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Friday, January 08, 2010

Intelligence and the IIT syndrome

When will people in India stop the nonsensical IIT worship? My *** is a IITian. Big DEAL! So what? For the intellectually challenged nincompoops, I have a message - academic success is not the only criterion for judging a person's intelligence. Going to a prestigious academic institution means nothing more than the fact that one is good at academics, which admittedly is a very good thing but it does not automatically imply anything more.

One of the most intelligent people we have seen for nigh on 20 years is Sachin Tendulkar. He couldn't even pass his 10th standard (or is it that he never cared to? Good of him either way). Was Albert Einstein more intelligent than David Beckham? Some might say Beckham is merely more skilled but then wasn't Einstein too merely 'skilled' at Science? You need intelligence to have skill and my theory is that all persons in this world possess similar level of intelligence - some use that in sport, some in academics, some in art and some just never recognise it.




  • Debate ?

    By Blogger Kavi, at 8:33 am  

  • I mean... all you guys, debate! Write down what you think about this.


    By Blogger GuNs, at 9:11 am  

  • gosh!! someone ticked you off real bad...
    anywyz, given how folks get into the IITs am not really sure I appreciate the hype around them. The importance attached to it makes someone not interested in it try for it... its like a mass mania, the passport to a good life. and yet, some of the more intelligent people we know never stepped into any hallowed institution across the world as a student.
    A closer look home, Lalu Yadav's academic credentials leaves a lot to be desired, and yet he turned around a loss making behemoth that was the Indian Railways, into a profit churning machine. He never went to Harvard, hell he never attended any business school, and yet the turnaround has become a major case study for business makeovers. Institutions don't make a man - Men make the institution.

    By Blogger Sumit, at 2:15 pm  

  • I think one of the best examples we can use from our own country is that of Dhirubhai Ambani. He wasn't ivy league educated but nevertheless but built an empire we know as reliance. On the other hand his offspring being ive league educated are spending their life times fighting over it.

    I agree, people are intelligent in their own respects. That doesn't mean that if your an IIT grad your smarter than someone else. Your just aligned to a field better than someone else is. Shah Rukh Khan is one of our most successful actors but he is extremely intelligent as an actor and individual in his own respect. IIT'ians can probably create our Intel chips but they definitely can't sell it to the world. So each one to their own I guess... but I'd disagree that it makes them better than anyone else.

    By Blogger ScarS, at 11:36 am  

  • Dude very true. I've witnessed it first hand. I think its just the older generation(parents and grandparents) who think that being from IIT makes one automatically intelligent and superior. But if you talk to any 25-35 year old these days, he/she will have a different opinion. I think its just because of the improvement in the education system and the number of opportunities everyone has been getting, be it an engineer, doctor, accountant or a self employed person.

    I think sooner or later this so called "IIT Syndrome" will surely be a thing of the past.

    By Blogger ~RAUL~, at 12:32 pm  

  • In something totally unrelated, you've been tagged!

    By Blogger Tapan, at 3:46 pm  

  • Hey Tapan,

    I'm already one up on you, mate. I have my list ready.


    By Blogger GuNs, at 6:44 am  

  • i agree with you point.. rightly said so dude.... we the people of india .... keep looking for new things to worship... talent is not depended on collegees....

    By Anonymous Big Gig, at 11:15 am  

  • hi... the debate is endless... u remember me??

    By Blogger Garima, at 12:51 pm  

  • I agree with you whole heartedly! Just because one person is an intellectual doesn't necessarily mean that they are any better than those who are skilled in other areas. People place such a high importance on education, which is a good thing, but it's not everything.

    By Blogger BelleDame, at 6:44 pm  

  • By Blogger h4ckpatil, at 6:18 am  

  • "You need intelligence to have skill and my theory is that all persons in this world possess similar level of intelligence - some use that in sport, some in academics, some in art and some just never recognise it."

    It's called Multiple-intelligences and you are right. no one can claim they are better than anyone...they might be in some areas but i'l bet my life to it, that guy next to you is way better than you in other things...NO DEBATE on this...

    missing you wise ass!

    By Blogger Jeah, at 4:01 am  

  • nice post man! Very true. Great academics makes great academicians. Just one of the intelligences required for survival and success. Most people fail to realise there is a lot more to success.

    By Blogger claytonia vices, at 1:57 pm  

  • Good explanation about the IIT syndrome, well analyzed and getting to know about the facts. Impressive post. Thanks a lot for the share.

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