New Delhi, Dec 1: Bringing a delightful twist to examinations, contemporary issue of demonetisation and viral internet meme ‘Sonam Gupta bewafa hain’ has appeared as questions in examinations held at the Indian Institute of Technology. While the demonetisation effect was incorporated in a question of sociologyin IIT Delhi, the ‘Sonam Gupta bewafa hain’ meme was used for a probability question paper in IIT Guwahati.
As reported by Times of India, the issue of demonetisation was incorporated when the effect of it on suicide rates in India was asked. The question consisted of 10 marks and was asked in the context of Durkheim’s suicide theory. Durkheim was a French philosopher, who had a theory on suicide that stated that stronger social control among Catholics result in lower suicide rate.
While speaking to TOI, Professor Ravinder Kaur, who heads the Humanities and Social Sciences Department of IIT Delhi, said that students engage more with what is being taught when they realise its usefulness in understanding contemporary issues. This according to her help the students to students to cultivate creativity and help them to think logically, instead of reproducing theories in books.
Similarly, a professor in the department of electronics and electrical engineering at IIT Guwahati used the viral ‘Sonam Gupta’ meme in a probability end semester examination question paper. According to TOI, the question asked to determine if a person ‘x’ is bewafa (disloyal), what is the probablity that Sonam Gupta is bewafa given a dependence structure between variables where all variables are binary and their high values mean the following: G means gender of ‘x’ is female (~G means the opposite), S means biological parents of ‘x’ are strict with her, W means x is wealthy, A means x is attractive, L means x has lots of options, B means x is bewafa, C means at least one other person y claims that the person x is bewafa. Usig additional information, the students were reportedly asked to draw a Bayesian network and convert it into a factor graph.
Reportedly students enjoyed the use of contemporary issues with the otherwise theoretical questions as they could relate to the questions and its practical aspect.