Friday, March 7, 2008

is it quality or culture which is dropping?

good morning/afternoon/eve dear reader

This time, its about IITM life after 2 months. 2 Weeks back there was a suicide and the guy was from CS department. I was attending the condolence meeting and the discussions thereafter. There were professors and students from B-Tech and Masters. B-Tech students expressed their frustration openly.
The talk was like "Computer Science is the only branch where we run our own lab at hostel room". What ever activity is there in campus, you hardly find a CS guy because, the programming assignments and lab assignments; can kill your time like anything. We do not know the spelling; you ask us to write stories".

On another occasion a senior professor was telling, "as time passes; the quality of students coming also get reduced".

The third occasion was yesterday's examination. I was attending an examination of a so called "best professor" in the department. Some1 call him "the best paper award". Statistics says he is most active in publication in international journals. In the exam there were 4 questions. 2 from his own book ( you find that kind of notations and unique algorithms in his book only. Search in the net; it will still point to his book: No other refer this/no one use this ;or more optimistically it may the best future technology") .The 2 other questions I do not understand well. After examination a search in the google gave me the questions and solution set from a site by the second author of the book( who is also a professor now).
You may be wondering what is the catch? The catch is "at least in some courses" as I know directly "plagiarism" exist. You want to score, get those "plugging web sites". Professors asks PhD student not to do it. But I guess they do not have to tell this. They just have to show the best examples from their community. But do not expect that in IIT students reveal how to find such sites. They won't. That is the culture built in the IIT system.
The same discussion of suicide, they were mentioning about such islands. Professors were replying, saying that you people are doing things together, there should be team efforts, you should share the ideas. Lol, thank god that they do not telecast the subject discussion , to decide about coming semester courses. As far as I heard, If they do it, it can make a local fish market person run away deciding not to go to sea again.
You may be wondering.; why all these incidents. What is the co relation.
The point here is, "It is utter stupidity; to blame that X's Quality is dropping" in due time. ( X means either prof/student ).Quality is always there. But coherence and mindset is not there. It's painful for me to write like this; because I was a teacher for 3.5 years; a job I like most despite many drawbacks.The educational system is failing not because quality is dropping. It is because the system is running out of order.

The aim of a teacher in IIT in early time was not to be famous in publishing paper day by day. They loved their subject, they showed the students how to fall in love with the subject. They hardly worried about money. They were happy with the position they hold. It was so in many old teachers. A student's aim was to learn more. Get better insight to subject they love. They choose their area and work to come up with new results. Industries loved such students, because of the culture they have. But what is now? Students say, "prof teach what ever they want; we study get grades; we are paid the best". Means, there was a culture existed; which was healthy for students and for the teachers. That system vanished.
The painful thing is not for those who changed; but it is for those who looked for the lost culture. If you are a student who looked for that culture, you may even suicide. If you are a professor; you may resign and get out.
This time no questions to the reader, no comments from me also. But you can think about it, if not for you may be for your kids ( the coming generation)

Bubye and have a nice time

5 comments:

Gireesh said...

http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/IIT-girl-commits-suicide-hours-before-convocation/316975/

Thanks to manish for the link

Priya said...
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Phani said...

The viewpoint looks satisfactory, an attempt to find a solution would be of much use (and interesting) in this case.

Preethi Chandur said...

I rememebr one line tat my manager used to say in company..."Quality is everyone's business." We are losing idealism in this fast paced world. If we can strike a balance so as to create a healthy competition, world would be a much better place.

Gireesh said...

@pc

Idealism is not a sustainable "idea" if you believe in "fast changing world"
&

yes, quality is every1's "BUSINESS"
ppl make a living out of that :D
my point was not 1 quality, it was on culture. I think preserving the culture is not an item for competition, to make it "HEALTHY"