Another genius offers his solution to IITs not producing enough DeshBhakt types

posted May 1, 2018, 6:56 AM by Prashant Bhattacharji   [ updated May 1, 2018, 6:57 AM ]
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Kids + parents aspire for this route because it makes it easier for them to flee India, get into good grad schools abroad, or to move into the next orbit of income groups. If these institutes embark on some kind of grand civilizational mission to churn out more deshbhakt types those students will simply turn to private institutes like BITs Pilani and the new IIIT-D/H (which are also excellent conveyor belts to good grad schools or tech companies in the US/UK/etc). It's not as if the top layer of those colleges stays back.

Already, a lot of folk in the country's best high schools are applying directly to undergrad programs in the US (though this is often difficult and expensive so the JEE is still a reliable escape route). 4% of those who took the ISC 2015 class 12 exam left India for their undergrad. The level of problems the author presumably has in mind (clogged drains and potholed road) are critical but they don't require over-educated folk anyway, it just requires work done regularly with warlike seriousness and efficiency.

IITs are popular because they are excellent tools for specific objectives when it comes to careers, immigration and stepping stones to good grad schools. If they decide to be tools of a different kind they simply won't be half as sought after. We should make no mistake about it: beyond select pockets of excellence like the CS and EE departments, the only thing excellent about these institutes is generally the student intake.