Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

This is a fascinating look at the influence of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT). "The IITs' superpower is their tightly knit network of alums. Graduating from an IIT puts you in a special club. Rest of World spoke with IIT students, alums, and professors and discovered just how deeply embedded the schools' network is in the tech ecosystems of India and beyond. At some companies, it's IITians wherever you look. Founders, mentors, advisers? All IIT. The funders? Them too." Clearly the idea was to emulate U.S. elite institutions, but the question has to be asked, has India been helped or hindered by the creation of such an institution?

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