Chetan Bhagat takes on Murthy over IIT remark

New Delhi: Writer Chetan Bhagat, an IIT alumnus, took umbrage at Infosys chairman N R Narayana Murthy’s comments on the quality of engineers rolled out by IITs.

Criticising Murthy, Chetan Bhagat said such comments should not have come from a person who runs a ‘body shopping’ company and calls it ‘hi-tech’.

“It is ironic when someone who runs a body shopping company and calls it hi-tech, makes sweeping comments on the quality of IIT students,” said the writer in a tweet.

Talking for the IIT students, Bhagat referred to the contribution of IIT students in the making of Information Technology (IT) major Infosys.

“IITians have made a great contribution in making Infosys what it is. Hope people remember that,” said Bhagat. “Mr Murthy had a point, but wish he wasn’t so sweepingly high handed. Fix the system. No point judging students,” he said.

Voicing his displeasure over the quality of engineers that pass out of the IITs, Murthy had said the majority of these students fared poorly at jobs and global institutions of higher education.

Addressing hundreds of former IITians at a ‘Pan IIT’ summit in New York, Murthy said the quality of students entering Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) has deteriorated over the years due to coaching classes that prepare engineering aspirants.