Opinion | What do you do about this 'IIT dream' madness of parents?4 min read 26 Jul 2019, 03:51 PM IST
This craze is a systemic and social problem and we need to address it for the sake of our children
A piece I wrote last week in this paper on the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) craze among the Indian middle class has provoked intense discussion on social media. In brief, I had argued that over the last 25 years, millions of parents, under the delusion that a seat in an IIT is a ticket to paradise on earth, have disregarded their children’s real talents and interests, robbed them of a normal childhood and adolescence, forced them to go through the years-long grind of coaching classes and, at the end of it (even if they do get into an IIT—a 1% probability), left many of them psychologically damaged, possibly permanently. And that, despite the hype, an IIT degree by itself hardly guarantees you a hotshot career.