Students justify judgement by numbers2 min read
Manipal: An open discussion forum on the topic ‘Judging by Numbers’, was organised by the Talk It Out club at Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT).
The symposium revolved around the issues of being judged by numbers when it comes to CGPA, scores in entrance exams, income, age, and also the likes and shares on social media. “The quality of the talk was really impressive and the points put up were truly commendable,” said Dhaval Doshi, publicity head and content editor of the club.
Throughout the discussion, the students argued about the pros and cons of being judged on the basis of numbers in the form of CGPA, age, and income. “Judgement by numbers is important mainly for making a good first impression. After that, however, it is the person’s ability and character that matters,” said Ayushman Dey, an MIT first year and a participant of the talk.
It was not just a discussion on the matter but also a source for gaining solutions to these issues. “At the end of the talk, I think we’ve reached a conclusion that judging by numbers is mandatory because it is the only basis we have to compare people. But judging should be done on uniform grounds and must be just for all.” said Kashish Agrawal, one of the organisers of the event.
The talk however leaned towards justifying this judgement. “Numbers in itself was invented for comparing and measuring. So if anyone is to be blamed, it is those who invented them in the first place,” said Navneet Ganesh, a first year in MIT. “Since the invention of statistics we as human beings are no more individuals but data. Hence, while judging by numbers, they aren’t specifying the individual. Rather, they are comparing the entire group,” added N. Shalini Srinivasan, another first year who attended the talk.
The event was chaired by the Director of MIT, Dr. Vinod V. Thomas and Prof. Abhay Shetty. The Director, in his address also clarified many issues raised by the students.
Edited by Kavana Desai