IIT’s on the slide?

28 Feb

There is an interesting article in today’s Deccan Herald by Bhamy V Shenoy on the Decline of Brand IIT.

The most interesting part of this article is the fact that India Inc prefers to hire people from other institutes because they are “mouldable”.

Another part of the article suggests that most IIT entrants these days are there because of the rote learning method that is put out by all the coaching classes and suggests that the students who get in there are not high calibre (as in well rounded). Interesting stats that point to more students from AP and Rajasthan getting in because of these coaching classes being present there.

In addition, the article suggests that the teaching itself is outmoded.

Your thoughts?


9 Responses to “IIT’s on the slide?”

  1. Veena February 28, 2007 at 6:32 am #

    True.. There are some classes called ‘BASE’, I am hearing too much about it.. main college activities are side lines compared to this one. Not too sure whether their quality is high. About the mouldable part, it sounds agreeable.

    Anyday IIT will be a dream for people like us.. Atleast I have a person in our team who has MTech from there & I am not so impressed by his problem solving skills or what ever.. May be he is from Andra & I am prejudiced 😉

  2. gmohanprakash February 28, 2007 at 7:27 am #

    I will just say “Common sense is so very uncommon”.

  3. praneshachar February 28, 2007 at 8:47 am #

    Yes it is true Rajasthan and AP the menace of IIT coaching is too much. I was told in Rajasthan they provide full time coaching with hostel facilities and even students who pass plus II are going and take full course and take exams. for their hefty fees they assure you a seat. I dount whether there is any nexus like getting QP etc. etc.,
    AP is no less BASE is the craze at Bangalore. Those who go without these coaching backup will excel and otheres will not (AP & Rajasthan type)
    good post

  4. silkboard February 28, 2007 at 6:03 pm #

    Having been to one, I have something to say on the subject. The hiring problem is more about retention more than moulding. And yes, there are smarter people around than IITians. The thing about the place is atmosphere – lot of annoyingly sharp and intellectual people for company.

    Few friends who went to US for higher studies said we have better Profs back here.

  5. Vijay March 1, 2007 at 5:14 am #

    SB: Good to know an insiders viewpoint. I dont think there is any doubt on the quality of the IIT alumni of the past.. just look at the whos who in industry worldwide and its filled with IIT’ians. I guess the question is whether in 20 years time you would have the same quality of Alumni.

  6. praneshachar March 1, 2007 at 10:23 am #

    I think it is an example of commercialisation of these IIT admissions by these
    so called coaching academies.
    as vijay said there is no doubt about the quality of the alumini of IIT. IIT’s have made a name for itself and so IIT’ans are in huge demand.n concern is the quality in these prime Institutions should be maintained yes there may be many otherss from othe insitutuions who will also join them.
    Emphasis was on quality of inputs to IIT who go through this route of Coaching thats all

  7. silkboard March 1, 2007 at 11:03 am #

    If you remember the recent changes to JEE format, loosening the grip of these coaching schools’ assembly lines was one driver.

  8. praneshachar March 2, 2007 at 4:16 am #

    agrreed yes it is a step in right direction

  9. some body March 22, 2007 at 5:52 pm #

    for those who are interested in this discussion, check out churumuri :-).

    while on churumuri, i need to thank pranav for explaining that churumuri is nothing but jhaalmudi, whichever way it is spelled , which i can relate to!

    – s.b.

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