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Are the IITs losing their charm?

Has the charm of IITs gone away? Maybe its the quota controversy or the dilution of standards.. or something else.. but this year 53000 fewer students will sit for the JEE. The Student/Seat ration for JEE this year by a whopping 26%!! What are we missing??? The companies in India cannot find enough qualified folks these days.. the standards in Indian talent have decidedly dropped.. and tremendously!! On top of that, the competition goes down too…huh!

Or is it that the youth of today is chickening out of competition now?

While the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) are gearing up for expansion, the number of students aspiring to get into these hallowed institutions has dropped dramatically this year.

There is a drop of almost 50,000 applications for the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) this year as against the nearly three lakh students who competed for 4,078 seats last year. According to data from IIT-Bombay, the nodal IIT co-ordinating JEE 2007, this year, 2.52 lakh students will take the entrance exam across seven centres in the country on April 8. This includes 120 foreign students. With the fall in applicants this year, 55 students will vie for every precious IIT seat, a slump from last year when 74 students battled it out for every slot.

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