M Tech students desert IITs midway for PSU jobs

New Delhi: The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are increasingly facing a new problem. They are having a tough time retaining their M Tech students, with many quitting A�mid way, A�after getting jobs in public sector undertakings (PSUs).

A A�number of IITs complained of many such happenings at an IIT council meet recently. A�It is learnt that out of 8,000 students, 2,000 left the course abruptly after getting employed in PSUs. The council has decided to ask all PSUs to desist fromA� practicing this in the best interests of higher education in the country.

There are 23 IITs in the country, with a total count of 72,000 students. Around 14,000 M Tech students are enrolled in the institutes.

a�?We will take up the matter with the PSUs. A lot of time andA� money are invested in the M Tech programme. IITs are premier institutes, and there is a long wait list for getting into them. If students leave midway, the seats go empty. We want to encourage students to go for higher studies and research,a�? said a senior official. The news reports also suggest that the HRD ministry is contemplating to write to the department of public enterprises in this regard.

Both A�IITs and PSUs are using A�Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) score for admissions as well as recruitment’s. GAIL, ONGC and SAIL are among the PSUs that offer jobs to M Tech students from IITs.

To discourage the a�?dropoutsa�� , the council also agreed to a proposal to recover the entire fellowship amountA� of Rs 12,400 per month if any of the students leave the course midway.

The IIT council, the highest decision-making body for the IITs, also considered providing 1,000 teaching assistantshipsA� with a fellowship amount of Rs 25,000 per month a�� to meritorious M Tech students.

The council had recently approved a proposal to introduce the Prime Ministera��s Research Fellowships, aimed at encouraging B Tech graduates from IITs to directly enroll in Ph.D courses.

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