Desirous of having high IQ level progeny, a city-based couple have placed an online advertisement seeking a sperm donor preferrably an IITian for artificial insemination for a compensation of Rs 20,000.
The couple in their advertisement have said the ideal candidate for sperms “should be an IIT student, healthy, no bad habits, tall and fair, if possible”.
Offering a compensation of Rs 20,000 for the donor and to relax a bit on the looks part if he happens to be the ‘right person’, the couple said they intend to “start a family filled with love and prosperity”.
The advertisement has shocked many students at IIT-Madras with some describing it as “insane and ridiculous”.
“This is insane. How can sprem from an IITian make any difference. Intelligence cannot be measured. You can only identify intelligence in a person, but one can not measure intelligence by the institution he comes from,” said Jatin Mandawat, a second year student of the department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at IIT-M.
To Akash Jain (name changed) too, it sounds completely wierd. Said Alex, a bio technology student at the IIT, “this does not make any sense at all, as if all the students in IIT are excellent in studies.
“This advertisement is ridiculous. I think IIT brand name is taken out of context here. May be genetics do play some role, but hard work makes a man intelligent. If they were right, Albert Einstein’s relatives should be the brightest of all in the world. Excellence is mostly hard work,” another student said.