An NTMN reporter accompanied Baweja to an infertility-care hospital today, where he came to spread his idea and to get customers. We talked to a few couples seeking artificial insemination. One of them revealed, “While seeking someone’s sperm, couples do worry about the family-background, character and educational qualifications of the donor. They want the best genes for the child. Coming weekend, even our ad will be out in the papers, seeking IITians with a CGPA of 8 and above to donate a sperm for as much as 1 lakh rupees, which is further negotiable according to the individual’s professional résumé. Money is not an issue for us here. We will assume we paid the entire amount in our child’s coaching for JEE.”
“Are you ready to accept donors from other top-notch engineering colleges too? Like DTU, NITs and the like?” we asked the couple. To which they said clearly, “No way, only the best for our child!”
The trend has invited widely mixed response. While business experts have lauded Baweja for the unique entrepreneurial idea, IIT coaching centres are not very happy. LOOT-JEE founder D.K. Bose is a disappointed man. He believes that if children are born to become IITians, who will come to the coaching centres like his! “This is just not done! It has taken us several years to settle this business, how can they kick out our only source of income so easily?” he said. “We were also entrepreneurs once, but we didn’t do any such unethical thing. In fact we changed the face of mankind by training even not-so-intelligent students to make the crack, with our special tips and tricks for fruitful rote-learning. This commercialisation of education that we have accomplished is, thus, the wisest thing to have happened in a long time. And this is what we get in return!”Newspapers have been flooded with requests for similar advertisements. Specifications vary from “Donor should be from one of the old IITs only” to “Donor should, apart from being an IITian, be able to respect girls too”. A couple with both husband and wife being professors of English, specified, “Donor should be an IITian but not Chetan Bhagat”. Sperman Baweja, the man behind “Awesome Sperms” tells us some of the requests that he has received also specify the JEE rank-range that the donor should belong to, while others are a bit more relaxed, allowing alumni from IT-BHU and ISM Dhanbad as well.
IIT students, meanwhile, are in a confused state. While some are amused, some others are not. Still others are too shocked to say anything. “I can try it as an alternative source of pocket-money. DU girls these days anyway like to make us poor guys spend a lot, so it will be of much help,” an IIT-Delhi student tells us. Rajiv of IIT-Rajasthan says, “I just hope that we get our righteous recognition here at least. Despite qualifying JEE with high ranks we, in the new IITs, have been suffering a severe lack of fame and name. I hope this will not add to our woes and prove to the world that hum bhi apne sperm se bohot bohot chamatkaar kar sakte hain!!”
Some IITians are, however, against the idea. Their reason is best explained by the argument put by an IIT Bombay alumnus, Tarun: “Most of us have to struggle for the entire period of our engineering life to get ONE girlfriend. But no one pays heed to us, because they want the swankier studs of other not-so-reputed colleges. Why should we let others make use of our brains then? Instead of selling sperms for money, I say the IITians should ask for a girlfriend in exchange! I bet no couple would be able to afford it then!” Tarun’s friend Varun, however, says very casually, “I seriously don’t care man. But I just hope this sends out a message to all the pricey girls out there that we have what no one else does. Besides, we the ‘non-maggus’ stand a chance to outshine the maggus for the first time in life here. Hehe…”
While Sperman Baweja thanks the Chennai couple for his million-dollar idea, NTMN hopes that the trend makes way for students of other colleges too. Here are our suggestions:-
1. NIFT — for girly girl-babies and, err, girly boy-babies.
2. IIPM — for a child who will be able to think beyond the IIMs when he is not able to get admission into one.
3. SRCC — for future Sachin Tendulkars who will freaking GET THAT HUNDRED!