It’s the time of the year when students passing out from twelfth standard will find themselves busy in the preparations for entrance exams. I wish I could tell them what I feel about engineering after walking a bit longer in the way of life as an Engineering student. Engineering is the way of life where you question each phenomenon, find out reasons and if possible, apply the principle involved somewhere else productively. Never take a branch because of compulsion or because you think it can fetch you a good job. You can appreciate a concept only if you are interested in knowing about it. So interest is the first thing to be analyzed whenever a student decided to go for engineering education. Engineering education changes your personality and perceptions to an extent which you cant even imagine. If you stay on track, it would teach you to question and reason the various things happening around you. It would help you to appreciate yourself and others. It would teach you perseverance and teamwork. It would give you a whole new pair of eyes. Your life will be never the same after you choose to be an ENGINEER.
Birthday celebrations of Bala sir. After cutting the cake we all sat down around a table. We were eager to listen to sir who is a great thinker too…
“Science is incomplete…,” he said, “There are many phenomena which science has not addressed till now.. Think about it guys… Scicence has come to a stage where it has to accept that observer affects the experiment. Now, do you see this piece of cake?”
We all nodded our heads and he continued, “Do I see it because it exists there or Is it existing because I see it?” We were all with agapped mouths thinking about the new perception of existance of a material… Does things really exist or do they exist because we perceive them?
Initially “Team Profectus” had unanimously decided to conduct a Japanese language and culture workshop as our pilot project and then move on to a brief introduction of south Korean culture as well.These countries are two of the technical giants of asia and learning about other cultures always helps in expanding ones horizons.
But unfortunately the authorities were not convinced about the feasibility of the project and we had to discard the idea.Our second project was to conduct a seminar and survey on the needs of the industry from our graduates.But after a lot of running around and many obstacles we decided to switch back to our initial project.Thankfully this time it was well received and so began our tryst with teaching . Though we had a few hiccups here and there during the program , it was nothing that we couldn’t overcome.
And so we spent more than 10 hours engaged in workshops on basic japanese communication skills. The primary purpose of these workshops was to equip the students with enough knowledge to talk in basic Japanese(Keigo).We put our maximum effort in simplifying the syllabus so that even a person who had no idea about Japanese could easily grasp the concepts.We even explained the similarities between japanese sentences and that of Indian languages .Thankfully we did a very convincing job and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Both the batches which we have completed so far gave a very good feedback and clearly show we were successful enough in motivating them to learn the language.All this wouldn’t have been possible without the inspiration we received from Br.Vivek Kanematsu Koichi . Not only did he inspire us to learn a new language but also to accept a new culture and embrace it with a broad mind.
“Teach me how to say ‘i love my mom’ in Japanese” asked a girl as we finished our second day’s class. The moment which I think I wont forget even if I get chronic dementia. When we decided to conduct workshop on “Basic Communication in Japanese”, what we aimed was to sow the seeds of curiosity in the students to learn the language. So we took every effort to make it appear simple.
“Japanese is too easy to learn,” was the comment from a student. Lemme think about the hours we spent in making the schedule and syllabus, the days when we spent running behind the authorities for sanctioning proposal and the nights we spent in planning together for hours to keep any sort of discomfort for students away… what i see is that it was worth it.
I discovered a new person inside me who found happiness in teaching others what they have absolutely no idea of. Surely the CIR Social Responsibility Project taught me a lot.
life can be described like as if we are given a few vessels which can be filled with anything we like. Once we fill a vessel, we have to drink it and as soon as u drink it, the vessel will vanish forever. We have got just a few more vessels left now. Still, why people want to fill it with betrayal, anger, revenge and agony? When will we realise that we have wasted many vessels by filling them with these thoughts. So life is just a juxtaposition of junctures.
last day, we had a special activity for cir LSK class. The whole class was divided into five groups and we were asked to construct a bridge using the materials given. the materials given were a chart paper, 3 pencils, six sketch pens, one bold marker, six straws, and one meter of cello tape. Our team decided to concentrate on two things primarily- strength of the bridge and length. We used straws to reinforce the bridge to provide it strength to withstand a heavy load. We really enjoyed the activity and we learned a lot about each person’s skills. Our Bridge was ready two minutes before the deadline. Each team was asked to give a presentation of the bridge they have constructed. Atlast, there came the moment to test the strength. Only two teams could succeed in building bridge that could withstand the given weights. Our team was declared as the winner. It was a practical session on team work. We learned what team work is without anyone given an hour of theoretical lecture to it. We learned the greatest lesson that during a team work, we are actually getting a chance to know the strengths and good qualities in others and also the ways to rectify our mistakes.
One of my friends is too good at singing. One among us showed interest in learning carnatic music. 5 of us decided to spend a lunch break in carnatic music. We were discussing on ragas, swaras , favourite krithis, comparison with hindusthani… Suddenly, there came Mr X. Everyone was silent. None dared even to move their lips.
“You were discussing on carnatic music right??? hmm… I have learnt it for five years. Then I came to know we can’t finish it even after 50 years. So i stopped,” he said. We kept mum. Any word from us would worsen the situation.
“See I am a good singer…,” he said.
My lips, without knowing the consequence uttered, ” Well one among us wants to learn carnatic. So we were just discussing on….”
Before I could complete my words, Mr X the great started singing satpaswara.
It had too many problems yet we tried to keep quite. But the best singer among us sang the same thing and showed him the correct way.
Guess Mr.X’s reply this time..
“That’s the stylish way of singing. I sung normal. You sung with style… Both are correct.” 😀
Well i avoid telling his name. Let’s assume his name as X. This X is a very unique character. I have never seen a person as serious as him, yet he is the person who can irritate anyone with his mere presence. Lemme quote some of the precious moments I happened to be near him.
It was after a paper presentation section in the class. Everyone was discussing how happy they as the headache is over. X asked one of my close friends, “How was my presentation?” My friend replied,”It was good.”
“No.. I want to know my defects. I want to improve.. please”
“I told you there was no problem with your presentation. It was just fine.”
“I know you are not telling because u feel i wud be hurt if u tell.”
finally after much insisting and requests, my friend said,” K.. well u were not audible.. If u can speak louder next time, it wud be perfect.”
Guess what Mr X’s reply was…. “THAT’S THE PROBLEM WITH YOUR EARS….”