Life has begun again. This time as a fourth, and final, year student of IIT Kanpur.
Ever since we’ve come here, we’ve been witnessing a constant flurry of changes being made to the Indian higher educational system by the HRD Ministry of UPA Government. While the changes have been too wide and far-reaching for me to make any singular judgement right now upon the whole thing, witnessing a constant devaluation of Indian Institutes of Technology has certainly been a painful process. The number of IITs has become just stats rather than an imperious 7, and the names, and the ranks of student do not matter now as they used to in the past.
Yesterday witnessed another cruel reminder of such mongrelization of education. As the senior-most, and rightfully feared, batch of the college, we took it upon ourself to interact with the freshmen coming this year. As a side note, even ragging has been completely and brutally wiped out throughout India, which is quite a sad affair, but lets not talk about it. What was really appalling to watch was the ranks of the loadful of students we cornered from the big herd to interact. Not a single one of them had a three digit rank, and more than 15 out of 20 had ranks between 5000-8000! They all had a glazed look in their eyes, as if they themselves had no idea how they had come here, that particular feeling of getting something much more than you worked for and not knowing how that had happened. That was so different from our times…
I can visualize the scene 20 year henceforth now a little bit. The IITs will be brought down from their high pedestal to the common ground, and will be raped by the system just as brutally as every private and mediocre government college is raped. They will become truly ‘Indian’ then, as they want it to be.