Down memory lane

A WALK down memory lane for all IIT graduates and a chance to gain an insight into one of India's most remarkable educational institutions, said Nandan Nilekani, Chief Executive Officer, Infosys Technologies Limited, at the launch of "The IITians", a book that charts the history and development of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), written by Sandipan Deb, Managing Director, Outlook.

Mr. Nilekani officially launched "The IITians: The Story of a Remarkable India Institute and how its Alumni are Re-shaping the World", at Landmark, The Forum, Koramangala, in Bangalore on Tuesday.

Mr. Deb read out from a chapter entitled, "In the Classroom", to an audience that included several Bangalore-based IIT alumni.

Mr. Deb said, "My fellow IITians will all laugh at the idea of me recording memoirs of the classroom because I was hardly ever there.

"But it is precisely the wealth of extra curricular activities that IIT offers, that took up so much of my time as a student, which results in the constant turn out of well rounded, technology professionals."

"The IITians", published by Penguin Publishers, India, weaves together a collection of IIT alumni autobiographies and anecdotes from campus life together with the history of the institution since it was founded in the 1950s.

IIT is widely regarded as an elite institution and only one out of every 100 candidates for the tough entrance examinations gain admission.

Mr. Deb said that the selection process ensured that the institution's quality was maintained but he warned against students re-taking the entrance examinations over and over again.

He added, "Mugging up for examinations several years in a row produces only one dimensional people.

"There are many other roads to success which need not include an IIT education."

By Agnieszka Hindley