Once considered a hot spot for higher education, IITs are receiving a Nelson’s eye. The increase in number of vacant seats, year after year have touched a four year high. Despite seven rounds of admission call, there were fewer takers for these prestigious institutes. Out of the 23 IITs which enrich a total of 10,962 students, 121 did not turn up for the counseling session. The number of vacancies began with 96 in the last year, 50 in 2015 and three in 2014. IIT-BHU, Varanasi topped the list with maximum number of empty seats – 32, followed by IIT-Dhanbad (Indian School of Mines) with 23, IIT-Jammu (13) and IIT-Kharagpur (9).
THE INCREASE IN VACANCY IN 4 YEARS SPEAKS IT ALL
Over the last four years, IIT-Kanpur and IIT-Hyderabad had a complete fill. This year IIT-Jodhpur met with the same fate which was one less in the previous year. This year in 2017, the last round of counseling which was held on July 19, saw the completion of admission process by July 25. As per the IIT Council official, the institutes were requested to discontinue some of the courses which had less takers for which the IIT Joint Admission Board would meet to discuss on such courses and take an amicable decision to bring down the number of vacancies. The IITs, especially the new ones, increased their intake by 400 seats this year.IIT-Bombay, IIT-Madras, IIT-Palakkad, IIT-Ropar and IIT-Goa have been slightly unlucky with just one student eluding their seat fill.
A few years back, only a round of admissions was conducted at IITs to get the desired students. If there were any unfilled seats, they used be transferred to the preparatory programme, which is a bridge course where quota students are given an opportunity. In 2008, TOI had voiced its suggestion that IITs should go in for multiple rounds of admission to attract the desired students. And this has resulted in less number of vacancies since 2009, giving students ample time to join their dream IIT institute.
Times’ World University Ranking: No Indian institute in top 200
University of Oxford retains first place
Indian institutes continue to perform poorly in global university rankings. The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore slid in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2018.
Though IISc remained at top in India, it was placed in the 251-300 groupings of the best universities. IISc was in 201-250 cohort of the previous edition of the ranking. IISc, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur and IIT Kharagpur were the top five Indian schools in the 2018 rankings.
As per the ranking survey, IISc slid largely due to drops in its research influence score and research income. While the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay continues to be in the 351-400 band, IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur have dropped by one grouping—from 401-500 to 501-600.
“It is disappointing that India has declined in world rankings amid increasing global competition,” said Phil Baty, editorial director of global rankings of THE.
WHY INDIA FAILED
Indian universities performed poorly on internationalisation which measures how successful a school is in attracting foreign students and staff. This is a traditional shortcoming of Indian institutions. “Government policy strictly limits the number of students from abroad who can study in India. This prevents international scholars from being hired into long-term faculty positions,” THE said in an email.
TOP GLOBAL RANKS
Globally, the University of Oxford retains first place in the rankings, followed by Cambridge, which overtook California Institute of Technology and Stanford University, who came in at a joint third. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) completes the top five chart.
Overall, 1,000 universities from 77 countries were ranked by the THE. The US continued to be the top country in terms of the number of universities in the top 200.
World University Rankings 2018: IISc, IIT Slide, No Indian Institute In Top 200
In a massive setback to all education institutions and their stakeholders in the country, the leading establishments have further downgraded as they fared poorly in the World University Rankings 2018. In the global list of 1000 educational institutions topped by Oxford and Cambridge, the number of higher Indian education institutions has marginally fallen from 31 to 30, according to the new assessment. One of the biggest reasons for the continual abysmal performances is the relative drop in research influence score and research income.
Director of Global Ranking Adds
Phil Baty, Editorial Director of Global Rankings, Times Higher Education said, ” Amid the increasing global competition It is disappointing to see that India has further declined in the the World University Rankings.” He further added, “As the India’s flagship Indian Institute of Science moves further away from the elite top 200, other Asian territories such as Singapore, China and Hong Kong are consistently rising up the rankings of their leading universities due to the high and sustained levels of funding.” He also pointed out that Indian institutes were lagging behind on the internationalisation front. “Government policy strictly limits the number of students from abroad who can study in India and prevents international scholars from being hired into long-term faculty positions,” THE said in an email sent on Tuesday.
The Indian Scenario
The sole silver lining this year is the The Indian Institute of Science (IISc). It is the highest ranked institute from the country, though even it had slipped from the 201-250 band to the 251-300 one. Furthermore, IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur, which were among the best Indian institutions toppled down to the 501-600 band from their last year’s position of 401- 500 club. IIT Bombay is still in the 351-400 band, IIT Kharagpur and IIT Roorkee also retained their positions in the 501-600 bracket.
Meet Mechanical Engineering: The Hottest pick in BTech that Computer Science is losing out to
As the industries across the world fluctuate along with global influences, the latest of such ups and downs in the field of Engineering is with Mechanical Industries and those based on Computer Sciences. Subsequently, similar effects can be felt in academics, with more and more students opting for ME than computer sciences. The trend seems to changing fast, Engineering is being revisited. Pipping Electronics and Communications has led to a surge in applications for mechanical branches in colleges all over the country, and that its poised to overtake an uncertain IT and software industry.
What to the Experts Say
Experts believe that while engineering courses continue to be a big draw for students in this part of the world, its 70-odd options undergo a life cycle of their own. According to research, the decision to pick out a particular course taken students and faculties alike is based on the the enterprise boom that’s translated by the availability of greater jobs and higher earning.
Many experts believe that the sun is setting at the computer sciences and technology engineering stream. As per the statistics, 25.44% of all college students opted for computer branches in 2013-14, while around 24% selected the stream this year. Numbers for Mechanical Engineering are rising, 21.6% students for this year as compared to 20.22% for the year 2013-14.
The AICTE Data
Even though the seat intake for engineering is on the decline (from 16.3 lakh in 2013-14 to about 14.7 lakh this 12 months), experts feel the course will continue to have lakhs of takers. IIT-Madras director Bhaskar Ramamurthy added: “Due to uncertainty in IT, students are opting for mechanical – because mechanical students can join IT companies, though the reverse is not possible.” VC of Chemical Technology Institute, GD Yadav added: “There is so much new construction, new infrastructure, machinery and mechanical engineers are needed everywhere.”
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