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International offers at IITs hit by the pandemic blues

Source | | Sreeradha Basu | Prachi Verma | ET Bureau

Kolkata | New Delhi: International offers at Indian Institutes of Technology, which grew for the past three years, have hit a Covid-19 speedbump this year.

Seven top IITs — Bombay, Madras, Kharagpur, Guwahati, Kanpur, Roorkee and BHU — have together received 137 offers for international locations till now for the class of 2021, less than half of the 305 offers the previous batch had received, according to data culled from the institutes’ placement cells.

The sharpest drop in terms of numbers is at IIT-Bombay, where there are just 58 international offers this time, compared with last year’s 156. IIT-Madras has 14 offers against 33 for the 2020 batch, while at Guwahati, the number has dropped to a quarter of last year at seven. IIT-BHU has not received any foreign offers so far; it had five last year.

While there are hardly any offers from the US, with the likes of Microsoft and Uber not opening up international profiles so far, students

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