Friday, September 25, 2015


For 16-year-old Himanshu, a regular day begins at 6 am as he attends coaching classes, school, remedial lessons in the afternoon, finally ending with yet another round of coaching in the evening. It's usually 8 pm by this time.

Staying in a private hostel in Rajasthan's Kota town, away from family, the teen from Indore in Madhya Pradesh is in his last year in high school and is preparing for the tough entrance examination for the premier Indian Institutes of Technology. By now, Himanshu is accustomed to the gruelling routine.

But many are unable to. In the last three months, at least seven students have committed suicide. Also depression leads them to do lot of religious things to start getting better marks in monthly tests.

In August, Yogesh Johre, just a year older than Himanshu, set himself on fire and jumped from his hostel building in Kota. Police say that stress related to exams could have led to the teen committing suicide. In July, 20-year-old Avinash hanged himself in his hostel room.

The tragic stories resonate with many students in Kota which, in the last decade, has emerged as a coaching hub for those preparing for entrance examinations for top engineering and medical colleges. For a small city, situated 200 kilometres from the state capital Jaipur, the suicides have, of late, appeared on front pages of newspapers.

But in the streets of Kota, these tragic stories get lost as bright, colourful billboards flash the success stories of a few.

The disturbing number of student suicides, though, are now difficult to ignore. Private coaching institutes say they have counsellors for students and are working on a 24-hour-helpline for students.

"Sometimes children feel lonely and depressed and parents don't always help. There should be a helpline on which children can call. We are trying to do this in partnership with the government," says Naveen Maheshwari , director of Allen Institute, a famous coaching centre in Kota.
Actually those days are gone when institutes really cared for each and every student, those days are gone........


Wednesday, July 22, 2015


1) To begin with, this is what they cost us
While it takes over Rs 3.4 lakh to educate an IITian per year, the student pays only Rs 90,000 per year. The rest is borne by the government. That is close to Rs 2.5 lakh per student per year, which is being paid by the tax payer. If one extrapolates this to all the 39,540 students in the Indian Institute of Technologies, the cost borne by the tax payer on educating IITians extends to 988.5 crore annually.
According to budget estimates, Rs 1703.85 crore is to be allocated to the IITs for 2015-'16.
2) What do we get in return for the Rs 1,700 crore we spend on them?
Inspite of producing 9,885 world-class engineers in computer science, electrical, electronic, chemical, mechanical, production fields every year...
a) The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, though successful with the Russian Cryogenic Engine, has time and again failed with the indigenous cryogenic engine. We have succeeded only once with our indigenous cryogenic rocket.
b) Indigenous submarines are still a distant dream because of the technological complexity in building them. Though many projects are coming up in our own shipyards, they are happening because we are merely manufacturing them in India with foreign technology.
c) The indigenous Indian Small Arms System rifles for our army, developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation, have always been reported as problematic, and we import assault rifles from Israel.
Why could our world-class engineers, who are educated with tax payers' money, not have built them?
3) This is what our top IITians gave a miss
A Right to Information application that was filed recently has shown that less than 2% of engineers at the Indian Space Research Organisation are from IITs and the National Institutes of Technology. Our best space programme doesn't get our best engineers every year.
The army doesn't get engineers and officers from the IITs. Between 1986 and 2006, not a single IITian has joined the Indian army.
The DRDO has a shortage of more than 2,700 scientists, and it is stretched and overworked, but our world-class engineers don't find it challenging.
4) If an IITian wants to run an online shop, then why do I, a taxpayer, have to pay for his chemical engineering degree?
Going by 2013 figures, Flipkart, the online mega-store, recruited seven students from IIT Madras in 2013.
One can understand the logic behind Flipkart hiring a computer science engineer. But six of the hires had studied aerospace, chemical, metallurgy, bio-technology and engineering physics. What specialist knowledge will they bring to Flipkart?
These students do not have any interest in what they learnt in their four-year undergraduate programme, and want to erase their history by moving to a different field.
5) Why did I pay for Chetan Bhagat's mechanical engineering degree?
I have nothing against Chetan Bhagat, but I do know that Indian taxpayers paid to make him a mechanical engineer. He has done everything but engineering.
Another RTI filed with IIM Bangalore has revealed that out of the current batch of 406 students, 97 students are from IITs. Fifty-six of these are students with less than two years work experience.
If all these engineers wanted to be was managers, why does the tax payer need to pay for their engineering education at the IITs?
6) Get a loan, why seek a subsidy?
All students from IITs can get collateral-free loans from nationalised banks for upto Rs 20 Lakh.
And IITians are obviously so awesome that companies are eager to pay them crores of rupees.
Then why should a world-class engineer who makes crores of rupees and adds no value to India be given a subsidised education at the IITs? Can't they get educated with a bank loan of their own and repay it after getting their huge salaries?
7) Remittances help forex? Nope, not really.
Whenever there is a debate on brain drain from the IITs, the remittances issue pops up. Many believe that IITians who go abroad send back remittances and contribute to foreign exchange reserves. However, it is a pittance for India.
A report in the Economic Times shows that out of the total remittances of $70 billion to India, the remittances from IITians who go to developed countries is much lower than the remittances from the Middle East to the state of Kerala.
Most of the Malayalis in the Gulf are blue-collar workers, not IIT engineers.
So, why should the common man subsidise an IITian's college fees
8) We pay to import things IITians refuse to build for us:
9) So, why should the common man subsidise an IITian's college fee?
It might provoke angry debates but truth can't be reversed 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Kota Shame: 7 Year Old Kota Boy Killed by Kidnappers

Body of a 7-year-old boy, who was kidnapped last evening, has been found today in a canal in Bundi district, police said.

Rudraskh, son of a bank manager Punit Handa, was abducted yesterday from a park here where he was playing with his friends, they said.

"The body was spotted in Nanta canal in Bundi's Talera police station area by a passerby in the morning following which the body was taken out and postmortem was conducted by a medical board," Additional SP, Kota, Rajan Dushyant told PTI.

Station House Officer (SHO) of Jhawar Nagar police station Haricharan Meena said the boy's hands were tied and there was no injury mark.

"Exact reason of the death will be clear once the postmortem report comes," he said.

According to police, the kidnapper had demanded a ransom of Rs 2 crore and threatened to kill the boy if his father informed police or did not arrange the money.

Following the report of abduction, an alert was sounded at all check points and footages from CCTV cameras installed at the private institutes around the park have been investigated to trace the abductors, Meena said.

"Other children who were playing in the park last evening said that an unknown man was trying to become their friend by offering them chocolates. However, this was ignored by the elders and the suspicious man abducted Rudraksh," he said.

A suspicious white-coloured car was spotted near the park last evening and efforts are on to trace it and nab the culprits, he said.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje condemned the incident saying it would not be tolerated at any level.

"Additional Director General of Police

Chief Minister has asked the state BJP President Ashok Parnami, PWD Minister Yunus Khan, and Kota MP Om Birla to rush to Kota to console the bereaved parents and supervise the incident.
(crime) has been deputed to camp in Kota immediately, probe the case at the earliest and arrest the culprits", quoting Raje a CMO spokesman said.

Question Still Remains: How much safe is KOTA ??

Friday, October 10, 2014

IIT JEE Girl Aspirants can now clear IIT-JEE with ‘Udaan'

cbseWith a goal of enabling more number of girls joining the engineering colleges, CBSE has now come forward to help 1,000 girl students per year to prepare for the IIT-JEE. Girls from all boards, and not just CBSE are to be benefited with this initiative of CBSE, which is known as Udaan. Girl students from various boards of class 11th and 12th shall be selected and shall be provided free guidance and assistance in preparing for IIT-JEE entrance examination.

 Criteria of CBSE for selecting the eligible students for free IIT-JEE preparation
 With this novel step taken by CBSE, to help more number of girls prepare for JEE, the criteria of selection shall be based on the weekly test scores of some of the selected girl students and their scored points shall be redeemed as fees in any of the IITs or NITs. CBSE Chairman, Vineet Joshi said, “Student scoring the highest can make maximum points and earn enough of money to pay about 100% of her fees if given admission into any IITs or NITs.

Benefits from the ‘Udaan’ initiative
Benefits from the ‘Udaan’ initiativeUnder this initiative called ‘Udaan’ CBSE shall be offering the girl students free of cost, online and offline assistance. Selected girl students shall also be given tablets with some of the vital contents preloaded in it along with several tutorials, study materials and assessments. The progress of the students shall also be recorded and the feedback shall also be given to their parents. There shall be several interactive session to be taken place with the parents and peers of these selected girl students. A helpline is also being initiated by CBSE to clear the doubts of these girl students which shall help them in a better IIT preparation.

Statistics of higher education in India
  • Number of Degree Granting Institutions: 800 plus
  • Number of affiliated colleges: 36,000 plus
  • Number of student enrolling every year for higher education: 22 million
Enrollment of Indian Students by fields of study
Enrollment of Indian Students by fields of study

“As per the statistics of number of students taking admissions in the engineering colleges, 77% are boys and mere 23% are girls. With this initiative of CBSE we expect more number of girls turning up for the entrance test.” said CBSE Chairman, Vineet Joshi.

Admissions in Engineering Colleges

Fees Structure of IITs and NITs
Fees Structure of IITs and NITs

Several principals and teachers are being appointed as coordinators in every state. “School principals and teachers are to be coordinated with for this initiative of CBSE, to ensure more number of girls coming up and the deserving students get an opportunity to get benefited” quoted by K Unnikrishnan, one such coordinators in the state of Kerala.
Under the program, Udaan, CBSE has appointed several principals and teachers as coordinators in each state. “We will be coordinating with school principals and ensure that deserving girls in Kerala benefit,” K Unnikrishnan, one of the three coordinators in Kerala.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Harshita Kejriwal enters politics in IIT DELHI

AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal’s daughter Harshita has decided to make her foray into politics by joining the party’s student wing the Chhaatra Yuva Sangharsha Samiti (CYSS), which was launched today.

The daughter of the former Delhi Chief Minister will launch and expand CYSS in IIT Delhi, where she is currently pursuing her graduation. The youth wing, which was launched today, will have its presence in 50 colleges in the national capital, apart from Delhi, Jamia Milia and Jawaharlal Nehru universities.

There were questions on whether Harshita would join the CYSS to which an announcement was made here at Ghalib auditorium that she would expand the student’s wing in IIT Delhi. Harshita scored 96 per cent in the board exams and cleared the JEE exam to get into IIT Delhi.

Arvind Kejriwal himself is an engineering graduate from IIT Kharagpur. Besides, he even cleared the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) Exam before leaving the civil services to join social service and later politics.