JEE Success may rise to 1%
Even after Modi’s 5 new IITs are established, less than 1% of the candidates applying for the IITs will get entrance.
The Modi government plans to establish 5 new IITs with the assistance of foreign nations in Goa, J&K, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. Along with the establishment of IITs by the previous government, this could soon bring up the total number of IITs to 21 (from an existing 16)!
While the Goa campus will receive funding and support from the US, the plans for the rest of the campuses have so far not been disclosed.
This is not the first time the nation has used foreign help in setting up IITs: in the 1950s and ‘60s under Jawaharlal Nehru, IIT campuses in Bombay, Madras, Kanpur and Delhi were established in collaboration with the erstwhile USSR, West Germany, USA and the UK respectively.
Considering all the issues facing existing IITs, the value of having new ones can be questioned. However, there is no doubt about the demand.
Earlier this year, 13.56 lakh candidates had appeared for the JEE Mains. Only 1.26 lakh of those candidates went on to sit for the second-level of testing, the JEE Advanced. Out of these 1.26 lakh, 27 thousand candidates eventually passed the examination, beating out 98% of their initial competitors.
Unfortunately, the IITs have only 8822 seats.
While all the 27 thousand who passed the JEE Advanced were given ranks, the higher ranked ones were luckier than those ranked below them.
In the end, less than 0.6 percent of the people who sat for the tests actually got into the IITs.
In the coming years, these new IITs may increase the intake substantially.
But even if they double the seats, the IITs will still remain one of the most exclusive colleges to get into in the world.
Our regular readers have had a lot to say about the topic. Here is a small sample of their opinions.
“While Na-Mo’s intent is good, I personally feel that we already have far too many IITs and this is bound to dilute the quality quotient of an IIT degree, which is already showing in quite a good number of international ratings.” (Ranjan Khastgir, IIT Kharagpur.)
“Every State established on Linguistic basis must have its own IIT. Other smaller states can use IITs which are closest to their linguistic requirements.” (Rangendra Aggarwala, B.Sc Phy, Chem, Math)
“The quest should be to encourage and improve existing “Centres of Excellence” and/or promote, if need be, new “Centres of Excellence” (not necessarily IITs) by allocating requisite resources and more importantly executing implementation without “leakages” (read Corruption).” (Aloke Bose, An old IITian)