En­trepreneurs love IIT-IIM brands

THUMBS UP Grad­u­ates from premier in­sti­tutes say they’ve ben­e­fited from peer learn­ing, ex­po­sure to re­sources and peo­ple

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Rozelle Laha HT Education Correspondent

Of late, one has seen a rise in the num­ber of star­tups by IIT and IIM grad­u­ates. Some en­trepreneurs think that study­ing at the elite in­sti­tutes have given them an edge over oth­ers, as peer group in­ter­ac­tions and ped­a­gogy at th­ese in­sti­tutes ac­cel­er­ate their growth as en­trepreneurs.

“I do in­deed feel that study­ing at IITs gives one an edge, es­pe­cially when it comes to launch­ing new ven­tures. The ex­po­sure to re­sources and peo­ple is for­mi­da­ble and ir­re­place­able in terms of value. Ad­di­tion­ally, en­gi­neer­ing at IIT isn’t lim­ited to just the core tech­nol­ogy sub­jects. We also learned crit­i­cal prob­lem-solv­ing skills,” says Ritesh Arora, an IIT Bom­bay grad­u­ate and co­founder at Browser­Stack.com, a cross browser test­ing tool.

Most of the en­trepreneurs from IIT-IIM are unan­i­mous in their praise of peer learn­ing at their in­sti­tutes. IIT Delhi alum­nus Hi­man­shu Aggarwal feels he was made ready for the real world at the in­sti­tute. “At IIT, I had the op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­act with some of the best minds I have known and gained rich tech knowl­edge. It was all about com­pet­ing and sur­viv­ing – virtues ev­ery en­tre­pre­neur needs. While get­ting things done was min­i­mum ex­pec­ta­tion, risk-tak­ing was es­sen­tial to be able to stand out in the face of stiff com­pe­ti­tion,” says Aggarwal, the co­founder and CEO of As­pir­ing Minds, a job skills cre­den­tial­ing com­pany.

On sim­i­lar lines, Srinivas Kr­ish­naswamy, CEO and co­founder, Krya, a startup cre­at­ing prod­ucts for sus­tain­able ur­ban liv­ing, says, “The en­vi­ron­ment and IIT peer group is a plus. Your class­mates are of high cal­i­bre and that raises the com­pe­ti­tion bar.” Some of them also men­tioned the brand value as­soci- ated with th­ese in­sti­tutes. “Even Har­vard and Stan­ford drop-outs have a name, for ex­am­ple, even if they drop out of those col­leges. Peo­ple would know that they are good enough to get into those col­leges. That is the psy­cho­log­i­cal ad­van­tage,” says Kr­ish­naswamy, a grad­u­ate from IIT Madras and IIM Ban­ga­lore. How­ever, as IIM Ban­ga­lore pas­sout Ra­jiv Sri­vatsa, COO and co­founder, Ur­ban Lad­der, a fur­ni­ture e-tailer, says, “It’s use­ful, but not nec­es­sary. You can do the cour­ses, build a strong net­work, and get out of your com­fort zone to do some­thing im­pact­ful in any con­text or good col­lege or young com­pany as well.” Delhi- based Guru Gobind Singh In­draprastha Univer­sity (GGSIPU) has started its ad­mis­sion process for 2016- 17. The univer­sity will con­duct on­line ad­mis­sions for around 31,000 seats and for 150 aca­demic pro­grammes. The ad­mis­sion brochure for all med­i­cal, pro­fes­sional and tech­ni­cal pro­grammes of the univer­sity, ap­pli­ca­tion forms, com­mon en­trance test (CET) sched­ule and other re­lated in­for­ma­tion is avail­able on www. ipu.ac.in.

The dead­line for sub­mit­ting ap­pli­ca­tions for the post­grad­u­ate med­i­cal cour­ses is March 1, 2016. For pro­grammes which do not re­quire can­di­dates to ap­pear for the CET, the last date to ap­ply is May 17, 2016. For all other re­main­ing pro­grammes, the last date is March 29, 2016.

The ad­mis­sion process for the PhD pro­gramme and BVoc pro­gramme of the univer­sity will be no­ti­fied shortly. For the BArch pro­gramme, the ap­pli­ca­tion process will start from June 1, 2016 and the last date for ap­ply­ing is July 4, 2016. This year, the ap­pli­ca­tion fee is 1,000. To main­tain trans­parency, can­di­dates will now have to up­load their thumb im­pres­sion in the ap­pli­ca­tion form.

The univer­sity has also set up an ad­mis­sions helpdesk for ap­pli­cants. Can­di­dates can dial 011- 25302167 for any ad­mis­sion­re­lated queries. Can­di­dates can also send their ques­tions at mailipuad­mis­sion­son­[email protected] gmail.com.

Last year, the univer­sity had re­ceived around 2.45 lakh ap­pli­ca­tions for ad­mis­sion to var­i­ous aca­demic pro­grammes, in­clud­ing BCom (hons), BA (jour­nal­ism and mass com­mu­ni­ca­tion), BBA, BTech and BArch at the un­der­grad­u­ate level and MBA, MCA and MTech cour­ses at the mas­ter’s level.

I LLUSTRATION: ABHIMANYU SINHA

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