Being the student of Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) is a dream for most of the Indian youths who pursue education in science stream. Only a few thousands get selected and others have to accept the harsh reality of failure. After qualifying the JEE ADVANCED and getting accepted to an IIT, guardians think that their son/daughter will now be able to study on a nominal fee as he/she is in the most prestigious institute of India. The recent decision of fee hike at IITs has left those guardians disappointed. The question trending at the surface of the social media and in people’s mind is “whether this amount of fee is justifiable”?
I am a student of IIT and I know that we get the best possible facilities for everything we need. We are given every type of opportunity and exposure which is required to develop the skills for being a “near to perfect” engineering graduate. Every section of society has its representatives in IITs which helps in recognition of different cultures among the students. If we analyse the situation practically, we can easily say under these circumstances that the fee is totally justifiable. The recent fee hike of 122% i. e. from Rs. 90,000 per annum to 2 lacs per annum is a good decision from the perspective of an expert. But then we forget that all(or most) of the students in IITs are from middle class and lower class. There has been a full fee waiver for students with parental income less than 1 lac per annum but the students with parental income between 1 to 5lacs will have to pay rs.67000 which is going to be a harsh situation for them.
When the analysis of an IITian’s life is done, the results are probably a bit surprising for the people outside the IIT campus. People think, it’s a well settled life with no any problem at all. For instance, I have a friend whose father is a salesman. His income is Rs.10,000 per month. He sold his farm/field and sent my friend to coaching so that he can get a secure and bright career. Now, if such a guy is to pay the fee of 67,000(one-third of the actual fee), Is it possible? Obviously, the loan from bank is possible but it’s not comfortable for everyone to get loans.
Probably, the fee hike will not affect the name and fame of IIT. IIT will continue to be considered to be equal to “Harvard+Stanford+MIT” but it is going to affect the proportion of middle class students in IIT. A senior professor from IIT during an informal interaction, accepted the fact that the government has done wrong to the country only. If a guy enters in the IIT by taking loan, his whole sole motto will be to earn money because he would have already experienced the crisis of money. The guy will look for a good placement and will join foreign MNCs. This is going to harm India only. The economists and experts of HRD ministry have probably not thought about this aspect of the decision taken by them.
IIT is a place to explore skills and develop the personality. It’s the dream of a typical Indian youth who studies science. I know, the fee which is being taken, is again not the actual expenditure on the IITians. It’s much less but considering people’s emotions and the level of IIT in the world, government must rethink this decision in regards to the welfare of India and Indian people.
Arpit is an undergraduate student pursuing Mechanical Engineering at IIT-Roorkee. His twitter handle is: @Arpit2476667
Students doing everything perfect at college, getting A’s, having good attendance, and always following the rules have equal chances to become either good or bad employees. This means that you can be an assiduous student with a high GPA, but you cannot be sure that you will end up with a rewarding career. This is mainly because an educational institution and work are chalk and cheese.
While in college all have to follow the rules, never complain about authority, always turn to homework, and so forth, in the real world, everything is different. You can come to a meeting without prior preparation and generate great ideas right away. Sometimes, you can go against your boss pointing out his or her mistakes, which will let you earn much money at the last. At work, there is no schedule and demanding teachers that you have got on campus. All students leaving college and entering the workforce have to change their way of thinking, and this is quite a hard work even for those with the highest grades.
What is More Important than High GAPs
With no doubt, being a straight-A student means that you are smart and that you have invested much effort to succeed academically; however, this makes no sense for your future career. Grades were important for your teachers, and employers don’t really pay much attention to your academic progress.
More and more employers turn to the Recruitloop services to hire well-educated, experienced and talented candidates. While the high level of education is closely associated with top grades, talent and experience have very little to do with academic achievements. Therefore, your college grade point average doesn’t show how great you are going to perform as soon as you enter the workforce.
All of us probably have a friend who works hard to earn credits but has social problems and the one who doesn’t care about the grades but has a happy life full of good things. Educated doesn’t mean smart!
Don’t bunk off, do your homework, and interact with your educators. But, in fact, this is not the grades that will help you to make a mark. Below, there are things which really matter:
Earning Some Relevant Experience
As a student, don’t miss out on any chance to do an internship, get a part-time job, become a member of a student organization, or volunteer for different projects. Only by doing this you can be sure that you will be able to deal with what is next. Try to work hard in a relevant field during your study and learn what you really like about the chosen profession and what you don’t. Keep in mind that your competency is what matters the most for employers.
Time Management Skills
While studying, learn how long does it take for you to get your papers done, do morning exercises, get to an important meeting on time, and still have some time for socializing. The more overloaded your schedule is, the better time management skills you should develop. As soon as you enter the workforce, you will see how vital it is always to be in charge of your time; otherwise, you are more likely to miss deadlines, fail to tackle to-dos, and pull your hair out during the working day.
Adopting Theory to an Actual Situation
Reciting to the marketing mix or learning how the purchasing funnel looks like on a sheet of paper have nothing to do with the real-life environment. What you have learned in an educational institution is one thing, but things which happen beyond your textbooks should be treated differently. It is crucial to know how to apply the gained knowledge and learned practices in an uncommon way. In reality, there are countless variables of different scenarios; therefore, it is of a great importance to know how to make what you have learned in theory work practically.
Finding Out How You Digest Info Better
It is crucial to know how you acquire and learn provided information better. While one needs to hear info to memorize it better, others need to write it down before they can get it. Joining the workforce you will be required to gain knowledge all the time. You will have to memorize many data on the go and be able to reproduce them any time someone asks.
Giving and Receiving Feedback
In any situation, it is very crucial to know how to accept encouragements and respond to remarks properly. Sooner or later, you will be evaluated by your employer, so the way you address any kind of feedback, digest it, and conform to it adequately will greatly influence your performance at work. It is also important to master giving feedback to your peers. When interacting with colleagues at work, you will probably be required to comment on their performance as well.
Creating an Effective Portfolio
Don’t forget to save samples of what you do best in classes and during your internship. Before someone decides to hire you, he or she will definitely want to see what you have in your portfolio. If you neglect keeping samples of what you have done in college, then make some effort to generate these things into a portfolio. When enrolling in college you could turn to some of the personal statements writing services, when applying for a position, you will have to prove that you can deal with any task on your own. Use every opportunity to write different kinds of papers, such as essay, press communique, research pieces, and everything else you may be asked to create at work.
It is a sad statistics that so many people leave college without mastering strong writing skills. Work hard to boost them, because you will definitely have to use those skills when creating reports and composing emails. This doesn’t mean that you have to turn to blogs, but writing essays and editing them would be of great help.
Boosting Presentation and Pitching Skills
Never miss out on any chance to become a speaker in college and practice your skills by presenting various projects. When you enter the workforce, you will see that there are many situations where you have to express your ideas in an intelligible way, sound confident when giving speeches, make pitches effectively, and so forth.
There is no secret that making business relationships with people can be more important than earning A’s. Don’t wait until you leave college, build your network immediately. Inure yourself to go to meetings and strengthen your contacts. There is a big chance to find a highly-paid job through your connections.
To conclude, no matter whether you have good or bad grades, they are no longer a concern once you have earned some professional experience, developed your writing, time management, and presentation skills, learned how to give and receive feedback, and created an effective portfolio. For your prospective employer, all of the above-mentioned matter more than what is written in your diploma.