Let me start by clarifying that I am an Ape, not a monkey. Monkey see, Monkey do – To quote Wikipedia, it refers to learning of a process without an understanding of why it works. It can also imply the act of mimicry, usually with limited knowledge and/or concern of the consequences.
What has this to do with IITians? I assume you have guessed it by now. This article is a comment on my own family. The IITian family. Continue Reading
Today, I was reading a note in FB by one of my classmates, in which she was describing her second year experiences at IITD. With her permission, Here I present to my readers, an excerpt.
One week into the fourth semester and I realised this ain’t going to be an easy one in terms of academics and it wasn’t because the courses being taught were very-very difficult or something but because of the way they were being *forced* upon us. Where shall I begin, be it EEL 308( where I didn’t know what the hell was I doing and why, just for some stupid quizzes and marks or a grade) or be it EEL204(which I thought had led me to a level where for the first time in my life I doubted myself). Continue Reading
If there are thousands on a train platform and only one train, making the doors wider is not going to help the situation. You have to add more trains.
This is a statement from Chetan Bhagat‘s collumn in todays TOI. He is an alumnus of IITD, a famous writer, and a concerned Indian. Read what he has to say about proposed JEE reforms here (column in TOI).
As I was reading Newspaper today, I came across Kapil Sibal’s announcement that the decision to reform JEE and conduct a common Entrance examination was taken after taking all issues into consideration, and that the HRD ministry has no plans of stepping back, I couldn’t just control my laughter. No move has been so foolish ever. ( I know, The record wont stand long. :P)
IITs are already actively combating with state imposed reservations, substandard examination pattern since we switched to complete MCQ scheme, and various internal issues that are better kept to inner circles. Implement the reform, and that would be the last day we IITians could proudly say.. We are IITians. That would be the day India would lose one of its much-valued assets. That would be the day when all IIT alumni mourn for the death of IITs. Yes, I’m actually being modest. Implement the common entrance test as proposed, and I’d call IITs and their charm, a history of the past. Most would agree.
J Phani Mahesh
I don’t know if it comes naturally, or we pick it up from our environment, but its a fact that we are lazy. We – I refer to IITians here.
The awesomeness part needs no explanation. We, IITians have proved ourselves extremely capable, in various Engineering fields, both in India and abroad. We are Eleventh hour experts. It is at times funny to hear us being compared to rockets, because we never work,unless our asses are on fire. We never work on an assignment till the last moment. ( One of my friends used to copy assignments on his way to institute area. Others, including me, copied a bit earlier. ) We never look at whats been taught unless its one week or less to majors/minors. Forget all that! I miss my lunch a good number of times just coz I’m lazy enough to consider climbing down stairs a burden.
What troubles me is, we blame the system. But the system never asked you to not work, the system never asked of you to be lazy. So where is the problem? Albeit being different, we are same. All IITians share many things in common. Laziness and awesomeness are just two prominent qualities you cant help but notice.
Our new Director arranged for a meeting with us, then second-yearites, last semester. He had a problem to discuss. Our problem. The question was – “IITians are known for what they did before getting into IITs, and what they do after graduating out of IITs. Why not what they did while at IITs?” I promptly answered – Thats because the system trains us not to learn or analyze or anything like that. We are trained to solve. And solve efficiently, at the last-minute. And one can not expect miracles from such people. We excel after er graduate out of IITs because we know how to solve. It is a success and positive aspect, but not academic wise. Analysis of problems is what academics demands, one we seem to lack.
I started this post with entirely different intentions, and now, I end up writing this. huff!! I’ll write another post to say what i originally intended to, if i’m not lazy.
J Phani Mahesh
Six IITs ‘spoil’ Kapil Sibal’s common engineering test dream : North News – India Today.
Good news to all protesters out there, The change is delayed by at-least an year. IIT-JEE is not going to use Board marks as a basis for evaluation in 2013, since senates of IIT have said a no-no to the proposal. The video i posted recently, expressing IITD’s stance on the situation, may be of interest in this context. Everyone is against the use of board marks in evaluation, for two main reasons. One, the reason being given by ministry, that it will put a check on coaching institutes, is anything but sensible. All that can be achieved is perhaps, a shift in emphasis. This can be nothing but encouragement to more coaching for board exams. And the second and most important reason, being the lack of uniformity in board exam patterns across the country, and as Prof. Sanghi points out in the video, considering percentile marks is not an acceptable solution, atleast without testing.
Note to Kapil Sibbal: IITs are spoiled enough, thanks to reservations and MCQ pattern exams, let the IIT system decide what is best for itself. There is a reason IITs are under HRD ministry. We are considered human resources of the country, at-least Jawaharlal Nehru thought so. You have no right to impose what you consider best, on such a thing as IITs which Indians pride, atleast not unless we switch to autocracy.
(As a side note, the present state of India looks much like it runs Autocratic government. Democracy is nowhere except on paper. it is a shame to say that the worlds largest democracy is also the most criticized, highly unsatisfactory, and atleast to me, just a pseudo-democracy. If I’m not too lazy, I’ll write another blog post on this.)
IIT-B introduces deferred placement policy – Indian Express.
Good to hear that IITB is supportive. To summarize, IITB now has a deferred placement policy, which encourages students willing prefer entrepreneurship to jobs, by setting up a panel with mentors and angel investors to help the startup, and in two years time, if things go wrong, the student will be allowed to take part in campus placements, so this essentially functions as a fall-back safety net, and with the current trend of rising interest in entrepreneurship, I am sure this decision will be received with much pleasure.
As a side note, This, among many others, is one of the things i wish to see implemented at IITD, and every other institute in India.