Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Committees

Ah well I guess it would be good to describe the different committees that I am associated with....

First the technical committee:-
Let’s talk about the senior members first:-

1. Jaideep Karamchandani (Mech 3rd yr): He was the convener this year (just as I had predicted last year). But his performance was really bad this year (never expected this... really). He might have his own reasons for not performing well, I know that his health had not been too good this year but nevertheless he will be criticized for this performance. Meeting being called again and again but not resulting in anything. Only three events throughout the calendar year. One C/C++ programming contest (which was totally initiated by me). One workshop on Photoshop and finally Goonj. Even in Goonj his presence was missing. And finally his behavior has been pretty rude with the juniors/new members. The certificates of the winners still haven’t been organized for. I really have no good points for him this year.
2. Aakriti Rana (CSE 4th yr): She was the co-convener this time. Her participation with the club had been really good. Although she is in 4th year she participated as much as possible. Fought with “the convener” when he was going wrong and the most benign of all the members. She was always cooperating with the committee even though she was not in the best of her spirits.
3. Nishant Gupta (TIT 4th yr): Aaah!! Where was he?? Well I have no comments for a co-convener who had (nearly) zero participation.
4. Tanuj Khurana (ECE 3rd yr): I like this guy. Had problems with “one of the committee member” initially. Did not attend any meeting. But he was there where he was required. As far as I know he did work and supervise the events of the newly born IEEE student branch.
The following are the new members:-
5. Sunanda Khosla (EEE 3rd yr): ‘Short’ Sunanda was decent enough. She was not given a LOT of responsibilities, but she did play her part well. Although she was not as energetic as she was last year (as a volunteer) but she had not lost the qualities of helping out others out of her time-table.
6. Satyen Abrol (CSE 3rd yr): He is the most techy guy out of all the third year members and incidentally he is also from DPS RK Puram (aah... Exun days yaad aa gaye). He has a nice attitude towards the committee. Although he accepts all the responsibilities (shared with Sukhmani) given to him but he is very easy going. At the very end when the deadline is approaching he would beg ask me for my ideas and apply them!! Nice, very convenient. Apart from that he is pretty hasmukh. And he still rides his bicycle… Way to go!!
7. Sukhmani Khanna (CSE 3rd yr): Well I must say that she is not very techy. But I guess she is a good at team-work. She shared all the responsibilities with Satyen throughout the year and somehow or the other she has pulled it off. But she is a chatter bug. Whenever she is free (even during Goonj) you will find her chatting with one of her friends from her class (I don’t know her name) or she would be chatting with Satyen. But I guess the best job for her as a member of the committee is to address the guests and their hospitality… (Now don’t call me a naughty boy!!).
8. Shreyans (IT 3rd yr): Wah!! Kya Banda hai. Totally UP wala attitude. Will never take any responsibility unless he has been given one. He would bang my head throughout the day until I help him out with his work. But a very nice, helpful and carefree guy. The bad thing about him: he would take up responsibilities even if he has no idea about how to go about it. The good thing: He is really willing to learn new things.
9. Jyotirmoy Bannerjee (EEE 2nd Yr): This guy is involved with lot of committees and thus ends up taking very less responsibility. But somehow or the other (by hook or crook) manages to put them off. His interaction with the committee members has been very limited but definitely he is a talented guy.
10. Rupak Banerjee(Mech 2nd yr): My old school mate. Still the same old soft spoken and responsible. The only thing that has changed in him is that he has learned new robotics skills. Since he is the only one in mechanical, he had to organize all the mechanical events under the Technical Committee. He is one guy who would never complain and never take an initiative.
11. Shweta Singh and Sandeep Changlani (Both ECE 2nd yr): If I would have written comments about them separately, I would have been grossly unfair. Every work they undertake and everything they do, they work in pairs. Basically both of them are not very good in dealing with computers but I suppose they must be good in their field. They organized some of the electronic events by themselves and also managed a sponsor for many of the events. Although they are very responsible my only complaint against them is that their coordination with others is not very good and they are full of complaints. But nevertheless, they work well in a pair.
12. Sandeep Singh (BioTech 2nd yr): Tall and slim. He is really a nice responsible guy. He would take up initiative and responsibilities on his own. Whatever task he would take up would be completed with utmost perfection. And a new quality that I have learned about him in this Goonj is being stubborn. Maybe he acquired these qualities as a member of the other clubs he is associated with but I guess he has never faced politics before. Anyways a wonderful guy to work with but he has to learn to reach out and help other members.
13. Vidhi Verma (BioTech 1st yr): A very shy and soft-spoken girl. She has not been very active in the meetings, maybe she was overshadowed by Sandeep Singh. But I guess in the future she should be able to control the biotech events of the Technical Committee. Her attitude is good but she is very shy, naive and less interactive.
14. Nikhil Gupta (IT 1st yr): Itching to learn not willing to work. Definitely not willing to wait for work to be given. He is always in a hurry. But the best thing about this guy is that he is very interactive and inquisitive.
15. Pulkit Gupta (CSE 1st yr): The best among the 1st year members. I have found him to work as he has been told to. He even comes up to help others. Always accepts and asks for work, but he is very nervous at times.
16. Yashudeep Jain (ECE 1st yr): Hardly speaks. Simply accepts the tasks and he would disappear as soon as the job is done. Lacks the energy but I guess he is more study oriented.
17. Amit Singh Sharawat (EEE 1st yr): I love his hariyanvi. He is really willing to learn about computers but he is really confused about what to do. He is not sure about how to proceed. Does not take initiative. But I feel he also lacks the willingness to work.
That’s it. About the other committees…
The IEEE student’s branch is being killed by politics. And I am really unhappy about the change in the approach of members. The worst thing is that most of the members have paid for its membership only to have an addition in their CVs. And many of the members of program committee of IEEE have lost their good qualities. And the members have stopped respecting hierarchy.
Finally the Rotaract Club of Chandigarh. Very unprofessional. Even here everyone wants a certificate or a post. As a result the participation of the members is very less. Hardly anyone respects the instructions. Also most of the decisions are taken very suddenly. All of a sudden you would get a sms and you are expected to spring to action. No discipline. Even the members who volunteer to work don’t live up to the task.

Thus I guess thus pretty much sums up my relation with the different committees.

Sleeping??

So was I sleeping? As a matter of fact I did not have any time to sleep at all. Boy!! I was (and also am) reeeaaaaally busy and worked out. But I somehow I have decided to make another entry into my Blog. Why? Cause firstly there was two new emails in my inbox notifying me of two new comments on my bog. And secondly it reminded me of how long it had been since my last post.
Chalo… Let’s have a quick look back at the last two months. The things that have been keeping me busy:-
  • College (Tests, Classes and now Exams)

  • Fests (Goonj, PecFest, Cyanide, Jhankaar, Synm, Hostel Fest)

  • About 5 jobs in php

  • One project on microcontrollers and networking

  • A small project in Visual C++ (part of curriculum)

  • Trekking

  • Some of the clubs and student bodies are keeping me busy (Technical Committee, Rotaract Club, IEEE, CSI)

  • Many other things that I am unable to recall


  • All right first about college. Studies are really simple apart from one subject: “Digital Electronics and Wave Shaping”. Oh how boring is it to attend those lectures and to play around with circuits and transistors and trying to analyze the effects. Bad.. Bad!! Such electronics subject really bore me. I have just returned after a minor exam on this subject. Thankfully it went well. God knows what will happen in the Semester Exams. There is one more subject that is really bothering me.. OOPS.. basically C++. The curriculum here concentrates more on the theory than programming. And even my teacher is one of the least confident teachers in this subject that I have come across. The worst thing is that you cannot code the way you want to do… Last sem my marks were deducted in C as I had included the string.h header file and used the string functions. Very bugging.
    Next the fests. Panjab University administration has gone crazy!! They just don’t want to give permission for college fests (or to correct it… department fests) The original plan of Goonj (which as you might know, is the fest of our college) was in the month of January. It was delayed further and further and finally it happened from March 16th-18th. Phew!! Finally the administration gave us the permission and we had to organize the entire fest in about 2 weeks. The sponsorship was a big problem. Although the Goonj organizing committee had talked to its sponsors long back, but because of the delay the sponsors also backed out. After a huge effort by the marketing team, Goonj finally got its main sponsor on 15th March… A day before the fest: Reliance Mobile. And because the convener of the Technical Committee was in direct contact with sponsorship issues,.. unfortunately I was (sort of) managing the Technical Events. Thanks to some of the members (about whom I shall talk a little later), the technical events were successful. I enjoyed a good participation in the events I organized “ENTIRELY” on my own i.e. Technical Quiz, Data Mining and Encryption-Decryption. The three nights: Rock show, Fashion Show cum Dance Competition and ‘Khayali’ (one of the winners of Laughter Challenge) and finally the War of the Djs. Moving on PecFest was the college fest of Punjab Engineering College. They had a very bad organization which was further affected due to rains. Their fest took place in February and unfortunately they had to face some bad weather. As a result their last two nights were a big flop. It has to be organized inside their small auditorium. One bright side: I won the second prize in their Technical Quiz along with two other friends of my hostel Vishal and Digvijay. Cyanide was a small fest of the Chemical Engineering Dept. I participated in the city-wide treasure hunt they organized. I found the clues of the treasure hunt to be very vague… one had to be a Chandigarh local to crack them. Jhankaar and Synm were University fests organized be the two major parties PUSU and SOPU respectively. You know how bad the politics of PU is. And finally the Hostel Annual Fest. This time it was in the evening. Same old Punjabi cultural shows followed by dinner and this time there was a DJ.
    Ok Web Development is something that I have really got into. The Goonj website was pretty successful. The first time the students had experienced online registration, personalized page and timetable. And a very user friendly interface. The only thing bad in it was the looks. But I guess I have improved a lot. And I am trying to increase my contacts through this. Recently I got a project to build a recruitment portal for someone.
    The “Embedded Web Server” Project. Even this is going well. I guess now we will continue after exams. Learned some Assembly Language in the process. And I am also trying to develop “Music library software” with my classmate as my VC++ project. Let’s see if we make it.
    Trekking was fun. Last year if you remember we went to Kansal forest. This time the same people took us to Nepli reserve. Only four of us went this time. Dara, Reety, Neha (all from 4th year) and me. Although the trekking was good, I was stuck with three very less interactive persons on earth. Not that I did not know them before hand, but I guess they do not like to talk at all. Anyhow, it was a nice was to spend a Sunday.
    And the committees… oof!! Let me break this post here. I shall soon post another entry that would be exclusively about the different committees that I am a part of.