What I’d been doing last week

Hi folks!

I was glad to hear that my blog has some regular followers, and they asked me what I’d been doing the past week, so here’s a summary.

  • I was trying to figure out what should be done regarding my project. ( Ethernet controlled thermal testing chamber ) Bought an oven, a compressor, and was trying to play with a beagleboard my professor gave.
  • And our mentorship team decided to have a new website, I hopped in. Tried Drupal locally for the first time, and with 4 hours of struggle, got abasic site with pretty stuff up and running. After a couple of demos, I was asked to deploy it live. We went ol, around three days back, and after two full night outs and a couple days work, We now have a fully functional site  at www.smpiitd.org ( Its down for maintenance, atm. Should be back live in a week, after I add proper content. )
  • Had been teaching few class XII students maths. ( This is for NSS, in collab with Aarohan NGO )

Pretty much, thats the most of what I’d been busy with. And I must say, the website design thingy was very exciting, and I lost track of time doing that. Worked some 35 hours at a stretch,  taking gap only to go for Aarohan teaching, and I had to stop when my tummy made a ‘Hunger call’ and my eyes refused to stay open. Had a moderate dinner and slept a good 17 hours after that. 😛

IITian – The bizzare combination of Laziness and Awesomeness

I don’t know if it comes naturally, or we pick it up from our environment, but its a fact that we are lazy. We – I refer to IITians here.

The awesomeness part needs no explanation. We, IITians have proved ourselves extremely capable, in various Engineering fields, both in India and abroad. We are Eleventh hour experts. It is at times funny to hear us being compared to rockets, because we never work,unless our asses are on fire. We never work on an assignment till the last moment. ( One of my friends used to copy assignments on his way to institute area. Others, including me, copied a bit earlier. ) We never look at whats been taught unless its one week or less to majors/minors. Forget all that! I miss my lunch a good number of times just coz I’m lazy enough to consider climbing down stairs a burden.

What troubles me is, we blame the system. But the system never asked you to not work, the system never asked of you to be lazy. So where is the problem? Albeit being different, we are same. All IITians share many things in common. Laziness and awesomeness are just two prominent qualities you cant help but notice.

Our new Director arranged for a meeting with us, then second-yearites, last semester. He had a problem to discuss. Our problem. The question was – “IITians are known for what they did before getting into IITs, and what they do after graduating out of IITs. Why not what they did while at IITs?” I promptly answered – Thats because the system trains us not to learn or analyze or anything like that. We are trained to solve. And solve efficiently, at the last-minute. And one can not expect miracles from such people. We excel after er graduate out of IITs because we know how to solve. It is a success and positive aspect, but not academic wise. Analysis of problems is what academics demands, one we seem to lack.

I started this post with entirely different intentions, and now, I end up writing this. huff!! I’ll write another post to say what i originally intended to, if i’m not lazy.

Signing off,

J Phani Mahesh

IIT JEE survives!

Six IITs ‘spoil’ Kapil Sibal’s common engineering test dream : North News – India Today.

Good news to all protesters out there, The change is delayed by at-least an year. IIT-JEE is not going to use Board marks as a basis for evaluation in 2013, since senates of IIT have said a no-no to the proposal. The video i posted recently, expressing IITD’s stance on the situation, may be of interest in this context. Everyone is against the use of board marks in evaluation, for two main reasons. One, the reason being given by ministry, that it will put a check on coaching institutes, is anything but sensible. All that can be achieved is perhaps, a shift in emphasis. This can be nothing but encouragement to more coaching for board exams. And the second and most important reason, being the lack of uniformity in board exam patterns across the country, and as Prof. Sanghi points out in the video, considering percentile marks is not an acceptable solution, atleast without testing.

Note to Kapil Sibbal: IITs are spoiled enough, thanks to reservations and MCQ pattern exams, let the IIT system decide what is best for itself. There is a reason IITs are under HRD ministry. We are considered human resources of the country, at-least Jawaharlal Nehru thought so. You have no right to impose what you consider best, on such a thing as IITs which Indians pride, atleast not unless we switch to autocracy.

(As a side note, the present state of India looks much like it runs Autocratic government. Democracy is nowhere except on paper. it is a shame to say that the worlds largest democracy is also the most criticized, highly unsatisfactory, and atleast to me, just a pseudo-democracy. If I’m not too lazy, I’ll write another blog post on this.)

IIT-B introduces deferred placement policy – Indian Express

IIT-B introduces deferred placement policy – Indian Express.

Good to hear that IITB is supportive. To summarize, IITB now has a deferred placement policy, which encourages students willing prefer entrepreneurship to jobs, by setting up a panel with mentors and angel investors to help the startup, and in two years time, if things go wrong, the student will be allowed to take part in campus placements, so this essentially functions as a fall-back safety net, and with the current trend of rising interest in entrepreneurship, I am sure this decision will  be received with much pleasure.

As a side note, This, among many others, is one of the things i wish to see implemented at IITD, and every other institute in India.


Hello World! Welcome to my blahg! Want to know more about me? Visit whoami

I’d like to use this post to tell you all what I’m going to use this blog for. I have a couple of blogs out there,  but they were rarely updated, so rarely that my memory failed and i lost access. So, here comes my new blog, clean, fresh, and energetic. I plan to blog about life in general, with random tidbits thrown here and there, and you may find sections on IITD, and Ubuntu. ( I’m an IITian, and a Ubuntero, so that is expected)