Ah, how the times have changed. One of the IIT Bombay students just said to me on Quora, that you are just an assistant professor because you could get nothing else. It is just not that one person, this thinking is quite representative of how many other students in IIT think. Alas, how the times have changed?
It was not very long ago, that I was studying in IIT Delhi. I never heard a single student speak like this about a teacher during my four years of stay there. “He is JUST an assistant professor.” I graduated about 7 years ago and so much change. Such disrespect amongst the students towards their teachers.
Let us say that even if the premise were true, that he could not get anything else other than a professor position at IIT, what can you learn from him, if you have that attitude towards your professor. And, you may think it is trivial to get a position as assistant professor at IIT, believe me it is not that easy. Every year, departments get applications in 100s and only 1 or 2 get selected. But, this is besides the point that I am trying to make. If you want to learn something, there should a basic level of respect towards the teacher and if there is a feeling of contempt, you can learn nothing from the teacher.
My feeling about this change in attitude of students in recent years is because the students no longer come to IITs to study, they come to get their fat pay packages. They are so shallow that they count everything in terms of money. They have no higher purpose in life other than to make money. I don’t know why IITs promote the pay packages in newspapers, all it does is increase the intake of such low quality students in IITs, who have nothing other than money making in their minds.
In all honesty, running after money is not very glorious. Unfortunately, our society is running after money and anyone who does not do that is considered a loser. I am one such loser. I am JUST an assistant professor.
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