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Govt steps in as MTech students ditch IITs mid-course for PSU jobs


The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are reportedly having a hard time retaining their MTech students, with many quitting the course after landing jobs in public sector undertakings (PSUs).

Officials said a number of IITs complained of such occurrences at the recently held IIT council meet, presided by human resource development (HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar. It is learnt that out of 8,000-odd students, 2,000 left the course after getting jobs at PSUs. To tide over the problem, the council has decided to ask all such PSUs to allow students to join after completing the programme.

“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,” said a senior official on the condition of anonymity.


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