Saturday, May 29, 2010

Let me start fresh...

After a long, seemingly never ending break, I am retrying to rejuvenate my dying blog. From now on, I will be regular in my blog postings to start writing about anything I feel strongly about.

Today, I have decided to write in the favor of establishing more & more IITs in India. Currently, there are fifteen of them, namely, Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur (the oldest 5),  Guwahati (1994), Roorkee (2001), and then the very recent additions to the IIT network: Patna, Hyderabad,  Indore, Bhubaneshwar, Mandi (Himachal Pradesh), Jodhpur (Rajasthan), Rupnagar (Punjab) , Gandhinagar (Gujarat).  Given such a large population of India, I feel it makes sense to have more such institutes of national importance available to the people of India. I hope it will definitely give a great percentage of population ample amount of opportunities in the years to come in various fields of engineering and pure sciences.

But all this will be possible only when we also make sure that we aspire to maintain the teaching standards and facilities in all the new IITs. This will help in not letting IIT brand diluted over the years rather making it even stronger with the ever increasing alumni network.

Why I think this is going to be in favor of the growth of India? Just take an example of one of the most developed country in the world, United State of America, they also have lots of great universities with just 1/4 of the population of India and a great number of them are well equipped or even better facilities than available in the top IITs. Same is the case with China. I think every state in India should have their own IIT and the state government, private sectors and central government should strive to make them better & better over the period of time. I know it is easier said than done but just imagine India has more of IIT like institutes producing a great number of smart scientists and engineers in great many fields, wouldn't it help India lead in all those fields?

Some people will argue this is not going to solve the above problem as great number of IITians still leave the country to pursue opportunities elsewhere in the world but I still feel this is just a temporary problem which is going to be resolved in the coming years with the growth of Indian market and slow down in the US/Europe market and when people will start getting comparable or even better opportunities in India.