Monkey see, Monkey Do – IITian monkeys

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


Another annoyed, angry concerned IIT alumnus speaks..

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.

Signing off,

J Phani Mahesh

Something I accidentally chanced upon.. And its worth a read, hence this reblog. 🙂 enjoy.


(Dr. Manindra Agarwal’s Journey to the Primality Testing)

It was December 2002 when suddenly a rumor spread around in the Computer Science students, who had just graduated from IITK in May that year, that two of their batch mates had completed their PhDs in a matter of few months. It took no time for the mails to be circulated, phone calls to be made, yahoo messengers to ring the message among the students who were either working or were furthering their studies. Two of their own batch mates, friends of many, had completed their PhD and that too How!

When few got the real scoop, the news was even more interesting than the completion of PhD. They had invented an algorithm to solve a huge problem in Mathematics. It had been an open problem for a long time. They had invented an algorithm to test if a number was prime…

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IITian – The bizzare combination of Laziness and Awesomeness

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.

Signing off,

J Phani Mahesh