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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Why Continuing Drop-Outs At IITs And IIMs Should Deeply Worry India - Huffington Post

"The drop-outs are continuing warning signs of a deeper decay."

22/08/2016 11:46 AM IST | Updated August 22, 2016 12:17


IITs and IIMs are the most difficult educational institutions in India to get in, but over the last few years it turns out that they are also quite easy to leave.

Last year, the then Human Resources Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani had said that about 2000 students had left the IITs without completing their courses between 2012 and 2015; on Sunday, The Times of India reported that the trend continued during 2014-2016 too.

The only difference this time is that the IIMs too have been added to the list. Reportedly about 2000 students in IITs and IIMs didn't finish their courses during 2014-16.

Some of the numbers may have overlapped because of the overlapping years, however, the critical point is that IITs, which have the highest entry-barriers for engineering education in the country, are unable to retain all the students that they admit because all of the latter are not able to cope with the academic rigour expected of them. The situation, although at a lower scale because the overall numbers are lower, is similar with the IIMs too.

So, it's time to raise the all-important question once again - why does this happen, particularly when IITs and IIMs are India's best gateways to highly rewarding professional careers?

The IITs or the HRD ministry is yet to come out with disaggregated data on the drop-outs; but, past evidence points to the most obvious: students are unable to cope with the demands of education in these institutions. There are two obvious reasons - one, not all the students who crack the joint entrance examinations are good enough to study in these institutions; and two, those who gain entry through reservations find the standards too high to cope with.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Another IIT aspirant attempts suicide in Kota - TNN

TNN | Aug 18, 2016, 09.05 AM IST

JAIPUR: An IIT aspirant in Kota attempted suicide by drinking phenyl on Tuesday late night at his rented room at Vigyan Nagar.

Police said a student from Madhya Pradesh came to Kota four months ago with a dream of securing a seat in IITs.

"He scored poor marks in the monthly test and was in depression. He drank a cup of phenyl. After sometime when he started vomiting his neighbours sensed trouble and report to the hostel owner. He was rushed to the hospital where he was declared out of danger, said police.

His family was informed who reached in the afternoon. Till the last report came, he was stable. Doctors said phenyl had not created much damage to his body due to timely report to hospital. Police has recorded the statement of the student in the hospital.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Seeking justice: Dead IIT-K student's family lodges FIR - TNN

Seeking justice: Dead IIT-K student's family lodges FIR
TNN | Aug 10, 2016, 05.47 AM IST

Kanpur: A day after the death of a PhD student of IIT-Kanpur at its Health Centre, his family filed an FIR with the local police accusing the centre staff, including the doctor who treated him, of negligence leading to death. After a postmortem, the police handed over the body to the family members who took it to their native place in Ghazipur district. 

The aggrieved family, which arrived at the insititute on Monday night, registered the FIR at Kalyanpur police station on Tuesday afternoon. Dr Shailendra Kishore of the centre was named in the FIR registered under section 304 of IPC (Punishment for culpable suicide not amounting to murder).

The FIR also made a mention of IIT-K health centre administration, warden in charge, besides a student guide under whom the student was pursuing PhD course without naming them.

"The FIR has been lodged on the basis of a complaint by Adarsh Kumar Pandey, elder brother of the deceased. Dr Shailendra Kishore has been accused of negligence while treating Atul Pandey, causing his death," said a police officer. Atul Kumar Pandey, who was in the sixth year of his PHD course, had died on Monday afternoon soon after reaching the health centre. He had gone to the centre complaining of pain in the shoulder for which he was administered medicine. Students alleged that he died soon after.

Following this, his fellow students had staged a protest on Monday which continued throughout Tuesday. Enraged over the death of their colleague, scores of IIT-Kanpur students assembled at the main gate of the institute and blocked the movement of the vehicles completely for over three hours.

SHO Kalyanpur Rajdeep Prajapati said, "Adarsh, brother of the deceased Atul, has charged the centre staff of not arranging stretcher for taking him to the ECG room in the health centre and instead made him walk down. Adarsh also mentioned in his complaint that the health centre of IIT-Kanpur had referred Atul to the cardiology hospital near Gol Chauraha without any doctor accompanying him."

Student’s death sparks protests at IIT Kanpur - The Hindu

NEW DELHI, August 9, 2016

Student’s death sparks protests at IIT Kanpur

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Students stage a protest following the death of Ph.D. student Alok Kumar Pandey, at the IIT-Kanpur campus on Tuesday.

Students stage a protest following the death of Ph.D. student Alok Kumar Pandey, at the IIT-Kanpur campus on Tuesday.

Protests have erupted at IIT-Kanpur campus following the death of a Ph.D. student on Monday, which the students allege was a result of negligence on the part of the Institute's Health Centre (HC).

Alok Kumar Pandey, 33, a Ph.D. student in the Materials Science Programme, had gone to the HC following a shoulder pain on Monday afternoon. An email sent to students by the president of IIT-Kanpur Students’ Gymkhana, states that Mr. Pandey’s health reportedly started deteriorating within 10 minutes of his visit to the HC. As per the email, a copy of which is with The Hindu, Mr. Pandey’s friend claims that the patient was fine until an injection was administered, which resulted in “massive abnormalities”. Mr. Pandey was later referred to the Cardiology Specialty Institute in Kanpur city, where he was declared “brought dead”.

More than 500 students are protesting on the campus, asking the Institute to accept four demands without any negotiations. 

First, an FIR should be lodged by the Institute demanding an investigation of the matter. Second, immediate suspension or dismissal of the doctor, who diagnosed the patient, until proved innocent. Third, the institute should bear the financial expenditure incurred by Mr. Pandey's family in this case. Fourth, an open and transparent review of the staff, administration and the facilities of the HC be conducted.

Dr. Mamta Vyas, Chief Medical Officer of the Institute’s Health Centre, told IIT-Kanpur’s student newspaper Vox Populi that the Health Centre followed the exact protocol which the situation demanded. While she is extremely saddened by the tragic incident, the allegations levelled against the HC are not appropriate, Vox Populi reported.

This is not the first time when HC has been at the centre of controversy. Last October, Mr. Aftab Alam, Computer Engineer at Institute’s Computer Centre, lost his life at the HC, and a “sudden heart stroke” was mentioned as the reason. However, the relatives of Mr. Alam had alleged that he was merely facing uneasiness in the chest, but his condition deteriorated due to mishandling of the case by an inexperienced young doctor at IIT-Kanpur's HC.

The Institute’s administration has called for an emergency meeting of the Institute Advisory Committee (IAC) to discuss the matter.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

IITs had 656 dropouts, 49 dropouts from IIMs in 2015-16, says government - INDIAN EXPRESS

The number of drop outs from IITs and IIMs has come down due to proactive measures taken by these institutions.

As many as 656 students dropped out of IITs in the 2015-16 academic year, highest being from IIT Delhi, while 49 students left IIMs, the government said today.By: PTI | New Delhi | 

Updated: August 9, 2016 4:41 pm
IIT Delhi saw 256 students dropping out, followed by IIT Kharagpur which had 198 such cases, IIT Kanpur – 47, IIT Madras – 35, IIT Mumbai – 34 and IIT Patna – 22, as per the data provided by Minister of State for HRD Mahendra Nath Pandey in reply to a question in Lok Sabha.

Ten students left IIM Rohtak, nine IIM Indore, eight IIM Raipur and seven IIM Kozhikhode. IIM Bangalore had four such cases, IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Lucknow three each, IIM Calcutta and IIM Shillong two each, while IIM Trichy had one.

Pandey said the number of drop outs from IITs and IIMs has come down due to proactive measures taken by these institutions. As per the data, 1,126 students had dropped out of 16 IITs, while 55 had dropped out of 13 IIMs in 2014-15.

In response to a separate question, the minister had informed the Lok Sabha that the number of PhD enrollment for the year 2014-15 was 27,001, a significant increase from 10,497 PhD enrollments as on March 31, 2005. He also said that the number of PhD degrees awarded in Indian universities in the academic year 2014-15 was 27,327.

He also said that five suicides have been reported from IITs and IIMs during the last three years.

Recently, HRD minister Prakash Javadekar had announced the setting up of six new IITs across the country. He inaugurated IIT Chhattisharg, IIT Jammu and IIT Goa recently.