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Gaaner Opaarey – My Parallel Universe of Rabindrasangeet

Gaaner Opaarey – My Parallel Universe of Rabindrasangeet

The first person to introduce me to Tagore’s music was my mother, a trained Rabindrasangeet singer herself and alumna of ‘Geetabitan’ an eminent music institute in Kolkata. Thus, one could say, I was born listening to Tagore’s songs. My mother introduced me to my first gurus - Shri Sailen Basu Roychowdhury and his wife, Smt Kamala Basu – both renowned Rabindrasangeet exponents of the time. I believe, whenever a child is exposed to something over a sustained period very early in life, it leaves an indelible impression on her mind. It becomes difficult for the child to dissociate herself from…
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Taare Zameen Par

Taare Zameen Par

Diwali was just round the corner when a galaxy of stars descended on the Structural Reliability and Research Facility (SRRF) Lab last Tuesday evening over mouth-watering snacks and a tête-à-tête with the International Relations Office of IIT Kharagpur. These students, enrolled for various postgraduate courses and programs at IIT Kharagpur, and hailing from Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Nigeria, Russia, Syria and France, participated in an engaging session that continued for over a couple of hours. “What is this Illu thing we are hearing in our halls? Is it something big here?” asked one student. He was visiting the…
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Evolution of Office Automation – A Personal Experience

Evolution of Office Automation – A Personal Experience

“I was a naïve, confused 21-year old when I joined IIT Kharagpur in 1982 through an open advertisement. Having appeared for a three-step test which included written, typing and interview, my first posting was at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. By 25, I graduated to the secretarial post from clerical cadre by clearing set of internal examinations. It was the time when predecessors of computers ruled office work. What am I talking of? Typewriters. Typewriters manufactured by companies like Remington, Godrej, Halda and Facit , were mostly used in this Institute for preparing a typed document. Carbon papers…
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Dadagiri with Sourav Ganguly

Dadagiri with Sourav Ganguly

Zee Bangla Dadagiri, a unique quiz show hosted by former Indian Skipper Sourav Ganguly kicked off in 2009. Since then, the show has completed 7 successful seasons and today, 10 years later, it steps into its 8th season. There is something very special the opening episode of Season 8 of Dadagiri. Piyush Kedia, a 4th year UG student at the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science at IIT Kharagpur and an Uttarpara resident, representing Hooghly district, participated in the episode. He won with 109 points. He battled it out against 5 participants from different walks of life and districts of West…
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In conversation with Emma

In conversation with Emma

Emma Bancroft Toner, a fourth year UG student from the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, University of Waterloo, was at IIT Kharagpur this summer to conduct her research on “Female Empowerment: Exploring the Influence of Living and Working in Informal Settlements”. Emma was here on a MITACS grant and her supervisor was Prof. Priyadarshi Patnaik of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. Emma immensely enjoyed her stay at IIT Kharagpur and was thankful that she had been given the opportunity to collect and work with primary data. Still the sprightly teenager, I found Emma at the Technology Guest…
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A time to remember

A time to remember

The promo for the Sant’Anna Business Game says, ‘A unique experience which will leave you with a lifetime of memories.’ This is so true. I came back from the competition in Pisa with a bag load of them. The “Sant’Anna Business Game” presented by “Jebe”, the student-led Junior Enterprise Business & Engineering non-profit consulting organization, is a unique opportunity for 60 talented students from the best universities in Europe and beyond to network with representatives of leading companies. It is held every year at the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa. The competition presents real-life business challenges on marketing,…
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Where credit is due

Where credit is due

  Perhaps the best way to describe what a scholarship does for a student besides giving the recipient instant acclaim is that it gives him/her the opportunity to earn an education. For many, this is an absolute necessity. Without a scholarship, it would be the end of the road. But in all circumstances, whether dire or not, earning brings undiluted joy and immense pride. To earn your keep is to grow up, to take responsibility for your own self. This contribution is always valued, and increasingly so nowadays because higher education comes with a price tag that is directly proportional…
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Humans of KGP

Humans of KGP

I have spent 38 years on this campus and the one thing that I can tell you as a result is this: I shall die a happier and more contented man than many others on this planet. The lure of KGP is its people – all these bright, young minds as much as their brilliant teachers and mentors. And all these books that you see around me. These books are my passion – they are like my children. Today, as a part time librarian in this Hall Library post retirement, I handle the entire process – from the acquisition of…
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Humans of KGP

Humans of KGP

From being a typical JEE aspirant to being a typical ‘job-material’ IITian. This summarizes my first three and a half years in Kharagpur. Luckily, while being a dual degree student, I got a PPO from one of the most sought-after employers in my 4th year. As Baldev Singh tells Simran in DDLJ, I told my heart, “Ja jee le apni zindagi”. And so, I went on the Jagriti Yatra, a 14-day train journey around India. For the first time, I noticed non-IITians and non-engineers, working on nation-building with the kind of passion I could only dream of being infected with.…
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Adding value

Adding value

Professor Tiwari’s gurukul If you happen to take a midnight stroll across the academic complex of IIT Kharagpur, somewhere close to the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, you are likely to come across a group of students in deep conversation with a professor. Classes at odd hours of the day, and even night, are not something unusual in IIT Kharagpur. But hardly any class continues till the wee hours of the morning, except perhaps this particular one in this particular department. The most amazing part is that this is a class of students who willingly subject themselves to the…
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