Jan 15

ROLE OF IITs IN SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION

ROLE OF IITs IN SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION

Patawa toli a small village in Gaya has a unique distinction to its name. It has sent more than 70 people to various IITs since 1980. In 2002 as many as seven students from this village were selected in IITJEE. At present some of the people of this toli have their children playing a leading role in some of the best MNCs in the world across the globe. In a recently held seminar at San Jones, United Sates to commemorate the 50 years of IIT system Bill Gates said “The IITs…..are incredible institutions that have changed the world.” This is really true. When people from Patwa toli can make it to that seminar why can’t we.

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Jan 10

Controversy

TO WHO IT MAY CONCERN
News about I-DESIRE in media and the Controversy involved
This is to inform you that I-DESIRE has been repeatedly called a “Coaching Institute by various sections of Media. It is NOT a coaching institute. It is an organization founded by successful IITians both Students and Alumni and supported by SKDubey Foundation, NJ, USA. Its aim is to motivate, guide and inspire aspirants from Bihar the birthplace of our distinguished alumnus late Shri Satyendra Kumar Dubey. It was founded in 2002 and since then we have been conducting four day workshop once every year. Recently I-DESIRE has been embroiled in a controversy due to selfish interests of some people. The logic behind such controversy seems quite ill founded.

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Jan 09

IIT-JEE MYTHS and REALITY

IIT-JEE MYTHS and REALITY

The Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (popularly known as IIT-JEE or just JEE) is an annual college entrance examination in India. A total of nine colleges use JEE as a sole criterion for admission to their undergraduate programs. The nine colleges include the seven Indian Institutes of Technology, IIT-BHU Varanasi, and ISM Dhanbad. It is conducted by the various IITs by a policy of rotation. It is the toughest engineering entrance exam in the world with a success rate of around 1 in 60. Candidates who successfully pass the IIT-JEE can apply for admission to the BTech (Bachelor of Technology), Dual Degree (Integrated Bachelor of Technology and Masters of Technology) and Integrated MSc (Master of Sciences) courses in the various institutes. Getting entrance into an IIT is often considered the pinnacle of achievement for a student of the science stream and the IITs along with the IISc attract most of the brightest students of the nation.

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Jan 09

IITians Helping Brains, Not go into Drains

IITians Helping Brains, Not go into Drains

We a group of IITians from Bihar studying at various IITs have joined hands to organize a four day workshop in Patna, which aims at motivating and guiding students for IITJEE. It would be a four day event where the aspirants would get an opportunity to talk to some of the top rankers in IITJEE. The idea emerges from our school days when we always kept searching for opportunities (although rare) to talk to some of our seniors at IITs. We wanted to share our concerns with them and ask various questions which now seem silly. IITJEE always used to be a nightmare for most of us, but meeting some of the IITians(sometimes our seniors used to visit our school) used to give us a tremendous mental boost up. They were a never ending source of inspiration for us.  Their sheer presence and words used to recharge us. The transformation they created was charismatic. Enthused by their words we were filled with fresh energy to resume our studies with confidence.

The time has changed but the feeling remains same. Occasionally when I meet aspirants while traveling in a railway compartment the respect, love and affection shown by them and the numerous queries which follow reminds me of my school days. I shared my idea with some of my batch mates at IIT Kanpur and it was appreciated. We moved ahead and started preparing for the workshop. We aptly named it I-DESIRE which stands for “IITians Developing Effective Strategy Intensity and Re-believing in you through their Experience”. Then we thought of adding many other features to the workshop like guiding them to the type of grading system at IITJEE. This is based on our experience.We also prepared some lectures on topics of our expertise and taught them how to approach when starting a new topic. The ways to answer at the examination and the common errors which students generally make. How to tackle the  stress during exam time and above all motivated them not to give up during the final phase of their preparation. This is a common practice among the students in Bihar. People out of exam fear, stop preparing for JEE just two or three months prior to the dooms day thinking that they have not prepared well. This is a serious problem with us, which leads to even some deserving candidates loosing a year. We want to clarify them about these and many other myths.

Collective effort by IITians

The most important part is that this is a collective effort of approximately 25 IITians. We have carefully planned the program in such a way that students would benefit from each and every second of the workshop. This was possible after several brainstorming sessions and lot of hard work. Every day we would have 240 minutes, which has been planned meticulously. We would also share with them how to utilize their time most efficiently and plan for studies so that they have their maxima on the day of the exam and finally crack it! Focused work is yet another important strategy for success in a fiercely competitive examination like JEE. Students loose a lot of time doing unnecessary stuff and ultimately finish late. We want to talk on these and many other issues.