Dropout rate in IITs shrinked by more than 40 percent than last year says HRD Ministry

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In a reply to a question regarding IIT dropouts in Lok Sabha, Minister of State for HRD (Higher Education) Mahendra Nath Pandey shared that in 2015-16, as many as 656 students had left IITs midway, whereas the total number of students leaving IITs in 2014-15 stood at 1126. This reduction of dropout rate in IITs, he added, is due to the proactive measures taken by the IITs.

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Interestingly, IIT Delhi, which is one of the most preferred IITs for top JEE Advanced rankers after IIT Bombay, has the maximum number of dropouts. Out of the total 14 IITs (where students had opted out of their respective courses, IIT Delhi alone had 256 dropouts in 2015-16. This dropout figure at IIT Delhi was much higher, 443 in the academic year 2014-15. This means that the dropout rate at IIT Delhi has shrunk almost 57 per cent. Out of the total students who dumped IITs across 14 campuses in 2015-16, 39 per cent were from IIT Delhi.

Followed by IIT Delhi is IIT Kharagpur with 198 dropouts in 2015-16, whereas a total of 346 students had left the IIT campus in 2014-15. This means that in 2015-16, out of the total 656 students leaving 14 IITs in the middle of the course, over 30 per cent were from IIT Kharagpur.Next in line is IIT Kanpur, where a total of 47 students discontinued their association with the institute in 2015-16. The total number of students leaving IIT Kanpur in 2014-15 was 78.

IIT Bombay, the most sought after IIT campus for top JEE Advanced rankers, had also 34 students who dropped out of the institute of national importance in 2015-16. In comparison to this, the previous academic session 2014-15 had 109 students who dumped their respective courses at IIT Bombay. The table below represents the number of dropout students from the various IITs in 2014-15 and 2015-16.

Drop out trend at IITs: 2014-15 Vs 2015-16

S.No.

Institute’s name

2014-15

2015-16

1

IIT Bombay

109

34

2

IIT Delhi

443

256

3

IIT Kharagpur

346

198

4

IIT Kanpur

78

47

5

IIT Guwahati

15

12

6

IIT Madras

53

35

7

IIT Roorkee

0

0

8

IIT BHU

2

0

9

IIT Hyderabad

0

0

10

IIT Patna

23

22

11

IIT Bhubaneswar

17

13

12

IIT Jodhpur

1

15

13

IIT Gandhinagar

27

15

14

IIT Indore

12

09

15

IIT Ropar

0

0

16

IIT Mandi

0

0

                               Total

1126

656

In the similar manner, IIT Madras had 35 students in 2015-16 who left the institute, whereas in the academic year 2014-15, the number of dropout students from IIT Madras was 53.

However, owing to the proactive measures taken by these institutes, there has been a significant reduction in the number of candidates leaving the IITs in midway.

The IITs, which did not witness any dropouts in both the academic years include IIT Roorkee, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Ropar and IIT Mandi. IIT BHU, which had 2 dropouts in the academic year 2014-15, also entered this club in 2015-16 with zero dropouts.

The IITs in total saw a total dropout of 41.74 percent more than the last year.

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