Wednesday, August 16, 2006

The first day of 5th sem

After nearly two months of exams and holidays, I returned to my college MS Ramaiah today for the beginning of the 5Th sem. Normally I expected the first class to be taken by a senior professor who would advice us on the importance of this sem and so on... Imagine to my pleasant surprise a young lecturer turned up who actually put this entire Semester into context by explaining how this sem and its subjects are going to determine our future in the Telecomm field.

We had the first class and soon I found myself walking to the canteen. The first thing I noticed was that I couldn't recognize many faces on the way. And then my friend said it... the super Seniors or those in 4Th year had passed out. I couldn't imagine how this campus would be without them, now reality was filling in for where my imagination left off.

No Sanjay Joshi to egg you onto public speaking and debate, boosting any nervous participant's confidence with a few words of extremely useful advice.

No Santa and Banta or Mahendra, Dilip and Dinesh DC teams who'd competed with us for two years and had defeated us many times until my DC team learnt from them the tricks of the trade resulting in us beating them in the farewell Mechanical fest.

No Nikki to beat me in speaking Tamil without teaching me any Punjabi.

No Vineet to trace back his and my stay in Bihar.

No Gagan to warn us on the many pit falls of having chosen Telecomm.

No Srikanth and Devadatta to look up to as quizzing geniuses.

No Varun to break into random thoughts and speeches or give tips on JAM.

As I look back I often realise that my second year was totally defined by the above people, people who helped me out tremendously in various parts of college life.

As I walked around, my friend started discussing the freshers party that was to be organised for our juniors. It is then that i realise that the wheel had come a full turn.

“Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson: You find the present tense and the past perfect”

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Bloging related sites

Was just surfing the net reading up a bit on blogging. Came across this article which pretty much summed up why the whole blogging phenomenon is occurring.

Another great website is problogger. This website contains the A to Z of blogging. Tools, resources, tips so on...

Sunday, August 06, 2006

The VTU mobile Ban...

I'd like to consider the ban imposed on students carrying cellphones in engineering colleges in Bangalore.

The Ban prevents students carrying cell phones anywhere on them even if they are switched off...

Now this is a really backward step justified by the VTU on the basis that it reduces indiscipline .A BLANKET ban sound draconian in this time and age. The VTU should have at least allowed us to carry the cellphones in a switched off state.

Now lets be frank here, the blanket ban has significantly increased discipline in my college. No more do I have near unlimited ability to message people in other rooms or cities with ease, no more do out of station students walk into labs loudly enquiring about the health of their uncles, no more do canteen discussions revolve around who's got the best ring tone.

Now for all the good things the cell phone ban has done its done quite a lot of bad ones also. Loads of students including myself travel cross the city in attend college and more often than not the cell phone provides an important communication link to our homes. When Bangalore nearly drowned in last year's downpour the fact that I had an illegal cellphone on me allowed me and my friends to communicate our whereabouts to our families and also helped us to avoid traffic jams!

Also let us remember that engineering students are part of a professional course, this ban would have been justified in schools but we are students who are going to start earning in 4 years time and this ban has made our ability to make our own decisions for ourselves seem irrelevant.

The VTU should rethink this absolute ban and in turn bring about a limited ban regarding the usage of cell phones during class hours.