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How pursuit of excellence made IITs a unicorn mill

Jul 06, 2022

Even though my claim to fame is a book (and subsequently a movie) about what is wrong at the IITs, fact remains I am deeply in love with my alma mater.

While the IITs are by no means perfect, they remain one of the true symbols of Indian excellence even today. We have all seen the news articles: record salaries, record valuations of startups created by IITians, and prominent CEOs worldwide coming from this institution. Some reports suggest the IITs rank 4th among colleges worldwide whose alumni have founded unicorns (companies with $1bnplus valuations). Only Stanford, Harvard, and University of California are ranked higher.

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