Not love for the subject, but hefty pay packages seem to be the biggest inspiration to choose a stream at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).
With economic downturn, primary concern for students and parents is the employment prospect, not research possibilities or being innovators.
“Rather than enquiring about programmes offered at IIT, many parents are interested to know the pay packages that students will get after graduation,” said Professor AK Pani, organising chairperson for Joint Entrance Examination, IIT-Bombay (IIT-B).
On Tuesday, IIT-B completed the counselling process for students belonging to the Bombay Zone — Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka and Dubai.
Off the 3,379 students who had qualified in the JEE, 3,362 students were present for the process from June 9 to 16.
With an All India Rank of 197, Yatish Turakhia has chosen IIT-B for BTech in computer science or a dual degree in electrical engineering with a master’s degree in microelectronics.
“Companies like Intel and Microsoft have a lot of opportunities in these streams. They are booming and it’s my area of interest as well. I might even pursue a MBA degree later,” said Turakhia.
Since few years, placements in IITs — especially Bombay — have been exceptionally good. Senior IIT professors feel the focus for many students getting into the IITs has been good jobs and hefty salaries.
“Most want to get an IIT-IIM degree and hence have been opting for managerial jobs instead of technology oriented. But that defeats the purpose of studying in the IITs where one could pursue research or be an innovator,” said a professor requesting anonymity.
According to Pani, most students who came for counselling didn’t even have any idea of what their selected streams entailed.
“Students just want to crack the JEE. In fact, IITs should produce innovators,” said Pani.
“It’s love for a subject and not the money that students should be looking at,” he said.