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Indrajit Lahiri strongly feels that the qualty of minds must be maintained in IITs. The old IITs themselves are far from perfect, he says. They need to keep their focus on relevance to Indian Industry. Virtually every new IIT wants to jump 50 years to the old IITs’ status. If we aspire for 30 IITs, I am afraid, the directors, top faculty etc all be running helter skelter for land, building, etc. We need to keep an eye on the quality. Obviously the top 2000 students will be better than the top 10,000  students.

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Varun Chugh calls setting up of IITs in every state a great idea. He says that new IITs are needed to produce top class engineering talent necessary for the next phase of India's growth. This according to  him is the same reasoning that justified the first few IITs. With billion people in India, why restrict good engineering education to a few students only? IITs in 1960s were not well established but that has changed over the decades. The new institutes will also go through that phase, says Varun. But the entrance process is critical to get the right students and the right faculty. They will be the two main pillars that will make or break the new IITs

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Avish Joseph, IIT Bombay MBA graduate and a successful entrepreneur based in Singapore proposed that every new IIT in a state can be adopted by 50 companies. They can be run with partial govt funding. , run their innovations through incubation labs at special rates. He suggests developing a self sustaining, locally owned great institution which every state will be proud of. His incentive for companies who invest give them 4x tax deduction ...He was travelling and texted the message and it has been ready by a narrator.  

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Anand Singh supports the idea of opening new IITs. Even better, he wants them in backward areas of India so that those areas can develop. He suggests a mechanism to open new IITs. Decide on a percentile cut off to select candidates from JEE. Track the growth in applicants and the percentile that qualify. As demand increases, open new IITs.

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While supporting the proposal in principle, Dhruv strikes a cautious note. IIT is a global brand whose reputation has been built by the senior alumni. Opening new institutes and just naming them IITs will not do any good. Dhruv wants the new government to first improve the education and research standards in the new IITs opened by UPA government. 

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Roshan is all for taking quality education and spreading it across the country. But he wants the government to ensure that the new IITs have the research intensiveness, labs and facilities. Government must set aside enough funds for these IITs so there is no compromise. Do not call an engineering college as IIT without ensuring funding, meritocracy and overall quality.

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According to Biswajit Khan, The population of India has grown 3 times when IITs were conceived and set up in Nehru era. So why not increase the number of IITs also? To overcome shortage of faculty, he suggests a generous use of blended learning with some courses taught by best IIT professors with students from all IITs linked up via internet. He would like IITs to allow experienced IITians who want to come back and teach at IITs to do so. He wants the insistence on PhD etc to be removed to overcome the faculty shortage.   

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Roshan hopes that the new government will be able to lift lot of people out of poverty and make it easy for the foreigners to do business with India. He hopes that the Modi Sarkar gets two terms to carry out its reforms.

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Mr. Vinod Aachi is the President of the IIT Alumni Association in Singapore and a Managing Director at Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore. He expects that Mr. Modi's ability to implement and execute will be the key element that he brings to the Prime Minister's office. According to him the list of good things to do is always there with the government of India. The political will was missing and that Modi should provide. 

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Vijay Iyengar is the former Chairman of Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries. He is an IIT alumnus and a prominent commodity trader in Singapore and is the Founder and Chairman of Agrocorp International. Vijay has hosted Mr. Modi in Singapore and had met him in Gujarat as part of the delegation from Singapore. He is confident that Mr. Modi can deliver. He expects that Singapore will figure prominently in Mr. Modi's look east policy.  

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