Iits and Iims Encourage Brain Drain

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The Indian Institutes of Technology came in for praise
from the US Congress, first time the Congress has
honored a foreign university in this manner, for its
significant contributions to US society. The US
Congress passed House Resolution 227, introduced by
Congressman Tom Davis and co-sponsored by Congressman
Bobby Jindal, praising the stellar work done by
IITians in all walks of life in USA. Davis said the
United States must take leaf out of India's book and
devise a strategy to focus on and improve studies in
math and sciences. This rare recognition, experts say,
will help IITs solicit US government grants and
promote industry collaboration with the IITs for
sponsored research and faculty/student exchange
programmes. But from a pure national point of view
this is a tremendous and irrecoverable loss to India. 
The exodus of doctors to US was stopped long ago by
suitable policies so that India has become now the
health tourist destination for many nations. We
failed to do the same for IITs because of vested
interests by our leaderships. They wanted to utilize
Indian facilities to migrate to the West. Had India
planned to regulate it from the beginning India would
have been in par with USA in engineering consultancy
and India would have been the preferred engineering
design destination. It is time to stem it in some
form or India should benefit in some form from this
exodus of our top brains out of India. 

Most of the IIT graduates are going abroad after
graduation, never to return to India. More IITs are
being planned and it means more brain drain. India
loses about Rs 2 billion per year because of the brain
drain according to an UNDP report. India is
subsidizing the training of the top-level manpower of
the developed nations. What India needs is the
quality engineers opting for the national development
by taking up jobs in India, which is now filled by low
quality engineers as evidenced by the quality of works
we see all around. 

Take the case of doctors; they are not available for
patients in the villages. We made various types of
entrance tests to select students for the professional
courses, which were not there earlier. This has
produced a tutorial and coaching centre racket, which
helps some coaching institutions making good money out
of the gullible parents. The commercialization racket
has hit the roof with coaching centers with admission
test, so that children can appear for better coaching
centre entrance tests, so that they can appear for the
entrance test of IIT!. 

From 8th standard, onwards students and parents are
subjected to the coaching torture in a craze to get
admitted to IIT for a good future in USA. Do we need
this? The syllabus for the entrance tests is based on
degree level subjects, which is a criminal fraud on
the students. Test them on what they study up to 12th
and evaluate them psychologically before admitting
them to professional college. Even the EAMCET should
be dispensed with and children should be selected on
the basis of the intermediate results. Unfortunately
our education system is taken over by Coaching Class
Mafia. These coaching centers cover intermediate
syllabus in 3 months and the rest of the time is spent
on coaching the degree syllabus for these entrance
tests. Some of the junior colleges cum coaching
centers are run in dingy rooms, and some are even
located over vehicle service centers, where the
students had to breathe petrol and vehicle exhaust for
many hours. 

Studying in an IIT is not all that pleasant. I was
not surprised by the news that in Bombay an IIT
student had committed suicide because of the stress
sometime back. Highly qualified teaching staff who
does not know teaching, and poor facilities and
extreme overload, classes from morning till late in
the night, compulsory NSS, NCC, sports activities etc,
very poor accommodation, low quality food etc add to
this stress. What I had seen...
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