I have been bombarded with the question with the question many a times. Why are you leaving ISRO to pursue M.Tech@IIT? Is it a decision worth taking? Won’t it cost you giving up something which many a students crave for? Then surely there is something seriously “wrong” with ISRO, right?
Actually “no”. Perspective matters. Why did I resign from TCS and join ISRO initially? It’s because I was fed up with corporate lifestyle and seriously wanted a break. Joining ISRO rather than an “XYZ” company is always much more preferable. And what I have done here for last one year, may be a bit more, was professionally quite satisfying. But, I was half-hearted since beginning. This is the place for people who are devoted, dedicated to space science. My interests are quite different, cryptography and information security. Evidently those are not aligned to my subjects of choice. I feel this is the time to choose between my passion and profession. And I preferred the former over the later.
What does some expect from an M.Tech. programs@IITs? Might be the following:
- Academic growth, research opportunity, a platform to pursue Ph.D./Post. Doctoral degrees.
- Professional growth, a job offering a thick packet at month end.
- Association, having an opportunity to get to know best technical merits in India.
- Attitude, brand, being an IIT-ian, more like a dream to many a people.
And my decision to join M.Tech. is dominated by one or more of the following, precisely the first one.
Once again, it has got nothing to do with ISRO being good or bad, perspective matters.