Orientation Module -2
Academics and Career
Dr Anjan Ray
Dr Rajesh Prasad
Dr Sangeeta Kohli
Why this discussion?
Having come to IIT, what is important now?
What I become after 4 years depends on
– the system and the environment here
– the courses I choose
– my friends‟ circle and the like
– But most importantly on MY ATTITUDE towards
Hence, need for being conscious about our
Input from seniors!
Need to look at our decisions
Why did I choose to come to IIT?
Why did I choose CSE or ME or CE…?
Am I dejected that I did not get the branch
of my „choice‟?
Do I know what any of these branches is all
Do I have the aptitude for the branch I
Am I ready to make the best of what I got?
In my decisions so far
Have I been going with the crowd?
Have pressures of family, peers or
society got the better of me?
Have I made an informed choice
considering what I indeed „liked‟ and my
Am I going to continue making decisions
in future the same way?
More about decision making …
What am I finally seeking
How am I sure my choice will lead to
– Most commonly sought after goal
a lot of money!!
– How much happiness can it provide?
– Is the crowd always right?
Need for informed choice… getting the
right hat for your head!
What can I aspire for to get sustainable
…need for a holistic outlook
Need to define meaningful goals
– Beyond clearing JEE !!
Working for goals – a continuous and lifelong
– Earlier you get clarity, the better…
Start HERE and NOW.
Can anyone become an achiever overnight?
What you make out of IIT directly linked to
your larger goals… And IIT environment itself
shall mould your goals.
Training at IIT
What affects my attitude to
academics in IIT?
Objectives of IIT
– to create good engineers
– who can help provide technical inputs to solve
– Who can contribute to advancement in knowledge
My objective in IIT
– to get a „good job‟ (What is „good‟?)
– Is that sufficient?
– Acquiring abilities to deliver the best in my job??
– Acquire abilities to live a fulfilling life??
Are the two in consonance with each other?
If not – confusions arise…
Common Confusions about
Grades Vs Learning
JIT preparation for exams Vs regularity
Co-operation in learning Vs Co-operation in
Short-cuts : Can they reach the same goal
with much less effort?
Teachers Vs Students
Classes Vs Books
Spoon-feeding Vs self-learning
Why attendance rule – „we are mature‟.
Notion of „good‟ or „interesting‟ courses
Why should I learn the engineering
subjects. I only want to do MBA and be
a finance manager?
Any fallacy in that argument?
Any ethical question arising
out of the above?
If Learning takes a back seat
Tendency to take short-cuts
Distorted definition of „good‟
Teachers and Students appear
on two opposite sides
Are you losing anything?
– The joy of the learning process
– Capacity to learn
Culture of mediocrity
Why attend classes…I can read
Can you read a new topic entirely on
your own with ease?
– Or does it take much longer?
Have you experienced the joy of
reading a good book to supplement
Lectures and classes – like two wheels
for the cart of learning to move
Why attendance rule
“We are mature enough to attend
Others not worth attending
What makes a course „interesting‟?
– A one way transaction?
Can any course interest us in such a situation?
Week 1 Week 2 : Late night fun
in the hostel
nurture an attitude of learning
and thus experience the joy of learning
make the best of what is offered to us
– Not allow the ice-cream in my hand to melt
do things with involvement.
take responsibility for our own
decisions and actions.
set meaningful goals for life
think before we act lest we should