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A good lesson to learn during Bachelors program

10/10/2006 : The day our classes officially started for Bachelor of Technology at CU ( Calicut University). Information pours in slowly but definitely, in that time, when mobile internet was slowly penetrating the serenity of Malabar.

We had plenty of time to expend on a rather long vacation after +2 (higher secondary school). That was the best months of vacation, waiting on something unknown, uncertain, and having nothing else to do. The months before the tests/exams of +2 was had a  sense of war-time emergency at personal level for my batch. Hence, the vacation was a special invitation for some, who particularly put up with the stress of studies and prepared rigorously.

October approached, and we were in for some initial foothold in the next steps of study. Everyone wanted to get into engineering. This was understood for the return of investments and the scope of an engineering degree rather than the personal interests as such. This could not be elaborated further because what were some of the career explorations students at that time did? I had no clue. Newspapers, family, and their extensions were the go to source of information. Internet was available, but information? I do not know. With limitations in sources of information, it was a blessing in disguise, helping to eliminate unwanted distractions and stick to guaranteed investments of 3-4 years in college. It is easy to choose when we have the complete picture of valid available sources.  The long wait was closing in and we were in the process of enrolling in the colleges for whatever we have picked. This waiting period taught one valuable lesson to wait to get. Unlike the current times (year 2017) of clicking and getting whatever you want. Waiting to get something was a lesson. And later, as time progressed, for our batch, Calicut University wanted to give us a definite time for first year examinations (2007). Moreover, some students went to CU. Some striking, some to see what a strike is like for the first time, some to see what CU looks like. It was first time outside home and hostel for a solid mission. To be there. Later, as situation was handled excellently by CU administration, it was learned that there were no physical strike, not a single person had the madness to through a stone at the windows of the windows, for fun or seriously, this would have caused chaos. Their combined dignified demeanour saved the day. Period of uncertainty cast a shadow on the academics. What will be the actual dates of examinations? On what basis are the studies to be planned with an uncertain date? What possible distractions could be avoided? There were truckloads of uncertainties and unknowns! When it came to passing backlogs for some that was another avatar of uncertainty. In addition, at the dusk of the program recession hit, thanks to Lehman Bros. The Indian system of campus placements to get job re-assured that it was not worthwhile for companies to visit campuses for placement. In sum, the cumulative uncertainties prepared everyone in our batch to mentally prepare ourselves to face the yet incoming uncertainties of the bigger world, called ‘Life’. That 4 years of preparation toward life was the most valuable course in the program never advertised or assumed in those years.



My batchmates may or may not agree to all these. These are my personal opinion.




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Posted by on August 27, 2017 in Lesson, Uncategorized


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Research as a career

Dr. Alex Pappachan James, an alumni of GEC Kozhikode gave a lectur on research as a career on 6th April.

In fact, he was a student of 1999-2003 AE&I batch, the first batch to get in and out of GEC Kozhikode. He showed the old photos of college, where there was nothing much of infrastructure. But people where willing to study, and he told that infrastructure mattered the least in education. He nowadays works in Griffith university , Australia, and does research in computational intelligence/ neuroscience program there.

a search will give you his linked in profile

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Posted by on April 6, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Inauguration of the Applied Electronics and instrumentation block and the Chemical engineering block at GECK

Inauguration of the Applied Electronics and instrumentation block and the Chemical engineering block at GECK.

The college site has been revamped Introducing the e-journal system to access journals.

The applied electronics and instrumentation block has been christened Dept. of Electronics Engineering, a big misnomer.

But due to lack of space, if that can be  an excuse, it has to be like that.


In schools days there won’t be many who didn’t have their name written/scratched on benches. the minister takes it to the next level. Call it inauguration. Engrave the name on granite. Put it at every place he/she goes. Funny. Yet happening.

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Posted by on March 27, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Posted by on February 5, 2010 in Uncategorized


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The 10th anniversary of GEC Kozhikode

Tin jubilee that’s what they call the 10th anniversary. With too many improvisations in the pipeline, GEC kozhikode celebrated the 10th anniversary with PTA meeting on January 30 ,2010.Followed musical and artistic events and GK quiz.

Drama , group dance, break dance, skit and musical night all remain inexplicably beautiful. Unfortunate that I couldn”t get hold of a camera, to capture those precious moments.

This time it was a problem-less event with each branch enjoying it there own way. That was a really marvellous icing to the fantabulous celebrations.

Long live GEC-K

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Posted by on January 31, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Calicut Mini Marathon

Calicut management association, IIM K , Usha school of athletics and many others jointly organised the calicut mini marathon on 31st january.

Registration slips were got from focuz mall. I went to the beach at the time they wanted me to 0630. Near Mavoor road i found more people with running shoes , all heading to beach. Long queues in beach seemed small due to the majesty of sea. I got Tshirt, but no cap. The Cap was limited. I could see athlete- P.T Usha, Actor-maammukoya and later Actor- jayaram. The stage was open so many tried to take pictures and have chat with them. People for the 10 km marathon started off at 0730. They ran for a cause 1 Lakh prize money.

The general 3 km marathon was to happen later. People were ready with placars, banners. Some came with advertisements.

They all ran FOR A CAUSE!

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Posted by on January 31, 2010 in Uncategorized


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The 50th State School Youth Festival

The Golden edition of the The Kerala State school youth festival begins at Kozhikode. The  cultural festival (Kalotsavam) is the largest arena were artists fight with their graces and creativity. The biggest cultural festival of its kind in Asia, and may be in the world marks a milestone by conducting its 50th edition. Kudos to all organisations and people behind this cultural extravaganza. Best of luck to all participants.

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Posted by on January 9, 2010 in Calicut, Kozhikode




“Parivarthana”(Change\evolution) , a Kerala State Youth Welfare Board sponsored program was held at GEC-K. The programme aiming to better the students and prepare them for placements, interviews, and group discussion was conducted by Dhruv HR consultants,headed by Mr.Dinesh. The three day programme  was held on  28,30 and 31 December 2009. The participant strength of 100 was chosen after an objective test, and a vibrant, energetic class followed.

Mock Group discussions and speaking to group was a unique experience. The importance of body language, taking initiative and speaking up valid points were exercised.

The last day of the year 2009, really changed the outlook of participants,making each one telling themselves,assuring themselves that they are THE BEST.

The Parivarthana had given many a newer new year resolutions and a brighter,broader perspective on looking at things that matters.

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Posted by on January 9, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Maruti cars need a lesser turning radius and can be truly compared to an autorickshaw!

–At mavoor road, Calicut

Auto stand or bus stand??– at NIT Calicut bus stop. (towards kozhikode).

PVS HOSPITAL has sponsored “no parking” and other boards everywhere;

roads may be mistaken for railway station road.

–pic taken at mananchira near kozhikode public library.

–this one is  at mavoor road

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Posted by on December 4, 2009 in Uncategorized


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Two day workshop on- Scientific Computing with Python at Calicut University #ends

The workshop began on saturday Nov-7 morning.

We were a bit sceptical whether we would be allowed to attend the workshop. Why? Because we hadn’t got our registration confirmed.But thanks to Madhu sir,  we were welcome.

We were proud to learn that the Calicut university has already introduced Python as a part of curriculum, may be the first Indian university to do so. Unfortunately, our BTech engineering syllabus included only Matlab and VHDL.

The workshop had teachers as majority of participants. FSUG-Calicut had a presence. We’d expected a registration fee. But none was asked. To our surprise we were given free food besides the python hands on workshop.

The FOSSEE team from IIT-B were wonderful in the way the presented and conducted the workshop, opening up a smorgasbord of applications on python programming.The hands on programming with python and the quiz sessions in between had made it very easy not to forget what was taught.

At the end of the second day,Nov-8, we all got a wonderful certificate. I could not but keep admiring the certificate for some 15-20 minutes when back in hostel.

The upcoming event on python is the at technopark Thiruvanvananthapuram from Dec 12-17. An international conference is being held there.


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Posted by on November 10, 2009 in Uncategorized


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