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More than 2,400 students have dropped out of the most sought after IITs in the past two years, reveals data provided by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) to the Rajya Sabha.

Of the 2,461 dropouts recorded from the 23 IITs, about 57% were from the IIT Delhi and the IIT Kharagpur, the data tabled on July 25 points out, The Hindu reported.

The IIT Delhi and IIT Kharagpur recorded 782 and 622 dropouts respectively. In the other IITs like Kanpur, Bombay and Madras, the dropout rate was far less. While 263 students dropped out of the IIT Bombay, 190 dropped out of the IIT Kanpur and only 128 from the IIT Madras.

Data also suggests that 47.5% of dropouts, that is 1,171 dropouts, are from the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Other Backward Class category.

“The dropout in the undergraduate programmes is attributed to withdrawal due to wrong choices filled, poor academic performance, personal and medical reasons,” the institutes were taking correctional measures to “de-stress students,” said the HRD minister.

In its response to the question asked by Rajya Sabha MP from Andhra Pradesh V. Vijayasai Reddy, the MHRD said the reasons could be attributed to “shifting to the other colleges/ institutions, personal reasons, medical reasons, placement during PG courses and pursuing higher education abroad”, The Hindu reported.

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