“Don’t dilute IITs”..

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s initiative to establish eight new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) has drawn flak from his own scientific adviser CNR Rao, who said Friday that the opening of so many new IITs is a “disaster”.

“Opening so may IITs in one year is a disaster. I had no idea that so many IITs have already come up in our country,”(link)

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), are a group of seven autonomous engineering and technology-oriented institutes of higher education established and declared as Institutes of National Importance by the Government of India. In the order of establishment the seven IITs are located at Kharagpur, Mumbai, Chennai, Kanpur, Delhi, Guwahati, and Roorkee. About 15,500 undergraduate and 12,000 graduate students study in the seven IITs, in addition to research scholars.

The IITs receive disproportionately high grants compared to other engineering colleges in India. Corpus funds in the IITs (other than Guwahati and Roorkee) are between Rs 60 and Rs 120 crore (Rs 600 million- Rs 1.2 billion).Other sources of funds include student fees and research funding from industry. This has translated into superior infrastructure and better faculty in the IITs and consequently higher competition among students to gain admissions into the IITs.

While the government has proposed to set up eight new IITs in the 11th Plan, admissions to six new IITs, albeit subject to the approval of the “competent authority of the Government of India”, are likely to take place during the counselling session of JEE 2008. .Of the six, the Punjab, Bhubaneswar and Rajasthan IITs have started classes from campuses of their mentor institutes — in Delhi, Kharagpur and Kanpur, respectively. The IITs in Hyderabad, Gandhinagar and Patna have started classes from temporary campuses — abandoned polytechnics — mentored by the institutes in Chennai, Mumbai and Guwahati, respectively.

Now comes the issue of diluting the brand equity and quality of education.There is no argument over the quality of infrastructure and faculty in IITs. The students enrolled there have to go through a high profile screening ,and those who pass the test,are obviously intelligent or bookish enough to prosper ,no matter where they enroll,may it be IITs or an online university..Of course,being in a studious enviornmnet can make a lot of difference,that too having lot of facilities like library,experienced faculty and like is a great advantage.But times are changing and now there are many many institutes offering the same facilities,of course with a higher price.

Not many cries loud when new ‘hi-fi’ private institutions pops up,that too with very high fees..Then why do they find it absolutely irrational that there are new IITs coming up,offering quality stuff at a cheaper fees?The fully flourished ones today were not ‘born’ as such..Rather,they evolved to a state of having lot of facilities and in due course,corrected and improved themselves,a process which took decades and didn’t happen in one fine morning..Baby IITs cannot be compared to IIT Mardas and Kharagpur..They’ll take time..Rather than trying to pull them down in the accuse of ‘dilution’,established ones/mentors should help them come up..Afterall,its an ample opportunity for the aspiring ones.

The alumni,who sob about ‘dilution’ aren’t worth it,as they study using people’s tax,and later fly abroad to make a good fortune for themselves..Why not create a pool of eligible ones,out of which atleast a few opts to stay back and be loyal?My small brain tells me that baby IITs are required as they will soon flourish,provided government and mentor institutes are supportive.It is true that there aren’t enough faculty.Why not increase the compensation,since there is a huge huge huge difference between pay in industry and in universities,for the same qualified person?

Where there is a will,there is a way..


I recall Saif making a comment in ‘Salam Namaste’,”Yeah bacche aise nasty kyun hai?,Why aren’t they born adults”????

  1. I think we need more Institutes to provide quality education and a country as big as ours can do with a few more IITs…or Engineering and Technology Institutes with any other names.
    The way we make it compulsory for the Army Officers to serve for twenty years (at least) we should make it mandatory for these students to serve the Tax payer for a certain number of years. Same goes for those doctors who earn their degrees at Tax payers’ expense.

    • Veena
    • September 8th, 2008

    @indianhomemaker – As far as I know, it is not compulsory for Army officers to serve for 20 years. Retirements benefits kick in at 20 years so many Army officers leave the army around that time.

    • Nimmy
    • September 9th, 2008

    @IHM,yes,even I believe that our country can easily afford many more such institutes…and ofcourse there should be compulsory service in homeland before they fly away..But it is sad that commitment has to be injected…

    @Veena,welcome to my small blog:) and yes,I know personally a Sir who had spent these many years i army,came to study MBA in reservartion for military,and he intended to retire as soon as he gained MBA degree..When asked about what is the need for such a degree at this stage of life,he said politely,”Retirement benefits”..lol…But it was great having a classmate like him..Indeed,Army personnels are so disciplined..

    • arjun2k
    • September 10th, 2008

    “Ofcourse there should be compulsory service in homeland before they fly away….”

    I prefer to disagree with you to some extent but not fully……

    There should not be any law for keeping them in their homeland…..Bcos its a market economy and even professionals are commodities….Free trade should be allowed…At the same time I wud prefer tax payers money not being used for their studies..Better hike the fees….Bcos i personnally believe there wont be any problem for these guys to get loans from banks showing their admission card to banks…..

    And I think you can share with us what other developed countries r doing in similar cases…

    • Nimmy
    • September 10th, 2008

    @arjun,I don’t care least if people go work even in Uganda..But it is shame on them when they do it after studying with taxpayers money..

    “Take loan”..:-) how easy solution..I agree

    “And I think you can share with us what other developed countries r doing in similar cases”..

    I don’t understand what you are trying to convey?Sorry,i ahve not been to any developed nation..My world is really small..

    Well afterall,what is the point in comparing India and developed country..India is developing in stock market but degarding in morals and villages..And afterall,students here and there are socially n ecnomically different isn’t it..

    I guess you can tell us do do the developed countries do with fees and higher studies..

    • Nimmy
    • September 10th, 2008

    Please have a general reading on what is after and before educational loans..


    And please share your thought on ‘diluting IITs’..Without comments blogging is boring:-)

    • Arjun P
    • September 10th, 2008

    U were not to Kashmir,but was able empathize with the common people there…. 🙂 So you need not live in a developed country to know how it works there…

    What I meant was like could you please research a bit on it, and give a solution that may be better and practiced elsewhere….

    Regarding the link u have posted…..readers please refer a more authentic information, because I dont feel that article in rediff is good enough 🙂

    • Nimmy
    • September 10th, 2008

    @Arjun..mm..u r right..I think I should write only about the four walls in my room…

    Lol..Why don’t you agree with that post???Its an unbiased one right?Aferall,the author is am IIM graduate herself…Could ypu pls tellme what is wrong with the article…lol.. No offence meant ok:-)

    And please share your thought on ‘diluting IITs’..Without comments blogging is boring:-)

    • Arjun P
    • September 10th, 2008

    “I think I should write only about the four walls in my room…”

    I never said that… I meant, you not live in US to know about US….Dont think i am always against ur blogs…Once in a while i may agree with 🙂

    regarding the rediff article…..Sorry it was my mistake……I didnt read it completely…I read only 1st half..So I didnt realize the author was a IIM graduate…..But even after reading the entire article now….I feel the author has exaggerated the difficulties faced by a person in paying off the EMIs…..From my experience its not that difficult….. 🙂

    • Arjun P
    • September 10th, 2008

    Again I forgot to comment on dilution of IITs……I feel you are right…We need to have more quality institutions….

    • Nimmy
    • September 10th, 2008

    @Arjun..lol..I don;t think you are against me..and thatz why im pressurizing you to make comments on all my rants..Thanks for the cooperation

  1. October 9th, 2008

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