So I’m sick and tired of outsiders leering and asking me repeatedly if there is an IIT in Jodhpur. Yes, it is, and in case your general awareness was a little better, you’d know that there are now 16 IITs. All this debate about Smriti Irani deciding to open up a whole new set of IITs and the rage against it has got even more people talking, and I see all this negativity and hate about how the established IITs need to be improved before any such thoughts can be entertained.
And justified these arguments are completely, because it is not the smartest move in the book when all the 16 IITs can be much better than they are today. I am not an eternal optimist, and I am not biased against any institutions in particular, but I am a graduate from one of these “new IITs”, and though the picture is painted horribly and looks gory, the intrinsic beauty of all that gore is missed out by these posts.
And I decided not to argue, not to put myself into the storm’s eye, but when people from your own college, your batchmates, your juniors, start questioning the point of it all, the judgement of placements, and the idea of starting our own IIT, it all gets a little muddled for me. I want to seek the truth, but I have my own argument as well, and please read objectively before you feel the need to insult my intelligence.
My judgement could be flawed, but whom are you (you who speak ill of us) comparing yourself with. And on what criteria?
Maybe I like being rebellious, liking the underdogs, and generally just disagreeing with the whole lot of you, but let’s have a rational argument on this.
What exactly are your expectations from an IIT, or for that matter, any engineering college? Fantastic labs? Latest infrastructure? Brand name? Jobs? All of the above? Is it something as simple as canteens, good mess food, or career growth and opportunites?
I see IITJ students holding their own wherever I go. There is no weakness in terms of academics too. I admit, the gestation period is too long, but otherwise we’re doing fine as an institution aren’t we? A few hiccups are always felt in any organisation of this size. Any one who has organised a festival will know this. IITJ may not equip us with getting into the Ivy Leagues across the world right now but it equips us with life skills.After that, it’s what you do with it that matters.
I’m not saying the faculty couldn’t be better, the facilities couldn’t be better, but even with that, there’s no saying we’ll have better placements, if jobs are what you’re looking for. Which college today has the best infrastructure, the best labs? The private ones with the most money? IITJ has some very good students who do something – they teach you how to live. I’ve told people the same thing and I get a statement saying that that’s not what they came to IIT for. Are you just looking at placements and careers as an end motive?
But then in your defence, you are not comparing yourself with these private colleges. You are comparing to older IITs?
At an old IIT, you get a nice good 20 lakh job once you graduate. As soon as you collect your certificate, companies jump the line to get you and pay you lakhs of rupees. Just because you are from an older IIT. Right? Look again.
Again, I’m not blaming the students who didn’t get placed. Sometimes it’s just hard luck. But that doesn’t mean that getting all these facilities would have gotten jobs. Don’t blame the facilities hence.
Enough companies come to campus to pick each and every one of us. But so many times we hear of companies who come and don’t pick anyone and return. Do you think these companies spend lakhs of rupees to fly all the way, spend three days of their time with you, and not pick anyone just to tease us? Let’s look inside before we blame outside. But the blame would have to be shared by the administration or the faculty for not creating the conducive atmosphere. So what’s a conducive atmosphere?
I can understand if on weekends also students want to go to labs and do work and we’re not giving them the conducive atmosphere. I still remember how people used to shout when the TV cards used to be taken away for an event or a festival to increase attendence. At the end of the day, we’re large pampered kids who want to have their cake and eat it too.
All people want to do is enjoy their time, and be handed a job at the end of the road. Sweet!
Well, it doesn’t work that way!
I heard this once – in August of the best year of CSE recruitment till date: “Where are the CSE companies? You placement people are doing timepass. We want our jobs.”
Taking part in extra-curriculars works. I’ve seen it on countless occassions. You ask me if not brand name, if not good infrastructure, what will get you a job?
Companies want proactive people, along with some smartness. Smartness almost every person in college has.
You can see it in the confidence at the end of four years.
You can differentiate easily between people who worked and who didn’t. And that is where our IIT is going in the direction of other IITs. We’re adopting the bad habits. In an ideal world, you shouldn’t be able to differentiate between any two randomly picked up students from a batch. The deviation should be zero, and the average should be high. Kalra sir warned us about this.
Another thing, there is no ownership. People don’t care about what other people are upto as long as they can enjoy. And then, they want a nice fat job offer waiting for you at the end of the tunnel. Well, wake up, reality is here. If you slog, life will reward you. No matter the circumstances.
This essay of sorts is the making of random conversations I’ve had with some of you over quite some time, as well as majorly with Krishna Sudhama over the past few hours. Many thanks to them for their inputs. If you have more, kindly let’s start a discussion below. I would appreciate if there were no name calling, and definitely, if this does not concern you, refrain from commenting.