The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are facing tough time retaining their MTech students, claims a new report, prompting the Union Human Resource & Development (HRD) ministry to intervene.
According to a report by the HT, many MTech students in the IITs have been leaving their studies midway after receiving job offers from public sector undertakings (PSUs).
In fact, the situation is believed to have deteriorated to such an extent that a number of IITs raised the issue with the HRD minister Prakash Javadekar at the recently held IIT council meet. After realizing the gravity of the situation, the council is now urging PSUs to hold their employment offers until the students complete the programme.
The HT report claims that 2000 out of 8,000 odd MTech students across all the IITs have quit the course after being offered jobs in PSUs.
“We will take up the matter with the PSUs. A lot of time, money and energy are invested in the MTech programme. IITs are premier institutes, and there is a long waitlist 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 senior official said to the HT on the condition of anonymity.
The council has also approved the proposal to take back the entire fellowship amount (Rs 12,400 a month) in case any one quits midway.
“This happens because there is immense pressure on students to start earning after completing their bachelors. We are trying to get the PSUs onboard, so these students can rest assured that their jobs won’t go to anybody else,” the HRD official said.
Seats for the IIT MTech programme is filled through the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) and its scores are used by many PSUs for recruitment. At present, GAIL, SAIL, and ONGC are among the top PSUs that employ MTech students from the IITs.