Have I told you about my failure to get into an IIT, and how, at times, I really feel bad for not having worked hard enough to have made it? Every engineering graduate in India must have, at one point of time or the other, envied the IITians…
With any luck, I should be able to say in a couple of years that I graduated from an Institution that is now an IIT!!
R.E.C. (Regional Engineering College), Warangal, which was renamed as NIT (National Institute of Technology), Warangal last year, is among the front runners for promotion to an IIT!!
My heart filled with joy as I read this article in Deccan Herald …
Article from Deccan Herald:: www.deccan.com
Warangal NIT inches towards IIT status
Warangal, Sept. 10: It is now official that the National Institute of
Technology here is among the five NITs in the country to be upgraded
as an Indian Institute of Technology under a two-year time-bound
The Board of Governors’ meet of the NIT held here on Tuesday for the
first time on the campus has discussed the strategy to ensure that
the premier institute gets IIT status in the first phase.
Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, NIT Director D K Tripathy
said that the governing body members were highly optimistic about the
institute’s upgradation to IIT. According to him, the Ministry of
Human Resource Development had decided to upgrade five of the 17 NITs
in the country as IITs and the Warangal NIT stands a good chance to
be the first NIT to be upgraded as an IIT.
In order to be first in the race, the Board of Governors’ meet had
endorsed sweeping changes in academic schedules and curricula in tune
with the IIT module, initiated by Tripathy, the newly appointed
Among the major changes initiated at the institute are a change to
the grading system from the present marks system, introduction of the
semester system in place of the annual exam system and introduction
of new courses like Rural Development, Biochemistry and Biotechnology.
The Director stated that the institute had attracted top rankers of
the All India Engineering Entrance Examination. He said the
preference of the top rankers indicated the academic standards of the
institute. Chairman, Board of Governors, Dr Hari Narain said that top
companies like Infosys, Oracle, Wipro and Satyam Computers recruited
around 200 NIT students as part of campus recruitment during the last
He said that support from institute alumni would be explored in
developing the campus. “The sponsored Research and Industry
Consultancy cell would be strengthened to make its services available
on a larger scale,” Hari Narain said.
I google-news-ed and got a confirmation.
Me, an IITian? In my dreams. You can change all the names you want to, but I dare not claim I am in any way related to an IIT. After all, that is one thing that has been right, so far, with India. I am afraid that this latest move to promote other institutions to IITs will dilute the reputation of the IIT brand. I know what goes on in REC Warangal. After all, besides studying there, I was also a Lecturer there, albeit for a short period of time.