Politically Incorrect truths about the quotas at IIT

posted Jan 10, 2018, 8:11 PM by Prashant Bhattacharji   [ updated Jan 11, 2018, 12:31 AM ]

There tale cannot be discussed without going into the "politically incorrect" aspects of this saga. You simply cannot keep a huge reserved quota (with practically no lower bound on the cut-off, depending on the category) and expect them to remain psychologically stable while surrounded by a good number of hyper-competitive folk (10-20% of a batch) who will go to any extent (stay up all night for days, not eat, not sleep) to get into the [university/B-School/Job/internship/department/conference] of their choice.

Even more bizarre is to allow candidates to take the entrance examination in Hindi. There is little academic and non-academic support in the IITs, for those who are not familiar and fluent in English. IITs can be stressful enough for those familiar in the language, who entered the system with no relaxation.

This is not to suggest that removing all relaxations and quotas will magically solve the depression issue at IIT. The point is that IITs are often stressful places for the best of students. So one needs to be aware that significant relaxations (and compromises) in the admission cut-off will bring in students who will find it a brutal experience.