30 Jul

End of college life | Experiences from last four years and more

It has been few days since I am out of college. Was trying to put this blog post but wasn’t getting time for that. 


Earlier this month I visited Radaur with my father and vacated my room. It was an interesting experience of staying in that room for around 3.5 years and working on so many things from there. 


This is how my room used to look like:



Overall 4 years was a long time and an experience full of surprises, fun times, bad times, very bad times and more importantly learning about life. In terms of learning – I learned bit of technical stuff related to networking, along with non-technical learning like understanding how world works, what makes people work, what makes people not to work etc. 🙂


Some thoughts on college…

In terms of college life I don’t have much to say except that JMIT is just like other colleges we can find around the state and one should not be super hopeful or depressed if getting into a state college. The best part is that you get huge amounts of free time and while the worst part is that you will have huge amounts of people trying to mis-guide you and waste your time. Other bad part is that Kurukshetra University has pretty bad & outdated syllabus (specially for CSE/IT) and even if you go with it sincerely there’s no guarantee of a good future. There is some “strange energy” around which keeps on forcing one to follow college system even when one has a clear logical idea that it’s not useful. Students, teachers and other people around are good and bad in similar ratio as we find in real world. 


Some thoughts of life in rural area…

Life in rural area was fun. I had chances of getting admission into Delhi/NCR area based colleges and I am glad I went for a college out in rural area of Yamunanagar. Life in rural area is full of fun, surprises and frustrations. One of major fun fact is that less people bother you with stupid discussions about degree, job and so on. Another fun point is that it’s very cheap to stay in rural area. I used to pay around $15/month rent for my room in Radaur and overall adding costs of food, electricity & internet etc it wasn’t bad at all. The biggest problems in rural area in India is very low quality infrastructure. I always had issues with electricity (high cuts + very low voltage), water, etc. Apart from that I chose a classic room which was on top of a shop. Advantage was that I was alone and could sit there on my ultra long working sessions but disadvantage was that it used to heat to terrible 42C/107F during peak summers while as low as 4C/39F in peak winters. To add to problems – dumb Kurukshetra university helds in examination in Jan (peak winter) and June (peak summers). So I can’t deny it was very  painful stay especially during exams. 

Another thing which strike my mind was the fact that people in rural areas don’t work. Seriously majority of people do not work. Land prices have sky rocketed and most of people here enjoy a comfortable life without much of work. Even people who were not “land rich” used to sit idle most of time. So surely after looking at life in Delhi/NCR, South India and even overseas – life in Radaur was pretty much surprising for me. Most of “Indian working class” can’t afford buying a decent home in any major city out of paycheck while non-working class of land holders make ton of money from that land that they don’t need to seriously consider working. It’s purely an utter result of failure from Govt. side in managing economy. Big land bubble, let’s see what it will be bursted. 


Back to my story… 🙂 

Staying in hostel is useful as there is a guarantee of power + cleanliness but problem is that one just can’t make use of time while in hostel. Atleast I failed to do that in first few months of my stay in 1st year hostel. So yes I did stayed in hostel but for very few initial months.

Here’s how that room used to look like:



Yes room looks bit weird but all I can say is that condition of people around me was even worst and so I decided to leave hostel pretty soon. It was hard decision and I remember talking to many good friends about it. Basically the way in which “hostel life” is pushed in minds of young kids – it appears as if “struggle for existence” comes from hostel while that is not true. You do learn how to fight and keep fighting but that is not for what one is there. I think I made right choice on advice of some very good friends about leaving hostel and staying outside.


Life outside was painful but worth it. I used to walk around slums around during early early morning & late nights and got chance to interest with people around there. Quality of life was miserable and they always struggled because of mis-guidance from outside people on number of issues ranging from health problems to work related cheating etc. Here’s a pic of a stranger I saw at Pipli bus stand who was so ill that wasn’t even able to stand. 


We used to talk about UPSC and IAS officers – the powers they had in hand, and all that. While after looking at people in so much pain I always wondered where the hell was Government around me? Where the hell were those “genious UPSC toppers” ?


About weekly travel:

So it was always an interesting experience to travel between Rohtak (my home city) and Radaur – meeting people around me, talking to them about local issues and trying to reach core of their problems (though I mostly failed in that). Another interesting thing around Pipli area was looking at Delhi-Lahore-Delhi bus every Monday.





With all those random thoughts, time to end this blog post. 🙂 


20 Jun

Multi-dimensional effect of corruption in college system

Exam days still going and a few more to go. Before I go further on actual blog topic, a small story to share.


“Being a Superman” story 😉

Recently it rained quite heavily in Radaur and I was trapped in a situation where stairs to my room got in touch with live grid electricity due to a badly insulated wire joint.  Stairs are made of metal and that brought this dangerous situation. I was informed about “current in stairs” from someone living in neighbourhood who accidentally touched stairs while it was raining.

Next, I had to get down from there to go to my home. There was just no other option, and waiting for an electrician to figure it out was impractical idea. There was no option of turning down main power switch since leak was before switch in main line. At this point I gave some engineering thoughts. 


When one can get a “electric shock”? -> When current passes through the body.

Since human body has fair amount of flesh, practically it has significant amount of resistance to offer in flow of current and thus for current to pass through body there needs to be “potential difference”. I gave a thought and considering fact air was dry at that instant, there was a relatively low possibility of moisture acting as low potential point. With that thought – I put my hand on stairs and felt slight shock on hand + leg which was still on wet ground. I quickly jumped completely on to the stairs and put both hands on metal. And as I expected (though doubted) – I did not got any further shock. And I was still alive too! 🙂 

I came down the stairs (while my neighbours must  have thought that I was planning a suicide after being tired of boring exams & even bad result!) 🙂

As soon as I reached last stair, I saw another dangerous point. There’s a step-down transfer just next to it (less then 2m away) and it is quite well grounded with 4 metal rods buried deep inside the ground. Ground was still wet and there was a high risk of ground being at zero potential (while me being at 220V) and that would be good enough to give a amazing shock. With few seconds of thinking I figured out best way would be to jump out of stairs to ensure I touch ground with zero potential. And all that went well. With just minor shock while getting “on to” the stairs, I safely got out of my scary room. 🙂


The main post…

Anyways coming on to more serious issue – “Multi-dimensional effect of corruption in college/education system“. In recent times there have been multiple paper leak reports in newspapers for Kurukshetra University. Here’s one report (in Hindi) from today’s newspaper about DSP and Digital Electronics exam:

Based on amazing lecture of Dr Subramanian Swamy about “Multi-dimensional effects of corruption” – we can deduce some multi dimensional effects from corruption/cheating cases and unfair means in college system.

Just like corruption isn’t simply related to one person bribing other but rather has a broad impact from security of country to political stability, from economic stand point to sub-standard utilization of resources, in very similar manner these “paper leaks” etc aren’t just about someone cheating and passing exam but rather extend their effect in multiple dimensions. Being a student myself I am aware of such leaks and have a fair understanding of how system behind such leaks works.

Some of multi-dimension effects of paper leaks are:

  1. Paper leaks have significant money involvement as paper are leaked around their  origin at very high rates in ranges of $1000 or so. Students who have link to such “sources” often pay such heavy amount and recover few x times by re-selling off the exam.
  2. Most of students who are involved in such reselling at a higher rank in chain make as much as $500-1000 over a night by simply distributing digital pictures of leaked papers.
  3. After getting original paper in hand, students get a nice opportunity to go with well prepared “slips” with exact answers to 8 simple questions for a 100% attempt rather then carrying slips based on assumed questions.
  4. Students who don’t get their hands dirty with such leaked paper tend to fail in exam since their “fair” attempt is way too below the average/topper’s attempt.
  5. Student’s who successfully pass exam in such way completely ruin the value of education and they eventually turn out to be a “B.tech degree holder” then “Engineer”.
  6. As count of “B.tech degree holders” increases – society (friends, parents, relatives etc) increase their pressure on real possible “engineers” and they sooner or later turn their head down and become corrupt.
  7. More number of B.tech holders Vs less amount of real engineers degrade job market & causes problems for everyone including “real engineers”.
  8. Students who make $500-$1000 over night by selling leaked paper make best use of that money by spending it on drinking, drugs, (and even putting in IPL match fixing!) further degrading environment.
  9. Each “successful paper leak” follows atleast half a dozen of “fake paper leaks” and tends to ruin those exams.
  10. Our society end up in having “B.tech holders” as “engineers” in various Govt. jobs and we get degraded infrastructure everywhere.
  11. More students opt for “B.Tech degree” since they learn from seniors on such backend management.
  12. (Classic one) Degree holders are looked upon as “educated people” in society & even if they don’t get a job or they do not opt for an engineering job, they surely secure a good rank in “arranged marriage system”. 🙂



Interesting fact is that Kurukshetra University never writes “Fail(ed)” in result, they always mention – “Re-appear” which gives “Not this time, but good luck next time” sort of feeling.


Time for me to end this post and get ready for next exam.