22 September, 2020

So Much For So Little?

Any institute of higher learning needs to produce knowledge rather than just pass it down to the next generation. Unfortunately, that is not true of the IITs.

So Much For So Little?

I spent two years at IIT Delhi before opting out and moving to MIT. I must begin by pointing out that living conditions at IIT Delhi were appalling. In the scorching Delhi heat, students were not even allowed to have coolers in their rooms. And that too with three people clubbed together in a tiny room for the first year. The toilets and the showers were filthy. While I was there, more than a few times, there was contamination of drinking water. As a result, lots of students fell sick. You cannot expect students to perform at their best if they have to deal with such basic issues of living.

There are certain subjects in the first year that are compulsory for all students, regardless of their branch of study. These are too difficult. For example, the required physics and mathematics courses at IIT Delhi are equivalent to third year courses at elite institutions like MIT! Our freshman’s physics course during the first year at IIT Delhi (supposed to be taken by all first year students) was taught, among other tomes, from D.J. Griffiths’s textbook of...



To read this piece, and more such stories in India's most exciting and exacting magazine, plus get access to our 25-year archives goldmine, please subscribe.

In this article:

Latest Magazine

September 28, 2020

other articles from the issue

articles from the previous issue

Other magazine section