Friday, October 10, 2014

Malgudi days

Today is the birthday of R K Narayan, who created Malgudi, possibly based on the two places he liked - MALleswaram and BasavanGUDI. These two places still remain the best places in Bangalore for many things.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Pinned post for prospective faculty to IITs/IISc

This is a pinned post for prospective faculty to IITs/IISc. Please, please read this site and the old posts, herehere, herehere,  here and here, here also. There are over 2000 comments and replies to these comments in these posts. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Significance of numbers

My citation count is 8888 as of today in google scholar. What is the significance of this number
The 8888 number sequence may indicate that there is light at the end of the tunnel and in addition it is a message for you not to procrastinate when making your move or enjoying the fruits of your labour.  Make the choices that please you.  That is your reward.
Meanwhile, the number of visitors to this blog reached 888 888 a few days back. Thank you.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Dual/Integrated degrees

As IISc, recognized as a deemed university under UGC, completes its admission to the four year UG B.S. program for the fourth time, I am frequently asked by everyone about the recent UGC notification.

As many readers are aware, UGC has recently notified against dual degree programs. Professor Sanghi has written a detailed explanation regarding this. The IAFYO* has lodged a protest against this post for allegedly insulting their intelligence.

The following is clear: UGC does not like dual degree programs. They do not like four year undergraduate programs either. They, however, have no problems with the integrated programs. Therefore, UGC is fine and dandy if institutions give a master's degree  instead of a bachelor's degree at the end of four years. If we rename the four year B.S. program in IISc to M.S., everything will be fine.

Can IITs ignore UGC? Well, they can but students can and do get affected. For example, if a student graduating from a M.Tech dual degree from IIT wants to join as a faculty in an university (whose specific requirement is an UGC recognized degree), the university may not shortlist this candidate for interview at all. When IITs (and IISc) introduced direct Ph.D admission (after B.Tech), everyone praised the program because it would save at least a year. However, it has its own problems. A person joining with a B.E./B.Tech and graduating with a Ph.D still has trouble finding jobs in NITs and other universities, where they explicitly need a master's degree. Some follow a point system: performance in bachelors, performance in masters, performance in doctorate, publications etc. Everything has some points. Therefore, if you do not have a master's degree, you get zero points. Any amount of discussion with these institutions that the student should be shortlisted for interview though he/she does not have a master's degree falls on deaf ears. I do not want to compare the personnel involved in shortlisting with some children because IAFYO may take offence to their intelligence. But that is the ground reality.

*IAFYO: Indian association of five year olds.

Monday, June 23, 2014

JEE (Advanced) Marks versus Rank

Self explanatory. A double exponential decay fits the data.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

IISc admission 2014

For the UG program, the admission is based on KVPY, JEE (Main), JEE (Advanced) and AIPMT. For the PG M.E. program, the admission is based on GATE. For the Ph.D/M.Sc (Engg) program, it is based purely on marks obtained in the research interview.

For the UG program, the first round of offers were made based on KVPY and the first counselling was held on May 30. The other round of offers will be made in the next few weeks. The second round of counselling will be held on July 4. The cutoffs for the UG program will be similar, if not higher, compared to last year. 

The offers for the research program will be sent on 12 June. The offered students will be given around 10 days time to pay the fees. The waiting list will be operated subsequently depending on the numbers who do not pay the fees.

Some useful information for students planning to join IISc is provided in my website.