Science over Commerce,
Engineers & Doctors over other professionals,
Computer Science over other specializations,
MBAs over Engineers are considered superiors in India.
As an IT Engineer myself, I know someone with a B.Sc. (IT) degree knows no lesser than me about Information Technology. However this world sees an Engineer better than someone with B.Sc. (IT). This is how it is. People like to tag you in different classes based on your degree and pedigree.
And something which is no lesser than a fact in India is “IITians are the best of all”.
Who are IITians by the way?
The intelligent ones who once show their mettle by clearing IIT-JEE and the world knows forever that they are born to rule. Indians pay a part of their income as tax to ensure they get the best of everything.
Best labs, best professors, best environment, best equipment, best skills and last but not the least best opportunities! Best Companies line up for each batch of IIT every year.
If they decide to become entrepreneur, Indian Investors (Angels/VCs) consider supporting their startups.
I mean achieving becomes easier thereafter as ‘everyone’ automatically starts believing that they are destined to be successful.
Well this post is not for blaming. Also it is not an open letter to anyone.
I respect IITians and I agree they are capable. They are bright.
I am a non-IITian but Engineer (a part of that community of Engineers who compete directly with IITians at bigger levels in their career paths and feel demotivated when at some level their efforts get over-shadowed or ignored just because they don’t have the special label.)
After giving many years in a startup and contributing in building it a brand a non-IITian friend of mine said:
Who praises bricks and cement when a house is build; in the end it’s the interior on which owner spends and attracts people’s attention.
By this statement she meant whether or not you contributed, obviously when organization becomes big it needs people with branded labels for representation.
Her statement triggered the thought of writing this post. This post is not about an IITian but for a non-IITian by a non-IITian.
This post is my way to convey be you & believe in you. So what if stars weren’t aligned for the first time. So what if you didn’t care. So what if you cared yet didn’t get it.
Be patient. Keep working in your way & wait for the right time when you will be at the right place.
Non-IITian Engineers, a big bunch that didn’t or couldn’t show their intelligence to the world for the first time (i.e. did not clear IIT-JEE) and the World labelled them as ‘Mediocre’ for the rest of their lives.
The day they joined a local college after paying huge fees everyone automatically started doubting their abilities.
Average labs, average professors, average environment and average opportunities became the fate.
Every year average companies with average packages reach the campuses. Best amongst the average considered minds get selected and hired to do jobs at mediocre levels.
And if not hired by those average companies on average packages, it takes few more years to settle in a decent life.
Thinking of a start-up? Bad thought, who anyways is going to invest in an already labelled mediocre’s idea?
And every time a non-IITian tastes success, this world raises an eyebrow with doubt.
I am not exaggerating. Pedigree means a lot at least in India.
I know you face it. I face it too.
Yet I strongly believe if you have potential you will reach the destination sooner or later.
I am a non-IITian and I have no embarrassment about it.
Though with no special tag attached things are taking time in shaping up but the best part is they are shaping up nicely what if slowly.
Don’t think of the past as to why you did not take or got through JEE. Don’t feel insecure and don’t think of justifying yourself.
Just be focused and keep doing what you love. Nothing can stop you from achieving what you really want to.
IIT or No IIT doesn’t matter.
Success has different meaning for different people.
And trust me, in the end things get better only for those who believe in themselves.