22 September, 2020

‘IITs Are Not Working Towards Research As Our Ecosystem Is Not Geared Towards It

Even European schools like INSEAD or LSE fare better researchwise.

Dinesh Parab
‘IITs Are Not Working Towards Research As Our Ecosystem Is Not Geared Towards It

Sudhir Trehan is credited with catapulting the Gautam Thapar-promoted Avantha Group firm Crompton Greaves from a Rs 1,250-crore, loss-making firm to a successful Rs 10,000-crore global entity in a decade. But ask this CEO on the eve of retirement on his main influences and pat comes his answer: “I have always considered myself to be an engineer first.” This gold medallist in mechanical engineering from BIT, Mesra, now moves on to the Avantha management board as the chairman of Avantha Power and Infrastructure Co. He will also be chairman of the board of governors of Thapar University. “It will give me more chance to interact with the students and faculty,” he says. Excerpts from an interview with Arti Sharma:

How would you respond to the recent debate about the quality of research in the IITs?

The quality of education at the undergraduate level in IITs and IIMs is world-class. So any BTech coming from IIT or a PGDM coming from IIM is at par with those coming out...



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