Archive for February, 2010

iisc internships: part 3.

Feb 26, 2010

Check out Summer Internships Programme proposal in Computer Science for 2010 here.

Thanks Maneesh for sending the link for Summer Internship in Mechanical Engineering.

And here is IISc’s proposal for SC/ST students. Note that unlike other students, SC/ST students are provided accommodation on campus.

This has become too much competitive. CSA got 1431 applications, and last I heard, UGC had granted for 15 posts. Thus, the selection would be 1%!

Update: The results are declared here.

iisc open day: faculty apathy.

Feb 25, 2010

While I am a strong believer that IISc students are indifferent to the happenings around, my interactions with faculty members over the years are making me believe that faculty are no different. And let me not talk of exceptions here.

Looks to me that the instructions coming from the administration and the divisional chairmen to the departmental chairmen is making the chairmen showcase their department for the Open Day. This, combined with faculty apathy, is resulting in close to zero or restricted to the self efforts from the faculty members. In CSA department, I see nobody except the chairman working for Open Day. And I hear the same about many other departments on campus. The lab demonstrations and posters are left to the students. Chairmen, joining hands with students, are running the show.

In fact, since classes are suspended, I am unsure whether faculty are considering this as a paid holiday! I heard a faculty member saying, “There will be a lot of crowd, we should keep the [room] doors closed.”. I am sure Open Day is going to disturb their research output.

One of my colleagues pointed out, one MGMT faculty member has arranged a PhD thesis defence on Open Day. I learnt that he was right: check out this broadcast.

This post is not to crib about faculty apathy, but rather to hint them that students can do wonders if only faculty provide some support. Not all students are self-driven. If students can create a stormy fire, faculty are knobs to start and stop it. And it is easier to turn the knob rather than to create a storm. I am not the first one saying this, but I feel disheartened to see a lot of student talent (especially non-academic) going waste only to not have found enough encouragement.

IISc is a place of talent. No wonder we see several cultural bodies on campus. Not all of us rejoin academics for career. Some of us do go into alternate paths. It would be beautiful to see students’ talents being nurtured and harnessed in this wonderous institute. I am sure students, when become alumni, would cherish faculty members equally as they do about this green campus.

csa open day.

Feb 19, 2010

Looks like nobody is bothered to blog about this. So let me be the first one to talk about CSA Open Day. Here is the information from the website (or this link).

India observes February 28 as the National Science Day to commemorate Raman Effect of the Nobel Laureate Sir C.V. Raman. This year, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is organizing an Open Day on February 26, 2010 to celebrate the National Science Day. This event is open to everyone. It is a great opportunity for professors, lecturers, teachers and students of various academic institutions including schools and colleges around Bangalore and the general public to participate in this event.

IISc is showcasing the cutting edge research being conducted in various laboratories. The visitors have access to various research laboratories in over 40 departments to get a feel of the world-class research in IISc. Each department has arranged various programmes for the visitors to highlight its work.

CSA will be showcasing itself with the following events.

  • Posters outside every laboratory describing the work done in the laboratory and achievements.
  • Project and tool demonstrations, audio-visual presentations in every laboratory.
  • Technical lectures by eminent personalities in the field of Computer Science.
  • An audio-visual presentation of departmental history, people and research work.
  • A stall on open source software.
  • Stalls by ACM and IEEE Bangalore Chapters.
  • A programming contest, a puzzle solving competition and a technical quiz for the enthusiastic visitors.
  • Information brochures and posters detailing research work and degree courses in the department.

All of you are invited to the department on Feb 26, 2010.

Update: Check out photos and winners.