Around 400 Muslim candidates around the country have cracked the IIT-JEE, the competitive examination to qualify for admission into the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology. The number is though far lower than what the community would deserve by way of proportional representation, it is still encouraging because those who made to the final list were much lower—just above negligible—in numbers previously. Reaching the figure of 400 could have been a dream earlier.
The final list of the IIT-JEE has a total of 24,112 students who have been declared to have secured ranks in various categories in 2012. Muslims are 391. According to JEE Chairman G.D. Reddy, only 19,426 of the successful candidates have been shortlisted for counseling for admission to 9,647 seats in the IITs and other institutes. Fortunately, Muslim candidates have got ranks within 19,000 – 188 have got ranks within 10,000 — it means, God willing, all will get chance to face counseling. The highest ranker among Muslims is Mohammad Hafeezul Rahman (Rank 159) and the lowest among them is Shoaib Khan (Rank 18,408). The enhanced representation this year in IIT-JEE could be attributed to some minority focused coaching centres established during the last five years. The pioneering among them was Patna based Rahmani-30. Set up in 2008, the free residential coaching centre of Rahmani Foundation, under the patronage of Maulana Mohammad Wali Rahmani, has been regularly sending its candidates to IIT-JEE since 2009 with increased success year after year.
A total of 16 students of Rahmani-30 were able to crack the IIT-JEE this year. Seven of them were of the current batch that ended in March 2012 while six were from the last two batches of 2010 and 2011 who were less than fortunate during the two previous attempts. Three students from LEAD Trust, a new initiative from Bangalore, too were able to crack the entrance test this year. It could be said to be an offspring of the Patna experiment. More than 5.6 lakh students had appeared for the IIT-JEE on April 8, 2012 for admission to nearly 9,600 undergraduate seats in the 15 IITs and other institutions.
There are 15 IITs across the country. They are located at Bhubaneswar, Mumbai, Delhi, Gandhinagar (Gujarat), Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Kanpur, Kharagpur (West Bengal), Chennai, Mandi (Himachal Pradesh), Patna, Ropar (Punjab), Varanasi (in Benares Hindu University) and Jodhpur.
(With inputs from TwoCircles.net)
More than 5.6 lakh students had appeared for the IIT-JEE on April 8, 2012 for admission to nearly 9,600 undergraduate
seats in the 15 IITs and other institutions.