Monthly Archives: August 2010

IISc to start Under Graduate programs!

The Indian Institute of Science, a leading institution of higher learning with a strong tradition of research for over a century, is opening its portals to undergraduate students by launching a four-year Bachelor of Science (BS) Programme. The programme is designed as a balanced blend of core science and interdisciplinary topics, to serve as a launching pad for research and doctoral studies in cutting-edge areas in science and technology. The graduates will also be ready for attractive career opportunities in academia and industry.

Major Disciplines Offered would be:

  • BIOLOGY
  • CHEMISTRY
  • ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
  • MATERIALS
  • MATHEMATICS
  • PHYSICS

The inaugral batch will begin classes from August 2011 and graduate in June 2015.
Admission will be based on national exams like KVPY and other channels to be announced soon.
Eligibility: 12th standard or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics as main subjects.
Applications will be accepted from January 1, 2011, till March 31, 2011.

Ship or a raft?

“I guess the moment you transform from a raft to a ship, the sailing becomes smooth, sometimes too smooth for those in it for the thrill.”

This was a reply to my mail to one of my cousins. I was telling her how spending one year in Yahoo! has been a dream like. Almost everything the way you want it. However still something being amiss. The urgency, the pressure, the hand twisting is somehow amiss. And today I came across the blog of a five year old veteran of Yahoo!, who will be an ex-Yahoo! in another eight hours about his one year in Yahoo!

One of the lines from his post:

But I seem to crave for real work pressure. At the end of the day I just want to go home feeling happy that I made a difference.

And I can empathise with this condition. For me, that level of despair came in two steps. Despair is too strong a word in here but still.
The first one came in some three months after joining. It was too much like sunlab. For those who know me, you know what it means. The complete freedom to do whatever you want. Wrap up your work the way you want it, the way you like it.

And then, another six months down the lane, the realisation that I am getting too comfortable. There is absolutely no pain in here, no worries. But then, down the lane, it can’t be good.

Yahoo! is too good a company. A dream to work with. It takes care of its employees the way your parents take care of you in college. You ve to work and yet you can have all the fun. See, how many students claim they managed to pass out of college without studying? Yet we know that they did study though maybe not to the full extent. They underperformed and yet graduated. Y! is a bit like that. Its resources are under-utilised. Unfortunately, the financial resources are a bit strained.

Maybe I am saying words I shouldn’t. Lets see how things turn out few months down the lane.

2012 – How much truth is in there?

This post is just a conjunction of my thoughts, my beliefs. I don’t know why but ever since I came to know about 2012 phenomenon, I ve been an astute believer in it. I am no believer in conspiracy theory. But somehow when I hear all the happenings around, and by that I mean mostly the actual natural disasters, some of which are man caused (the BP oil spill, the various disasters). The volcano erupting out of iceland. The flash floods. The rising temperatures. The floods in Europe.

I’ll be posting more of my thoughts on this, all under the tag 2012.