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4.5k Dropouts from IITs And NITs. Can Academic Stress Be Blamed?


Over 4,400 students dropped out of IITs and NITs in a period of three years due to reasons which possibly include “academic stress” as a major element, the government said today and assured that corrective measures have been initiated to get through the situation.


Almost ,2060 students dropped out of the reputed Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) between 2012-13 and  2014-15, as per Smriti Irani ,Human Resource Development Minister who  informed the Lok Sabha during Question Hour.

Examination stress
Examination stress

In this three-year period, i.e. from 2012-2015 , an estimate of 2,352 students dropped out from the National Institutes of Technology (NITs). “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,” Irani said in a written reply, as per The Economic Times.

Whereas, IITs witnessed 757 dropouts in 2014-15 which was higher than the 697 dropout number between 2013-14 and 606 in 2012-13. During the same period, IIT Roorkee saw the highest number of dropouts i.e. 228, followed by IIT Kharagpur (209) and IIT Delhi (169).

However, there were no dropouts at IITs in Mandi, Jodhpur, Kanpur, Madras and Ropar during 2014-15 period.
The point of concern, however, still remains that if all these seats in IITs and NITs remain vacant then why are students forced to fill up seats in private colleges.

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