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

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