IIT Hyderabad is known for offering an innovative environment wherein students’ dreams for higher knowledge, technology creation and scientific inquiry are realized. But did you know that besides strengthening the academic base of budding engineers, the prestigious IIT also offers immense opportunities for students to explore their creative talents through various fests and competitions?
As a part of Life @ Campus series, Careers360 brings you an exciting close-up view of IIT Hyderabad. Satya Vasanth Reddy, who is pursuing Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Hyderabad, takes you on a tour of his campus through this Q&A with Careers360.
Careers360: How is the campus life at IIT Hyderabad? Is it all packed up in a routine or divided between fun and study? What is the best thing about your campus?
Satya: The college life of IITH is pretty cool. There are ample opportunities to develop skills and talents, and follow passions. Academically speaking, the average student workload here is often higher than other colleges because of Fractal Academics, a program adopted for the very first time here. Therefore, a system of continuous evaluation is followed, and so tests, exams and projects are fairly regular. The prospects for research here are also exceptional.
Of course, this would lead you to believe that students of IITH are all nerdy and bookish, but that is not the case. Here, the best students are also the most athletic and talented ones. Having a relatively small group of students as compared to other IITs and institutes, there is more opportunity for all students to be part of the fests, club activities and academic opportunities. This is the best part of being an IITH student.
Careers360: How do the students divide academic and non-academic activities at the campus? What about participation in societies, conferences and events? Do students contribute to the magazines?
Satya: There is a tremendous amount of freedom available to students. Some students don’t care much for non-academic activities (though the percentage is quite low) and some don’t care about their academics (also very low).
There are a number of clubs and societies at IIT Hyderabad. Cultural clubs include clubs of photography, music, quizzes, movies, dance, drama and visual effects. The sci-tech council comprises clubs related to competitive coding, electronics, robotics, astronomy, civil engineering and automobiles. We also have an entrepreneurship cell. These clubs have good participation in competitions all over India. NSS, IIT Hyderabad is meant for serving the society. Choosing sports or NSS is mandatory here and students show a lot of enthusiasm for that.
We don’t have a separate college magazine as of now, but one of the clubs, The Literary Society, runs the college blog for which students are free to contribute.
Careers360: Are there any code languages that are famous and used among the students?
Satya: The lingo of students at IITH is a peculiar mix that can only be created by speaking Telugu, English and Hindi simultaneously, mixed with typical student terminology. There isn’t any particular code language but we use some words like Lite, Lite Max (meaning take it easy), Maggu/Mugger (used for students who study a lot), Thug Life, Thuggers, Thuggified, and many more.
Careers360: Is there an informal grapevine communication that tells the campus students about the gossips or the latest happenings?
Satya: There wasn’t any such thing until a social media application called Fluttr came out. Students can post anything anonymously using this app. If it’s any spam or explicit, we can report against the post and then it disappears. Many students use this to spread rumours and troll people. Because of anonymity, it can get out of hand at times. Sometimes, a particular student is targeted and trolled by others creating nonsense.
Careers360: What do you do when you are not studying or not attending the classes? Do you go to library?
Satya: Most of the students sleep and watch anime, TV series and movies of their favourite genre. There are some students who hardly come out of their rooms as they only play games all the time. Few students go to library because majority of students follow e-books and online resources. In evening, many students go out to nearby market (on Tuesdays and Fridays) to buy fruits and grab something to eat.
Careers360: What has been the most recent news or event that has happened in your campus? Does your campus have any annual fest?
Satya: International Yoga Week was celebrated recently in our college. It was organised by the sports department and NSS.
We have two college fests. One is ‘Elan’, the annual cultural cum technical fest which is held in the last week of January. It is the largest cultural fest in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana spanning three days in which we organise various events and competitions for singing, dancing, drama, etc. We also have talent finding event like RJ Hunt. Along with all this, we also invite notable artistes to perform and entertain.
‘Nvision’, the second one, is our techno-management fest. The technical clubs and E-Cell of IITH organise various competitions and events that involve display of combination of skills.
Careers360: Do the students make any demands from the academic authorities regarding addition or removal of rules?
Satya: There are institute senate meetings held once every 2-3 months. Not everyone can attend the meeting, but some of the student leaders (elected by the students) attend these as representatives. Before such meetings, everyone is sent an email asking to fill a form about the issues they might be having and these are addressed by the student body heads.
Careers360: What are the fun activities that happen in the boys/girls hostel, especially at night? Any game that is loved by all and adds a life to the hostel?
Satya: The atmosphere is vibrant here after dinnertime. This is often when most clubs choose to hold their meetings and sessions, and students get together to hang out at the cafeteria or night canteen.
Girls have a curfew time of 12 am but boys can stay out as late as they like. Many events happen at night here. Some of them are DJ night, ice cream night, open mic, sports match screenings, girls night, etc. Our hostel is also famous for birthday parties at 12 O’ clock. Besides all these events, we do have strict rules at hostels.
Careers360: Are there any inter-engineering college competitions, sports activities or any other events? What are the main attractions about them?
Satya: Yes, there are. Students practise a lot for inter IIT sports meet. Also, there is an Inter IIT Tech meet. The selection process for both these meets is so hard that only the best ones are selected. The institute pays all the expenses for them during the meets.
Careers360: Do you have any Facebook page of your campus where the students express their views or jokes or ideas, or maybe even a blog where students write about their experience of Life at Campus?
Satya: We have many pages related to our college where everyone has equal chance to share their views, jokes, ideas, etc. We also have some special groups where we discuss about our problems related to transport, mess, and hostel among others and try to find solutions to these with concerned authorities.
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