At Indian Institute of Technology Indore (IIT Indore), the keen intellect of students has been honed and sharpened by the skilled hands of expert faculty. Also, the stimulating environs of a new IIT have created opportunities for students’ leadership skills and innovative thinking capabilities to spread their wings in full flight, unrestrained by orthodoxy.
IIT Indore draws on a reserve of extraordinary talent as a by-product of its selective, stringent Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) for admissions to all the UG programmes. Arguably the toughest examination in the world, the JEE is conducted by the various IITs by a policy of rotation and is the sole criteria for admission in 17 institutes including the 16 IITs and ISM Dhanbad. In JEE-2012 more than 4,80,000 students vied for about 9,600 seats- the IITs have an acceptance rate of around 2% as compared to 19% for MIT, 15% for Stanford and 27% for Berkeley. With its challenging problems that test the depth of the aspirant’s knowledge, the surprise element of the continually varying pattern and the immense competition, clearing the IIT-JEE is considered the pinnacle of achievement for a student in India.
The quality of students coming in is, without doubt, the best in the world- drilled in the sciences and problem-solving, the successful candidates are, by default, gifted, dedicated, hardworking and blessed with analytical ability. While each one is a ‘topper’, in his/her own right, a leader in more than one sphere of activity, many are consistent toppers at the National Level with various prestigious scholarships and awards and a few even have proved their mettle at the international level, having represented the nation at International Olympiads and other Fairs, Seminars etc.
As such, the oft-quoted sobriquet becomes more appropriate- it is only “the cream of the nation” that walks into IIT Indore, the intellectual camaraderie is what makes this place special. IITI enhances the students’ potential and imparts the holistic education that allows the prodigal promise to bear fruit as it must.