According to reports, about 2,000 students have dropped out of Indian Institutes of Technologies and the Indian Institutes of Management in the last two years.
As we all know, admissions into these centrally funded institutions is tough. Clearing the national level entrance examinations including the JEE Main, JEE Advanced and the CAT for the IIMs are some of the toughest examinations in the country.
Lakhs of students across the country take up these examinations and compete for limited seats available.
Attrition of the students who have been admitted into these prestigious institutes has increased in the past two years. Reasons for this academic attrition is not exactly determined. From poor academic performance and pursuing higher education abroad or joining courses like Ph.D.
IIT Delhi records highest attrition with 699 students dropping out between 2014 and 2016. Followed by IIT Kharagpur with 544 students dropping out and IIT Bombay shows 143 students have dropped out. "Most of those who leave the course are those pursuing PhDs," said IIT-Bombay director Devang Khakhar. PhD dropout numbers are not so much about performance as the punishing tenure of the course.
The IIMs have also seen a rise in the number of students dropping out. Between 2003 and 2005, 37 students have dropped out of IIMs. The number rose to 69 students between 2006 and 2008. In 2016 - 2016 the attrition number reached to 104. "Poor academic performance is one of the reasons," said an IIM-Calcutta faculty member. He said that once a candidate is in, she or he is on the same platform as everyone else. The six-year-old IIM Raipur saw the highest dropouts (20) in the last two years.