Saturday, July 28, 2012

Comments and blog

  • All opinions expressed in the blog posts are mine and mine alone. Comments on my blogs are not moderated. That is because even I though I may not agree with what you say, I believe in your right in saying so. This brings me to the main point: I am not responsible for the comments on the blog. They are expressed by readers and I neither endorse nor disagree with any of the comments.
  • Just because I have a website for prospective candidates for IITs/IISc, it does NOT mean that I encourage doctorates to join these places. If YOU take a decision to return to India or join these places, the website provides you information to do so. It does not mean that I encourage you to return to India and/or take up a position in these institutes. 

Thursday, July 5, 2012


Academicians do a lot of things for free. This includes reviewing papers, reviewing projects submitted to various funding agencies, sitting on oral examination boards etc. However, there has always been a remuneration for reviewing thesis/dissertation. For example, IISc and IITs pay somewhere between Rs. 5000 to 8000 for a review of the doctoral dissertation.

The universities, on the other hand, used to pay ridiculous amounts. Bombay university used to pay Rs. 166.67 and you had to send a detailed claim form and an additional letter that you have reported this remuneration in your tax form. This was based because the three examiners of the thesis had to share Rs. 500. Recently, I agreed to review a thesis for another state university. They sent me the thesis yesterday, which is around 200 pages long, and the remuneration claim bill of Rs. 10. You read it correctly. Posting the remuneration claim bill will be costlier than the remuneration itself. Can not the universities simply request that this review is to be done for free and I will be gladly able to do so.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Pinned IISc admissions 2012

Please read this post and comments before posting.

Interview call letters for the M.Tech/M.Mgt program was posted on the website on March 30. The admission letters for ME will be posted on April 12. 
For the research (Ph.D/M.Sc) program, interview letters will be posted by May 12, interviews are from 1 June to 10 June and offer letters will be online on June 18. The last date to pay the fees is June 30 and the last day to withdraw is July 10. The wait listed candidates will be offered on July 13.
For the UG program, the first round of offers based on KVPY will be made by May 15 and the second round of offers based on JEE will be made on June 1. The third round of offers based on AIPMT, JEE, AIEEE will be made on June 23/25.