Not all who join the prestigious institutions of IITs and IIMs complete their courses. According to a latest report about 2,000 students dropped out of IITs and IIMs in the last two years, shows the data from various institutes.
According to a report published in Times of India, academic drop out is the highest at IIT-Delhi with 699 students, getting attrition between year 2014 and 2016. The similar attrition rate is followed by IIT-Kharagpur (544) and IIT-Bombay (143).
"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.
A faculty member from IIT said that they have a guidance and counseling unit, headed by a faculty member to identify students facing difficulties in the institute. We guide them time and again and even try to solve their emotional issues.
The number of dropouts at IIMs seems to have risen over the years. While 37 students dropped out between 2003 and 2005, the number rose to 69 between 2006 and 2008. It further touched 104 between 2014 and 2016.
"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.
To help students, IIM-A came up with a buddy programme, under which every new entrant is mentored by a second year student. It would also conduct three-week orientation and coaching. Several IIMs have replicated the programme. IIM Indore faculty mentors were appointed for the weaker students.