We Need Reservations...

Sunday, April 23, 2006

I never post any forwarded e-mail on my blog but this one is worth it. Its an excellent satire on the current issue of reservations in educational institutions and private jobs. Here it goes...

I think we should have job reservations in all the fields. I completely support the PM and all the politicians for promoting this. Let's start the reservation with our cricket team. We should have 10 percent reservation for Muslims. 30 percent for OBC, SC/ST like that. Cricket rules should be modified accordingly.

The boundary circle should be reduced for an SC/ST player. The four hit by an OBC player should be considered as a six and a six hit by an OBC player should be counted as 8 runs. An OBC player scoring 60 runs should be declared as a century.

We should influence ICC and make rules so that the pace bowlers like Shoaib Akhtar should not bowl fastballs to our OBC player. Bowlers should bowl maximum speed of 80 kilometer per hour to an OBC player. Any delivery above this speed should be made illegal.

Also we should have reservation in Olympics. In the 100 meters race, an OBC player should be given a gold medal if he runs 80 meters.

There can be reservation in Government jobs also. Let's recruit SC/ST and OBC pilots for aircrafts, which are carrying the ministers and politicians (that can really help the country…)

Ensure that only SC/ST and OBC doctors do the operations for the ministers and other politicians. (Another way of saving the country..)

Let's be creative and think of ways and means to guide INDIA forward... Let's show the world that INDIA is a GREAT country. Let's be proud of being an INDIAN…

May the good breed of politicians like ARJUN SINGH long live...

Tycoons 2006 - Prelims Cleared

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Today, I participated in the prelims (intra-college level) of TYCOONS 2006, an inter-college personality competition by Career Launcher. Achal n me teamed up for this competition and have cleared the prelim round.

The prelim round started off with a written test from which 10 teams were selected. The next round consisted of GD and Extempore. Achal went for GD and I participated in the Extempore. The topics for GD were: 'Should dance bars be allowed' and 'Sachin Tendulkar v/s Amitabh Bacchan'. The extempore topic I got was 'Uncle Sam'.

We are among the three teams from our college that got selected for the final round to be held on Sunday, April 23, 2006. Hope, we perform well on Sunday.

Online Submission of Training Status

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

All fourth semester students have to submit their 6-week summer training status by filling up an online form available at www.dlangchaps.org/training till May 10, 2006 (1300hrs, IST). Students have to register themselves online to get a username and password which would enable them to make changes to their training status. The final list has to be submitted to Mr. S.S.Batra, TPO on May 10, 2006 after which no changes would be allowed.

All students are required to fill-in whether they are doing their training in industry or in-house. If you are doing industrial training, you have to include the name of the company from where you are doing the training. The students interested in in-house training should mention their field of interest, as this might be helpful in deciding the course of the in-house training. Also, correct contact information should be provided on the form, so that you could get regular updates on this issue.

This form is the first-ever online submission of a list for the students of GTBIT. This is an effort to make better use of the available technology and thus, making it convenient for the students. As students had to submit their status before May 10, when we would be having our preparatory leave for end-term exams, I thought it would be better to make an online form which students could fill according to their convenience and could modify it before the deadline, if their is any change. If this runs successfully, students may see more such revolutionizing changes ahead for the betterment of our college.

Happy Baisakhi

Friday, April 14, 2006

Happy Baisakhi

Baisakhi, also called Vaisakhi, is the birthday of the Khalsa (the Pure Ones). Guru Gobind Singh founded the Khalsa brotherhood with the 'baptism of steel' on 30 March 1699. On this day, a one-day celebration is held in Gurdwaras with Kirtan, Katha, lectures, Karah Parshad and Langar. In addition, the Amrit ceremony is held and is given to those who offer themselves for Sikh initiation. The Sikhs after taking Amrit are called Khalsa. The Amrit ceremony can be held at any other time as well. Baisakhi is celebrated on the 14 April every year.

One more Friend joined this Blog World

Monday, April 10, 2006

Today, my friend Keshav Gupta also started his own blog: TechPeep - 'Just Peeping in the Technology World'. I expect a lot of posts from Keshav on the last Gadgets and Gizmos from the tech world.

Keshav is a real tech freak and would never dissapoint you with the content of his blog.

Really cool blog Keshav. Keep Bloging!!!

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Click here to visit Keshav's Blog

Petition against Reservation Hike

Sunday, April 09, 2006

As you would be aware that the Human Resource Ministry of the Government of India has proposed to increase the quota of reserved seats in the central government funded Universities/Institutes from the existing 22.5% to 49.5%. This will definitely lead to the downfall of the quality of higher education in India. The creditibility of our world-recognized institutes, such as IITs and IIMs would suffer.

If you are against this proposal, please sign the online petition "Say No to Quota in Higher Education" hosted on web at: http://www.petitiononline.com/No_Quota/

Please spend two minutes to sign this petition and make the government to revert back its decision.

Read Before Applying for a Job

Friday, April 07, 2006

In the ideal situation, the interviewer and the interviewee are equally interested in finding a perfect fit. Look out for yourself. Ask hard questions about work conditions, drawbacks, and low points. If asked tactfully and backed up with research, well-directed questions of this sort won't offend a responsible interviewer. After all, a happy employee is going to be more productive than someone who hates his job.

But if you choose unwisely the first time, don't worry -- jobs are no longer forever. People change careers nowadays about as often as their hairstyles. Chances are, even the person who interviews you, if he or she hasn't been living in a cave with blind fish, will understand that you probably won't be with the company for life. Gone are the days of the 1950s "company man" who signed up after college and stayed on until he retired. Nevertheless, choosing a job and career right the first time saves a lot of time and angst.

The following are some questions you'll want to answer, either by yourself prior to the interview or during the interview, to avoid ending up in the wrong position:

What are the hours?

If your research hasn't revealed this already, you should ask if a job advertised as 40 hours a week really takes 50 or 60 hours a week, or more. You have a right to know how much you'll be working and should protect yourself by asking in the interview whether or not this is truly a 40-hour-a-week job. Interviewers should be honest with you about this; it's information you need to know in order to make a good decision. If you're going to be slammed with work from nine to nine every day, it might not be worth it for you.


Be aware that overeagerness to ask about salary can make you look unprofessional. Asking about salary while calling up to schedule an interview is a bad idea. The best time to ask about salary is after you've gotten the job, but before you've accepted. Even if money is your prime motivation, wait till late in the interview to ask money questions.

Still, salary and other benefits are important. Before you go in for an interview, think about how much you need to make to live comfortably, and how much you think you deserve to make, given the responsibilities and your qualifications. You can find pay information at specific companies with Vault company research.

What type of work will I be doing?

Before you go in for an interview, think about which type of work environment suits you best. As we saw earlier, different corporations develop different attitudes. The atmosphere on the floor of the New York Stock exchange is very different from a public library in a small town. Some jobs require you to work with a team in order to produce a final product, while you'll work in solitude in others. It's your responsibility to find the environment that best suits you.

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How long will I be here?

Before the interview, you'll also wish to think about your commitment to the job. The interviewer will be concerned about how long you will be able to stay with them. Are you looking for summer employment between school terms, for a six-month experience, a three-month internship, or a lifelong career path? In establishing a career, consider that anything under a year does not constitute a valid work experience to some employers. In many jobs it takes six months just to get up to speed.

Are there walls?

When you go in for the interview, be alert to the work environment, both physical and human. Pay attention to the way the company gets its work done. Imagine yourself coming into that building every day. Do people in the office wear Armani or Levis, DKNY or Dickies? Do they crowd into cubicles or kick back in plush, well-ferned offices? Is there a backslapping, good-ol'-boy, "see the game last night, Joe?" feel to the place? Do the workers seem happy or do they wander round the office like zombies? Are there stains on the carpet, interesting art on the walls? If you look at the interview experience as an opportunity to gather as much information as you can about the company, you'll have plenty of factors to sift through when it's time to make a decision.

Big fish in small pond or cog in machine?

How big a company do you want to work for? Will you be more comfortable as a prominent player in an office where everyone knows one another, or as a single, relatively unnoticed cog in a massive corporate machine? Smaller companies are more likely to offer flexible hours and vacation policies, and they may offer more opportunities for immediate, diverse, and substantive involvement. In addition, a smaller company may be a growing company. It can be exciting to ride a company as it grows, to watch and participate in the formation of its culture and lingo. Smaller companies also tend to suffer less from bothersome bureaucracies, so your ideas have a better chance of immediate implementation.

By the same token, it's difficult to hide in a small company. Everyone will soon realize if you're not producing. It may be more difficult for you to take vacation, or even a long lunch. Small companies also tend to pay less and can't offer the benefits of a larger firm. And especially in these consolidation-crazy times, they're somewhat more susceptible to buy-outs and bankruptcy than a big, established operation. Fortune 500 companies, on the other hand, can usually afford higher salaries than smaller places can. They also offer more comprehensive benefits, and may offer a wider variety of potential places to live.

In the interview process, employees at small companies understand that they don't have the name recognition of bigger places and won't expect you to know as much about them. This is why it's an especially good idea when interviewing with a smaller place, to find out who they are and what they do. Make sure you thoroughly check their web site, if they have one. At least research the industry in which the company's involved if you can't find anything more specific. Also, Vault.com's company research provides insights into workplace culture at major employers.

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