Tuesday, July 27, 2010

IIT-Kharagpur kept aside illegal quota for staff

The Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur was secretly — and illegally — keeping aside a discretionary admission quota for children of its teachers and staff for over four decades, admitting dozens of students to seats they failed to secure through the IIT-Joint Entrance. Documents accessed by HT using the RTI Act show the country's oldest IIT — started in 1951 — blocked 25 per cent of its seats in popular five-year
integrated science courses (up to M.Sc level) for handpicked nominees, even as students from the rest of India had to clear the IIT-JEE for admission. IIT wards merely needed 60 per cent marks in their Class XII Board examination and should have appeared in the IIT-JEE to be eligible for the quota seats, doled out at the institute director's discretion.

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