Dropout in IIT’s MTech programme over 50 per cent: IIT-D Director

PTI New Delhi | Updated on September 29, 2019

Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi. File Photo   -  BusinessLine

Says the hike in course fee is a surgical strike on uninterested students

MTech programmes at the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) record a dropout rate of over 50 per cent as students treat the courses as a stopgap arrangement till they land a job or crack a competitive exam, said the Director of IIT-Delhi Director, V Ramgopal Rao.

He termed the recent hike in course fee a “surgical strike” on “uninterested” students.

He said that the IIT Council’s decision to hike the fee for MTech programmes will fix the problem of wastage of much sought after seats at the IITs and save Government funds.

“The freebies we have been doling out with taxpayers’ money to students who are uninterested and into systems which have become unaccountable need to stop at some point,” he said.

“Many students take admission into the MTech programmes and over 50 per cent of them quit as soon as they find a job,” he said.

Among the remaining ones, many prepare for other competitive examinations and have no interest in what they are pursuing, said Rao, who is also a member of the IIT Council, the highest decision-making body on all the 23 IITs.

He said this leads to wastage of the Country’s precious resources.

“Over 50 per cent dropouts in masters programmes today in IITs only means that students value the jobs they get after their BTech more than the career they can build with their MTech degrees. How can we spend taxpayers money to offer free education to them, when they themselves see no value in such an education?” he explained, adding that this was an “alarming” situation.

“And obviously, a surgical strike was needed. I am happy that the Ministry and the Council took such a bold decision,” he added.

The IIT Council led by Union Human Resources Development (HRD) Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ had on Friday approved a proposal to hike the fee of the masters programme and bring it to the level of the BTech courses.

The decision was taken on recommendations of a three-member committee on reforms on M.Tech programme in IITs.

“The committee had recommended proactive increase in the MTech fee and bringing it at least to the level of BTech fee (Rs 2 lakh per year) over the next three years. Simultaneously the needy students will be supported directly by the government through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) or arranging educational loans,” a senior HRD Ministry official had said.

Published on September 29, 2019

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