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The IITs: For creating a benchmark for merit

'Getting through to the IIT is like a dream'

August 11, 2008

Naresh Karuturi, the handicapped son of poor and illiterate parents, made it to the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras after tremendous hard work. He reveals what the IIT means for students in India.

IIT students have proven that they are academically capable, determined and hard working. The institution has some of the country's best students. However, I am not trying to indicate that others lack merit.

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Getting through to the IIT is like a dream. Firstly, there is sense of happiness that you have managed to clear such a tough examination. Then once you are in the IIT, your confidence grows. There is a feeling that anything can be achieved from here. Within IIT there is so much opportunity to grow. We get to interact with some of the best minds in the country. There is also this sense of security that some of the best jobs await us.

Although IITians have made it big on the world map, one should not forget their contribution to India. IITians do a lot of projects for DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation), ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) etc and I am sure there are many more programmes undertaken by them (in India) which I am unaware of.

There is a lot of respect abroad for an IIT graduate which is only an indication that they have enhanced the image of our country.

I agree that after studying in such a premier institution there is a need to contribute to our country. I feel that there is a lot being done by IITians for the benefit of the country. Although it is difficult to start contributing immediately, in the long run every IITian contributes directly or indirectly.

I feel that there should be an initiative to provide opportunities within the country, so that most of these graduates stay in India and contribute to their country instead of going abroad. I must add that there are several who have already started doing this.

Naga Naresh Karuturi graduated from IIT last month and now works for Google in Bangalore. He spoke to Vicky Nanjappa.

Image: IIT Kharagpur, main building. Photograph, courtesy: Ambuj Saxena

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