Government to IITs: Scrap courses with few attendees

24 Mar 2017 | Written by Mansi Motwani; Edited by Supriya Kaur

The Ministry of Human Resource Development has directed centrally-funded institutions including Indian Institutes of Technology to close down those courses which do not have many takers.

Institutions have been asked to shut down their branches and courses which are witnessing a declining number of applicants since 3 years.

The ministry further asked the institutions to introduce new programmes and courses.

In context: IITs to shell less popular courses?

AboutIndian Institutes of Technology

There are currently 23 IITs across the country.

According to QS World University Rankings 2016-17, the highest ranked Indian engineering school was IIT Delhi, followed by IIT Bombay. IIT D is at 185th place, while Bombay's rank is 219.

Unimpressive rankings in the past have been attributed to a very small intake of foreign students and limited international faculty.

24 Mar 2017Government to IITs: Scrap courses with few attendees

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