By Gazal Gupta, Batch of 2012
The term ‘technical’ is defined in the dictionary as relating to proficiency in practical skill. NSIT has consistently been ranked among the top 10 technical institutes in the country. However, what is the true meaning of technical that our college seems to be embracing.
The students having grilled themselves to the core embark into this new world with certain dreams about their future. Hearing about the noble laureates being recognized for their exemplary contributions towards science, the successful expeditions of the astronauts, the major advances made in computing and the daily newspapers blearing about an invention in one or the other field, they aspire to one day feel the same pride. But after spending not more than 7-8 months in college the students are talking about the non-tech opportunities available for them. If you still think non-tech occupies a meager part only, give it a second thought: Considering the fact that the fests like E-Summit and ICube are becoming more eye-grabbing and the technical fest Innovsion being marketed as a techno-managerial fest. Our thinking has modulated over time and hence we don‘t really have a justification for these. But had you been thinking about building a non-tech profile when you had joined college? It would be a no. So what are your thoughts on ―How technical is our college?
The exposure given to the students in our college to pursue their technical interests is not very encouraging. The faculty needs to be brought up to the mark to be able to acquaint the students about the latest and detailed technical aspects. Also the teachers themselves feel that at times the time table committee does not put that extra bit of effort in allocating the courses efficiently according to the expertise of the teachers. This blunder precludes the students from getting a chance to interact with the best in a particular field. Our library, although having gone a major change recently, is still found wanting up gradation of books and their arrangement remains a major concern. Improving the infrastructure takes a lot of effort and nobody in NSIT wants to pass through the endless processes to get their suggestion implemented. For this, a higher number of academicians should form a part of senior faculty and administrative authority. The lack of internet and wi-fi facilities in the campus has only aggravated the demeaning failure to provide access to a vast pool of knowledge. However, the students are also to blame in this aspect as their quench for knowledge also seems to be limited because even if there is inadequacy on the part of teachers, how many of them actually thoroughly go through their books and look for references. Their learning is restricted to only be able to obtain good grades. Due to this rote curriculum, even when certain teachers offer challenges to students, they are met with a lack of enthusiasm. The so-called technical clubs need to provide some more opportunities for not only the proficient ones but also the novices to learn and grow. IEEE, CSI, Motorsports and Bullethawk are a few of these which at least keep the spark alive though they need to be more revolutionary with their way of doing things.
Faculty In-charge of Innovision, Professor Khushil Saini shares a very meaningful thought- Innovision provides a good opportunity for students to learn more. However, the fests can be used more for their intellectual and cultural growth if the focus doesn’t divert. He also emphasizes that an industry-oriented basic level syllabus should be designed for first two years and industry cum research oriented syllabus for 3rd & 4th years. We all agree with the fact that the Victorian age syllabus being taught needs to be upgraded keeping in mind the need to increase the practical applications. This would surely change the current staggering figure of around 99% of students wishing to keep MBA as an open option while hardly 30% even thinking of pursuing higher education in technical fields. A research shows that 40% of students feel that it might have even be better had they opted for BSc courses.
We all must appreciate the recent efforts that are being made to promote and appreciate the research efforts put in by students. An Open House presentation is taking place in COE/IT department on 2nd Novemeber to give a chance to all the 3rd and 4th years to present their research works which will be judged by a panel comprising of prominent faulty members. We hope that such initiatives will be taken to promote research interests among the students.
Ultimately, be it the infrastructure, the curriculum, or the challenges; it has always been a two way play. The administrators need to show more dynamism to bring about these changes and the students need to realize that you get as much as you demand‖. So be courageous, take charge and approach the authorities and ensure that it is done because this is our future that we are discussing.
What are your thoughts on how technical our college is?
Saurabh Gupta – MITS, Adobe
“I think NSIT provides enough technical environment to the students who enter fresh after completing the high school course. At NSIT, students get multiple fields to study and they have enough facilities to do projects involving various technologies. However, due to a bit older syllabus, for some domains, students don’t get enough exposure and acquainted with latest technologies. As a result, they have to face tougher competition while making a place in prestigious firms in India or abroad.
Robin, ECE, Batch of 2012
If you look at the past research record of all faculty members and the technical initiatives taken by them, our college seems to be pretty much technical. The main areas of problem according to me are:
a) Its not possible for every student who enters into first year to make the research pillars stand for himself (sharpen his technical acumen). He needs help, its the lack of student-teacher, senior-junior interaction which furthers the problem.
b) Lack of technical perspective and technical exposure. The fault is more from the students side rather than from teacher or curriculum side. Its we who rather than studying technical stuff run for MBA classes and other non-technical activities.
In my opinion, NSIT at present, very unfortunately, reflects a continuously degrading technical environment; with outdated curriculum, lack of resources, research work being ‘not upto the standard’ and most of the students running after ‘non-tech’ jobs blindly, without even giving a thought to pursue tech-oriented career for which they enrolled in one of the premier technical institutions of India, NSIT.
Our college has ample technical stuff going on, enough to keep everyone with technical inclination interested and involved. There are opportunities available in all technical fields. If you have interest, finding good stuff won’t be much of a headache.
NSIT is all about TECHNOLOGY as the name suggests. From the time I have been in this college, this place has been a technical hotspot for me.I have learnt a lot about what I knew and more about what I didn’t. Technical is probably the best term to describe NSIT.