Saturday, 8 October 2011

Quality Product Higher Technical Education

      Mr. Nagavara Ramarao Narayana Murthy’s comment that the standard of IIT students is going down is the manifestation of a malaise, the increased magnitude of which is now conspicuous. It’s the result of faulty decisions or oversight or absence of checks and balances which has lead the wannabes ‘without aptitude’ to enter the hallowed portals only on the strength of a transient minded coaching regimen or industry (a thriving one) which injects these wannabes with immediate vitamins, proteins, carbs, minerals, supplements (call them steroids) and make them chemical compounds. These chemical compounds are not the normal, ideal, desirable well rounded individuals who can tackle engineering challenges by sheer intellect and a ‘happily organized brain’ (what a term I just coined!) and aptitude or even common sense. They will probably be at their wit’s end when confronted with an out of the box challenge or maybe even one which is only slightly on the tougher side. These “made to order” chemical compounds will not have the necessary circuitry or networking inside their heads to devise a solution happily and smartly (READ “SMARTLY”) and then go home with satisfaction that yes, aaj main kaam aayaa (today I was useful) which means that yes, that is what I was trained for in the IIT’s, that’s what I am supposed to do. It’s my challenge only. Who else will if I don’t. This challenge is my piece (piece meaning ‘specific work only for me or us’, piece doesn’t mean revolver or pistol here). This malaise mentioned above is a result of the tendency to rush through recklessly and defile norms out of shamelessness, greed, the only focus being ‘get there somehow’ due to a blinkered approach . The policies, whether of the government or the Institute itself, don’t bother about the quality. So that is what has happened. They get there, but they don’t belong.
      Surely my own profession is suffering irrepairably. Not many realize it. There are Architects who did not have a Science background after their Higher Secondary and came to an Architecture college because of one test called NATA which you can clear out of sheer coaching. This started about ten years ago. As a matter of fact, Architecture in India will never unfortunately reach the real excellence because of a skewed Indian mindset in the current time. You can keep quoting excellence here and there, but the real discernible ones will only frown in silence. Our entire industry has played into the hands of the builder lobby. The operating buzzword is quick buck. The problem is also compounded since we have to confront scrupulous characters along the way. This hazard was unique to us. The Profession was never organized. But now there is an added burden also of the non deserving ones or the ‘chemical compounds of Architecture in India’ rubbing shoulders.
      Slowly and surely, every facet of India’s structure is being defiled by these ‘narrow ends’ seeking thought process (and they call it focussed).
      I am not from an IIT and don’t know about their functioning but there are a few general things I know very well. And I have been polite, mind it.
      Savour Videos below. I do not refute or endorse them but obviously effort has been made to keep them in conformity with the intent of the above ‘piece’. Scroll down for twitter tweets of a kind as well.

 Real Excellence

Suitable Engineer

 IIT malaise

Being Optimistic

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