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Zoho CEO Critiques FIITJEE Ads for Creating ‘Zombified Adults’

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Sridhar Vembu, the chief executive officer of Zoho, responded to the most recent FIITJEE advertisement that received harsh criticism for its unethical methods. The image of a student in the print advertisement suggested that performance would decline after leaving the institute. It went so far as to incite fear by linking a rival to student suicides and employing derogatory terms like “evil.” Reposting the advertisement, Mr. Vembu asserted that the nation must free itself from the “ultra-competitive exam pressure” that is placed on youth and young adults. “Pledged to not even consider academic credentials” is what his company does, he continued.

“India has to get out of this ultra-competitive exam pressure on children and young adults. This is one area where I would *not* learn from East Asia but instead learn from Finland which has a superb state-funded educational system that serves every child without such competitive insanity,” Mr Vembu wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

The Zoho Chief attacked the culture of competitive exams, claiming that early pressure “destroys talent and creates zombified adults.” “It’s the rat race to extinction,” he continued. Serious rivalry is reserved for sports teams and businesses catering to specific markets, not for students in school.”

“As an employer, we have committed to not even taking academic credentials into consideration,” he went on. Additionally, we are funding Finnish-inspired alternatives to education.”

The post has received over 3,000 likes and over two lakh views since it was shared. Many others expressed their opinions in the comments section as well.

“Another important thing to learn from Finland is the medium of instruction. Most schools teach in Finnish language. Mother tongue based education has played a key role in their education success,” said a user.

Another user wrote, “We need more such voices!”

“Amongst all the things that need a revamp, Indian educational system tops the list,” remarked a user.

A user mentioned, “All this is due to the fact that most of our parents before social media age didn’t have vision beyond government exams or competitive exams. But as we grow old and become parents people will surely get more options to explore.”

“We should be fostering creativity, resilience, and removing the ‘do or die exams’ culture! Success is a marathon, and pursuing it with joy is doable!” expressed a person.

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