Computer History Museum - A visit

As a child, I used to imagine that when I grow up I will work in a bookstore. I will sell books and in spare time read all the books. Whenever I get a chance to visit a big bookstore or Library, I feel as If I have entered heaven, my spine is thrilled with electric spikes.
This August, I got a chance to visit San Jose (Was there to attend an international conference ASONAM 2016 in San Francisco). Feeling a bit adventurous I tried Airbnb for the first time and stayed with Venna, a very sweet lady. When we reached, she suggested that since I am into computers I should visit Computer History Museum, I accepted her suggestion and am very happy that I did. The museum kindled the child in me, and once again I was back to childhood (not that I have really grown old), seeing the Babbage difference engine, the PDP-1, the Jacquard loom, I was transcended into a new world. The museum showcased the history of computers bringing them back to life through their gigantic exhibits. The exhibition Rev…

Ghost of FYUP

The only B.Tech batch of DU, the so enrolled FYUP (2013-2017) now has another hurdle: the one year research project. The project work is spread in both VII and VIII semesters, and carries in total 300 marks out of total of 1200. Ideally, the students should get time slots in the labs to do their work, and for proper guidance by teacher, it should be also reflected in teacher's workload. 
Department of Electronics, under good faith, has made specific guidelines to ensure proper running of these projects.
The issue is will these guidelines be implemented in totality by the Principals/TICs, who are using different tactics to reduce the workload due to projects, some common being:
  1. Give them to guest  (Money matters one guest =four periods=Rs 1000 per week). Will a guest be able to do justice is another matter.
  2. If a permanent faculty is ready to take projects, then forcing them to increase their workload from prescribed 14/16. This in essence makes permanent faculty shy away from taking the projects so that they can go back to step 1.
  3. In some colleges, no workload for projects, thus they are no one's baby! We all know what happens with orphans. 
  4. No budget or money is allocated or defined for these projects, so either students will fund themselves or will not be able to do much. Mind you, the projects don't require lakhs, if we are using our existing labs,  per project a resource allocation of Rs 1000-5000 could be sufficient. 

The students admitted in these courses already got a very raw deal, with teachers not ready to invest their time and energy in learning new subject only for a year, with hassles with AICTE, and now this. 


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