Dropout Rate Dwindles by 40% in IITs

The dropout rate of students studying at the premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) has substantially improved in the academic session 2015-16.

The number of candidates dropping out of IITs at the intermediate stage of their respective programmes has decreased by approximately 42 percent in the academic session 2015-16 in comparison to 2014-15.

In response to a question regarding IIT dropouts in the Lower house, Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister of State for HRD (Higher Education) stated that the number of candidates leaving the IITs at intermediate stage of their degrees were 656 in the academic session 2015-16 in comparison to a total number of 1126 candidates in the session 2014-15.

He stated that the reduction in dropout rate is the consequence of the proactive measures taken by the IITs. 

Drop Out Trends at IITs: 2014-15 Vs 2015-16

S.No.

Institute’s name

2014-15

2015-16 

1.      

IIT Madras

53

35

2.      

IIT Guwahati

15

12

3.      

IIT Kanpur

78

47

4.      

IIT Kharagpur

346

198

5.      

IIT Delhi

443

256

6.      

IIT Bombay

109

34

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

 


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IIT Delhi which is one of the most sought after IITs has recorded the maximum number of dropouts.

IIT Delhi has recorded 256 dropouts in 2015-16 in comparison to a total number of 443 in the session 2014-15. It is clearly evident that the dropout rate has shrunk by 57% at IIT Delhi this year. This implies that IIT Delhi has contributed 39% to the total number of dropouts in the session 2015-16.

The next in the line is IIT Kharagpur which has recorded 198 dropouts in 2015-16 against 346 in the year 2014-15. IIT Kharagpur has contributed 30% to the total dropouts in 2015-16.

Following these is IIT Kanpur which has recorded 47 dropouts in the session 2015-16 against 78 in the session 2014-15.

The dropout rate has significantly dwindled at IIT Bombay from 109 in 2014-15 to 34 in 2015-16.

The next in the line is IIT Madras with 35 dropouts in 2015-16 in comparison to 53 in 2014-15.

The substantial reduction in the dropout rate is attributed to the proactive measures taken by these Institutes.

IIT Ropar, IIT Mandi, IIT Hyderabad and IIT Roorkee did not witness any dropouts in both the academic years.

There are a total of 23 IITs in the country with a total of 10,572 undergraduate engineering seats.

Four new IITs have entered the elite club from the academic session 2016-17 contributing 420 seats to the premier IITs.

 

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