The results of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)-Advanced were declared last week. The successful applicants are eligible for admission to the seven older Indian Institute of Technology (IITs), eight IITs established recently, IIT (BHU) Varanasi and ISM-Dhanbad.
This report and anecdotal information gives the impression that the "brand name" of IITs may be somewhat devalued.
The fact is we neglected the establishment of quality public education institutions, both at the school and university level for over three decades.
A significant proportion of the students entering IITs know from day one that they are not interested in an engineering career, but do so under parental and societal pressure or a lack of choices for obtaining decent education.
The insinuation that the IITs may have deteriorated in academic excellence is absolutely unfounded.