Every prospective engineer dreams to be an IITian. Sometimes in life though, you do not actually get to be in charge. Put another way, you might be successful and not be an ‘IITian’. With all due respect to the IITs, it is unfair to say that only ‘IITians’ are successful.
Being from a prestigious university can only get you so far if you do not have the zeal to back it up, or the grades to match. It is just a way of staying ahead of the curve. Not that you should take any exam lightly, it is always advisable to remember that the IITs are surely not the be all and end all of Engineering. The examples here further testify that ‘Non-IItians’ can be equally, if not more successful than their IIT counterparts. The purpose here is not to degrade the IIT, rather to throw light upon the fact that ‘Non-IITians’ can become successful engineers as well.
Let us look at some ‘Non-IITians’ who made it big:
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (Former President of India. Alumnus of St. Joseph's College, Tiruchirappalli & Madras Institute of Technology, Chennai): The much-loved former President of India; a man who inspired the nation, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam initially studied Physics at the St. Joseph's College, Tiruchirappalli. He realised his calling and went on to join Madras Institute of Technology (MIT), Chennai to study Aerospace Engineering.
Dr. Kalam joined the Aeronautical Development Establishment at the Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in 1960. In 1969, he transferred to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) where he became Project Director for India's first Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III) which successfully deployed the Rohini satellite in near earth orbit in July 1980.
Many authors, columnist, and professionals alike have lauded Dr. Kalam. He is celebrated as the ‘Missile man’ of India, for his work in the development of ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology.
Mukesh Ambani (CEO Reliance Industries Ltd., Alumnus of Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai): Mukesh Ambani is the CEO of Reliance Industries Ltd. He was responsible for initiating Reliance's backward integration journey from textiles into polyester fibres and further into petrochemicals, petroleum refining and so on. He also set up one Reliance Infocomm Limited (now Reliance Communications Limited), which focuses on information and communications technology initiatives.
Mukesh Ambani completed his graduation with a bachelor`s degree in chemical engineering from the UDCT, now Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai. He stood sixth in the university exams. He went on to enrol for an MBA at Stanford University, but he dropped out his course only a year into the programme to help his father.
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