A leisurely stroll down memory lane

The latest list of top-ranked colleges in India is out. The Ministry of Human Resource and Development (HRD) has unveiled the 4th edition of the NIRF rankings. As far as the colleges are concerned, the Miranda House (University of Delhi) )has occupied the top spot for the third time in a row. The Hindu College, one of the University of Delhi’s finest colleges, has jumped two places to occupy the second spot.

Now come the universities. The Indian Institute of Science Bengaluru has been rated as the best university. The 2nd spot has been occupied by the Jawahar Lal University (Delhi). Continue reading “A leisurely stroll down memory lane”

In troubled waters…

Mismanagement, incompetence, and chaos seem to have engulfed the Magadh University, where students are protesting against the management. The protests revolve around the management’s inability to conduct annual examinations. According to reports, the university hasn’t been able to conduct annual exams for at least a couple of years.

The 2016-19 batch wrote its first year exams in January 2018 (which were also delayed). No exams have been conducted by the university since January 2018. As protests against the university management are gaining momentum, angry students have taken to YouTube in order to vent out their anger. Students claim that these delays are set to extend the duration of their undergraduate programmes.

In a YouTube video posted by a Magadh University student, the sorry state of the university has been brought to light. Students claim that they have been trying to approach various government offices in the state for over a month, but their attempts have been in vain as nobody is ready to listen to their woes and grievances. Furthermore, students also claim that their request to launch peaceful protests against the delay have also been rejected.

There’s anguish, there’s hopelessness, and there’s incompetence wherever you look. There are some students who claim that they haven’t written even a single exam in more than two years. Students can now see their future prospects getting delayed because of the university’s inability and incompetence.

A public notice posted on the university’s website has intensified the protests further.   The notice states that the university won’t be able to conduct the examinations this year around as well, owing to the upcoming general elections.

Magadh University is a public university recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC). Currently, the university is controlled by the government of Bihar. It has as many as 44 constituent colleges under its control. Also with 24 postgraduate departments, it is Bihar’s largest university.

Abhishek Kr Gupta, a  student who aspires to clear the UPSC said that he has been preparing for the entrance exam for quite some time now, but has been left dispirited after his bachelor’s degree exams got postponed. “I will not be able to take the UPSC exams this year because of the delay,” he said.

“This affects our careers and our lives,” a student was quoted as saying.

To add insult to injury, no one from the university management has commented on the delay. Students claim that all their pleas and requests have been falling on deaf ears thus far.

This is not the first time that something of  this sort has happened in the state of Bihar. A couple of years ago, the Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University had forgotten to get the papers printed.

The future of so many students is at stake, but the college management hasn’t made an effort to rectify the problem. With the future of so many students hanging by a thread, it is time for the public sector authorities to intervene and get the students out of troubled waters.


There’s No Harm in being an introvert…

Being an introvert can be quite tempting. The best part about being an introvert is that you end up getting a lot of time to think about yourself. You can organise your stuff, read books, do something creative, etc., etc. The possibilities are endless. Also, being an introvert helps you keep your mind channelized by getting rid of countless cluttered thoughts and opinions. To be honest, channelizing the mind becomes quite a daunting task if you have 10 people chatting around you simultaneously.

But, being an introvert isn’t all that easy. It is fairly easy to be misinterpreted by people while you speak, but silence, at times, can also be misinterpreted. Some might think you are egoistic while others might think you are shy and do not like socializing and getting along with people.

This is a problem I faced during the days of graduation. I have been an introvert for the most part of my life, I must confess. I did not choose to be an introvert just because I am shy, but also because I am a person who won’t speak if there’s nothing worth speaking and/or sharing.

Back in 2013, when I was a 19-year-old chap pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, life used to be quite uncomplicated. College days were no less than a honeymoon.  Neither were there any deadlines and nor did I have anybody breathing down my neck, waiting for me to complete a bunch of godforsaken assignments. Back then, the skies were clear and thunderstorms were nowhere to be seen.

The reason I feel my life was sorted back then is that I was an introvert and not a people’s pleaser. I used to spend a lot of time watching films and reading books instead of going to cultural festivals and get-togethers.

On the academic front, I was quite an annoying student. I used to ask a lot of questions. I didn’t have many friends and my interactions with the opposite gender had been disastrous. While others were busy smoking weed and cigarettes, I used to attend all classes and complete all the tasks allotted to me within the pre-defined timeframes.

Not much of it changed after I completed my higher secondary. My powers of introversion continued to serve me well. I could hardly get along with anybody. Some of you might find it hard to believe, but for me, striking up a conversation with anybody ( even a friend) happens to be quite a tedious task. Out of shyness, I used to give college fests and get-togethers a skip. I didn’t even attend the convocation ceremony.

I was seen as a cold-hearted, awkward, and shy individual. As a student, people used to find me sitting on the first bench. While others used to gossip, I used to be busy copying notes and completing assignments.

Moving on, as far as popularity is concerned, I must admit I was quite popular throughout the college. Ah, not because I was the most handsome guy one could ever get to see, but because I used to help countless ‘poor souls’ during assignment submission. I remember a day when as many as 14 blog posts were churned out by me within 6 hours for a godforsaken blogging assignment. Those 14 blog posts dealt with 14 different social issues and were written for 14 different people. Such was the efficiency and speed with which I used work back then.

When I started working for one of the financial dailies in Noida as an intern, the introvert in me grew stronger. I could hardly strike a conversation with any of my colleagues. 90% of my time at work was spent editing and uploading news stories on the company’s website, while the rest of it was spent writing random blog posts. Gone are the days when life used to be a cakewalk

The reason I feel there’s no harm in being an introvert is: You aren’t bothering anybody with your silence. As an individual, all of us have the right to choose when to speak, how much to speak, and with whom to speak. Also, not speaking frequently and being misunderstood is much better than speaking frequently and getting into an unnecessary argument.

A point that needs to be taken care of here is that being an introvert does not mean that you should refrain from talking to people. Getting along with people and close friends is something that helps all of us rejuvenate ourselves after a long and busy day at work. As far as I am concerned, being an introvert was more of a personal choice for me. It has helped me stay organised while keeping the clutter at bay.

Four Short Films Made by Students Which Deal With Social Issues…

That films are an integral part of our life is no hyperbole. Cinema, because of its wider reach and accessibility, is no less than a mirror which helps us reflect on a host of issues that the society comes across.

The likes of social media platforms such as YouTube have allowed amateur filmmakers and students to come forward and voice their concerns regarding anything and everything under the sun.  From blood donation to physical disability to the ever-growing problem of child abuse, countless videos are being churned out by students in with an intent to mobilise public opinion and bring about a desirable change.

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