Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy created a flutter by questioning the preparatory methods adopted by the IIT training institutes in the State.

He argued that the students were put under tremendous pressure by the trainers leading to unnecessary stress among them. Ironically, the comments were made at the foundation stone laying ceremony of IIT Hyderabad, and also came a day after Mr. Narayana Murthy referred to the declining quality of IITians.

The comments received criticism from several quarters as he mentioned MLC, Chukka Ramaiah, who is synonymous with IIT training in the State and helped in realising the dream of thousands of IIT aspirants. It took a regional colour too as Mr. Ramaiah is a strong proponent of Telangana issue.

A hurt Mr. Ramaiah, however, retorted saying that the Chief Minister should understand the difference between discipline and stress.

“Perhaps, he has mistaken discipline for stress”, Mr. Ramaiah said. “Students never spend more than two hours a day in my institute,” he explained, unlike the corporate colleges where students end up studying for more than 10 hours a day.