to the individual institutes to take a decision.
  • The exit option allows students of IITs and IIITs to switch from BTech to BSc courses after the 2nd semester.
  • S Sadagopan, Director of IIIT-Bangalore said, “the exit option will leave a bad effect on the students switching from one course to another.”
  • IIIT-Hyderabad rejected the plan to implement the exit option. Its Director PJ Narayanan said, “IIIT closely monitors students’ performance, particularly in the first year and prepare them to cope comfortably in the 2nd year as well. Though we follow a flexible learning approach; the exit option might help some struggling students.
  • India has 24 IIITs wherein 19 runs on the public-private partnership model.
  • The MHRD believes that a decent job offer is one of the prime reasons for Postgraduate students to quit courses.

Indian Institute of Technology has been set up with a vision to contribute to India and the World through excellence in scientific and technical education and research; to serve as a valuable resource for industry and society, and remain a source of pride for all Indians. The concept of the IITs originated even before India gained independence in 1947. After the end of the Second World War and before India’s independence, Sir Ardeshir Dalal foresaw that the future prosperity of India would depend not so much on capital as on technology. He, therefore, proposed the setting up of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. He persuaded the US government to offer hundreds of doctoral fellowships under the Technology Cooperation Mission (TCM) program. However realizing that such steps can not help in the long run for the development of India after it gains independence, he conceptualized institutes that would train such workforces in the country itself. This is believed to be the first conceptualization of IITs. More Info

SWAYAM Portal to Make Education More Accessible in India

India’s Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry on the occasion of the National Education Day today has launched the Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds (SWAYAM 2.0) portal with an aim to bring equity, accessibility, and quality to education in India using technology.

Crux of the Matter
  • With the help of 9 National Educational Co-ordinators, the SWAYAM platform would host a plethora of courses and lectures for the curriculum of Class 9 to Post-Graduation, accessible at no or minimal fee.
  • The portal will deliver education with the combined effort of AICTE, UGC, NPTEL, CEC, NCERT, IGNOU, NIOS, NITTTR, and IIMB.
  • SWAYAM will render education through video lectures, custom-made material available to be printed, online quizzes and tests, and an online discussion forum.
  • There is no fee for the courses delivered through the portal. However, for a certificate, a designated fee and examination will be required.
  • College and university students can get credit transfer for the approved courses as well.

SWAYAM or Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds is a programme of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India,that enables professors and faculties of centrally funded institutions like IITs, IIMs, Central University Of Haryana to offer online courses to citizens of India. All courses are offered free of cost under this programme, however fees are levied in case the learner requires a certificate. Read More