29 Jul

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Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, used its ‘rural’ location to justify an illegal and secret quota it kept aside for staff wards for over four decades, twice rejecting calls from within the IIT community to scrap the reservation. The quota was critical to retain teachers who other institutions — including other IITs — were trying to poach, the IIT Kharagpur Board of Governors (BoG) argued as justification.

On monday it was exposed how India’s oldest IIT secretly blocked 25 per cent seats in its popular five-year science programmes for hand-picked nominees, even as others had cleared the IIT Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE).

At least one student beneficiary of this quota is at present a faculty member in the chemistry department at IIT Kharagpur.

The quota was started before the IIT-JEE was born in the mid-1960s and continued till 2005 when it was suspended and then abandoned the following year.

But the illegal quota was challenged internally by critics in 1988, and the IIT decided to phase out the illegal reservation — a decision it backtracked on.

The IIT BoG decided on November 30, 1988 to ask the Institute Senate “to work out the modality for phasing out the existing BoG quota system for admission to 5 year science courses progressively”, meeting minutes show. The Senate consists of administrators and teachers.

But the IIT did not phase out the quota and was again challenged by others win the IIT community in 2003. However, the BoG decided — at its meeting on January 13, 2003 — to continue with the quota.

“IIT Kharagpur, being located in rural surroundings, deprives its faculty and staff of advantages that other IITs offer their employees such as good school and college facilities,” the BoG argued.

The Board said it was “because of this (that) a number of faculty left IIT Kharagpur and joined other institutions”.

The BoG also decided staff wards don’t need to appear for IIT-JEE to benefit from the quota and authorised the Director and Senate to work out modalities for admissions to the quota.

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  • Camelpost July 30, 2010 at 7:06 am

    IIT at least discontinued the contoversial staff quota. But over the last two decades, till date, the Birla Institute of Technology and Science – BITS Pilani also has its quota under Direct Admissions for not only BITS Staff children but also for children of Birla Education Trust which runs various schools in Pilani and also for toppers of various Birla Schools in Pilani. The quota kids are not even required to take BITSAT the famous online exam of BITS for doing admissions by merit. In December 2009, one of the Pilani Birla Schools had an advertsiement stating “Sizeable Number of Seats under Management Quota for Admission to state of the art BITS Pilani” as Catch Line to attract students to enroll in the Pilani school. All those who are who is who in BITS administration in its Pilani, Dubai, Goa and Hyderabad campuses are all beneficiaries of this quota. There are people who became faculty at BITS and as school teacher just to avail the quota of BITS.In the Merit vs Quota debate, Indian Express Dated Nov 01, 2006 says that Prof Maheshwari, Vice Chancellor BITS Pilani had said: “We are for Merit and not for any Quota. The view is representative of the teachers and students of the institute. We pride ourselves on excellence and cannot let anything undermine it. Even my children can’t enter this institution, if they don’t qualify the entrance exam.” Its a fact that BITS Staff children get admission to Group B MSc (Hons)programs under staff quota and are allowed to do dual degree in Group C programs which include premium Information Systems degree. Those who cannot get in Group B in staff quota get into Group C General Studies. Not bad that IIT KGP during 1998 to 2005 admitted just about a 100 staff kids under the secret quota as compared to BITS Pilani whose Staff quota – Pilani schools quota direct admissions in last two decades would be over 600 till this year. Thats indeed a top ranking performance for an institution whose vice chancellor had said in public that even his children cannot enter BITS Pilani if they don’t qualify in the path breaking BITSAT.

  • kenny mayne November 4, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    IIT at least discontinued the contoversial staff quota. But over the last two decades, till date, the Birla Institute of Technology and Science – BITS Pilani also has its quota under Direct Admissions for not only BITS Staff children but also for children of Birla Education Trust which runs various schools in Pilani and also for toppers of various Birla Schools in Pilani. The quota kids are not even required to take BITSAT the famous online exam of BITS for doing admissions by merit. In December 2009, one of the Pilani Birla Schools had an advertsiement stating “Sizeable Number of Seats under Management Quota for Admission to state of the art BITS Pilani” as Catch Line to attract students to enroll in the Pilani school. All those who are who is who in BITS administration in its Pilani, Dubai, Goa and Hyderabad campuses are all beneficiaries of this quota. There are people who became faculty at BITS and as school teacher just to avail the quota of BITS.In the Merit vs Quota debate, Indian Express Dated Nov 01, 2006 says that Prof Maheshwari, Vice Chancellor BITS Pilani had said: “We are for Merit and not for any Quota. The view is representative of the teachers and students of the institute. We pride ourselves on excellence and cannot let anything undermine it. Even my children can’t enter this institution, if they don’t qualify the entrance exam.” Its a fact that BITS Staff children get admission to Group B MSc (Hons)programs under staff quota and are allowed to do dual degree in Group C programs which include premium Information Systems degree. Those who cannot get in Group B in staff quota get into Group C General Studies. Not bad that IIT KGP during 1998 to 2005 admitted just about a 100 staff kids under the secret quota as compared to BITS Pilani whose Staff quota – Pilani schools quota direct admissions in last two decades would be over 600 till this year. Thats indeed a top ranking performance for an institution whose vice chancellor had said in public that even his children cannot enter BITS Pilani if they don’t qualify in the path breaking BITSAT.

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