India: What are things that make Indians sad?

India: What are things that make Indians sad? by Hemanth Kumar Tirupati

Answer by Hemanth Kumar Tirupati:

Son, you should become be an IAS Officer because I have never got to be one in my life.

A cousin of mine just passed class XII. He came to my home for some suggestions on undergraduate major preferences.

He said that there was a fight in his home this morning as his father was telling him to become an IAS. The rationale behind being

I always wanted to become one but couldn’t because of circumstances. But you should do it”.

I know him as a hardworking, smart guy. He is expecting a top 300 rank in JEE and is about get admission to premiere institutes in India.

It just make me sad when Indian parents make such strong prejudiced impressions on their children even before letting them explore their interests in college.

Hem

India: What are things that make Indians sad?

What are some things that Indian parents don’t realize about their children?

What are some things that Indian parents don’t realize about their children? by Hemanth Kumar Tirupati

Answer by Hemanth Kumar Tirupati:

  • You choose their Profession.
    • You don’t realize you are killing a painter, an athlete, a statesman, a sportsman, a dancer in your child.
  • You choose their spouse.
    • You don’t realize that they are capable enough to find one. The odds of a failed marriage are as good in either case.
  • You expect them to take the road often travelled. You crave them to be one in a billion.
    • You don’t realize the paradox here.
  • You give more importance to result than the deed.
    • You don’t realize their hard work and myriad thoughts in their brain. Ironically you realize the suicide of a child in the newspaper next day.
  • You can’t stand neighbour’s child performing better than yours.
    • You don’t realize constant harry with comparison does more harm than good.
  • You tell them what to do, what not, everything.
    • You don’t realize you won’t be always there to tell them. You don’t realize your children are capable of discretion. You don’t realize they should learn to learn from their mistakes. You don’t realize your child has become an adult.

You don’t realize you are not letting them live..,

NOTE: Parental guidance is necessary. But anything in excess is harmful to individual/society. Just stating the fact, not all Indian parents are alike.

Hem

What are some things that Indian parents don’t realize about their children?

What is wrong with engineering courses in India?

What is wrong with engineering courses in India? by Hemanth Kumar Tirupati

Answer by Hemanth Kumar Tirupati:

Disclaimer: This answer can be specific to Computer Science at IITs.

Unlike many answers, In most of the courses I have taken, its highly unlikely to get a good grade by just mugging the course content. Every course required us to put a lot of work outside classroom because of quizzes/semester examinations, assignments, surprise tests, course-projects etc., If you don’t pay attention in the class you will have to double that effort. Also most of the courses I have taken are very informative and deal with a wide variety of latest technologies. Though I am little worried about a few outdated professors that’s not my key concern here.

An average undergraduate CS student at IITM does way more courses per semester than a similar undergrad from world class universities like Stanford. This seems to be a good thing as we would be equipped with a greater breadth of knowledge. However, during my journey I have understood that it’s harming creative minds in many ways.

Students doesn’t get enough time to explore the new ideas, they jump into conclusions immediately after being reminded of a deadline to be submitted by that night. We might be able to understand and apply various techniques proposed in the literature but to create something novel we need to explore the uncharted territories, we need to try and fail even if it is for a thousand times. And, for all that time investment is a must.

I just can’t image what could have happened to Mark Zuckerberg at Stanford or Bill Gates at Harvard if they haven’t had enough time to think through their ideas. Not only is this having a serious impact on IITs but also on the future of India.

As my favourite professor always say

Think. Don’t just do. Set aside time to explore ideas. Thinking is more important than reading.

-Hem

What is wrong with engineering courses in India?