Experience campus life at IIT Roorkee with Rohit Sinha - One of the most memorable aspects of a student’s life is the time spent at the college in which they are studying. The institution plays a pivotal role in shaping the personality of the individual. More so the dream of all the budding engineers is to make their way to the premier institutes of the country, which are the IITs. Along with this desire is also an innate curiosity as to how the campus life would be at the IITs. Taking a step in this direction, Careers360 brings forth the campus life experiences from across the leading IITs, other institutes. Rohit Sinha, who is currently in his fourth year of B.Tech (civil engineering), takes us along on the experiences of the campus life at IIT Roorkee where he is studying. Rohit talks about his daily schedule, the various facilities, favourite hangouts and more in this article. Read on to experience campus life at IIT Roorkee with Rohit Sinha.
Careers360: Tell us something about yourself.
Rohit Sinha: Presently I am in my final year at IIT Roorkee, doing B.Tech in civil engineering. I love to read non-fiction books and play piano and guitar in my leisure time. I aspire to become a skillfull civil engineer and work towards serving the nation.
Careers360: How has your journey been so far at the institute?
Rohit Sinha: It has been an excellent journey as I got an opportunity to learn a lot in these four years and I met a lot of good and interesting people.
Careers360: Is there any difference in actuality about how you had imagined an IIT would be?
Rohit Sinha: I went in with not many expectations. That’s why I feel that it has been an incredible journey so far. I have met so many people here who are multi-talented. Some of them are really good sportsman, while others are good musicians and dancers. It is a good learning environment not just in terms of studies but otherwise.
Careers360: What all activities are you a part of in the campus?
Rohit Sinha: I did not take part in any of the activities at the campus.
Careers360: Can you run us through a day at your institute (starting from how your day starts and how it ends)? Could you also tell us about your schedule throughout the semesters so far?
Rohit Sinha: The engineering students belonging to the first and the third year have their classes in the evening (from 2p.m to 6 p.m), while the second and fourth year students have it in the morning from 8:00 a.m to 1: 00 p.m. Apart from the lectures, every alternate week we have to work in the laboratories and have to attend the tutorials. The lunch is from 1pm to 2pm. After 6pm, some of the students visit the sports complex, or the various clubs of which they are part of. Dinner is from 7:30 p.m to 9:00 pm. In each hostel there are badminton and volleyball courts. Students play the games according to their interests. The interaction among the students decreases as you pass out from first year to second, third or fourth year of engineering. You tend to get more time to devote to your interests and also study for any competitive exam.
Careers360: Tell us about the faculty-student ratio here and about the teacher-student relationship in your understanding.
Rohit Sinha: The faculty-student ratio depends on the branch of engineering. The batch is divided into sub-batches for labs and tutorials. The sub batches generally have 12-16 students. The teachers are extremely helpful and cooperative.
Careers 360: What all facilities do you have in the campus? What do you like here the most which you feel is unique and differentiating?
Rohit Sinha: We have a large sport complex, comprising of a football field, hockey field, cricket ground, volleyball, basketball, tennis, badminton, squash, Table Tennis courts and a central gym. The sports environment in the college is quite good.
Careers360: What would you say about the state of infrastructure, labs, mess, hostels, and other facilities at the campus?
Rohit Sinha: Presently, IIT Roorkee has both old and new buildings. New hostels are multi-storey buildings and the labs are very well equipped. Overall, the state of infrastructure is good.
Careers360: Is there anything you miss here? What else do you expect from your institute? Any suggestions on areas where the institute must focus or work on?
Rohit Sinha: We are sort of self-sufficient; that means we don’t lack pretty much for anything so I don’t miss much.
Careers360: How comfortable are your hostels and how about the cleanliness factor over there?
Rohit Sinha: We are provided with single rooms after the first year. The hostels are quite open and the ventilation is also good. All the hostels have a canteen, a gym, stationery shop. There is a tailor also. The rooms are white washed every year and the washrooms are cleaned every day.
Careers360: How do you balance your studies, projects, exams and other activities?
Rohit Sinha: It is important to set the priorities right. One can give more time to the projects and other activities when exams are not approaching. The other important aspect is to pay attention in the class as it will help to decrease effort that you are putting in.
Careers360: Tell us about the clubs and societies at the campus and how significant are they from your point of view or from a students point of view?
Rohit Sinha: The societies, which we have include the music, choreography, dramatics and others. These societies play a pivotal role in helping the students to enhance their talent. They also help the students to connect with each other in the campus.
Careers360: Is there any in-house magazine or journal for the latest events or happenings at the institute?
Rohit Sinha: We have three in-house magazines, one in Hindi and two in English. These magazines keep us updated about the latest happenings that are taking place. These magazines carry the interviews of the professors also.
Careers360: What are the popular hangouts at the institute? What, according to you, are the most-visited places nearby?
Rohit Sinha: We have four food joints in the campus. Nescafe and CCD are among the most popular hangouts. We also have a Central Students Club and it is a favourite spot for students. Since, we do not have many places to visit close by, we hangout mostly at the food-joints. There are a number of them just outside the campus and it is a good place for the food lovers.
Careers360: How do you spend your leisure time at the campus?
Rohit Sinha : During my leisure time, I am mostly at the students club, playing snooker, or eating out or playing football. On other occasions, I am engaged in having a simple discussion with friends on various topics.
Careers360: Are you being equipped with everything at the institute that are required to meet your aspirations?
Rohit Sinha: The institute is well equipped and it has met my aspirations.
Careers360: What type of companies come for campus recruitment and what percentage of students get placed every year? How is the recruitment process here?
Rohit Sinha: Both core and non-core companies come for the recruitment. The placement percentage depends on the branch. Last year 940 offers were made. Thenon-core companies offer the analyst profile. The companies generally conduct an aptitude test followed by a group discussion, then the HR and the technical round.
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