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Sharp Economic divide in IIT campuses creating two dissimilar groups

Oct 1, 2013 05:03 IST

    Students getting admissions in the finest public engineering colleges of India for the current session might have more to cope with besides immense study pressure. Making for an apparent economic divide on campus, two large groups of students in the session of 2017 are formed in IIT campuses; one from the upper middle classes and other from the lower income groups.

    One among every five students (close to 20 %), who qualified this year, revealed that their annual family income above Rs 8 lacs.
    Data published by the colleges around two years ago, declared that approximately 9.3% of the qualified applicants had above 10 lacs per annum income.
    Equally surprising, is the rise of students with having less than 1 lac per annum of family income, ranging from just 1.5% two years ago to now 11.6%. Further, 12.7% IITians in this session comes from Rs. 1 to 2 lacs per annum family income bracket.

    Gautam Barua (former IIT-Guwahati director) said, "This is not verifiable data. But there is a section of students that is very well off and another slice of really poor students who are getting into the IITs. There is a big economic divide on campus that you can see as an insider,"
    Reason for the sharp rise of qualifying students from low income groups is the enhanced and improved coaching support that get. Patna's Super-30 is the first that comes in thought,  for quite a few years now the Patna super 30 has been selecting underprivileged meritorious students and productively teaching and training them to crack the IIT entrance exam.

    Students who come from lower income group family with having an annual income of less than Rs 4 lacs can gain from the Scholarship offered by government on basis of merit basis.

    Similar to previous year, 29.8% of students who qualified the IIT entrance JEE (advanced) 2013 are belonged to a father working as a public servant, or in a government service, whereas,  17.3% students belong to a business-class families.

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