Institute of Indian Technology
Its 1AM in the morning and I have an exam tomorrow. I am extremely frustrated after writing 9 exams consecutively and two of them today(without a gap). I am supposed to mug up 40 theorems by morning. The situation is, I am due 14 exams in a row, sometimes two exams on a day. You may wonder what is so strange about exams. Did you notice the number? 14!!. Its bit of my fault too.
Anyway, the point is I am not against exams. Evaluations should be there, but they should not be as stinky as they are. Professors dump whole study material on us in class day by day without bothering whether students understood or not. Then, they ask us to dump it back. I always rant about how bad the teaching and evaluation methods are. But people say I am crazy and move on.
Let me tell you a funny story a junior told me in one of our usual chats. One of his class mate is very sincere and notes down everything in the class. Couple of his friends copied the notes a night before the exams and scored lot more than him. What is the point of the evaluation if it can’t distinguish the hard workers and the lazy ones. You may argue that the student might be dumb. Well, according IIT-JEE he is as intelligent as his classmates.
Keeping aside the evaluation methods, do they teach anything worth learning? Do they teach anything at all? My answer is ‘No’. I bet for 90% of the professors who write those giant mathematical equations and lengthy theorems on the board, do they make sense even to them. In my department professors spend half of their time fighting with each other but they will not help a student. Teachers concentrate on whether a student is standing or not while answering a question rather the answer is correct or not.
Almost everyone in IITs crave for good GPA. I saw people being about their low GPA, but I never heard anyone crying for not able to learn anything. In my 4 years I learned nothing in class. All they want is a job at the end of the 4 years. People say IITs are among the best in the world. See if you can find at least one in this list.
I know I am going to flunk. Right now all I am thinking is how to spend those two hours doing nothing.