Students from rural areas bag 25% of IIT seats this year
About 25 percent of the seats in IITs (Indian Institute of Technology) across the country have been secured by students from rural areas this year, as has been stated in a report released by IIT Mumbai. Last year, the percentage of students from rural areas securing seats in IITs was only 10 percent.
The report states that over 1600 students from low earning families, where the father’s annual income is less than INR 1 lakh, have also bagged admission in IITs this year and 1500 students admitted to IITs this year belong to families where father’s annual income is more than INR 8 lakh.
The data on the educational backgrounds of parents show that fathers of almost 1100 students are only matric pass and fathers of 250 students are illiterate.
9.03% of total seats in IITs were taken by the girls as compared to 8% in 2014. 900 seats out of 9974 seats were secured by girls this year.