Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Why should IITs be closed?

This discussion was started on under a group"India Leadership Network "The comment below is the posting made by me on the discussion board:


This is very interesting discussion and I am making my comments to make the discussion more meaning full. It is important to note that I am management Post Graduate with a state level organization and have never been to IIT or IIM but have been fortunate to look people and networked with them closely.

1.Instead of closing IIT and IIM other institutes should also brought to the level where good education be provided to students .For the last 10 years more than 1600 engineering and 1200 management colleges have come in country of which more than 50% students who have passed out are simply un- employable. This is creating frustration for the young Graduates and their parents.

2.Like Medical Graduates for which the Government is trying to implement a plan that to go to post graduate courses these student should serve the rural area and thus some credit mark for benefit in admission for higher studies be given to them. Similarly there may be some plan to take the services of the IIT Graduate and Post Graduate who may be asked to serve some area which is for the development of the country. Not just taking the benefit of qualifying one entrance exam and then taking every facility provided by social infrastructure of the country for a ride and just look for personal benefits only there after.

May I suggest that that aspirant of M.Tech from IIT may be asked to teach for one year in the private colleges of the country. This will give chance to them to serve the community the students studying in such college will know the subject from the people who are trained by the best trained people. The burden of salary may be shared by the college and Government. After all we need large number of technically skilled manpower for the development of the country .

3.Similarly the Graduates may be asked to contribute some time to the skill training centers of the country like polytechnic ITI's etc or other productivity centre. This will give to benefits to the society in following manner:

(a) The IIT Graduates rest of the life will have some kind of belongingness with the centre they contributed and would like to continually in touch for the betterment of the centre and productivity .

(b) The skills they have gained while in IIT will be used directly for the benefit of development of the country which this country requires urgently .Not just the foreign exchange earned by IITans and other passed out students from high grade institutions.

If the idea given above looks good I can give a detailed plan for the same.
I am informed an annual meet is due in October this year of ExIITans in New Delhi. This idea can be taken to that forum as well.
Here I would like to share one more important information with all members that I had an opportunity to attend one seminar addressed by Sam Pitroda who was Chairman knowledge commission for the year 2005-08.He in his address informed the house that India needs more than 1200 Universities by 2015 against 369 odd number present today.

He also informed that India is a young Nation having largest population of young people. I simply put one question before him that are we geared up to exploit this advantage to full, because despite the fact India is young country we do not have enough infrastructure to make full use of it for the Nation .

But my worry did not end here, because by not exploiting this potential we are just loosing the extra advantage which we could have got had we been prepared. My worry more is that India will oldest country after 25-30 years when this population will get old. Are we planning to be ready with the situation we are likely to face after 30 years and take advantage of it. Else we will be looser again and situation may be out of control since young people will survive any ways but old people will surely need better infrastructure be it physical or social.

Ajay Singh"Ekal"

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