Monday, May 30, 2005

IITians and IAS

From this week onwards I would deal with one topic every time instead of speaing on everything under roof.
As I am an IITian and an IAS aspirant I would like to share my views over this thing.
First let us tell me some observations I have made.
1.Two yrs we had an IES officer at panel discussion in our tech fest.he was an electrical B tech from IIT kgp.He told very flatly that he had powers to issue contracts worth 2.5 crore but his salary was 25 thousand out of which 5thousand was to be paid as tax.So here lies the root cuse of corruption.
2.We had ex CMD of VSNL MR singhal wit us this yr.He is an 1960 batch passout.He joined IES becoz there was few private enterprises to speak of in those days.But once he joined he enjoyed it.
3.In recnet yrs there has been an increase in no of IITians opting for civil services.Mostly they are from Delhi and kanpur as in last 10 yrs hardly 10-15 people have made it from IIT KGP and less after IT revolution .
4.No of people from Kanpur and Delhi has also decresed pertially due to better opportunintes in software jobs ,partly due to UPSc's attitude of making their entry difficult.
5.Socially IITians going for IAS are invariably UP,Biharis with a sprinkling of Punjabis(from IIT delhi) and few gults( they are giving Biharis run for their money in recent yrs).
6. deptt wise kanpur CSE got a spectacular success one yr.Elctrical guys have succeded in large nos with electrical engg as optional.Same is not true with mechanical and civil enggg.But irrespective of deptt physics -chemistry combination has proved beneficial for many.
7.Why do IITians go for IAS .Those from weaker soacila backgrounds can't erase their childhood dream of acquiring power through this mean even after realising that private sector can gve much money and satisfaction.
Then there are those typical young men just out to grab power like Vipul Singhal.
SCc and STs find it realtively esy and this is just another career option for them.
8.Ther are a few people who really want to get into this service to do something meaningful .I am one of them.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Two days to go

Two days and future of India will be decided as I will be sitting for IAS exam.This is something for which I got an extension in Project and so I need to do well here.
Now onwards in each of my blog I will try to touch upon a single topic insted of hotch potch way i have followed till now.

So today I will like to share with u my experiences of reading DAWN continuously for say last 4 months.DAWN is assumed to be a "secular" and moderate newspaper o Pakistan.Without going into the merit of this statement I will present my observations pointwise:
1.A good coverage of stories relating to plight of Muslims say problems in libya and obviously Iraq.But total silence on Sudan.Infact in all these four months I am yet to come a single mention of Sudan in DAWN.
2.As compared to India where Media took an active interest in what is happening in Manipur or Gujarat.Pakistnai media seems to be cluless about what is happening in Baluchistan,Gilgit or Vajeeristan.Perhaps this is becoz there are no real journalists in Pakistan.ALl those write articles are urban intellegensia of Karachi/Lahore.
One is astonished at large no of former officils,businessman who contribut articles.It seems that nonoe in Pakistan thinks.
3.There is almost nil NGO movement.14 Hindus were gutted alive in fire or A Christian Priest was attacked in Islamabad by madarssa students and just passing mention and no reaction from readers thereafter.Imagine if it would have happened in India.
4.Control of corporates is too strong.Everybody claims that big business houses are appropriating govt money .But no objective story.Recent fiasco at KSE also didnot bring out real players out.Seem like there is gr8 lack of talented journalsits.
5.No minority writer and obviously no talk about secularism.One COwasjee whose father was a big industrialist writes but his articles are more Publis problem solver in nature.I think noone can dareto comment about Islam as they do about hindus in Indai.
6.Communists are totally absent.
More will folllow later

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Summer of 2005

So it happened.I got an extension of project which was a forgone conclusion.Now i have decided to put my full force for IAS as this is something becoz of which I got extension.