IIT is highly overhyped and overrated
Many consider IIT the best technical school in the World. In my opinion this opinion is not substantiated.
IIT is Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, the most elite university in India.
43rd best in the world is not bad! One more problem solved and IIT would have been equal with Harvard and Cornell.
This thread has already been aired previously on the forum.
Lot's of south europe universities
Such programming competions are not well known every where in the world. For exmaple, I live in Israel and studied at Technion - the most prestigious institute in Israel (and also famous in the world), but nobody here even didn't hear about such competitions.
The Putnam exams are sorta big in the US, though that's math and not cs. Still, a lot of the geeks took it. I don't know if there's anything for cs people aside from Topcoder.
"At least IIT is as good as UIowa. Next step: world domination. "
Every Institution is overhyped
smm - there are 6 IIT's in India, not only in Bombay, but also Delhi,Kharagpur,Kanpur,Madras and Guwahati.
Could we stop these blatant plugs. IIT doesn't rank on patents or faculty, and this hyping is nothing more than PR by the Indian software industry. They tried it here before and got no takers; now they're trying again.
Faculty? if you mean nobel prize winners, than no there are not any...but we are not talking about the faculty, we are talking about the students....and this ain't no pr...
it is matter of opinion as to whether the iits are the best in the world, but to wonder if they are amongst the finest is naivete. as sumit says, the entrance exams are so very difficult that only the finest get through. as for the hype being an attempt by the indian software industry, that is a flawed hypothesis, a large proportion of the iitians decide to come to the us, i do not quite see the advantage the software industry will derive from the iits' prestige.
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"Otoh, a factor could also be that american students may take such contests less seriously and devote less time for them. "
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There are no Nobel prizes in Math or computing Science.
I always thought that IIT stood for :
I am a Canadian...
IIT's are no doubt the best in India. One fact is also this that the entrance examination is foolish...I mean creativity, imagination is not seen ...but the craming power of a person is seen...People here in india take coaching for 2 years...drop 1 or 2 years if required to study for the exam....This I think is a reason why you don't see any IITian part of any new invention or research work....They ultimately land up in Silicon Valley as a software engineers....Another reason for hype of IIT's are, here in india, If you ask a student what do you want to do in life,He will say I want to be in a IIT: People here choose their proffession, not based on what they want to do in life but from which institution they can get a job after finishing the course....It's all money based...They have a different attitude....Around 2500 engineers pass every year from IIT...How many of them actually make it to top ( Acc. to their def. of success)....Yes, They are hard working people, that's it...And so everyone, whether it's Microsoft or Sun wants them....Microsoft or Sun don't want IITians for their imagination or creativity ....but as a english literate and hard working people.I certainly can say that IIT's are over-hyped by people in software industry who wants to make full use of them....And yes, who will not it ,if they are getting people from best institute of a country at same salary as any other software engineer from india...Priorities of an IITian is same as any other indian when they come to US ...MONEY..and they measure their success with it....more the money they earn...more are they successfull.
Maybe I would encourage some of the "bright" minds here to spend some time with an IIT grad before jumping to false conclusions. Engineers do not win Nobel Prizes, scientists do.
iitians follow instructions pretty well. they are capable of learning an exisiting concept and mastering it. as far as creativity they rank pretty low on the list. furthermore, if us schools and engineering is such garbage how come we are technologically the most advanced and frankly all new ideas are generated and invented here. compare the per capita incomes (india and us). India is not a newly discovered land it has been around for thousands of years. if indian are that smart (finishing 43rd on math olympiads) how come they are at the bottom economic totem pole.
what the hel!!!
Geez. "India is not a new land". Haha...talk abt ignorance...its just been over 50 years that India got its Independence. India was exploited by the British Empire till then. Thats why India isn't doing the best economically. Added to that your country has fewer than 500 million huh? INdia has a billion people and considering that India is doing relli well. I'm studying in the US now. Univ of California, one of the best research schools in the world. And yet, i am not ignorant when it comes to recognizing people who come from good schools. IIT is one the best engineering schools in the world. Face it! Having the 43rd rank is one thing....but, being good not only at CS but everything! is another thing:) And IIT'ians are excellent at everything.
Univ California Student
if indians are so smart why were they outsmarted by the Brits for 250 years. and served as the humble servants of the Brits. It is all a ploy to get the outsourcing business. somehow I am not surprised that india is able to produce a few smart people out of over a billion people. totally overblown and overrated. they are not the best as they proclaim. they are good there is no doubt. lack originality and creativity, however. Good students for sure. I am in the IT business and employ a lot of people from different countries. frankly, i have had the most disappointing experience with indian programmers and engineers. while the chinese and russians delivered. easy to fool large corporation.
I find it hard to believe that a person who hires IT people thinks that " India was not a newly discovered land"
Univ California Student
So the white supremacy ego is pricked ay?
It is Indians who gave the world Zero something which the computing world cannot do without ,and iit'ans are also the same product of India,what does this mean that IIt's are zeros?No they can add value when preceded by someone else and of no value individually.See the condition of India even after 50 years of independence ,what have IIT'ians done for it ?Atleast their hearts or smoking lounges in so called silicon valley should vibrate by now!!!!!!!!!
Univ California Student
I agree with all of the above comments. Some are infavour of the title subject and some are against. By the way I am from IIT Roorkee, the recent IIT but the oldest engg. college in Asia. To my knowledge IITians are good in some aspects. Here everyone will concentrate on all fields i.e., a broad way of thinking when compared to the studies in abroad whcih will be narrow i.e., concentrating on only one field. But the analytical skills of IITians are extra ordinary. If u compare with contests as far i know, no body will concentrate. Also no publicity of these contests, i will say because of still lack of facilites.
The Indian Institute of Technology = Stanford + MIT + Princeton. This is the best institute where in u get education & money is not the criteria. The professors of these IIT's are the most dedicated people. The students r the most coolest lot in the WHOLE of the WORLD, and I can say this with full confidence. They will put down their American Counterparts. Set a challenge and see how the IITians outshine everyone else. This is a Fact.... " Don't be jealous of IITians because u cannot reach them.... They R the GODS of the WORLD..................................
1 out of every 6 people in the world is an indian and when the best indians go to iit's and best iitians go to US isnt it obvious that they should do well regardless of the excellence of the institution.
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