<$BlogRSDURL$>
My tweets

    Site Feed - Site Feed

    My other writings
    Cricket 24 x 7
    Jaagruthi
    Yahoo! 360
    Mayajaal
    My Bloglines
    My 43 things
    My LinkedIn
    My Facebook Profile On Orkut

    Mail me
    About me
    FlickrFlickr Feed

    Yahoo! Search



    Baakiyon ke blog
    Badri's Tamil thoughts
    Ganesh's Happily Haphazard
    Nitin's Acorn
    Prabhu's Pethals
    Raghu the reluctant Delhiite
    Samanth's blahg
    Sankhya the busy idler
    Srini the movie critic

    Creative Commons License
    Rabble Rousing Random Ramblings by S Jagadish is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.

    April 12, 2010
     

    How the IITs solve India's tertiary education problem

    In early 1993, before I wrote the IIT-JEE exam, I knew that there were around 2000 seats (including IT BHU) up for grabs, with at least 1 lakh students writing the entrance exam. i.e. ~ 2% of the students become eligible for a seat. I didn't make it to the next round only because I had made it very clear in my answer sheet that nothing short of Comp. Sci at IIT Kanpur would be acceptable to me.

    I was quite aghast to note that the ratio is still almost the same, with 4.7 lakh students 'fighting' for 10000 seats.

    Remember that in 1993, these 2000 seats were spread across 5 IITs (Kharagpur, Mumbai, Chennai, Kanpur and Delhi) and IT BHU. To the best of my knowledge, no-one wanted to touch IT-BHU even with a bargepole. They'd take Civil engg. in any of the IITs compared to Comp. Sci or EEE at BHU.

    Now, with 10000 seats across 15 IITs (+ IT BHU which still isn't an IIT!), the situation is more likely to be similar. 8 of the 15 IITs were established less than 2 years ago. Isn't there a high chance that a lot of the [top ranking] students who get through the JEE wouldn't really care to even bother about trying for courses at Bhubaneshwar, Hyderabad, Patna, Gandhinagar, Ropar, Jodhpur, Indore and Mandi?

    It seems that IITs are primarily around political symbolism. Promising (and occasionally enabling) the creation of an Indian Institute of Technology in the town, city, district or state is one of the best ways to capture votes, especially from the young hopefuls.

    In that sense, the political establishments of Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka and Kerala need to hang their heads in shame for not having a single IIT in their midst. The North East gets the standard token representation in the form of IIT Guwahati.

    If only having an IIT in every state solved India's tertiary education problem ...

    Labels: , , ,



    Some of the sites linked in my rants may require registration/subscription. Links within my ramblings open in a new window.
    Some of the links may now be broken/not take you to the expected report since the original content providers may have archived/removed the contents.
    All opinions expressed are mine alone. My employers (past, present or future) are in no way connected to the opinions expressed here.
    All pictures, photographs used are copyrights of the original owners. I do not intend to infringe on any copyright.
    Pictures and photographs are used here to merely accentuate and enhance the content value to the readers.


    Previous Posts
    Mouna Ragam and metamorphosis

    Does MF Husain accepting Qatari citizenship mean I...

    Parochialism pays

    Selective force-feeding

    Does a Telangana state make sense?

    Thumbi vaa to Gumm summ gumm

    How the collective wisdom of our leaders gets exhi...

    An austerity suggestion for the Indian government

    Amazing phishing attempt for PayPal

    Delhi-∞

    This page is powered by Blogger.