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12 September 2012 . Volume 3 Issue 1 . 12 Pages

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An ex-editor writes about his experiences at the institute.

IIST Onam

When every person on the campus celebrates the festival of the land, organised while keeping with all its glory.

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Vyom Success story of the Nation's first stu04 dent built sounding rocket. Trip to USSR A psychological take on the socio08 economic circumstances in erstwhile USSR

For the Freshers Our editors from the 2nd year write 09 about the freshies. 3 yrs in IIST new member of the editorial team 11 Amakes you conscious of gyaan which no curriculum can ever impart.

When Mahabali ruled the land, All the people were equal. And people were joyful and merry, They were all free from harm. There was neither anxiety nor sickness, Deaths of children were unheard of, There was neither theft nor deceit, And no one was false in speech either. When Mahabali ruled the land, All the people formed one casteless race. And so, Mahabali returned from Patal to Kerala this year to his subjects in the green and golden land they live in to celebrate its infinite bounty and to remind them of what they aspire to become as a people. Closer home, in IIST, Onam was celebrated in all its pomp and splendour on the 5th day of the celebrations: Anizham (pronounced, well, ask the fertilizer minister Azhagiri. Oops, Alagiri). Morning began when everyone in IIST was woken up by the strains of Onam music playing on the loudspeakers. The campus looked festive adorned with plantain leaves hanging any place from where they could possibly manage to. The erstwhile bastion of top secrets, aka D4, where no one is allowed without an ID card, became an open poaching ground when the highlight of this Onam, a small elephant was carried inside as part of the celebrations. (Fun fact: Did you know that PETA is

one of Dhanak's partners?) It was quite a sight to see students fumbling around with their mundu(s), which they had elected to wear for the occasion. The day’s celebrations were kicked off with the much-awaited Athapookkalam Competition. It was an event where every IISTian participated wholeheartedly, be it teacher, student or staff. The flower patterns on display, which traditionally require all the ten days of Onam to make, were capably arranged by all the teams. The participants were soon shooed away when it came to judging time to prevent tampering (there was even a class bell for the occasion). The prize for the best Pookkalam went to the Humanities Department, while the best student design was won by the 2011 batch. On a more serious note, the Onam function was presided over by the Director, Registrar and Dean of Student Activities. The special guest for the occasion was Dr Alexander Jacob, IPS, Assistant Di-


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A rather psychedelic looking winning Pookalam design from the Humanities Department. Photograph by Sumit Tambe rector General of Police (Prisons) and former Director of the Kerala State Police Academy. His long-winded and elaborate take on the history of Onam was something IIST will cherish for a long time. That was followed by Onam songs by the B. Tech. and Ph. D. students, the absolutely stunning Thiruvathira dance, and a special recital by Dr Poompavai. The Vallamkali Pattu or the boat race song performed by the third years was a high point among the festivities.

One of the major and successful events was treasure hunt. (Most participants won’t agree, but one of the editors being organizer of the event would really like to believe that). The contest was held in 3 parts, first being a written online round (rather, Google, share and email round). The second round was a written one and the third was where people had to run around the campus. As predicted by many, the team of Mohsin Ahmed, Harmeet Singh and Sarvesh Kurane took home the treasure.

Following this was the procession led by Mahabali where the dual spectacles of Pulikali and Chendamelam were on display. For the uninitiated, that translates to tiger dance accompanied by loud and pleasantly invigorating drum-

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news beats. This brought out the boisterous dancers out of many, whose lack of training in dance was more than compensated by the festive mood. Onam Sadhya, or the lunch, was delicious, to say the least. Boiled rice (no longer served to B. Tech. students unfortunately), Avial, Pachchadi and Payasam whetted the appetite of all the people present in the campus. The post-lunch session was filled with the cheers of the students cheering the participants in many fun games such

03 as Uriyadi (pot breaking) and Vadamvalli (tug of war). Tug of war especially, was the highlight of the games with teams of all the four years displaying their strengths. Fourth years ultimately bagged the prize, with Kurian Isaac Sir handing it over to them. Tug of war was more than just a competition. It was a show of our collective strength, of our unity, of “united we stand, divided we fall�, of the fact that not one single person won, but the whole team. Thus, like every year, the festival of

Onam was pretty succesful this year too. For many freshies, this was the first Onam, and we can be pretty sure it was as special to them as it has been to us so far. Hope you enjoy this issue and excuse us for bringing it out late (you must be well versed with our standard excuses by now). Ona Aasamsakal! P.S. Many of those who wished for a snake boat race, there is always a next time. y

echoes PSLV-C21 Launch Success

ISRO's 100th mission, PSLV-C21 was launched successfully from SHAR on 9th September, 2012. During the live telecast of the launch, IIST's founding director, Dr B N Suresh could be seen with Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. Here is a still from the telecast:

IIST Day

IIST day, usually celebrated on 14th September, the founding day of the Institute (year: 2007); has been postponed to 28th September this year. The Institute magazine, Drishtikon, will be released during a ceremony on IIST Day. Students with excellent academic and sports performance during the year will be felicitated. It is highly probable that Freshers Party for the 2012 Batch will be organised on the same date.

IIST-MUN

IIST is organising a Model united Nations (MUN) General Assembly on 22nd-23rd September, during Dhanak. The topics are Illicit Arms Trade and LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Rights and Issues. The Assembly, with more than 50 participants/countries, will be chaired by Varun Jhaveri of VIT, an experienced 'MUNer'. Apart from Thiruvananthapuram, many participants from participants from Chennai, Mumbai, Bhopal, Kochi, Chandigarh, Delhi etc have already registered.

Final Year Trip

Fourth year students are going on a trip , which at this point, looks like Madurai> Kodaikanal> Thekkady> Athirapally. The places have been decided after numerous trials and errors. The dates have been fixed from the very beginning though: 15th to 18th September.

Dhanak 2012

Dhanak, IIST's annual cultutural festival, will be held from 21st-24th September this year. This year's fest will be based on a 'Pirate' theme. The website www.dhanak.co.in is up and many sporting events, like Gully Cricket, Futsal and Triple Threat Volleyball have started.

2008 Batch

Students from the 2008 batch which passed out of the Institute this year have started receiving call letters from various centres of ISRO. The counselling for this batch's absorption in ISRO was held at IIST campus on 3rd August. Also, the convocation for 2007 batch of IIST was on 28th June, at Dr Srinivasan Auditorium, VSSC. It was presided by our Chancellor, former President of India Dr A P J Abdul Kalam. Former chairman of Atomic Energy Commission Dr Srikumar Banerjee was the chief guest.


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Vyom Launched, Successfully

Abhishek Panchal reports about the feat by IIST students. It all started 49 years ago on 21st November 1963 when the first Indian rocket team, under Dr Vikram Sarabhai, launched an American sounding rocket, Nike-Apache at Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERLS). On 11th of May, 2012, history redeemed itself when Vyom, IIST’s student sounding rocket and the first one realized and designed by students in the country was launched from the same historic spaceport. Vyom, meaning “space” in Sanskrit, is a sounding rocket designed by a team comprising of 26 students of our institute. The whole project was divided into 7 system projects under the guidance of Dr K N Ninan (Emeritus Professor, IIST) and Shri Pankaj Priyadarshi (Adjunct Professor, IIST) as faculty advisors. Each system project got their share of help from VSSC scientists. These teams gave a shape to the efforts of the students in the form of the rocket. All the members of IIST family, students, faculty and staff were present to witness the launch. Everyone waited at TERLS ground station where the launch could be easily seen at a safe distance. The moment of T=0 was scheduled to be 6.30 pm IST. Everyone

was excited as the cold breeze washed across the shores of Arabian Sea, waiting anxiously for the commencement of the countdown sequence. But the untamable weather played spoilsport as it began raining, delaying

Vyom, launching from TERLS, the launch by nearly an hour. Almost everyone, completely drenched by the shower, started to have doubts about the launch due to the conditions. Due to the resilience of TERLS, conversations stopped as “the launch is at 7.25 pm” was announced. Amidst confusion and joy, with a few moments to the launch, the countdown started. T-minus 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and everyone fell into a trance and stared at the dark evening sky as Vyom with its bright trail shot up into the clouds

and vanished in the darkness before it met its end at sea. Vyom, a single-stage, 88kg, 2.3 m long solid motor rocket had a 10 kg payload which had a tri-axis accelerometer to measure its acceleration and a low cost switching module. The accelerometer works on a low 5 V power supply (15 V for the current Rohini sounding rocket series) and a novel low cost Power Switching Module (PSM) reducing the cost by almost Rs 80,000 (present cost 1.4 lakhs). The rocket reached its projected altitude of 13.7 km and all other trajectory parameters matched with the results predicted by the static test. Vyom is an example of how coordination, teamwork and a passion for rocket science come together and do wonders. It has become an inspiration, a beacon of hope for current and future IISTians to create something epic and instructive from just the resources available to us. Currently, the nanosatellite project is going ahead in full swing here and Vyom Mk II is being proposed. It will not be long before we witness another big milestone.

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The IIST experience

by TANVEER ALI Our former (and founding) editor writes about his experiences in the institute. I wanted to become a pilot when I was a kid, just like more than half of the other middle class kids around the country. Sadly, that dream remained a dream (I wasn’t even among the lucky few who had the chance to fly the Cessna).

Freshers 2008 In that 2008 summer afternoon, I was a happy kid, having qualified JEE. That happiness would somewhat diminish when I came to know more about the programs in IIT that my rank would get. Nevertheless, I attended the counselling at IIT Madras and filled up some 30 programs, starting with IIT Bombay Mechanical and ending with IIT Roorkee Architecture. Netherlands had better chances of winning the cricket world cup than me getting IIT-B mechanical. Yet, they do participate, don’t they? After the counselling results were declared, I was not surprised to see that I had drawn a blank (I would later come to know that I had missed IIT-R Architecture by some 50 odd ranks). After a couple of hours of self-pity and wayward comments on the Indian education System, I remembered the pink sheet that came with my IIT counselling brochure that gave other options where my JEE rank could be used. I googled IIST and af-

ter finding the site (which I instantly hated), I registered online, on the last day of online registrations. Little did I know that this would seal my fate for the next 5 years. Later, after a whirlwind counselling at Hotel Capitol in Bangalore with superb high tea (it had French fries and pastries) and an excellent speech by Dr. B.N. Suresh, I left my other options and took my confirmed seat at IIST. Having visited Trivandrum only once for a school trip, I did not know much about the city but loved its beaches and the wide roads of Kowdiar (I would later realise that the wide roads with shady trees on either side only existed in Kowdiar and nowhere else in the city) 3 things got me to IIST- The picture of the hostel room on the IIST website (which seemed like a 3 star hotel room with an attached bathroom); Aerospace (which was a substitute for not getting to be a pilot) and the streets of Kowdiar. On reaching IIST, I realised that being a pilot would not be the only dream that remained a dream. The hostel room, displayed on the website, would be available only to select few through a lottery, which needless to say, I did not get. I was allotted Mepram mansion, a small lodgelike hostel in an area

called Sreekariyam in the city that reminded me of seedy motels from even seedier movies. Years later, I would be glad that I was not put up in ATF as valuable friendships were forged in the same seedy hostel. Some others were allocated Akkulam, which had great rooms but a remote location. 1st year went by quickly, without any ragging except a couple of incidents, one involving a violent mob and a quirky hostage situation. Days were spent shuttling between the main campus (ATF at Veli), hostel (Sreekariyam) and labs at CET and Mar Ivanios College. Food in the hostel was excellent those days with unlimited non-veg around 5 times a week and desserts like Rasgullas, ice creams etc. 2nd year began with the arrival of fresh faces on campus and we were no longer at the bottom of the college food chain anymore. New hostels had been built in the ATF campus, which curiously, were given to the new batch and not us. We were shifted from Sreekariyam to Akkulam and many made new friends. Laptops had forayed into our lives but sadly there was no internet in Akkulam. This led to the remarkable, “No net in Akkulam” campaign which

Old Classroom, ATF


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ATF Campus albeit unsuccessful (we got just one dissatisfactory broadband connection for 110 students), was probably the most persistent campaign this institute had ever seen with the trademark slogan written everywhere from desks to class desktop wallpapers. Given the lack of internet, gaming was the predominant pastime and most evenings were spent playing Counterstrike. Three batches however ensured there were enough animals in the zoo for the carnivals to start. Conscientia and Dhanak, which went inter-college that year, saw IIST “laila” its way to some serious action. Yes, Dr. Kalam was there too. The 2009 Institute day was the first time we saw computer generated pictures of the new campus

IIST Day, 2009

Gaming @ Akkulam which led to a lot of excitement among us, which in turn led to umpteen rumours about the campus shifting date. Moving into the 3rd year, we were finally moved to the new campus. The entire 5th semester was spent adjusting to the new campus at Valiamala; new campus, new roommates, new remoteness and the new up-hill hike to class every day. The road to D4 was not ready and it was a nightmare during the rains. We bid goodbye to our founding director, Dr. B.N. Suresh. If the 5th semester was spent adjusting to Valiamala, the 6th semester was spent organising Conscientia. That semester was my most hectic semester ever. To the first years who do not know what Conscientia is, ask your seniors. There was a lot of pressure on the team to perform, given that

the previous iteration was spectacular. After lots of team fights, late night meetings and trips to the city, D day finally arrived. It was all over too soon. Till date, I believe Conscientia 2011 was the best fest that the institute has ever seen. I’m sure every other fest organizing team will state that their fest was the best ever. I learnt more about management than a semester of management course could ever teach. The 3rd year ended with the internships. I interned at HAL Bangalore’s Aerospace Division. That was probably the first and last time anybody from IIST ever went to HAL. Though wildly expensive, it was a fun filled month in Bangalore with some of my closest friends. The year when one wakes up for after-

Conscientia 2009


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The Cessna I didn't fly

Final year trip noon classes finally arrived. The final year was my favourite one, when nirvana was finally achieved and one was at the top of the food chain. I had my favourite subjects as electives, one that I actually enjoyed and thus academic pressure was comparatively lower. I’m not sure whether some of my other stream friends would feel the same. The 7th semester had a rather eventful Dhanak, after it had inadvertently skipped a year. We had an awesome batch trip to Wayanad in the 7th semester that was truly memorable. The last semester was my favourite semester in IIST. I could actually apply some of the concepts that I learned over the last 4 years. My group de-

signed a flood relief airship and made its scale model at Hyderabad as part of my final year project. The same airship, during one of its flight tests in the campus, went out of range and landed somewhere in the jungles of Valiamala. After putting out word of a reward, it was recovered with the help of locals. We ended our journey with another rather eventful farewell party at a resort in Poovar. Ours is probably the only batch in the country that gave itself a farewell party, which I think will soon end up becoming a culture in IIST. Lots of things have changed over 4 years in the institute. Earlier, total freedom was given to the students whereas

Project ALFRA, Autonomous Low-cost Flood Relief Airship, my B Tech Project.

now I hear people are made to run in the morning and study in the night. I only hope that the spirit of being an IISTian that our senior batch had initiated and we had passed on never dies. Concluding this longwinded article, I would like to thank the class of 2012 for being the most awesome batch this institute has ever witnessed. We may not be the first batch of IIST, but we were that exceptional second. Special thanks to the class of 2013 for being awesome juniors. To the other juniors, especially the newbies never give up, no matter what hits the fan. Our support will always be there for you.

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The author can be contacted at tanveer@thesoundingrocket.org

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From Russia, with love. A take on the demise of USSR. Friends, today I will take you on a trip to Russia. USSR, rather. Although the journey will be on a socio-political timeline, I will not assert my political opinions here, because I have none. I will merely give you some psychological insight about stuff passing us by while we’re on our journey. The article, though interwoven with facts, is only my opinion at the end and hence, should not be treated as information. Where should we begin our journey from? We choose the beginning of the last century as our start line. Russia was a monarchy and there was widespread discontent. Anarchism grew and then, communism took roots. The dominant socialist party, the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party (RSDLP), subscribed to Marxist ideology. Starting in 1903 a series of splits in the party between two main leaders was escalating, the Bolsheviks (meaning "majority") led by Vladimir Lenin, and the Mensheviks (meaning minority) led by Julius Martov. Up until 1912, both groups continued to stay united under the name "RSDLP", but significant differences between Lenin and Martov though split the party for its' final time. The need of political dominance began between the Mensheviks and the Bolsheviks. Not only did these groups fight with each other, but also had common enemies, notably, those trying to bring the Tsar back to power. Following the February Revolution, the Mensheviks gained control of Russia and established a provisional government. Though this lasted only a few months until the Bolsheviks took power after the October Revolution (also called the Bolshevik Revolution). To distinguish themselves from other socialist parties, the Bolshevik party was renamed the Russian Communist Party. After the revolution, the Party crushed

everything that was not the Party, labelling it counterrevolutionary and against the interest of the proletariat. It fought the War and then a civil war against the ‘White Army’. Emerging victorious, the Party settled in an ideal USSR and stability came as Joseph Stalin took over after Lenin’s death. Let us call the mentioned period ‘Phase 1’. Thoughts of concern and of novel intent in similar great minds and circumstances demanding change led to the formulation of an idea. A novel, virtuous idea which would lead a country to a path of satisfaction: development and happiness for citizens. The core values of communism consider the citizen to be of prime importance. The masses, the proletariat are the beneficiaries and the centre of all activity. The government and the system are the benefactors. So, a few good men set out to realise this dream, basking in an idealism supported by millions. But will it stand the test of time? And will it be able to win over (note, not suppress, win over) individual aspirations that often spring up and overshadow the interests of the country? Phase 2: The Great Patriotic War or the Second World War devoured over 13% of the Russian population, more than 26 million people. In short, the country was devastated. When the war got over, Europe was in pieces and needed rehabilitation. While the USA set up democracies in the western Europe, USSR was setting up socialist puppy regimes in the east. This was the beginning of the Cold War: a period of doubt, hysteria and unprecedented unrest. Stalin’s regime had ended and Nikita Khrushchev was the new president of

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Ankesh Mishra the Party, now called the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. USA and USSR were busy trying to woo (umm, not exactly) the world to adopt their respective socio-economic-political models. In this power struggle which a country torn apart in war could not really afford, USSR forgot its own citizen and hence we come to what I am going to call Phase 3. Or ‘the demise’. The proletariat had been forgotten and the nation was of prime importance now, given the Cold War was being fought with all vigour and might. Although the War accelerated the rate of development of science and technology, USSR was always the loser in this war as it had neglected its people. It misspent its resources on useless pursuits, while the living conditions of the citizens and social development were compromised. Heavily so in certain parts of the large Union. And neglect, wasn’t even the beginning of the problem. A similar problem was seen in the socialist East Germany, at the same time. Later on, we will see how the timescales were connected. Although the core principle of socialism removes the society of its stratifications by the means of social ownership, the fact that very few actually are a part of the system which executes, plans and formulates this scheme of governance does create divides. The system and the masses. Since individual advantages are absent, for all the work done by the masses, the benefits reaped are diminished when they reach to the lower levels after trickling through the system. This, in turn creates a sense of lethargy and alienation where stagnancy comes in the society’s thought process, and the leadership seems more autocratic than dynamic. The


news opinion output decreases. There were no taxes per say (except a few socialist obligations like the compulsion to submit agricultural produce to the government called Prodnalog) for the masses. The system saw this and itself as a favour to the people. It wrongly thought that the people to whom the country belongs, owe something to the government, which is merely a caretaker. Thus, we get a highly misguided government which starts turning paranoid. All of a sudden, military training is made compulsory to improve the quality of the country’s army. The government does not realise that the fundamental sense of patriotism and faith in the nation has been lost due to the system. No one is patriotic enough to die or even work for a country which openly accepts spying on its own people (KGB and Stasis). There is no incentive. Instead, brute force is tried by the system. All those who have thoughts conflicting with those of the Party are dragged out of their homes at night by the police and made an example of. Alienation and the power divide increase more. Police is supposed to exist for the protection of the people. But in the end, it is government’s puppet. Both the government and the people were frustrated.

09 The government made atrocious policies in desperation while the people just could not provide any real input for the country’s development, due to their frustration. Meanwhile, all other countries go much ahead, in the global race. The parades kept happening at Moscow and the spacecrafts kept getting launched. Military research was more important than medical research (despite no practical external threat) and troops were maintained in as many countries USSR could get its hands on. USSR was spending the money it didn’t have on unnecessary commodities. The hammer was still pretty strong, looking from the outside. But the wood holding the hammerhead was rotting. By the eighties, the economy was already stalling and even desperate reforms could not change a thing about the state of the Union. By the end of the eighties, the economic cost of over four decades of internal turmoil and international showing off surfaced and of course had become unbearable. The very principles on which the great forefathers of the Union had built it were forgotten, and if not forgotten, questioned and the system had evolved (wrongly so) to think that so-

To the Fuchchas (fresher bachchas) An opinion with coverage from primary sources. If you ever happen to wake up at 6:30 in the morning (and that’s one big IF considering that most of us find it easier to wake up until 6) and if you decide to take walk around the campus (for the purposes of illustration only, no one in their right mind will do that), you will find a large number of students with sleepy faces running around. To those sleep-deprived beings: welcome to IIST.

would even blink before replying “hispeed internet access”. Coming from a country where 256kbps is a luxury, the 2011 batch was truly amazed by the WiFi. The writing on the wall may soon spell we will be the last ones to have that right. In spite of no such written rule in the newly minted little white book handed to them, the administration has relegated that right to a privilege. Nobody is allowed to possess a laptop Ask any student what is the best thing or a camera phone for the purposes of they like about the Institute and nobody national security. Many poor souls, who

cialism meant that government rules. A mistake for which USSR had to pay a hefty price. A radical change was required. Which indeed happened. USSR had to disintegrate in 1991. And under different circumstances arising from the same basic social causes, the Germanies had to unite in 1990 (the comparison here only compares the social situations in USSR and East Germany). Both happened at approximately the same time. I end my Phase 3 here. Russia became a republic. It endorsed a different form of government. The situation improved thereafter but the damage done over such a long period of time could not be made up for by a mere decision to change the form of the government. Russia is developing at a much faster rate now, but the lag caused by those years of misunderstanding and misgovernance can never be removed. The world has a lot to learn from this particular example. Stagnancy often does not mean impotency. It implies the requirement of changing the outlook of an organisation’s management and policies.

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Prabodh Katti & Sourajit Debnath in their excitement, had bought brand new Samsung S III (it was designed for humans) had to leave it with their parents. Some who still managed to get hold of “camera-less” Wi-Fi phones spend most of their time in the toilets, outstretching their hands towards Ashwini, cupping it in their hands like Gollum would (my precious…). While our Wi-Fi hogging nature has been mainly used for non-academic purposes, we have greatly benefited from the internet access. From great


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10 ideas for projects from TED to class supplementing lectures from NPTEL (thank you, Chitralekha Ma’am), all were lifesavers. This is the age of roti, kapda, makaan and internet access. Depriving the first years of internet access takes away from them their online lives. The only way they can do that is the internet lab (why is it called a lab?) in D4, which again, is useless, as the timings uncannily coincide with their choc-abloc academic schedule, and the fact that a small room with only 10+ PC’s cannot cater to the need of 120 odd students. Printouts of lecture notes will now become the norm instead of e-books (Institute, y u no care about the environment?). They will soon have projects and presentations that require them to have their own laptops. A few privately-owned public laptops will suffice, but all that results in is a disgruntled owner. What is being taken away from them is an essential platform in the modern world that inspires

creativity, original thinking and ideas (plagiarism is just a by-product) by bringing everything to them on the fingertips and a forum where they can express themselves without any fear of censorship and repercussions. Online events of Dhanak and Conscientia were hugely popular last year, with events like Astronomia, Mathematrix and Webbed almost occupying every second of our days - these were very important for the success of these fledgling events and our personal growth as future ISRO scientists. A major role was played by first years last time around, which broadened our area of exposure. Their exposure is also severely limited when all interactions between the juniors and the seniors are frowned upon. Objecting to an interaction as harmless as introduction shows the Big Brother paranoia in the air. The institute, instead of using better judgement, is ready to do anything to eliminate slightest of the risks, which in most cases don’t exist.

One of the good things that have come from the new ‘reforms’ are that 2012 batch is going to be fitter than the previous batches, with a 5-days-a-week running and a push up regime that has been made compulsory. It’s not much, but in these turbulent times, even a contrail can be mistaken for a silver lining. Quite frankly, we are pretty excited by this batch (we don’t have an option, you see). In spite of a few restrictions imposed on them (which includes wardens driving students out of their friends’ room after ten thirty), all of them are pretty gung-ho about IIST. We appreciate your spirit and hope that you have an enjoyable stay here. Live long and prosper (assume we made the hand sign \V/). P.S. Do NOT get demoralised by the article. Things are not as bad as they may seem. Whining is our business, our national pastime and our inalienable birth right. y

Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations. Earl Nightingale So the next time you swing your arm to throw a peice of paper or plastic by the roadside, think about how littered your mind is and how much garbage you expect from your life.

YOUR CAMPUS. CLEAN CAMPUS. GREEN CAMPUS eco-club@iist


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3 years into college...

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Siddharth Krishna

6) Hostel mess might mess up your 13) End semesters are your professor’s body clock, but, you’ll survive on almost idea of poetic justice. anything later in life. 14) Murphy’s laws are true. Seniors will 7) Escher’s definition of reality is an be better looking than girls from your batch. Attendance will be taken only Engineering college. when you’re absent. This prepares you 8) After 3 years, I’ve realized I can forego for life. sleep for 46 hours. I can now sleep at 15) You’ll automatically learn to will (Classroom hours don’t count.) hide food. This place makes you 9) I learnt that not all police officers can manipulative. be bribed. 16) Money, like food is scarce. Food, like 1) Swear words are brotherhood’s 10) All nighters before the end semester money is all powerful. equivalent of marriage vows. They are will invariably lead to discussions on more sacred than anything you will ever just about anything, from politics to 17) Don’t travel without tickets. Just worship. saying. football. 2) Maggi is a life saver. It has saved more 11) Professors will make you a better 18) Never, even when your life is at lives over the past-decade than Mother judge of character. You must have heard stake, answer a call from your home in a Teresa in her entire lifetime. “This is an easy course, everybody will room full of friends. 3) Final year makes you a recluse. Single get above B grade, none of you will be 19) Cleanliness is overrated, washing debarred for attendance.” rooms aren’t that fun. your clothes is overrated, having a bath daily is overrated. 12) Relationships are overrated. No I 4) Pink Floyd. Led Zeppelin. Tool. Jimi mean like seriously. I won’t question Hendrix. Need I say more? your integrity if you tell me that you’re 20) Your roomie knows more about you 5) Even God plays Counter-Strike and too busy for a relationship. Grapes are than your parents, so be careful when always sour my friend, always. you invite people for your wedding. y DotA. I’m not the first person to attempt this, there must be a multitude of Chetan Bhagat inspired stories from every other engineering college in India. I’m not going to abnegate, the melodramatic quotient in this post. After 3 years of engineering , I question myself ‘What have I really learned?’ . I get no satisfactory answer from my brain. This is the place, where I studied nothing yet learned everything. I’ll try and abridge my experiences.

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Second Prize 100 not out!!

(On the success of PSLV-C21's launch) Third Prize If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.

(We don't know why, we couldn't find anything else)

No Quotable Quotes this time. This generation, just doesn't listen to anyone.

TSR requests its readers to utilise this medium to its full potential. You can place advertisements/notices of/about your clubs, courses, departments, workshops, seminars, etc, in any issue for no cost whatsoever. Even the designing part can be handled by team TSR. TSR is printed 3-4 times a semester and reaches almost everyone on the campus. We are a newspaper and not a bulletin. Therefore, we expect and encourage reader participation in the whole process. Just drop a mail. And we will surely be there at your service. editor@thesoundingrocket.org


IIST’s Annual Magazine

DRISHTIKON

Submit your articles/poems/short stories either in English or Hindi on or before 16th September to: jaswanth93@gmail.com

Or contact: Jaswanth S, 3rd yr Arvind Vairavan, 3rd yr Sourajit Debnath, 2nd yr Prabodh Katti, 2nd yr Abhishek Panchal, 2nd yr

QC-The Quiz Club of IIST welcomes the batch of 2012

for Hindi, Devesh Lakhotia, 3rd yr Shashank Mishra, 3rd yr

QC

The Quiz Club of IIST Awesome Quizzes every friday, 5:30 pm, in front of Chithra Hostel. have you been QCfied?

KEEP CALM AND

SUBMIT ARTICLES or sketches, cartoons, pictures. editor@thesoundingrocket.org

TSR Vol 3 Issue 1  

The Sounding Rocket, IIST's student newspaper.

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