At IIT-B, 70% seniors dont’t bath every day: Survey


Mumbai: Six of 10 residents at the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) showered once every two or three days, finding the "task" taxing. A small 10% that took a bath just once a week and just about 30% took a bath everyday. This is one of the findings of the second edition of the senior survey at the institute, conducted by students, which received responses from 332 candidates of the passing-out class, including undergraduates, dual-degree students, MSc and MTech graduates.

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The hangover of hostel life is likely to linger long after graduation, for 40% of the residents plan to live with friends, 27% wish to go back home and 19% would like to live alone. On the other hand, 66% maintained close relations with their folks back home while 29.8% had a lower-than-average interaction with their parents.

While in Mumbai, they had ticked off quite a few items on their bucketlist. Some 52.4% had experienced the classic dream of every college student — a road trip to Goa with friends. Then, 70% travelled ticketless on a local train and 55.7%, on being inspired by the James Bond movie 'Casino Royale', have played poker or blackjack. On their marital plans, the survey found that 39.15% did not wish to dig their own grave until after five years; 31% were clueless while 21.4% wanted to marry between three and five years down the line. On religious beliefs, 39% respondents said they were believers, 21% said they identified themselves as atheists and 39% said they were agnostic.

Almost 70.5% of the respondents graduated as bachelors of technology 33.75% received an additional minor or an honours degree or both alongside. This year's respondents had an average CPI of 7.87. 163 of them had a CPI greater than 8 while only 43 had CPI greater than 9. "A symmetric distribution across responses saw 35.7% wanting a decent CPI whereas 32.6% were unable to reach their potential," said Shreerang Javadekar, chief editor of Insight, the IIT-B newspaper which conducted the survey.

In terms of attendance, 39.75% said they would have attended most classes while 32.5% said they have would have preferred attending as few lectures as possible. Some 7.5% said they would have attended all classes nonetheless. Interestingly, 16.2% have never visited the institute's central library.