I took my Master of Technology in Microelectronics and VLSI in Teaching Assistant category (2007-2009) from IIT Bombay. Although project work is an essential part of this program, it is more or less a taught degree. One does a certain minimum amount of course work in first two semesters and expected to contribute to a … Continue reading A brief review: M. Tech. program in Microelectronics/Nano-Electronics/VLSI at IIT Bombay
I do not consider myself to be a very social person. I have few friends. When I lost one of them to suicide recently; I came to know how much it can disturb one. Siva was my classmate when I was doing my masters at IIT Bombay. In social hierarchy of IIT he belonged to … Continue reading A friend departs
Still enjoying success in GATE? Well, it's a good time now to come out of your shell and start preparing yourself for some engineering work before your success do some permanent damage to you. GATE (or any examination) tests theoretical knowledge and has little to do with skills. I have had some classmates who could … Continue reading Joining electrical engineering department at IIT Bombay for post-graduation?
Social life in India is marked by subordination of individual to the group. This is not to say that Indian society knows 'anything of individuals' but the claims of group often prevail of claim of an individual . Family, being a universal social group, is a good candidate for comparison and contrast. An Indian family … Continue reading Caste and other ‘branded for life’ thingy
Your IITian-ness, You may or may not be conscious of it, but your appetite for comparison and self-congratulation if not narcissism is colossal. I understand that success in competitive examinations boosts one's confidence and increases one's pride in one's abilities. If such a pride drives you to hone your intellectual abilities, technical capabilities and professional … Continue reading An open letter to IIT undergraduates
I have been a teaching assistant in IIT Bombay since 2007. In otherwise a continuous stint, there was a gap of one year when I worked in industry after completing my masters. I prefer programming and lab related courses. I take a perverse interest in figuring out which student has copied his/her assignment. There have … Continue reading Academic dishonesty
After completing my post-graduation from IIT Bombay and before joining my new job in Noida, I was at home when my mother asked me about my classmates: where are they and what are they doing. I told her that I know few of them and most of them are in 'videsh' (read Europe or US) … Continue reading Self-reliance of intellectuals