Every second student who graduated in the last batch of the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) said they studied to just get a degree and only 15% of the students felt that studies was their priority. Also, one of three students blamed peer pressure as being the sole reason that pushed them to study more while another student among three said that they started drinking alcohol due to peer pressure. Around 7% of the students claimed that they had to visit a psychiatrist for help during studies in IIT-B.
Barely two weeks after thousands of students graduated from the IIT-B campus, the institute’s in-house magazine, Insight, interviewed a handful of the seniors to understand their journey through one of the premier institutes of the country. Results of the survey also revealed how 29% of the students were disappointed as they had different expectations from an IIT. When asked about their attendance, 42% of the students blamed lack of interesting professors while 28% blamed the monotonous courses the reasons for not attending lectures regularly.
This is the second year that the magazine conducted a senior survey of the graduating batch. “The idea was to cover the perspectives of the graduating batch on multiple topics like academics and extra-curricular activities. We also tried getting their views on their stay in IIT-B, their future plans, lifestyle and some political topics,” said Shreerang Javadekar, one of the editors of the magazine.
The survey also tried to get information on the students’ sex lives. Around 40% respondents said that their interaction with the students of the opposite sex was very few. 73% of the graduating batch said they were virgins whereas the rest said they had sex more than once during their stay.
Knowing that losing a year will come at a high cost, mentally and financially, many students also admitted to having resorted to malpractices to help push their overall performance. 47% of the students admitted to cheating on assignments by plagiarising content while 38% justified this use of malpractice on disinterest in the course.