Monday, January 31, 2005
Sunday, January 16, 2005
Also known as: VIT College of Engineering. You'll find that written on the official stationery - who needs an institute of technology when you can get a CoE? The hostellites insist that it stands for 'Virgins In Trouble'!
Courses offered: 9 undergrad and 3 post-grad engineering courses, MCA, ICFAI classes, and even diplomas in advanced piping and boiler technology!?!
The location: Take a detour from the Satara Highway, find Bibvewadi (good luck!), then a bus-stop, then a slum - look up - see some big buildings? Attaboy!
The Campus: The aforementioned big buildings seem to become taller by the year. Infrastructure mysteriously appears during accreditation committee visits and then mysteriously disappears. It could put stage magic to shame. We're presently facing a major parking problem - the central ground (read: dust patch) just became a big parking lot. On the plus side, the buildings are well painted and there are green lawns, and clean loos. However, there is a severe lack of dustbins on campus.
The Faculty: There is only one (official) professor in my department and he is'nt even the HOD! Everyone else is a lecturer but by and large, the instruction is good. The Computers department has a professor who's got a degree from Stanford!
The Crowd: 40% 'localites', 40% from around Pune, 15% Northies, 1% Africans, 1% Iranis 1% Vietnamese and 2% Nomadic tribes.
The Hangouts: Fight for your right to get shade or service in the canteen. Or chill out at Boat Club, a big shady tree with a concrete circular thingy around it - located in the absolute centre of the campus, no one know's how it got its name. There's nothing just outside the campus, unless you dig slums.
The X-tra currics: The major departments have a technical festival each. There is no cul-fest yet though we have a small lit-fest. We also have an intra college 'gathering' known as the dance nite, where the participants resemble people going haywire in a dust-storm. From the festivals to the college magazine, everything begins with a ‘Vishwa’. It’s like being 'world' famous in VIT!
Thursday, January 06, 2005
Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward. Maybe they have to be crazy. How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?We make tools for these kinds of people. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
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