I`ve been following the achievements of IITians and NITians in the Computer Science field and I have always wondered, what separates us CEGians from achieving the amazing results of the IITians and NITians? Student quality? They`re just more brilliant than we are? While that might be partially true, i believe the difference in intelligence between the colleges is not a galaxial leap. We do have brilliant chaps here at CEG. So what makes the difference? According to me, it is these points:
- Connectivity: The single greatest boon to a comp sci student is a dedicated connection to the Internet. While IITians and NITians get dedicated connections even in their hostels, we don’t get a decent connection even in our labs! This makes a huge difference. Some of our most brilliant guys in our hostel and without a dedicated web connection, what can they do? Suppose they are interested in an upcoming technology – what can they do? Go read up in the library? Please! A net connection is a necessary part of our lives these days. Leaving it out in CEG leaves our huge hostel base grossly under utilized. More than half of CEG is slumbering in the hostel, what can we expect?!
- Attendance and other rules: Are we school children? Why the attendance log? The concept of forced education at this stage is repulsive. We chose the college, we chose the branch, heck, we even choose our country leaders! And yet, the authorities deem it best to force lectures down our throat! Let me not even get started on the other rules! The authorities shouldn`t be hypocritical, forcing these rules to ‘focus us on learning’ and then not give us the infra structure needed for the learning itself!
- Faculty: I do admit we have some of the best teachers in India. But the concept of matching lectures to staff on a random basis should be changed. Subjects shouldn`t be left like, whichever staff is free, can take it this time. Staff should be selected for the courses based on their own excellence and passion for the subject, so as to enable them to inspire the students to love the subject! Most of it happens the other way around in CEG.
I think that if these three things are changed we`ll see a huge improvement in CEGians` achievements. As someone who fell in love with the college in the first few days of the first sem, i definitely hope that`ll happen!