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Quality of IIT-ians: Fight b/w N Murthy & Chetan Bhagat

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Cheatan Bhagat and Narayana Murthy
New Delhi, Oct 5: Former chief of Infosys, Narayana Murthy and celebrity writer, Chetan Bhagat engaged in a verbal fight over Murthy's controversial remark on the deteriorating qualities of IIT students.

Criticising Murthy's comment on the IIT students, Bhagat had claimed, "It is ironic when someone who runs a body shopping company and calls it hi-tech, makes sweeping comments on the quality of IIT students."

The immediate strong reaction from the Five point Someone famous writer sparked a new controversy in the country. However, during an interview with TV channel CNN-IBN, Mr Bhagat also claimed that he had no regret to his "body shop" remark on Infosys.

While asked about his regret over the "body-shop" comment, the celebrity writer said, "No, not really. I mean I wanted to, my point is very valid."

"...why bring the students in to it. Why judge the students? It may even be true that he has something he feels about the quality of the students. But, it's very high-handed. Same way, when I call Infosys a body shop it's high-handed," added Mr Bhagat.

Here it can be recalled that the former chief of the IT giant had criticised the qualities of the IIT-ians. Slamming the present coaching tradition among the young students, Mr Murthy said, "Thanks to the coaching classes today, the quality of students entering IITs has gone lower and lower."

"They somehow get through the joint entrance examination, but their performance in IITs, at jobs or when they come for higher education in institutes in the US is not as good as it used to be. This has to be corrected. A new method of selection of students to IITs has to be arrived at," added Mr Murthy.

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