The whole system revolves around grades, “The rat race” is what I call it.
Here I’m writing an incident that happened with my friend in IIT Delhi. He had shared this on quora.
Now next words by him
“A recent personal experience: Major Thesis Project. First entire department was given a classic lecture on how we should follow our interests, do research in areas of our choice, talk to professors. Then the announcement was made of not allowing the project to be conducted in any other institute or even another department (including Computer Science@ IITD). And then the list of projects was released as a result of student’s discussion with faculty members. And ALAS! Next it is announced projects will be “allocated on the basis of GPA”. Made a complete joke of research interests as people with higher GPA who hadn’t spoken took the projects which seemed to be lucrative on their CVs, and the ones who had actually spoken were left hunting desperately to pick ‘just something’ to complete their degree”.
Yes IITs allot research work to only those who scores good mark!!! Albert Einstein was not good in school studies that doesn’t mean that he was not intelligent. Students with low marks can excel in many things in life. They can be good scientists. But GPA is the only thing here to measure one’s intelligence!!
Now I’m talking here more about Rat Race.
A significant fraction of the top-creed folks try to get admission in Top universities of USA. They do go a ridiculously long way to achieve some of these goals to the point of insanity (eg., race one another along corridors to be able to get a seat in the very first row of the next classroom).
Folks are going super-aggressively competitive and in all honesty, the passion for learning itself is getting destroyed. This is very disappointing to me. It is possible that a lot of folks change their perspective towards learning as they step into universities and institutions abroad, but when it comes to India, it is all just a survival-game culturally.
There are many ways of managing higher grade without knowing the subject. Certain courses are termed “chill courses” and professors “chill professors” for the grading is lenient in these courses. What it often means is cram notes one day before, do the tutorial and you would be in a good position to get a 9-10 grade. This is a widely used method to increase grades, even if the appeal of the course is zero to the student. The student who rather opts for courses which appeal to him loses out comparatively on grades as here input:output ratio is much worse. The choice therefore lies with this student on how long he can abstain from the rat-race. Lower grades don’t just mean bad interns, bad jobs- it also has other downsides (mentioned in ‘Administration’). Once he takes the hard decision of doing such shitty courses, the analytical ability of the mind goes on a constant decline. It’s a bad feeling I would say.
The whole IIT Education system is based on RG giri. RG giri is something that is used for selfish students who actively try to screw you. (Like one my friend was who used to study daily for 5-6 was disturbing others on the day before exam.!!¡¡¡)
Now I’m talking more about academics.
The curriculum is reduced, yes, but leaves out important stuff. Humanities education is almost absent. There aren’t too many courses or course methodologies that would inculcate critical thinking, analysis and expression, argumentation and logic. We are so down into the ‘objective’ rabbit hole, that we have practically no course where people can practise some extent of technical or descriptive writing. Listen to an average IITian trying to argue about something and you’d notice lack of all the above. The fact that all this curriculum is decided by professors who are all engineers themselves often makes this a positive-feedback problem.
Well thanks for reading. I am not blaming IITs but blaming Indian education system. I am writing this and doing all these stuff to improve IITs and Indian education system.