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From 35% to 24.5%: IITs revise qualifying marks for ST candidates




By NewsGram Staff Writer

Due to a significant number of seats reserved for Scheduled Tribe (ST) students going empty, the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have decided to bring their cut-off scores down. On Friday, IITs revised the qualifying marks for ST category in the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE). This exam is conducted every year for admissions into the tech colleges.

Earlier, the aggregate marks for ST students was 177 (35%) out of 504 which has been reportedly brought down. Now, with the qualifying marks being reduced, students belonging to the ST category are required to score 124 (24.5%) out of 504 to qualify for admission to the IITs. Subsequently, the cut-off percentage for each subject has also been reduced to 7% from the earlier 10%.

In addition, the IITs have reduced the qualifying marks for all the categories. The minimum percentage of marks required for students in the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category is 6.30%, and for SC and ST candidates it is just 3.5%.

“There weren’t enough ST students who had qualified. Although we now have more ST students than seats, not everyone may take admission. They may not be happy with the IIT or the stream,” an official source told The Economic Times.

Since the time that the Joint Entrance Exam was made as a “two-tier” qualifying test, it is the first time that the cutoff score has been revised down to 30%. Also, students who attain the minimum qualifying marks in the aggregate cut-off list as well as the subject-wise cut-off will appear in the rank list.

“We have revised the marks based on the performance of all those who took the JEE (advanced),” said the organizing chairman of JEE 2015. The engineering colleges had announced a “higher cut-off” on June 3. The IITs will announce the rank list on June 25.

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JNU was awarded ‘Best University’ for its good works, not for Hostage Drama, says HRD Minister

"Recently JNU was given best university award. This was not given for making the Vice Chancellor hostage but for the good works done by the university. These good works don't come into the limelight"


New Delhi, March 28, 2017: Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) got the best university award for its good work and not for the controversy last year during which the Vice Chancellor was taken hostage’. Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar remarked this statement while discussing a bill in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

“Recently JNU was given best university award. This was not given for making the Vice Chancellor hostage but for the good works done by the university. These good works don’t come into the limelight,” Javadekar said in the Lok Sabha while concluding the debate on the National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (Second Amendment) Bill, 2016.

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Javadekar’s comments came after Congress pioneer Mallikarjun Kharge questioned the Minister’s reference of vacancies in JNU.

Pointing out to the vacancies of professors in JNU, Javadekar said: “There are over 100 vacancies for SCs/STs in JNU while around 25 posts of disabled professors are vacant since long ago.”

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Karge objected to it by stating that it’s not only in the JNU, but in many central universities, teaching posts are lying vacant for many years. It’s the duty of the minister to respond to such obligations.

“I know why you are raking up JNU only,” Kharge said.

Last year in October, Students of JNU had staged protests outside the administrative Block, forcing the Vice-Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar and Rectors to remain confined inside the building, over the disappearance of student Najeeb Ahmed.

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Earlier, three of its students were arrested on sedition charges in connection with an event on the campus during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.

Responding to members’ queries, Javadekar said that vacancies in universities are a serious issue and there are many reasons for it.

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“There are vacancies in central universities, state universities and also in private universities. We are trying to constitute a dynamic platform where all vacancies will be exhibited on our website,” he said.

The Minister said that for filling up the vacancies the government needs to create an atmosphere where students prefer to be teachers and professors.

”We need to create interest among students so they could prefer this profession,” he said.

Javadekar said that whenever he visited any university, he always asked students: “Who wants to be a teacher? Who wants to be a professor?”

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“Recently I visited an IIT where I asked the same question to students. I was very happy when majority of students said they want to join the teaching line,” he said.

He also expressed concern over the cases of suicides on campuses.

“Even a single case of suicide in campuses is unfortunate,” the minister said.

-prepared by Ashish Srivastava of NewsGram Twitter @PhulRetard



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An IITian from Kharagpur, Mainak Sarkar also linked to another killing in Brooklyn Park

According to a marriage license application Sarkar, hails from Durgapur in West Bengal and got married to Ashley Erin Hasti in 2011

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  • Mainak Sarkar had shifted to the US only in 2000s after a successful stint as a software developer in South India
  • The killings are believed to have been provoked by Sarkar’s anger on Klug for stealing his computer code
  • A body of a woman was found in 2400 block of Pearson Parkway in Brooklyn, which was later identified as one in the killer’s ‘kill list’

The gunman identified as “Mainak Sarkar” in connection with the killing of the UCLA engineering professor, William Klug has in a shocking disclosure been linked to another killing in Brooklyn Park, north of Minneapolis.

A body of a woman was found in 2400 block of Pearson Parkway in Brooklyn, which was later identified as one in the killer’s ‘kill list’. The 38-year-old Mainak Sarkar, before travelling 2000 miles to kill Klug, had shot dead the woman in Minnesota, according to the Los Angeles Police. Officials haven’t disclosed the name of the woman yet.

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“In the residence in Minnesota, we found multiple items, including extra ammunition and also a note with names on it indicating a kill list,” Los Angeles police chief Charlie Beck told Los Angeles television station. The list had the wording “kill list” on it, says Beck. The list also had the name of another professor, who is unharmed.

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“Your enemy is my enemy. But your friend can do a lot more harm. Be careful about whom you trust,” says a blog post by Sarkar, dated March.

The killings are believed to have been provoked by Sarkar’s anger on Klug for stealing his computer code. While this appears to be the cause as of now, UCLA denies such claims.

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Sarkar was armed with two 9mm pistols and multiple ammunition clips, said Police. As further investigation continues in the case, it became known that he had shifted to the US only in 2000s after a successful stint as a software developer in South India.

Sarkar, hailing from Durgapur in West Bengal got married to Ashley Erin Hasti in 2011, according to a marriage license application obtained by Reuters. He is described as “brilliant”, “able” and “trustworthy” by friends and colleagues.

-by Maariyah, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @MaariyahSid




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An I.I.T. student asks: is it really justified to hike fee at I.I.T. ?

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By Arpit Gupta

Being the student of Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) is a dream for most of the Indian youths who pursue education in science stream. Only a few thousands get selected and others have to accept the harsh reality of failure. After qualifying the JEE ADVANCED and getting accepted to an IIT, guardians think that their son/daughter will now be able to study on a nominal fee as he/she is in the most prestigious institute of India. The recent decision of fee hike at IITs has left those guardians disappointed. The question trending at the surface of the social media and in people’s mind is “whether this amount of fee is justifiable”?

I am a student of IIT and I know that we get the best possible facilities for everything we need. We are given every type of opportunity and exposure which is required to develop the skills for being a “near to perfect” engineering graduate. Every section of society has its representatives in IITs which helps in recognition of different cultures among the students. If we analyse the situation practically, we can easily say under these circumstances that the fee is totally justifiable. The recent fee hike of 122% i. e.  from Rs. 90,000 per annum to 2 lacs per annum is a good decision from the perspective of an expert. But then we forget that all(or most) of the students in IITs are from middle class and lower class. There has been a full fee waiver for students with parental income less than 1 lac per annum but the students with parental income between 1 to 5lacs will have to pay rs.67000 which is going to be a harsh situation for them.

When the analysis of an IITian’s life is done, the results are probably a bit surprising for the people outside the IIT campus. People think, it’s a well settled life with no any problem at all. For instance, I have a friend whose father is a salesman. His income is Rs.10,000 per month. He sold his farm/field and sent my friend to coaching so that he can get a secure and bright career. Now, if such a guy is to pay the fee of 67,000(one-third of the actual fee), Is it possible? Obviously, the loan from bank is possible but it’s not comfortable for everyone to get loans.

Probably, the fee hike will not affect the name and fame of IIT. IIT will continue to be considered to be equal to “Harvard+Stanford+MIT” but it is going to affect the proportion of middle class students in IIT. A senior professor from IIT during an informal interaction,  accepted the fact that the government has done wrong to the country only. If a guy enters in the IIT by taking loan, his whole sole motto will be to earn money because he would have already experienced the crisis of money. The guy will look for a good placement and will join foreign MNCs. This is going to harm India only. The economists and experts of HRD ministry have probably not thought about this aspect of the decision taken by them.

IIT is a place to explore skills and develop the personality. It’s the dream of a typical Indian youth who studies science. I know, the fee which is being taken, is again not the actual expenditure on the IITians. It’s much less but considering people’s emotions and the level of IIT in the world, government must rethink this decision in regards to the welfare of India and Indian people.

Arpit is an undergraduate student pursuing Mechanical Engineering at IIT-Roorkee. His twitter handle is: @Arpit2476667

3 responses to “An I.I.T. student asks: is it really justified to hike fee at I.I.T. ?”

  1. Infrastructure of all IITs are not same. considering this perspective charges ought to be proportionate generally Govt will trick understudies

  2. Please don’t fool yourself. IITs are not in any way equal to Harvard, Stanford or MIT, if you consider the discoveries made at these institutions. With this fee hike, IITs seem to be turning into self-financing undergraduate engineering colleges for the rich.

  3. Seriously ? MIT+HArvard+Stanford ??? R u kidding me ?
    With all due respect Mr IITIAN, i humbly disagree. It is true that people studying in IITs are much more capable of but IITs stand nowhere if it comes to world class resources and facilities which are provided in Stanford+Harvard+MIT