IIT in India

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  1. drwetsch

    drwetsch New Member

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    Anyone see the CBS "60 Minutes" prpgram this past Sunday (3/2). There was an interesting story on the India Institute of Technology (IIT). IIT only accepts about 2% of applicants each year and focuses on the engineering disciplines. They receive about 160,000 applications a year and accept only about 3000. Accepted students are almost elevated to celebrity status in their communities.

    Admissions is tougher than the US Ivy League. One graduate's son who was interested in applying and studying computer science didn't make it as they only took 200 students in this area. His safety net school was Cornel l where the son is now studying. Vinod Khosla, one of the founders of Sun Microsystems is an IIT graduate.

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    IIT Undergraduate programs are considered to be the best in the world.
     
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    John, I saw the Cornell safety-net at work several times. I hired three very talented young people who were graduates of Cornell and all of them first dreamed of IIT as their university of choice. I did not see the phenomenon at NYU or some of the Polytechnics in the NE that we also recruited from when I was at GE. I must ask one of these people if Cornell was a coincidence or if they actively recruited at their secondary schools.

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    I have no doubt that the Indian Institute of Technology is very good, one of the best in the world.

    But I wonder if the low percentage of applicants accepted is partly a function of a very popular school in a country of a billion people with inadaquate educational opportunities to service that population. Supply and demand.

    BTW, Gordon Moore, co-founder and former chairman of Intel is a San Jose State graduate.
     
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    Without any doubt I would have to agree that IIT is the top ranking university in India. Their only problem is keeping their graduates from migrating to other nations.

    If you examine the migration statistics of India's knowledge workers, you will see that the majority of those who graduate from the top tier schools (IIT) leave for the U.S. and the U.K.

    However, the percentage of those who leave India to find work elsewhere is insignificant in comparison to the number of foreign students who study at Ivy League schools like Stanford, Yale and Harvard and then return home after graduation.
     
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    Its true that IIT’s are best in India/World. IIT’s admit the best brains through a rigorous entrance exam (IIT-JEE). There are other engineering colleges/Universities comparable to IIT’s. “Regional Engineering Colleges” there is one REC in each state. REC’s do provide very high quality education. The next tier is regular university colleges. Most of these Engineering Colleges do give good education. All the programs are “lock-step”.
    Acceptance to all of these schools is done thro a Common entrance test (CET).
    “Migration of knowledge workers” can be a big topic of discussion.
     
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    Which is the title of my PhD dissertation.:D
     
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    Roy,

    You have a start on your diss. with IIT graduates. Also, in North Dakota, people are considered one of its biggest exports. There are incentives to bring folks back. Even the Univ. if N. Dak. offers tuition at 1.5 the in-state rate for out of state students whose parents are alumni.

    John
     
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    I have to agree with you John. I am aware that North Dakota is losing many of its graduates to states such as California, New York and some of the New England states. You also have graduates from Canada, South Africa, India and China migrating to the U.S. in pursuit of professional recognition and better remuneration.
    I don't have the specific numbers for IIT, but I'm certain I will find those statistics as soon as do a bit more research. There's plenty of information available on what economists and sociologists call - "the brain drain phenomenon". And yes...it's a terrific subject to conduct research on, especially at the doctoral level.
    regards,
     

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