On a serious note, according to Mr. Murthy, the mushrooming of coaching institutes is a deterrent to the quality of students qualifying for arguably the toughest exam in the world. But, I would like to ask him a question, “Do you think the current curriculum followed in any of the higher secondary boards sufficient to crack JEE?” The students go to the coaching institutes because they produce results and they are pretty much visible. As they say seeing is believing. As a matter of fact 95% of the students clearing the JEE have reportedly been taking coaching in some form or the other. I believe there is nothing wrong in it, obviously if one strives to be among the best he would not care for the means, and he shouldn’t either. With the framework of the education system entirely dependent on rote learning, there is no way one can have the cutting edge without some extra guidance. Ultimately it all comes down to the vicious circle of the education system, coaching industry and the Joint Entrance Examination, with the IITians becoming a soft target now and then, more so, in the recent past.
My point here is: why take a dig on the students, rather than doing something to restructure the current education system to prevent the so-called influence of the coaching mandis like Kota, who just help the so-called not-so-good students with the so-called pattern recognition techniques and make them clear the exam. On the retrospect, I believe even if such not-so-good students are able to clear this exam they are probably much smarter than the bright kids and are able to find the loopholes in the system, optimise their efforts accordingly and cash on it! Why make a fuss over it! Don’t we believe in getting the smart people on the table!! I know it sounds a bit rhetorical but then, do spare a thought.
Good research in India is as scarce as hen’s teeth and in this context I would like to put this question to Mr. Murthy, an IIT alumnus himself: why don’t you come forward and invest in quality research? Why do you need to ask the government to fund it? When you are setting your sight on making the quality of research in India at par with the MITs and the Harvards, why don’t you yourself take a stand as the Googles and the Microsofts?? Moreover, in India a Ph. D. student is looked down upon by even the undergraduates, and most corporates do not even recruit them. How are you possibly going to change this prejudiced mindset, another impediment to quality
research work in our country?
Some understandings I generated for the falling standards are: the increased quota system (I didn’t want to bring it here, but then had to), the number of attempts for JEE going down to 2 since 2006, the increasing number of IITs, the decreasing number of world-class faculty members: all lend a hand to the declining standards of IIT, but the bottom line is: come what may, these students are still the
All said and done, I wish to know why Chetan Bhagat (another IIT alumnus … sigh!) cannot mind his own business (if at all he has any) and has to poke his nose in every other news relating to IIT—a publicity stunt?? I hope not, but sounds very probable considering his new book release was on the cards. I just hope he doesn’t sit down on a fast (which seems to be the coolest thing today) next time someone takes the IITians to task! After all, after Sex and SRK, the new phrase is “Sex and IITs sell”. On hindsight, I expected Mr. Jairam Ramesh as well to come up with furore against Mr. Murthy, but sadly he did not.
A non-IITian, who would have liked to be in an IIT, even if it meant to be a part of the remaining 80%.
P.S: I just hope CB doesn’t come up with a loooooooong post in this Sunday’s TOI editorial.