'Half of IIT-B students skip lectures as they are boring'

  • Apoorva Puranik, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Sep 22, 2015 20:12 IST

More than half (56.7%) final year students of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, (IIT-B) said the primary reason for not attending classes regularly was that lectures were monotonous. Around 50.8% said they didn’t feel like they learnt anything from classes.

The survey found that entrepreneurship was popular among students with nearly one in four (23.2%) saying that they would be working in an entrepreneurial field five years down the line -- the highest among all categories. However, only 4.6% said they will take to entrepreneurship immediately after leaving the campus. Nine out of 10 (92.8%) admitted using unfair practices for assignments, the least cheating happened during semester examinations.

The survey was conducted by the institute's students’ media body, Insight. A total of 259 students of graduating batch of 2014 were sent questionnaires to assess their academics, beliefs and career plans. Mihir Kulkarni, chief editor, Insight, said: “There are many students who lose interest in academics after a few years in IIT, forcing them to be dishonest in assignments and exams. Like the survey shows, sometimes professors are not able to connect with students to maintain their interest," said Kulkarni.

More than 45% of the students said the quality of teachers was poorer than expected. The results of the survey have been submitted to the students' affairs department, which will take up some key issues, Kulkarni added.

Around 71% students wish to settle in India while 8.5% said they'd want to settle in the US. IIT-B, which has a dedicated LGBT resource group, also surveyed the gender and sexual identity of students -- 97.7% students identified themselves as straight in their freshman year, 0.4% as gay, 1.2% as bisexual and 0.8% as ‘unsure.

By the end of their graduation, those identifying themselves as gay went up to 0.8% and the number of students who were 'unsure' about their sexuality peaked at 3.5%.

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