Saturday, November 28, 2015

50% of IIT entrants this yr did not take coaching

NRN has been one of the sharpest critics of falling the levels of IITians in terms of their intellect and core competency as engineers! Coaching classes started churning a new breed of IITians who cracked the entrance test, the way they were taught to crack. Remember they were taught in a particular way to crack the exam. They learnt the trips and tricks at Kota and Vishakhapatma, two large centers of IIT coaching in India.
Made for IIT, built in Kota and Vishakhapatnam! 
Slowly this fast food way of preparing a tangy dish started to taste soggy! Regular Recruiters at IITs started to get the commonly found intellect and DNA of IIT missing from their candidates they interviewed at IITs. They started to complain but they did not know for long what was ailing large bunch of IITians.
In my experience too of hiring from IITs (Bombay,Madras, Delhi and KGP) I realized (in many cases) candidates were sounding nothing extra ordinary in their approach of solving any problem given to them. They answered every arbitrary questions either of two ways and almost mechanical: they knew way (coached way!) or the did not know way (forced thinking method, brain that is not used to thinking on its feet, on the fly, etc). When they did not know the answer, they just had one linear way of looking at the problem. Dimensions missing, either interpreting the problem or suggesting solutions/possibilities. 
Coaching has done enough damage to these top Institutions that we can ever assess. No wonder, best breed companies even in hard core tech roles have found their talent from the lesser know tier 2 T schools. 
I am glad that students have realized that coaching helps but at the same time limits your ability to think on your feet, think original, think uninhibited, thing wild and think contrarion, rather than a sure shot method given by the coaching guruji! 
@parents-please treat your kid as humans, do not send them for cloning! They are the best brains if they use theirs. Borrowed intelligence and coached success does not taste that great! 
@ IIT aspiratnts- Believe in yourself, babaji ki booti is not a great idea! Life throws many challenges to which no coaching exists. Be original. Don't enslave your brain to such dope (coaching). 
From you top brains out of IITs, we expect innovations, that change business, lives and gives any company (you founded or worked for) a natural competitive advantage!