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Mr. Oh-so-Educated

November 10, 2010

Over the past 4 years i have come across a herd of men who have bloat with pride and tend to believe that their ideas are infallible. There was a time when i was in shock and awe of these nerds but as time flew by i now understand them much better and am no longer impressed.

Popularly known as IITians, these people tend to dominate the social world, the job market and the marriage market. Known for their ‘intelligence’ and hard work they are the ideal ones to be a student’s idol. A great PR job has put them on top of the world

But are these men (usually men) as intelligent as they are projected to be? And even if they are, is their intelligence enough to change the world?

Well yes most of them are exceptionally brilliant, excelling in the world of computers and chemicals, automobiles and engines. They (most of them) become big (enough) entrepreneurs (rest stay back in IIT and sell drugs till the time they are kicked out- true fact). They are the ones who go to IIM or get jobs in Barclay’s. So yes they are intelligent. Come on they cleared the entrance, how many of us can boast about that!!

But the bigger question here is that does their intelligence really help the world? Well they are the pillars of support in a capitalist world but in terms of social science they are lacking a great deal. They might have created everything metal and nano around us but then how many of us are truly benefited by those chic ipads and ipods?? Cause those on the blogsphere are a minority in this big big world. There is a huge population out there from whom the future is rather bleak.

When this fact is put across our darling IITians they say that it is only through a technological revolution that one can truly establish equality. But these specty guys forget is that there are a lot more factors governing the human race than just technology. But they somehow overlook this basic fact. Ask him to create a model for food distribution and he will give you something after having applied algorithms and all. But what this little birdie forgot was to add constants called caste, creed, human nature and gender to name just a few.

If technology could benefit us then our lives would have become perfect a long time ago. What is outdated today was a technological revolution yesterday. Yes our lives have been made easy, we don’t have to lug heavy loads ourselves etc etc but there are certain things that have remained. Poverty, hierarchy, social evils.

I’m not saying that IITians are a bunch of over-rated good for nothing goons but I just want to say to all the Mr. Oh-so-Educated that there is a world beyond your world. You need to acknowledge its needs which are a lot more than another technological revolution.

PS: By IIT and IITians I’m not just pin-pointing at them but at any and everyone who has been fortunate enough to go to a GOOD college.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. November 10, 2010 4:28 AM

    I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

  2. November 12, 2010 6:31 PM

    Great post AN, I couldn’t agree more. 🙂
    So they maybe reasonably intelligent, but they lack a lot of social skills and basic EQ.
    And sadly a majority of IITians don’t even end up becoming engineers, such a waste of three years and a brain that could have worked so much qualitatively rather than quantitatively.
    Hopefully a few parents should get disillusioned by now, but some of them are still hell-bent on ruining their kid’s life by pushing them into this black hole so that they seem ‘intelligent’ and ‘well-educated’ to others. 😦

    • AN permalink*
      November 15, 2010 1:23 PM

      That is true…
      they just join IIT for the stamp…
      Thanks 🙂

  3. Abhishek Narain permalink
    November 29, 2010 1:01 PM

    1. Get your Facts correct. Yes every IIT’ian sits for campus placements and oftens ends up with a high end job. But a significant majority choose Higher studies in their respective fields ( read almost 30 % ).
    2. They choose IIM’s not because they want to be management guru’s or earn high end salaries, its becuase they want a challenge. The reason every iitian clears iit is not only because of the stamp associated with it, but because we like the challenge. No one can go one tirelessly study something for 2 3 years in school, in the pursuit of a stamp.
    3. I am always shocked when I read such articles. If we are to believe that this is the Technology Era / Information Era why should the one’s who excel in the particular field be criticized for excelling?
    4. You are aware of only the bright sunny side of IIT. Come and live here for 4 5 years on campus. In mud storied houses, with basic amenities lacking – often leading to death whenever there is a disease outbreak (read IITian dies due to Malaria) , the worst food ever , the most inefficient state ever. Apart from that away from family, away from society and even away from civilization. At the mercy of professors who are still living under martial law and with most grotesque rules. No wonder every year in kgp alone we have half a dozen suicides. ( read latest IIT kanpur girl suicide – topper , good job, department rank 1 , final year : just 6 months for graduation )
    5. The most intellectually stimulating enthronement – NOT. Having such expectations which you arrive at IIT and have all the dreams, hope of quality education, simulating challenges , excellence shattered.

    Yes i agree with the author’s realisation that “Hopefully a few parents should get disillusioned by now ” because it is a black hole. For the students.

    Spend your childhood topping classes. Spend that extra time studying instead of watching movies. Spend your class 11 and 12 completely understanding the physics chemistry and mathematics of the world. And don’t enjoy at school, don’t live the joys of being a senior at school, dont engage in the fun activities, be constantly pressured by society and parents to achieve, have 10 to 15 hours of the day spent on HC Verma. Just so that you can live the dream?
    Village, uncivilized , torturous, pressure, away from family, bad food, no health care, only academics ……. for 4 continuous years.
    Then be questioned on what path you take because there are not enough opportunities in your field to pursue the subjects and interests you have!
    Live this life before making judgement !
    Spend your 2 + 4 years in this grueling atmosphere.

    • November 29, 2010 4:43 PM

      My darling IITian brother don’t be so disgruntled!!
      First of all it is my personal opinion so it may or may not be correct.
      But most importantly i do not deny that IITians are intelligent and nor am i taking away any credit away from u guys, all i’m saying is that technology isn’t everything and
      don’t overplay your intelligence..
      I know that getting into IIT is like AWESOME!!!
      but just being an IITian isn’t..
      hope you get my point and respect
      I might not agree with your but I agree to defend it 😀

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