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Friday, August 22, 2014

ISM Dhanbad Students want an IIT tag


Hundreds of students of Indian School of Mines held a demonstration demanding the upgradation of ISM into an IIT at Randhir Verma circle this Sunday. Students marched from ISM campus on NH 32 and reached Randhir Verma Circle where they held a meeting.
BJP MP from Dhanbad, Pashupati Nath Singh, addressed the students and expressed commonality with their demands. The agitated students said that they have been demanding this for the last five years.
They have also submitted a memorandum to the union HRD with signatures of different party MPS who supported their demand.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Which is the Best Coaching Institute of India for IIT JEE Preparation ??

There is no definite answer to this. Because the question is very subjective: What is meant by best? The institute that has the best faculty? The best study material? The institute producing best ranks in JEE? The institute producing great minds that go on to do good stuff in college? Or something else?

And more importantly, it doesn't matter. I would say that most of the institutes are good! Some similarities and differences between coaching institutes:

1) Almost all institutes have 2 sets of faculty: The great ones, and the not-so-great ones. The great ones are assigned to batches with better students, in general. So if you are among the top students in your institute, then it doesn't matter which institute you are in. You will almost surely get good faculty.

2) Almost all institutes have students of mixed level: Some are bright, while some are not-so-bright. Some sincere, some not-so-sincere. You need to be able to differentiate the two kinds, and try to learn from the bright and sincere ones.

3) The study material / tests of almost all institutes are mostly alike: The syllabus of JEE is more or less constant. Over years, the study material of the institutes has evolved, and most institutes now have similar material.

A difference here is that some institutes expect you to do a lot of questions, and accordingly design their study material to contain a large number of problems. Some other institutes think the other way, believing that once you learn the concept, few questions are sufficient to reinforce it.

4) Frequency of classes: Most institutes have 3-4 classes per week of 4 hours each, or 2 classes of 6 hours each. Some institutes, on the other hand, focus more on self study, having only 1-2 classes of 4 hours per week. Some other institutes collaborate with schools, so that the students are taught only Physics, Chemistry and Maths throughout the year, except the last few months before the final exams, and the students tend to feel little pressure of school.

So, while most of the features are common across all coaching institutes, some are different, and it depends from student to student which of these he finds most suited to him.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

How does parents staying along with you in Kota affect your JEE preparation?

life in kota
A scene of Kota

There are ways in which it can be helpful. Though there are several ways in which it can be a distraction.

Kota is a place where lacs of students come every year to make a mark, a fraction of them succeeds. Many of them fall for the freedom, which most of them gets for the first time. One can fall for the habits which can derail you from the very path you swore to follow, and believe me, coming back is so hard. In this case you need a self check if you live alone, but parents can help you in a greater extent there. You will have more self control over yourself.

There are times where you feel catastrophic. Let it be a bad rank in routine test or a inner feeling of fear of exams or something like this. In that case, parents can help you come over rather fast and give a moral booster(a phone conversation in this case doesn't solve much problems).

And who doesn't love to eat food made by mom. Though Kota's mess' aren't that bad, still you will have blissful meals everyday.

They will always be there to guide you, to cheer you up, to encourage you to work hard, to check on your cafe expenditures(when I was in Kota, Internet cafes were the biggest of distractions), to give you love and to help you in numerous other ways. Here are some differences which can be created by the stay of your parents :-

  • You won't have to spend your time on things like food, laundry, washing utensils etc.
  • You have someone to keep you in check.
  • While in Kota, its very easy to be a victim of depression. Having someone to talk to, really helps. (I am assuming your parents are supportive and understanding)
  • No homesickness. This saves time too. I used to miss classes to be at home once in a while.

  • Having less pressure from your family can sometimes help. As Indian parents expect a lot. And not everything is a fairy tale. You are bound to screw up some tests.
  • You can really focus while studying. I am distracted really easily. If you can have a room all for yourself and can manage to study with your parents around, it will be perfectly fine.
  • Interference can also be a problem sometimes. You won't be taking proper sleep some days and will sleep a little extra on some days. Parents prefer a schedule to be followed.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

IIT-K students develop a 'bi-ped robot' which can perform many tasks

Students of Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT-Kanpur) have developed a humaniod robot having two legs named 'Bi-ped'. The unique feature of this humanoid is that it has legs by which it manages to balance itself instead of earlier robots that were supported with wheels.

The star attractions of this robot being that it can detect a wall in front and take a turn, can stand up after falling down and can even kick a ball. Also, it can work at the locations where human lives are at risk, like in cases of fire mishaps, detecting and diffusing a bomb and can do a number of other jobs like fetching files in the office and taking care of a child at home.

Utsav Gupta and Vivek Verma, the B.Tech students, along with their peers Shivam Soni, Varun Verma and Deepak Pawar had exhibited the robot 'Bi-ped' at the first ever student research convention organised by Hall IV (hostel) at the campus of IIT-Kanpur.

Talking to TOI, Utsav and Vivek said that the 'bipedal robot' has two legs which allows it to perform tasks which are done y humans but which cannot be performed by robot with wheels.

"The main aim of our project is to copy human walking pattern as precisely as we can. Our bipedal leg robot uses six servo motors to perform general walking patterns which include walking with different speed, turning right or left, kicking and head budding", said the duo of the BTech students and went on to add that this bipedal robot has an 'Arduino Mega 2560' as its micro controller. In simple words, it works like a brain of the robot which calculates and processes each data and instructs the robot to do specific task.

"As the robot has a smoke sensor installed on it, it can even detect fire. It can be used to detect a bomb and diffuse it. This robot can be used to perform a number of other tasks as well", said Vivek. When asked what is special about this robot, he said that it is the first such robot which has legs instead of wheels developed by any IIT-K student on the campus.

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