4,400 students dropped out of IITs and NITs reason being academic stress


Over 4,400 students have decided to drop out of IITs and NITs in the span of the last three years the reason of the same varying as per the candidates but the most frequent reason being that of “academic stress”. The government has assured that corrective actions for the same has been initiated.

As many as 2,060 students had dropped out from various Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) spanning 2012-2013 to 2014-2015, The Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani educated the Lok Sabha during the Question Hour.

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During the same three year time span around 2,352 students dropped out from the National Institutes of Technology (NITs).

NITs and IITs causing a high level of stress in candidates.

Smriti Irani claimed that “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.”

In the academic year 2014-2015 the IITs have witnessed around 757 dropouts which was higher than 697 dropouts (2013-14) and 606 (2012-13). During this particular Timespan , IIT Roorkee witnessed the highest number of dropouts at 228 followed by IIT Kharagpur (209) and IIT Delhi (169). There were no dropouts at IITs in Mandi, Jodhpur, Kanpur, Madras and Ropar during 2014-2015 period.

There are 16 IITs and 30 NITs in the country.

Of the NITs, there were 717 dropouts in 2014-2015 , lower than 785 seen in the year-ago period . In the year 2012-2013 the dropout numbers stood at 850.

Irani stated that there is a mechanism for helping students who are under stress and the government is committed to address the issues related to academic stress.

Enlisting the various iniatives that are in place to minimize dropouts at IITs Irani said that there is a guidance and counseling unit that’s headed by a faculty member. It works closely along with a number of faculty counselors and advisors to “identify students facing emotional difficulties and guide them to professional counsellors for help.”

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