With plenty of vacant seats, IITs are forced to reduce the bar over the last two years. Read further to know more.
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The Indian Institutes of Technology have been required to reduce the bar in the past two years to fill up the vacant seats. This has happened at a time when the IITs have decided to increase the intake from close to 70,000 to 100,000 in the next three years. This has allowed even day scholars to seek admissions at the institutes.
This lowering of benchmarks in the IITs has raised queries about the academic quality at these institutes. Experts say that the tough exam pattern and negative marking has led to so many empty seats, in turn forcing the IITs to reduce the bar to further fill up these vacancies.
One of the IIT’s director explained that reducing the bars to accommodate more students will not hamper the quality of education in IITs. He adds that many students that enter IITs with low ranks in JEE turn out to be gems when they pass out.
In 2015, the IITs established a new category called Preparatory, since it was unable to fill seats in spite of carrying out moderation in cut-offs. The candidates in this category will first be given thorough training in acquiring conceptual understanding and would join the next batch. Most of these preparatory category students are from the reserved category (SC/ST/OBC) or persons with disability.
“Maintaining quality is a major issue which is why IITs coach such students so that they are at par with the rest. Candidates who were expelled by IIT Roorkee in 2015 have done much better now with extra help and coaching from other students and faculty,” said an IIT director.