IIT's Recipe for success (I'd say disaster)

Dear IIT chieftains,

I read this article in the TOI and could not keep myself from writing this letter to you.

Maybe it won’t sound so strange 50 years from now, but today it sure does. Think about it, a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) !! To me it’s like saying I did my Master of Computer Applications(MCA) from the National Institute of Design(NID). For a moment lets assume that NID did have an MCA program and that I were proud to have pursued it, would the multinational tech giants really have cared for a techie from a design school? Perhaps they might have if all the other tech grads from all the engineering colleges in India had been taken. So, NID’s program would be setting itself up for failure right from the get go because it will only attract wanna be techies that can’t get in elsewhere.

Cmon people! Don’t you guys have anything better to do than to take a handful of India’ top tech colleges that are known worldwide and set them up for failure?? Why do we need to try and make the IIT’s like the MIT? Why aren’t we proud of the IIT’s the way they are? Besides the last time I checked MIT wasn’t churning out Ivy league doctors or was even thinking about it.

Haven’t you guys learnt from your MBA mistadventure? Even after years of having the MBA program you’re nowhere near the IIM’s and I’ll bet that even the fortune teller parrot on the street will predict that you’re not going to get there in the foreseable future.

Let’s be honest, if the IIM’s were to announce that they are venturing into engineering, won’t you guys roll on the floor laughing at their naivity? So, why do you guys want to risk losing everything espcially when you guys have more on your plates right now than you can possibly chew?

“On the other hand, IIT-Roorkee director S C Saxena said the 54% expansion to accommodate OBC students and mentoring new IITs meant that they already had more than what they could handle.”

I know you didn’t ask for my opinion but as a die hard aficianado of the IIT’s, I am obligated to say, please listen to your very own,

“Educationist and former director of IIT-Chennai P V Indiresan, who has spent a large part of his life in the IIT system, said the institutes had been synonymous with excellence and they must not start any programmes unless they got very good faculty for the same.”

let the IIM’s do their job, AIIMS their and you on yours. If you must do something, why not give MIT a run for it’s money to the no. 1 spot in the world?

Sincerely,

Die-hard IIT fan

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