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Volume IV

April’07

wishes you a very Happy Holi The G Team THE EDITORIAL BOARD Editors Arpit Garg Sumeer Gulati Antriksh Singh Aashish Goel Members Pradeep Rahul Anurag K.Venu Rohit Mittal Chinmaya Joormana Brahma Design Divye Bokdia Pradeep Kumar Ayyagari

Never Mind!!! IITG Under Attack Passport Scam Victory At Last HARD talk Placement Report Shout Back Singing Maestro

Email - psc@iitg.ac.in

G is a publication meant for private circulation only. The views expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of Students’ Gymkhana, IIT Guwahati.


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Singing Maestros The performance by Rajan and Saajan Mishra wasn’t their first in IITG.They’ve performed here earlier for SPICMACAY. This time the honorable governor of Assam graced the occasion as chief guest. The performance was highly entertaining and artists were able to strike a musical note with the audience. Our correspondents A. Garg and K. Venu had a light conversation with our guests after the performance. For how long have you been attached with Spicmacay? SM: We have been performing in educational centers on Spicmacay tours since 1977. The main objective of such collaboration is to expose our students to classical music. What kept you attached with this organization? SM: Classical music is the base of all the modern music whether it’s remix or fusion. Music is being experimented over and again. However, classical music is least affected. Organizations such as these are trying hard to preserve and promote classical music.

“Math illiteracy individuals”

affects

By Rohit Pandey

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was trudging my way to the hostel room after MA-201 end semester examination when I saw a guy carrying the above caption on his T-shirt which sparked up my thought process and even though I was feeling a bit low after the exam, I had no option but to succumb to this inner compelling desire of writing my diary. You see, frailties of the human mind! And so dear diary, here I am... The saga dates back to the fall of “August, 2005″, when a bunch of students were exposed to the dark side of this “jig-saw puzzle”. Real Analysis: We kept marveling the works of Cauchy, Riemann and Euler. The way they made even seemingly trivial claims like “0+0=0″, page long proofs further spiced up with some δ

RM: Indian culture is immortal. Vedic music has a scientific importance. It can relieve one from mental anxiety. The onus lies on the government to spread the awareness about this art form. But right now, organizations like SPIMACAY are doing a wonderful job by doing the needful. Now-a-days there is a growing craze for western music. Don’t you think that classical music is becoming a ‘lost art’? SM: The younger generation should preserve the Indian traditions, culture, and heritage. Above mentioned elements of Indian culture form an inevitable part of our lives and identities. Knowing western music or sciences or

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culture is not bad, but blindly aping the ‘in vogue’ things can be debasing both for us and our civilization. Government, institutions and individuals have realized the need of reviving this ancient art form. This is why we have started this campaign. We consider these concerts as a service. Annually we do about three dozen concerts for free, so that the sounds of India can reach its citizens. RM: Classical music is the root of all modern music and it has its roots in our culture. The youth has begun realizing that it is moving in the wrong direction, and off-late it is trying to preserve its culture and hence its identity along with it. What message would you like to convey to the students of IITG? SM & RM: We just want to tell you that as far as possible preserve your identity. Even our PM, while visiting other countries, prefers wearing Indian attire. On 26 Jan’ 2007, the brothers were selected for the Padma Bhushan Award.

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, ε . Have a look: ε>0, δ>0, 0<|x-a|<δ, |ƒ(x)-L|<ε. Linear Algebra: Some international statistics show that an Al-Qaida’s captivation is far better and safer than this course’s training program. PDE’s and Complex Analysis: The course in current semester. I have lost counts as to how many times we just gazed at the incessant scribbling of our “respected instructor”. Some really naive questions like. “Why the hell are we studying this”, met with some real entertaining and sarcastic remarks. But one important achievement after these courses: We have probably compiled a huge no. of variables (alpha, beta, gamma, zie, fie, eta, delta...). You name them and we’ll tell you where we used them. Why we did so? This shall not be the subject of discussion though.

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dventure isn’t hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain...it is an attitude that defines the way we see the simplest of things...it is the thirst to explore new horizons and to redefine the frontiers...it’s this spirit of adventure that we present to you in Techniche. Techniche 2007, the ninth edition of the annual techno-management festival of IIT Guwahati promises to bring with it loads of exciting challenges and enlightening talks. With preprations already underway, we look forward to seeing you there. Contact: techniche@iitg.ernet.in


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NCC Fiasco Anonymous

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ll of us must have witnessed organizational lapses, but none could be as memorable as this. Friends, I am talking about the NCC for the B. Tech second year students. Even after a year only a handful of us were blessed enough to have a full uniform. We were given false promises about a host of activities ranging from parachuting, paragliding, map reading and treasure hunts. It didn’t surprise me much having known all the way that they were just castles in the air. The first major disappointment came when we were asked to attend a camp for a couple of weeks before the beginning of the 3rd semester. Quite a lot of cadets turned up. Only Nostradamus could have anticipated that after sacrificing two weeks of our first summer break we would be told that there is no camp. And now in the 4th semester, we were informed that just half a dozen students have passed the course owing to the shortage of attendance. Whether or not this was an intended gimmick to force the students for the republic day parade, one may never know.

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n employee of Students Affairs office was found imposing as a passport agent. He is reported to have taken money from over 25 students under the pretence of getting passport work done. The Dean of Students’ Affairs Dr. S. Dandapat has promised a high level probe into the whole matter. He has advised the students to exercise reason and told them not to give any money to any such employee in the future. “Students must be wary of such thugs in their future life”, he said.

PLACEMENT REPORT

A bad timing

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By Sandeep Yadav

he placement season of the 2006 Academic session was held over two phases from 1.12.06 to 10.12.06. The first phase saw the arrival of various IT companies such as Google and Microsoft, followed by some other big players such as Shell and Schlumberger. After a break from the inter IIT, the second phase started on 25.12.06 and was still going on till the compilation of this report. Hence the following statistics may be provisional.

B.Tech Branch

Students

Placed

Avg (lac)

CS

42

41

8.27

ECE

41

39

5.10

ME

39

38

5.21

CE

31

30

4.99

BT

19

17

6.15

CL

20

19

8.12

DD

16

8

4.81

Placed

Avg (lac)

M.Tech Branch

Students

CS

34

34

7.02

ECE

35

31

5.14

ME

31

27

4.36

CE

21

12

2.89

CL

16

11

3.40

MSc. Branch

Students

Placed

Avg (lac)

Phy

16

3

2.90

Che

15

5

1.93

Mat

16

9

2.63

Average salaries registered an increase across all branches from those in the previous years. We need a word of appreciation for the training and placement cell that has made this placement season a success. (figures courtesy Placement secy)

No. of companies visited

72

Total students with jobs Students with more than one job

328 out Of 391 Registered 57

achin’s 41st ODI century couldn’t have been at a better time. With the world cup around the corner and fans already in doubt of his credibility, Sachin put all his critics to rest, at least for a while. However, such couldn’t be the case for few of the final year students of IITG. They lost their match and their hope big time. Attribute this to the ill-timed placements this year, at least for some departments... Until the batch of ‘05, August used to welcome the placement season. A maximum of three months were enough to secure jobs for almost everyone. As a result they had plenty of time for CAT, applying for higher studies as well as their endsems. Not to forget, the adequate time at their disposal to prepare for placements. Surely, placements were a tad better this year with many big names making it bigger at the campus. But for most, it wasn’t the chocolate pie that was ordered. The final year students, who were kept in the dark regarding placements till the very last, were at the receiving end. Most of them could barely manage time for CAT. With deadlines approaching for MS/PhD and the endsems having knocked barely a week before Session I, they were hit hard. Adding to woes was the Inter-IIT break. The 15-day hiatus was the devil’s vacation jamming all the bowel movements and testing the nerves. One can’t fail to agree that the first session was totally CSE oriented. Then started Session II but wait, there was more…ULFA had gracefully consented to provide the discomfort of insecurity, adding fuel to fire. As a result several big companies were struck off the roll. Undoubtedly, barring a few departments, this year’s placements have not been up to the expectation. Hopefully we all would take a lesson from this and get placement sessions scheduled a bit earlier the next time.


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Equinox -The The Astronomy Club By Mohit Singal

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t was quiet a while since we had any major activity in the sky. However with the New Year, we were fortunate enough to have several invitees lined up across the night sky . It began with comet McNaught, waiting to surprise us with its long tail as it flew past the morning sun. Next up there was Saturn, right beside Sirius: The Dog Star, glaring like a bright orange ball in the night sky. It would remain there for a couple of months. To locate it, just look for the brightest star in the sky and using a star map, move southwards to confirm Saturn. On the second of February, Saturn was occulted by the moon. It was marvelous, especially at the exact moment when the moon just cut off Saturn saving a bright ring. Finally the greatest of ‘em all, we would witness a total lunar eclipse on the 4th of March, 2-6 AM. The best thing is that we wouldn’t need any kind of filtering mechanism to get a look. Secondly, the moon would glow dark red during the eclipse, instead of becoming completely invisible. It will be nature at its best for sure. Our club will be organizing various activities during that time. Everybody is welcome!

Play Boys

By Rajeev Gupta

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ulging bellies and lethargic bodies, crackling joints and cold heels- enough to sum up the anatomy of most of final year students. But then came 2007, which saw an unprecedented enthusiasm for sports amongst them. Not being sporty ain’t cool anymore. Surprisingly, the first three years witnessed a significant number of people getting detached from sports and athletic activities. And needless to mention, this trend had been observed invariably over the past years. Thereby an intriguing question would be “Why now? Why not earlier?” Let’s explore… A quick by-the-book reply we expect is “getting a job made the difference... ”. Well, that’s a lame excuse given the company of great movies, never-ending soaps, deafening music and addictive games they are used to live with. People who never held a racquet in their hands are now hitting courts regularly. About half a dozen final year students are even reported floating a basket ball team. Students can be seen trying their hands at anything and everything

All I can promise is that you will be having a wonderful night-out save the clouds playing spoil sport, so keep your fingers crossed. Photo: Comet McNaught

The author is the Equinox Secratery

under the sun. Lawn tennis seems to be the easiest option to start with. No wonder the tennis courts are found housefull these days. It’s true that it’s never late to learn anything good in life, but why do these learning thoughts strike in the final semester when it’s almost time to bid good-bye!

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By P.Padmini rganized by Finesse (The Fine Arts Club) and Spicmacay, on the dual auspicious occasion of Sankranti and Lohri, Patang-baazi

made a debut in the cultural scene of our institute. It met with an overwhelming response from all quarters. Over three hundred people participated and witnessed the grand show. The mercury started spilling with each kite that took off. Once they started crisscrossing nothing could be heard save delighted shrieks of laughter. It was a day of reliving memories of the nostalgic past with the sky, filled with colorful kites at the background, looking like a beautiful kaleidoscope. Complementing the spectacle was the peppy music flowing around imparting final touches to this one-of-a-kind event. The celebration, it seems, was not yet over. The evening followed with an even more rambunctious cultural night. A sacred bonfire for Lohri was arranged in Kapili. And with ritual servings of moongfalis and rebaris, everyone was engulfed in the usual masti of a cultnite. Bhangra became the mood of the evening. This unending frenzy ended at last but not without a round of Tambola and some more peanuts!


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Gossip Column

Bygone days

This contains baseless Truths No remark is directed to no one This data is highly manipulated

Hi there we meet again Lots of love lots of disdain Try, try we try hard Mess management still plays retard Fines here, penalty there Students were punished everywhere Is it just me or is IITG Really in lack of funds That, students are here to bear Manthan fiasco, memory sour Lot more in-fight will be there Just wait for election hour Medal mishap at aquatic meet Pushed under the back seat Nothing happened to the involved IITG name felt the heat Two students stranded at NUS Everyone cried shame, shame Admin played the blame game Stay close and stay put IIT felt attack threat Fear did soon spread Still we fight, sprits high It’s high time I said goodbye.

Walking alone on the untrodden paths On the voyage of exploring lifeFlying away on the wings of time, Perhaps sometime such a thought would dawn -a wish for the times when we were friends! The campus, the classes and the loitering about, The fun, the fights and the amusing talks, The shouts, the shrieks and the bursts of laugh. The many evenings we together spentWatching the sun vanish in the west, From the ‘view-point’ where we often went, Might simply bring a tear…………..if nothing else! A quiet longing for those days, Would perhaps give rise toA wish, with childlike innocence-that the starry sky above my head, Would light my path and show me the wayTo the place where I could find, the ‘bygone days’!

LIFE AT IIT

Siddharth

I stand alone Why am i running away If i can make out a way The bond of love blows Tearing apart all the vows Falling into the eternal abyss I’m waiting for the endless bliss Of nothing come faces and stare At me which i numbly bear With all my strength For all day length

A trodden path A sack full of hopes from home All lay lifeless under this dome I went hunting the difference But saw hunters in competence Crumbled with feelings inarticulate Went along as their dearest mate never knowing what it is to be different questioning myself “Am I different?”

By I.Sandeep

Ever wondered why IIT is so great? Ever wondered how great engineers it made It is not a matter of just fate But based on facts you’ll have to take Let’s see what we actually have here People sleeping with wheels and gear This is far from the truth, come a little near Life is not so simple after all, my dear! Is it the best in the world we have got? How to sing and dance we forgot? Nobel prizes we have sought? In a world of books are we caught? No it’s nothing of all these All we have is great expertise! Spare us from nerds and geeks please! Studies are not just a matter of degrees! It’s a balanced life that we adopt “Learning is fun” phrase is never dropped Trying out new things we have never stopped And this is the reason we have always topped!


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lcheringa 2007- the annual fiesta blessed IITG on February 1. Finally, it was time for exuberance and fun! Spread over four days, this edition of Alcher truly lived up to all the expectations. The year long hardwork of the dedicated working team had totally paid off! The inauguration began as usual, but there was a surprise! For the first time, the main pandal was jam-packed, the cultural Bodo dance, the Mime Show by Mr. Mainul Haque and the Jazz night by Prasanna and his group (called all the way from Boston) mesmerized and blew the minds of the IITG fraternity and the students from other colleges alike. Breaking the shackles of laziness in rooms and making it to the venue was totally worth it. This Alcher was special and different from the previous versions in many ways. For the first time ever, IITG participated in any event. It made its debut with Rocko-Phonix and stunned the audience by its thundering performances. It was successful in beating the most accomplished bands from across the North-East and it proved its mettle by grabbing the overall 2nd runners-up position. There were a total of 6 professional nights, all of them special in their own way. Apart from the customary Indian classical show, this time by a trio of Battacharyas; Tarun, Debashish and Subrata and the Rock Show by the band Sceptre from Mumbai, there was an exceptional evening dedicated to ‘Hasya Kavi Sammelan’ by three eminent personalities from Delhi; Deepak Gupta, Sabras Murasanee and Kavita Kiran who left the audience laughing like insane. And last but not the least, Crescendo; and to hold the stage this time was a ‘Padma Shree’ Remo Fernandes, who rocked the concluding evening of Alcher 2007 by his

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famous numbers; ‘Humma Humma’ and ‘Pyaar to hona hi tha’. The venue was well planned with a total of four stages set up to serve the purpose of holding the events simultaneously. There was ample space for everyone to roam around and find isolated spots, wherever applicable! The schedule too was well drawn to avoid any major clashes between the main events. No event was dropped from the last years’ edition but there were a few additions. One of them was Sargam: Indian Music Contest which witnessed participation from twelve teams. Others were, Bamboozled where teams had to perform spoofs, ad mad shows etc. and 2 Step, the Couple Dance competition. One informal event Alcher Jam: Impromptu Dance competition was introduced and the event Record Tod was renamed Alcher ek minute. Of course, the events Hot Couture and Mr. & Miss. Alcheringa drew maximum attention. In addition there were two game shows this time: Ka Ching and Catch me if you can. To add an icing to the cake, there was a professional fashion show by Development Commission Handicrafts (DCH) on the concluding day of Alcher 2007. All in all, this years’ Alcher was impeccably managed with no reports of any quarrel or stampede. Some new features like Live Feed were seen this time which were really enjoyed by the crowd. Alcher, following the tradition, spreading awareness about AIDS and other social issues. But as mentioned by our guests at the inauguration, there was a dearth of participation by IITGians which needs to be our focus for the next edition.


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Never Mind By Rohit Pandey DISCLAIMER This article is not an attempt to undermine the students’ initiative and works in the Alcheringa’07. Just savor this parody and relish the post.

From core team_alcheringa To Event organizers Thank you for making this alcher, the most memorable alcher ever! Now tell me honestly as to what would be your first reaction to these disastrous one liners: Manmohan Singh to be the next MTV anchor or even worse, Atal Bihari Vajpayee would be hosting the KBC-IV. If you find any of these lines unsettling then you can well imagine my condition after the above revelation. I sat down for a while, took a deep breath, quaffed some water, muttered some nice/choicest expletives and then pondered over as to what perhaps made the above person write these lines… No doubt that the students’ enthusi-

asm was unprecedented and that despite the heavy showers, the team alcheringa made sure that no event got cancelled but still the phrase “the most memorable” aroused my insane psyche and thus I decided to write this article. Given the central location of our college and patronising actions of our godfather, U*FA (the one who shall not be named), Alcheringa ‘beckoned’ masses! The first night saw a stupendous performance by the JAZZ artists who were alleged to have come all the way from Boston where all what we could decipher was zilch. The night went on from much hyped and adulating to bhai yeh kya gaa raha hai to let’s play antakshari. The much hyped event WordsWorth witnessed an exemplary response from the public, which was so overwhelming in every sense that the organizers demanded a separate Fest for the same. Spicy n hot topics like “mini skirts: a rising phenomenon” raked in some real cultural sermons from the quality junta and the organizers got credits for cull-

When it rains in IITG By Rajeev Gupta

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t is raining here at the time when winters should have arrived. This might be a welcome gesture of Mother Nature to receive winters in this part of the country. Clouds are intensely dark. They have enveloped the entire sky above the campus. Looking above gives a feeling that the world is going to end. It is now raining so hard that I feel like going out and get soaked but tomorrow is Diwali and I don’t want to catch a cold. These rainy winds are trying to seduce me. I feel as if they are calling out to me. How unfortunate I am, I have to close the windows of my room today for the first time in this semester and that too when rain, my most beautiful

friend is knocking at my door. As a human, I have erected walls to insulate myself from nature. The windows, when kept open, allow the rain to enter my room sousing my belongings. But I want to somehow capture these intense moments of the rage of Mother Nature. I try to capture it on my mobile but this rain doesn’t want anyone to come between us, she souses the lens as well. God, I also want to be with her. The price might be too high to pay. I am perhaps too weak for that. Perhaps that is why rain is so angry. Her dearest lover proved to be so weak. I won’t say sorry, for that will bring even bigger disgrace to our love. The only way I can capture this beautiful time is by writing

ing out such intellectually stimulating ideas. Though I am not a connoisseur of rock music and so I won’t comment on that but our iitg’s rock brethren qualified for the finals of the Rock-o-Phoenix and even clinched the Best Drummer title. Skepticisms ensued. Remo’s night s**ked. For a while we were into a delusion that he had come for the extempore. He started quoting Indira Gandhi, Sania Mirza, PT Usha, Mother Teresa and even our campus’ fairer sex out of the blue. Not to mention that people did play antakshari and relished on some old classics, “amma dekh tera munda bigda jaaye”, “didi tera dewar….” He sang his OC’s, we sang our own delights. He thought it was adulation; we didn’t give a damn about that. The fest ended and so should this article. Though there are 13 more things with me to add but respecting the possibility that further exploits might result in me being lynched I would give this a period.

Republic Day Director Speaks “India is among the fastest growing

economies in the world. We need to erase the differences between the rich and the poor. We should keep growing continuously without room for com placency. As students of an IIT, it’s your duty to carry the technology forward to the entire population and improve the livelihood of the underprivileged in our country. IITG is growing. In the next five years we’ll be double the present size and in order to make this happen, we need to work together and be more responsible. In today’s global world, people need to be united with a feeling of nationhood.”


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VICTORY AT LAST

By Naveen Tanwar

By Sunil Reddy K.

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his was a year with a difference. We had reasons to celebrate as our football team won its first ever match in the Inter IIT sports meet. We lost just to Bombay and Kanpur and that too after giving them a good fight. Delhi, who were the finalists of the last Inter IIT football championship, took the lead in the opening phase against us. However they were appalled with the score line of 3-2 in Guwahati’s favor at the end. The undisputed king of the game, ‘Zela’, scored all the three scintillating goals. All of them came within a short span of twenty minutes, thanks to the man-of-the-match’s deft dribbling. The match can also be termed as one of the best entertainers on our soil, with the home crowd shouting in elation at our magical comeback. Guwahati finished 5th above Roorkee and Delhi. (The author is the Football Secretary)

s far as Inter IIT sports meets is concerned the game of basketball is adored the most. One can see huge crowds drawn to the fastest and most stylish game of Inter IIT. For basky@iitg, this edition of Inter IIT was special for two reasons. Firstly, for the first time in the history of Inter IIT, the IITG basketball team made it to the semi-finals proving that we are no less than the others. The game in which Guwhati beat Roorkee with one point and marched into the semi-finals was a complete thriller. Though the basketball team ended up at the fourth place, it gave a good fight in every match and won applause from the home crowd as well as the visiting teams. Secondly, for the first time our women’s basketball team participated in the Inter IIT. Though the debutant team could not record any win, they played every game with the true spirit of sportsmanship. The pace with which the team has improved over the last semester is very encouraging and promising. I wish good luck for both the teams in the years to come and hope that they win the championships in the near future. (The author is the Basketball Secretary)

Delayed Gymnasium By Shikhar Sachin

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irst of all, my apologies for not keeping you updated with the setting up of our new gymnasium. I had been busy and couldn’t think of a platform to help me interact with the janta. I gave necessary details to those who directly approached me but there were many who would have been interested to know the reason for the delay. I guess now is the time. The equipments for the new gymnasium were delivered early November last year. However the shifting of the gym was delayed because of the ongoing construction in SAC causing unavailability of the room. The new equipments weren’t installed in the old gym as the

room was not spacious enough. The inter IIT Weight Lifting tournament took place in the present Gym room. Since we had to accommodate spectators, referees etc. a lot of space was required. Hence the gym wasn’t shifted during the inter IIT either. Early January, the PTI’s were on leave and hence shifting got delayed further. But once they were back, that is on the 21st of January, the work on the gym began. By the time you receive this edition of G, the gym would have been shifted with a whole lot of new equipments and a weightlifting platform. I hope, or rather, I am sure that most of you would be coming to the gym regularly. Time Slots would be fixed soon. I will try my best to arrange for a trainer to help

out regular visitors with their workout sessions. However, there are some guidelines that I would like all of you to follow. A lot of effort has gone into the setting up this gym. A million phone calls to the contractor for on time delivery and yet another million asking for the labor to install the equipments. If this gym is mishandled, as the earlier one, I am sure that another gym would be a distant dream. Thereby I ask everyone to act sensibly in the gym. Please do not tamper with machines, handle the equipment you use with a sense of responsibility. Please do not stamp the walls and maintain discipline. (The author is the Indoor Sports Secretary)


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Lets have a multiple-canteen policy in hostels giving us the competition and also the options. Why not have a bus spanning all hostels and faculty quarters, every 2-3 hours, at times matching our lecture time? Put the water cooler/filter in 2nd floor near the steps. Cherkuri No regular newspaper service in the hostel. We have to wait 4 long to get a spoon or glass and shout at peak of our voices to obtain them from mess boy in Kapili. To have a glass of milk from kapili canteen, we need to bring our own glasses, which is of course not feasible, so studs give up the very idea of drinking milk Aseem Bansal There is no sports facilities in kameng (no tt, no caroms) TV stand very short......back guys not able to watch Kartik Podugu Its now, very common to see a long queue in Siang for breakfast and lunch, people stand in queue for half an hour sometimes. Narsingh Kumar Dont know why hostel reading room don’t have hindi newspapers.. Aman No sweeper has been assigned to the married hostel and because of which the condition of the hostel is absolutely unhygienic. Ujwala Baruah Please provide a visiting DENTIST in the hospital at least on monthly basis. Chandra Sekhara Rao

One of the lamp posts near Manas Hostel is dangerously leaning. If its base gives in, then it may fall on anybody’s head at any time. Sultan

meng. People have to run to nearby hostels or faculty gate to make urgent calls. CYCLE PUMP Most of the hostels don’t have an air pump. People had to rush to faculty gate only because of few bucks that costs a cycle pump. BHAIYA PYAAACH DENA. Many of us love to eat onions, green chilli and take salt while having lunch or dinner but it is never available on the table.

The food is prepared in the kameng mess under unhygienic conditions. Sweepers don’t use clean water while sweeping in NAC where they take water directly out of the gutters that run parallel to the corridors. The institute is facing a grave problem of litter not only during fests but also in the normal working periods. Why isn’t there a provision of dustbins at regular intervals on the road? Sohil.garg The condition of ladies toilet in NAC is terrible. Most of the time, they are dirty and unusable. There has to be better inspection and cleaning on a regular basis. Nisha Rajagopal TELEPHONE BOOTH & TT TABLE There is no pay phone facility in Ka-

A PRAYER

Joormana Brahma

I haven’t heard Your voice But I know when You speak. I may not follow Your words But I understand what You say. I cannot know Your immense love But I can feel the warmth of Your heart. I may not be capable of loving the way You do, But oh dear Father aboveHelp me make myself worthy of being loved by You!


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IITG Under Attack By Siddhart Tivadi

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he summer of 2016 had been a momentous one for the students, staff and alumni of IIT Guwahati .It had seen the elite institute take its well earned place at the summit of the world’s technological innovators. Although the groundwork had been laid a long time ago, the catalyst for propelling IIT Guwahati to the top was the research work of its nanotechnology department. With the aid of a few exceptionally talented students and under the able guidance of the “Einsteinlook-alike” Chattu sir, the department had just helped the Indian Army deal a strong blow to insurgents in the state by developing state-of-the-art nano-weapons unlike those ever seen by the world before. This had won the institute global acclaim, and even made the ex-editor of the now-out-of-business “India 2-day” acknowledge their mistake in not ranking the institute in one of the top 10 colleges in the country barely a decade earlier. There was hence an air of ga(y)iety about the place when the new academic year started. Students were delighted by the turn of events that had catapulted

their college to the forefront of mustvisit places for on-campus recruiters (They were also pleased at the institute finally getting the respect it deserved). Little did these delirious dudes know that there was something in the works that would have a dramatic impact on them. However the peaceful activists at ULTA were not very happy with the turn of events. And who could blame them? Their plans to turn Assam into an economically successful military state modeled on the lines of Pervez Musharraf’s Pakistan had been thrown into chaos. At an emergency meeting convened after the slaying of their top brass, the (new) top brass condemned the use of violence to suppress what had historically been a relatively peaceful freedom movement. It was during this meeting that a decision was made to attack the Indian Institute of Technology at Guwahati. This was a reversal on ULTA’s previous strategy of ignoring the presence of an IIT in Guwahati.(As late as 2013, ULTA leaders had gone on record saying that had there been an IIT in Guwahati, it would have certainly been attacked at some point in its history. This was just an excuse though, since ULTA was ashamed to admit that there was something at IIT that scared them to death.) IIT Guwahati had always been blessed with women of great power, and it owed its violence free history to these women. ULTA did not dare touch IIT whilst there were women in the campus. Some conspiracy theorists even suggest that the number of women in IIT was carefully controlled so to be sufficient to deter ULTA but insufficient to take IIT’s to the level of American Universi-

ties (check out AP5, if you know what I mean!) So it wasn’t exactly with peaceful

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protests in mind that five ULTA “activists” entered the IITG campus under the cover of darkness on a chilly night in August. Their mission was simple - plant a bomb at one of two major sites, innovatively codenamed “A” and “B”. They would also have earned brownie points with the top brass for every 9-pointer they annihilated along the way. Fortunately for the students, moles inside ULTA had intimated the IITG administration about this attack. Hostel Subansiri was on code-red. An elite team of females was dispatched to “counter” the threat posed by these “terrorists” aka activists. It was a pitched battle, during the course of which the insurgents tried to bomb the nanotechnology department, but failed since they could not find it in the kilometer and a half long NAC. However due to the failure of their primary objective, they tried to bomb hostel Kameng, but the Subansiri team did not let them. Two activists were sniped using MSG90A1 in the process. Frustrated, the remaining insurgents let loose on all the 9-pointers they could find. The Subansiri team let them do this, till their team leader (with a CPI of 9.11) was comfortably ahead in the race for the President’s Gold medal. After this, they clinically fragged the remaining three activists. All in all, a total of 27 out of the 32 9-pointers in the college were martyred that fateful night. A wave of sadness engulfed the campus upon learning this. Their sadness, however, was short lived, as they soon learnt that they’ll get a three day holiday to mourn those who passed away.


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By Piyush Anand

The Power of decision

Each time we face a situation, we need to make a decision. We may have any number of options but have to choose just one. With each decision, a whole new course of events follow, hence the fate of the person, the country, the world and broadly, the fate of the universe changes. While choosing what to do with a toaster in a non working state, we may either choose to repair it ourself or give it to an electrician (which most of us do). It may so happen that if we choose to repair it on our own, the toaster gets short circuited, fire breaks out and spreads. One may argue that the probability of such an event is negligible. The only reason for giving such an example is to highlight the power of decision. Had we given the toaster for repairing to the electrician, such an incident might not

have occurred. I assert that the moment a person has to make a decision, the universe is bifurcated into two parts. One in which the person repaires the toaster by himself and the other in which he gives it to the electrician. One may argue that millions of people are making numerous decisions every second and hence by now the universe should have split into trillions of pieces. Since there is no such experimental evidence, it would not be stupidity to be skeptical about my hypothesis. One may argue that in some cases the decision making process becomes very simple, as one of the alternative clearly wins. What we fail to understand is, that a situation is not stand alone. It is influenced by the decisions of the past and estimates the decisions of the future. Hence it would not be insane to say that each decision leads to the creation of

several such universe in which different course of events follow. Now the obvious question that arises is - why haven’t we met that part of universe. This question can be answered if we consider the simple fact that j.i = 0. What has this relation got to do with us? Here is an explanation: There are actually n (=number of choices for a situation) parallel universes for every decision. Our consciousness simply bifurcates the universe at each of these moments of decision. Thus a person in one universe cannot co-relate to another parallel universe, which is in a different dimension (just like j.i = 0). While these may seem ridiculous to some and fiction to another, my views make sense to me and I hope that after reading this article, some people will at least try not to repair the toaster on their own and let the electrician do his job.

Let sleeping dogs lie By S. Shekhar The night was still young. Raj already completed the M.E. assignment, thereby saving our (in)valuable time. We were just left to copy. Cheating, you might call it. We preferred the word ‘cooperation’. We were supposed to do the deed and disperse. But nothing is so obvious in life. The master copy was placed at the centre. Raj was busy playing counter strike. We were all busy at what we did best. “Raj, how do you do this man?” Suraj broke the silence. “Damn neat. Do you solve this in rough first?” Raj was all quiet. “So don’t you want us to know the secret?” That was a weird question, I thought. Raj was too busy to reply. 5 minutes later “26, 27, 28 and then 30 are holidays”, Bharat remarked. “So what”, Guru wondered. It had nothing to do with the assignment at hand. “We can head to Kaziranga”, Raj proposed. “Do we need to?” I wondered. “Isn’t our hostel already a zoo?” Everyone smiled in agreement. With more dogs than us in the hostel, I wondered if the evolution

cycle had accelerated at a frantic pace. “I mean a real zoo with real animals”, Raj protested. “Are these dogs not real?” Bharat didn’t smell the sarcasm and hit straight. “I surrender”, Raj raised his hands in desperation. 15 minutes later The thing in question was no longer a tour to Kaziranga but the dog. No one, I thought, was interested in the assignment anymore. “What dog?” Dubey’s game was over and so he jumped in. “The dog in the corridor. It messes all around without even having the right to live here”. The dog had certainly not cracked JEE. Raj was right. “Move court against him”, I joked. “Get serious man. This is your hostel. You have got to take care of it”. I had completely forgotten that Sumit had watched Rang De Basanti the previous night. “So what should we do? Kill the goddamn dog or just go around cleaning the shit”. “Are you mad? Kill the dog! Ever heard of animal-rights’ activists. They will bury you alive”. “Yep, John Abraham, Pamela Anderson, and the biggest of ‘em all Maneka Gandhi...”, I had to apply brakes. “It hardly matters. A dog

killed is a dog killed”. “What if the dog bites us? Will Pamela come for us then? After all we are dogs too”. Everyone laughed. We were dogs. “Of course, she will make you sit on her lap and then pat-’my cutie-cutie doggie’”. Everyone laughed harder. “So we have no idea.” “Of course, we have.” “Huh!” “You suggested it. Kill him.” “Then what about John and Pamela?” “A criminal once caught is a criminal for life, Right.” Everyone smiled. Were we going to kill THE dog? “But how should we go for the prey?” Raj came up with the million dollar question. Nobody had a reply even worth a penny. All our lives we had killed just mosquitoes. An hour of fruitful silence followed and the assignment was over. “Eureka” I yelled hard as if I had discovered how to kill H.I.V. “How to?” Almost everyone asked. Bloody killers on the loose. “First find the dog”, I ordered. All of us came out in the corridor. SURPRISE, SHOCK, HORROR followed each other. We looked at the dead dog, then at each other. We dispersed.


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HARDtalk: DOSA Sir, It has been almost six months since you took office of the Dean of Student Affairs (DOSA). Can you brief us about your vision and the transformation you intend to bring to this office? I’m getting used to adhering to the needs of the student community. I would request you students to refrain from bad influences, and if you are facing any problem, please feel free to approach us. Academics and research are the primary goals of IITG, the community as a whole is expected to work to achieve this. Sports, cultural and other extra curricular activities also play an important role in the overall development. Proper communication and understanding is an essential requirement for well being of any system. For the same reason we have felt the need of appointing student advisors in addition to faculty advisors, who may be from the immediate senior batches, so that students feel comfortable in expressing their problems and suggestions. They would act as an interface between the students and the faculty. You had to deal with cases of ragging in the campus. How do you justify the punishment of students working in central library for a year in addition to the hefty fine? Ragging presents a dangerous environment in the campus and it needs to be handled at all costs. Many of the incoming first-yearites are out of their homes for the first time and they are burdened by the pressure of studies, homesickness, humid atmospheric conditions, food, etc. The quantum of ragging doesn’t matter as the instances of ragging create hesitations and fear of seniors amongst the first-yearites, instead of creating a sociable environment to help new students in adjusting to a new environment. Ragging has been banned by the Government of India and people found guilty can be charged with criminal proceedings. Strict disciplinary action needs to be taken against the students

involved in ragging activities. There have been several complaints about irregularity in the students affairs section. For instance, the processing of railway concession forms is delayed many a times, frustrating the applicant involved. Any comments? Yes, we have received some complaints. We are looking into them at the highest level and we are trying to improve. IITG hosted its first ever Inter IIT sports meet last year and we must say that it was a success. You were at the helm of all student activities in the campus. Would you like to say something with reference to evolving sports culture?

“Ragging has been banned by the government of India and people found guilty can be charged with criminal proceedings.” First of all, I must thank IITG community who put in a lot of effort in making Inter IIT event a grand success! Potential employers like to hire students good at extra curricular activities. It helps in overall personality development. Sportsmen have fighting attitude and they are healthy, no doubt, so they are able to cope up with the stresses of professional life, easily. There was a major road accident in the campus last week. What measures have you taken to ensure the safety of students and prevent occurrence of any such incidence in future? This is a serious issue. I would personally request students to refrain from using bikes inside the campus. Very recently there have been heavy fines imposed on students for the ‘late’ payment of mess bills. Is there any such provision to deal with the erring mess caterers? We never really wanted to penalize the students. In fact, it was the last resort. Our Institute has to pay mess caterers

on time. Delayed payments from students’ side often disturb the smooth functioning of the system. However in this regard we are open to suggestion from students. What do you suggest to the students who are not ‘enjoying’ their curriculum? I feel that a B. Tech curriculum is just a broad introduction to the engineering stream. It is 21st century where every field requires specialists. A student would actually enjoy a subject if he/she goes deeper into the subject. Once you get ample time to unfold the deepest chasms of a particular subject it would become an enjoyable experience. Any closing words for the student community? I wish students to enjoy their studies and their stay at IITG. (As told to S. Gulati and A. Garg)

LOVE Red rose did I see Pleasure to walk and breathe The thorns did resist me To grant it so beautiful be Lovely lotus did I like Wide and sharp as spikes The muddy water then strikes It’s not that, this one on the dike The clouds did contend For the land, the later depends The breeze ruined my need They don’t worth, let alone plead Roses fall dim Lotuses fall deep Clouds cleave by the Alps You are the best, my love, be my breathe…… Divyanshu Bansal


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