What is one thing you would love to have every single person on Earth understand?

Brijesh Kumar The solution to our energy crisis is not increased consumption using alternate energy sources, but to reduce our consumption. Our consumption of energy is increasing at an alarming rate. We keep on talking about the environment and looking for alternate energy sources, but practically no one talks about reducing consumption itself because GDP … Read more

Why do Americans prefer working themselves to death and acquiring stupid amounts of wealth and materialism, instead of getting a reasonable job where you make enough money and get enough time off to be able to enjoy yourself and your life?

Brijesh Kumar I think it has to do with the health insurance industry. Before Obamacare, it was very hard to get health insurance if you had a preexisting condition and you did not have a job. So, your employer held you hostage because your life probably depended on your job. Many people have lost everything … Read more

How much time does it take for freshly appointed assistant professor to reach post of associate professor and professor in IIT?

Brijesh Kumar 5-6 years for associate professor, additional 6-7 years for professor. See Questions On Quora Brijesh KumarI like to blog about various topics ranging from education in IITs to social issues in India and US. All opinions and views presented here are my own and not of my employer.http://brijeshkumar.com

I am doing M.Tech from IIT. I have a great opportunity to join a startup. But will have to leave M.Tech. Does M.Tech degree really matters that much?

Brijesh Kumar I would complete my M.Tech., if I were in your situation. There are more startups that fail than succeed. From your question, it appears like you are getting a job in a startup, so after you complete your degree from IIT, you will probably get many more job offers from startups and established … Read more

Is it unethical to work on two separate research projects with different advisors at the the same time?

Brijesh Kumar As long as both your advisors are aware of it, there is nothing unethical. See Questions On Quora Brijesh KumarI like to blog about various topics ranging from education in IITs to social issues in India and US. All opinions and views presented here are my own and not of my employer.http://brijeshkumar.com

In intrinsic semiconductor. Why is current due to both electrons and holes, when holes are formed due to absence of these electrons?

Brijesh Kumar Absence of an electron from valence band is called as a hole. So, when a hole moves from left to right, in reality, an electron is traveling from right to left in the valence band. So, when you apply an electric field from left to right in a semiconductor, electrons move from right … Read more

How’d you defend when people from IIT Complete their UG or PG go to US and settle there? Most of their education is sponsored by tax payers?

Brijesh Kumar Most of the people in this world take selfish decisions. Even those who stay in India do it for selfish reasons. I came back to India for selfish reasons. I don't go on announcing to the world that I am doing great work for the country because I came back. It had nothing … Read more

What would happen (practically) if IITs and other top rung colleges admit students from the bottom of the list or from the last ranks?

Brijesh Kumar Assuming that IITs don't declare this fact before JEE, so truly, the lowest ranked people enter IITs, the following things will happen: 100% result. 100% students fail. Higher suicide rate because students are unable to cope with their studies. Growth of student unions, etc. Violence and other problems plaguing other universities in India … Read more