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MUMBAI: IITians may be brilliant in science and technology subjects, but they don’t seem to fare well in the English language.
According to a report in the Deccan Chronicle, IIT Madras in its recently held English proficiency test found that 13 per cent of the first year B.Tech and B.Tech students failed the test.
In all, 106 of the total 820 students found the English test difficult to clear it.
IIT Madras dean K. Ramamurthy told the newspaper, “Every year we conduct an English proficiency test for first year B.Tech and B.Tech (dual) programmes to identify students who have difficulty in English and help them to improve their skills during the course of study.’’
According to IIT Madras director Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, first semester students are being given a 40-hour special class, which includes two-hour sessions twice a week, to help them improve their English.
“By the end of the first year, all students catch up with English and for those who still want our help, we continue to give them extra coaching,” the IIT director said.