IITs: Struggling to Fill Seats

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IIT Bombay
We all must be aware of the declining foothold of IITs in global rankings but back home too the once popular and sacred IITs are struggling to get the best students. The dearth of innovative minds and young enthusiasts has become so severe that IITs had to lower the cut-off marks in the past two years in order to fill up the vacant seats.

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The situation is so bad that a student scoring a mere 75 out of 372 marks in JEE-Advanced is getting a rank under general category. For reserved categories, a student with 38 marks is now considered good enough to study engineering!

There was a time when Bihar's Super 30 were adulated for their intelligence but the declining quality of education in India has left even the government scratching its head. The retreating benchmark has raised many eyebrows over the academic quality offered at these institutes. Recently, IIT Roorkee expelled 11 B. Tech students for poor academic record. Last year also, 72 students were shown the gates for poor performance.

IITs in their defense are blaming the school education which has been witnessing many changes pver the last few years. With each changing government comes an education minister, who, in his/her attempt to better the education scenario makes changes without proper research leading to confusion among students and the result is in front of all of us.

Due to this decreasing number of students reaching the IITs, the institutes in 2015 introduced a new course, 'Preparatory' to give basic conceptual knowledge to students before they begin with the new session. Under this course, students are coached for a duration of one year in subjects like Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry.

We do celebrate Teacher's Day but, the essence of it seems to have faded in these years. The education system in India was once revered and we have examples like Nalanda University and teachers like Chanakya. But, in the contemporary times, politics has taken over everything leading to total disarray. Politicization of text-books and constant changes is the most possible cause for the declining quality of education in India.

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