274 students opt out of IITs

In an understandable move that, nevertheless, would have been unheard of a decade ago, 274 students have decided to drop out of various IITs to pursue more lucrative courses at other, top-tier institutions. For the most part, these students had gotten “less desirable” seats in courses such as mining, metallurgy, architecture and biotechnology, and will be pursing computer science, electronics or electrical engineering in other colleges.

A pragmatic decision? Probably. But is excessive pragmatism depriving these students of the chance to follow their dreams?


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  1. Sanjai - IITD79July 15, 2013 at 11:46 amReply

    I wonder if the decision to pull out of an IIT in mining, metallurgy etc. in favor of computer science/electrical engineering is short sighted. A working knowledge of computer science can be acquired by taking a few core courses. It is a lot harder to gain domain knowledge and figure out what are good domain-specific applications to build. So, one strategy might be to become an expert in one of these domains, then identify good apps and code them up. The competition might be a lot less. Unless one is a top class computer scientist or EE, the competition is much higher in these fields

  2. DeepakJuly 15, 2013 at 11:46 amReply

    When you triple the number of IITs and IIMs, put them in remote towns, with part-time faculty, in rented premises, what do you expect !!

  3. Sasi - MS-IITM09November 27, 2013 at 3:07 pmReply

    This is not the first time I hear this. Folks pulled out of IITs even before start of the new IITs not only because of the fascination towards computer science & ECE brances but also because of the prospective employment opportunities these brances have. Many students generally takeup engineering courses because of the job and abroad opportunities they see or learn from the friends, elders and so on….Only a few will have a fair idea of various engineering disciplines and respcetive career and research opportunities. The reasons for this are many fold but I will highlight a few below.

    1. majority of students come from a middile class background where their parents will be Govt. employess / farmers / small bussiness holders with minimal exposure to science and technology and obviously form many of them engineering means buildings / machines / computers and nothing elase…

    2. Even students from cities and with exposure to science and technology are also haevily burdened to crack the entrance tests and donot have time to explore what they are really interested in ( I mean even in engineering there are many things to do….)

    3. Our institutes are poor in sperading knowledge about budding techonlogies and their importance to the society & industry in the student community. Due to this they obviously can not attrach students..

    4. So called non conventional courses can be compared to the non conventional sources of energy – they may be the future sources but as of now thy have lower career prospects atleast in india. Many such courses lack industry support.

    If some of these things are taken care by the institutes and the MHRD & DST together, things will improve. I don’t think students will be ready to loose the “IITan tag” just like that….

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