As the GATE 2010 results are out on March 15 and many GATE aspirants would be applying for the IITs, i think i should give them a glimpse into the life at IIT Kharagpur after my 1 year of experience.
Lets start with the academic life.
Its hectic. All the departments here are equally troublesome. CS dept. is more strict & terrible in terms of workload. My E&ECE dept was, i thought, the coolest in terms of workload. But it has also broken all records. In my sem2 i am studying 6 subjects, 1 lab, 1 seminar and a Grand viva. There is no specialisation here. This basically means you will be studying here all sorts of subjects, not 2-3 subjects related to your area of interest as you may expect. Its only in the 2nd yr that u’ll have specialisation since you will be working on a project.
The professors are very knowledgable. But they simply will not allow u to realise it 🙂 They teach so pathetically that you should not expect anything from the lectures alone. Only 1-2 professors are good. And everything from the subject’s content, syllabus for exams, the exams itself, its checking and the final grades that u get are in the hands of the subject professor. So you cannot take panga with them.
The only support for academic study is then the internet. This is the best part here. Really fast 24×7 LAN with unlimited access to international institutes like IEEE, Springer’s research papers. Video Lectures on any subject u wish. The data shared by students on the LAN is tremendous. Its the biggest & largest LAN in India. So you can satisfy the thirst for knowledge here.
Interestingly, this LAN is also the biggest source of entertainment. Latest movies, songs, any software with cracks, anything & everything u wish is available at a very high download speed of >10Mbps.
The food- Biggest concern here!! There are good no. of restaurants (read Dhaba). The food is equally good but the variety is less. You will see the same items everywhere & u’ll get bored after some time. But these so-called restaurants are better than the mess, anytime.
Important thing now- gals!
The sex-ratio is very low 1:10. And then the ratio of “good looking” ratio to all girls is also 1:10. (so effectively 1:100 of all students 😦 ). As all know, this ratio varies depending upon the departments. Amazingly, this ratio improves a lot after SpringFest, the cultural fest of IITKGP. God knows the reason but its the best time…before the endsem comes haunting on u.
The social cultural activities are conducted every single day. Something always goes on in the campus. If u are a BTech, u’ll get a lot of time for all that. For MTechs its kind of limited. May be lack of interest, may be lack of time & load…but its true in general.
The rest is the same i wrote 1 year ago: Life at IITKGP