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India, 5th August, 2015: While lacs of students compete with all their will to make it to the cut in the IITs and NITs, there are others who drop out from the same colleges and the number of drop-outs is quite shocking! The last 3 years statistics show that over 4,400 students dropped out of IITs and NITs due to several reasons including “academic stress”, the government said on Wednesday and assured that corrective actions have been initiated.

Human Resource Department Minister, Smriti Irani, informed the Lok Sabha during Question Hour that almost 2,060 students dropped out from various Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) from 2012-13 to 2014-15. Moreover, during the three-year period, 2,352 students dropped out from the National Institutes of Technology (NITs). 

Out of the 16 IITs, in the year 2014-15, IITs witnessed 757 drop-outs, which was higher than the previous year numbers: 697 drop-outs (2013-14) and 606 (2012-13). During this very period, IIT Roorkee witnessed the highest number of drop-outs at 228, followed by IIT Kharagpur (209) and IIT Delhi (169). Some of the IITs, thankfully, didn’t see drop-outs during this period. There were no drop-outs at IITs in Mandi, Jodhpur, Kanpur, Madras and Ropar during 2014-15 period.

Among the NITs, the drop-outs, although lower this year at 717 drop-outs in 2014-15 compared to the 785 seen in the previous year’s period, is still a high number. The highest of the three years was 2012-13 with the drop-out number at 850.

“The reasons for drop-outs may be attributed to shifting to other colleges/institutions, personal reasons, medical reasons, getting jobs during PG courses, inability to cope with academic stress etc.” Ms. Irani said in a written reply.

To address this problem, the government is trying to address all the issues that could relate to academic stress, as stated by Ms. Irani. She also added that there is a guidance and counselling unit, led by a faculty member, who works closely with many other faculty counsellors and advisers to “identify students facing emotional difficulties and guide them to professional counsellors for help.”

(Information as referred from: The Hindu)

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