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Convocation at IIIT-H

Before we get to hyderabad lets take u first to ujjain. The primary reason behind this backtrack is journey to hyderabad has always been full of surprises. I was supposed to leave at 12th august from indore. The scheduled departure time was 9:30 in night. Surprisingly train was not even on platform by that time even when it starts from the same station. The train was brought on finally and it started 45 minutes late. Not a big deal , right ?

I think your answer will change soon. Next day I was  going to catch A.P. Express from nagpur whose departure time was 9:50. The train from indore was scheduled to reach at 8:25 and thus I was supposd to have time gap of one and half hour. But now train started 45 minutes late from indore, this margin had reduced considerably to around 45 minutes and if the train gets delayed, I was almost missing my train in nagpur. But nothing of this sort happened and I reached at nagpur in time. I boarded the A.P. Express and entire journey was smooth after that. The only problem was it got delayed by 14 hours. So instead of reaching at 7:30 in evening on 13th august, I reached at 9:30 morning on 14th august.

Anyways now I have got accustomed of such things :). So after reaching hyderabad, I got ready and went to IIIT-H campus. It was delightful to meet friends after such a long time. I got a call from Divyendu, telling me ( read asking 🙂 ) that we were going for movie with a few friends. So I was watching a movie in theatre within 4 hours of being in hyderabad. Next day I did the registration and we had convocation rehearsal in the evening, day before the actual event.

The dress code for convocation had changed from the traditional one to Kurta Pazama. I like others was feeling a bit disappointed as we all had dreamt about throwing hats in air. But then more important thing was all the friends were together for all the funny chats that I was missing in last 2 months. So once we all met, that disappointment took a back seat.

In the morning breakfast was arranged for all the students along with their parents. Then we had the degree distribution ceremony where we were given our certificates. We first had academic procession The certificate which cost us 2 years and  a few lacs  :). But it’s worth putting that much investment to get that certificate. I had become a M.Tech officially :). We all had a great photosession with all the permutation and combination possible among classmates

Then after a gap the second session of event was started in which had speech by chief guest Dr. Kasturirangan, former head of ISRO. I was sitting on the last seat 😀 , so could not listen to speech properly.  Parents of students were also asked to stand to acknowledge the effort they had put for their children. The event was over and we were back to what we are exper in. The chat sessions had started again. I am still not sure whether this Master in my degree stands for Master of technology or Master of chat sessions which are better known as BC in IIIT-H 🙂

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Memories of IIIT-H : Chapter 13

Some days before exams, I was in dilemma whether to study for end sems or prepare for interviews, as there was only 4-5 days gap after exams. In this dilemma I was not able to concentrate on any of them. Finally I decided to study for end sems one day before each paper and rest of the time I would devote to interviews’ preparation.

One of the most interesting end sem paper we got at IIIT-H was computer network. It was an open laptop exam which meant that it would be useless to use  laptop for solving questions. The exam had two sections and the first section was objective paper. The real fun was the second part and I was astonished after reading instructions.

It said, ” Solve the following question here, submit your solution and take away the paper with you. Solve the question again at home and resubmit after 15 days. Both the solutions would be evaluated. ” I did not appreciate the paper but the instructions definitely brought a smile on our faces.

Data mining paper was like previous ones and as usual I didn’t have much clue about it. I was expected to score gud marks in end sem of Cryptography as I had not performed well in mid sems. I managed to solve a descent no. of questions. Introduction to middleware was a very nice paper which tested how much we had worked in project. There was 40 % portion from the project work itself and I could solve it easily. Our project presentation in this course went very well with the professor saying these words , “OK, Fine, Good !!! ”

So in this way end sems were over and the placements were to begin after 6 days. This was the opportunity for which every one was eagerly waiting. I like others, was nervous, excited, and optimistic about arrival of companies with job offers.  I will not be sharing my interview experiences here as there are other blogs existing specially for that ;). And this brings me to  end of the series of IIIT-H memories.

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End of Memories of IIIT-H Series

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Note to Readers : Oh come on, memories of IIIT-H can not end here. I am just taking a pause here for specific reasons. The combined  fun I had in three semesters is less than the fun I had in  forth semester. So the first series ends here and second series will take you to my forth semester. In the mean time some short stories,  some travel experiences, n may be some interview experiences ( I was kidding earlier 🙂 ) will be coming as my posts.

This first series has taught me that I can  write. Now I will try to write better, learning from the mistakes in first series.  The second series will return  with a better writing and content for sure. After all I need to match standards and set new one for myself just like IIIT-H 🙂

IIIT-H rocks.

Memories of IIIT-H : Chapter 12

I was feeling very sad two days before diwali. I was away from home for the first time on diwali. I was walking on the streets of campus on DhanTeras and there was no sign from which I could sense Diwali festival has started. I called at home and preparations were going on at home. This made me feel worse and was thinking that we should celebrate in addition to college separation.

My friends and me put some contribution and decided to celebrate in our own way. The plan was to decorate lab, bring sweets and bring fireworks. I decorated lab with amit, abhishek, pooja, smriti, ishita,santosh and ram one day before diwali night. We decorated the lab with paper ribbons, balloon and other decorative stuff. A beautiful rangoli was made by pooja,ishita,smriti,umangi and reema. Dhiraj  was playing few songs and he knows how we were dancing  in lab 😀

On the day of diwali we were all done with decoration work. Umesh took the responsibility of bringing sweets and fireworks with few other friends. In the we lighted Depak and had sweets. Our juniors made my class mates specially TAs to eat sweets with their hands and it was fun to watch.

The campus celebration consisted of Lakshmi Poojan followed by a dinner. Deepaks were put in campus on both sides of roads which looked very nice. Fireworks were distributed to students but they were not enough for us. We had brought our own fireworks and we gathered in ground. Though we had brought a decent amount of fireworks, they didn’t last long.  Another interesting thing happened when narendra came. He was center of attraction for his white colored dhoti

This diwali had indeed become a memorable one for all of us. We did not feel away from home and celebrated this fesitval with joy. This was the last celebration before end sems. Submission time had come and we were busy in assignment and project completitions.  End semes were few days away and after 1 week of that the placement session was about to start.

Memories of IIIT-H : Chapter 11

All the fun had come to a momentary pause in third sem. I needed to be focused then as not much time was left in placement seesion. Third semester had 1 compulsory course computer networks and other electives I took were data mining, cryptography and middleware system.

Crypto classes were menat for sleeping. This was the first course where I actually slept in the class. All the interest in the course I had before beginning of course, got away after classes had started. In contrast to this Computer Network classes were interesting and though we were permitted to sleep in class, I never felt the need to do so.

Third course Data mining went above my head as only research papers were taught. I remember we all used to rush towards last row and occupy the safest seats from where we could not be seen. Many of used to solve sample questions from data structures as part of our preparation for big battle coming in few months.

The lightest of all was middleware system. I had the impression that this would be a heavy course but the assignments were interesting so never felt like having work load. This was the course with many new technologies and was a good learning opportunity. The course had a project which consisted of a huge team of 12 members to give us industry like experience.

We were allotted a new lab and brand new zenith systems were given to us which had 17 inch monitors. Now you can expect what would have been the best use of them. Yes they were meant for gaming. All of sudden Fifa, NFS, Counter Strike, Age of Empires n many more such names could be seen n heard in lab :). One could see me playing Fifa even a few minutes before mid sem exams :). I never used to go to lab in first year and worked from my room, but the new systems brought me to lab and made me stay there for hours.

Data mining classes were boring but it had some good programming assignments some of which I worked on sincerely. We were studying for both courses and placements simultaneously. I was working hard not as diligently as first sem but yes I was putting some effort. But at the same time in between study sessions the gaming was going on quite well too.

Time was moving at steady pace and we were counting how many days were remaining after each month. The pressure was building up gradually and I was telling myself that only thing I need to do is to keep my head cool. This semester did not offer much eventful days but the one day was there which offered us a chance to celebrate. The biggest indian festival Diwali had come.

Memories of IIIT-H : Chapter 10

I was studying a few hours of a day as my placement preparation but it was not a full time devotion. I can’t work without some pressure and as there were 4-5 months remaining for companies to come, I was not serious enough. So I was having lot of free time which I was killing in watching movies.

I got an opportunity to utilize this free time in a very good way. German classes were arranged for us inside the campus and I immediately grabbed the opportunity to learn something different. I was planning to learn a foreign language for quite a time but as campus was away from main city and I did not have any vehicle, it was difficult to go to attend clssases outside.

The german classes were a great experience both in terms of learning and fun. We used to play lot of games and it was like a summer school for kids :). Learning a new language is always challenging and I was facing some problems initially in grasping things. But later on I was able to learn and compelted the basic certification successfully. But this entry level module is not enough and I need to do further modules to speak some German.

One thing I regret not doing in summer was outings. There were a few but considering the free time available there could have been more. One of the reason may that everyone was concerned about placements. Though we were not studying round the clock but the thought was always in back of mind. We did waste some time in campus for sure.

But out of those one important outing was Golkunda visit with Dhiraj,Romanch, azli  and his 2 Malyasian friends. The funny thing was azli was our guide as he had been there earlier. Golkunda was not the best place to visit but certainly worth a visit once. You could see entire hyderabad from its top which was  a nice sight to see.

I ate in yuktahar mess for entire summer and meghna used to tease me about that. The time was passing quickly and we were seeing months going away one by one. In the beginnning of vacations I thought we have a long vacation but I didn’t realize when the last day of vacations had come. From next day our third semester had started.

Memories of IIIT-H : Chapter 9

So all the fun had to come to halt for few days as end sems were apporaching fast. I was done with WDKM submission as me and ravikant some how managed to complete the project and give the demo. The important thing was to convince sir that the project is complete :). Another project I made in software technology with Dhiraj and there too we managed to finish in time because of Dhiraj.

Oh I forgot to tell about the party given by Amol and Sudharma to us at Ohri’s  jeeva. We around 20 people went by MMTS train together and it was a great fun. The place and food was nice too but the feeling of going together with so many friends was simply great.

Coming back to exams, I was not nervous about end sem. This was the great thing about IIIT-H. You are worried but rarely nervous about end sems. You know that you have done something in semester and unless u don’t copy, u will not fail in course. There is saying in IIIT that you need to work hard to get a A or F in IIIT-H. Ofcourse there are few exception but this is the normal trend.

Exams were over and as our third semester had been shifted by around one month, we got a very long summer vacation of 4 months. When we got the news, I was thinking this is a very long time. I will study this, I will study that n blah blah but this long time passed very soon. I will be telling how time passed quickly .

Before our exams had begun, Chirag Bhai came with a plan of Gujrat tour. So just after exams we started our tour and those 6 days were hangama unlimited. There were 20 friends on that trip both first and second year students. This tour was the second factor after felicity that made the bonding strong between us. I will be writing about that tour in a separate book 🙂 named ” My Travel Experiences”.

That tour gave me chance to have long conversation with my friend azli. We discussed about lot of things and learnt lot of each other’s country and culture. One thing I liked about him was his clarity of thoughts. He knew how he should act in different situations and u could learn a lot of things from him useful in real life.

I went home after gujrat tour and stayed there for few days. But once you have spent time on IIIT-H campus u can’t stay away for long. So I came back to college and every one else was coming back too. As we had placements just after third sem, we decided to start studying for them from summer itself and thus utilize the time we had in our hand.

Memories of IIIT-H : Chapter 8

The farewell was the first event where we worked as a team. The idea was initiated by Umesh and every one put their effort to make it successful. But before that there came so many issues that we needed to take into consideration. We had so many meetings regarding different problems that were arising and the best part was the brainstorming in which everyone actively participated.

The first problem that came was about date of event. The semester was ending soon and we didn’t have much holidays remaining on which we could organize this. We had to think about submission dates of our batch and senior batch both. As it was submission time it was not possible to extend date further and after that semester would have been over. Amazon was coming for internship offers on the next day on which we were planning the event. I like everyone else was confused whether it’s a good idea to keep event just before amazon interviews. But then pooja came with a strong determination that we should fix the date and should not worry too much.

Another issue was venue for the event. I along with a few more people was in favor of an outside campus venue. The reason was there were too many restrictions like no music were to be put if we would have organized in campus. So finally it was agreed that it should be organized at some outside place. Rajiv, Raju, Umesh, Abhishek,  Avinash searched for a proper hotel with all facilities and within budget. Finally Rajiv and Raju found the required hotel.

Then we thought about the what all things we can do as part of event. Giving title to seniors was one idea that I knew was nice. Smriti and Abhishek helped me a lot in putting those difficult (and stupid 🙂 ) rhymings that we gave as title to seniors. Title described every individual’s some personality aspect. Narendra and ravikiran prepared the titles in telagu language. Poushali drew cool caricatures on those title cards. A few more classmates like avanti, ravi, romanch, amitabh, ram also helped in title writing. Pooja and Smriti along with others packed the gifts to be given to seniors.

One more idea that I had seen in my B.E. farewell was to play a background song for each senior when he/she will receive his/her title. Dhiraj was having the responsibility of song collection and others were helping in song selection.

Then romanch and me worked on  one line quizzes that would be asked to seniors and will give them chance to win prizes. Smriti came up with a nice game in which everyone was given a balloon and a needle. Everyone had to save his balloon and prick the others’. The last one surviving was the winner.

We reached hotel in the evening and checked everything was set up. Divakar was also actively involved in coordinating event.Seniors started reaching the place by IST 🙂 . Divyendu and avinash started the event with their witty anchoring. Then titles were given to seniors in bunch and in between them some games were played too. It was Umesh b’day and presence of everyone made his celebration memorable :). Then we all had dinner and then danced for some time.

The event was successful and we were appreciated for nice party. The reason behind success of this event was the team work.  There were few people like Amit who were working behind the scene and helped from start to end. Every one contributed in a way he could. This was a memorable, funny and learning experience for all of us. Now we were ready to face final exams and thus move to third semester.

P.S. : Though I tried to include everyone’s name in the post, who worked in that event; if someone’s name is missing readers (those who know) can reflect on his/her contribution. 🙂