Friday, June 24, 2011


Its been more than a month since I got into the campus of IIT for summer internship. The first day I got to meet my guide and that happens to be the last day to meet him for that month. After one month he came back but that never made any difference:). We(Shangy, myself) were as usual happy, jolly,what not(put all such words to express our vettiness). We regret for wasting these holidays. At the same time we feel joyous for making guest appearances often to CEG campus giving surprise visits to director office!. Once during our visit to IRS, suddenly Photo(subject) sir asked us,"When is the last date for your review? Innum neenga oorukku poleeya?". He totally forgot that we are still students of the dept pursuing final year.

The internship offered us too many lectures. They were too good. But only a few of them were non-technical. All the others dealt with concretes, structures, bending moments, geosynthetic polymer, etc. Everytime we sit as an audience for these lectures, we used to scratch our heads and give false nods. Sometimes, the speaker might ask,"So I hope you are all well-versed with the fundamentals of Civil Engineering!" Even civil engineering students will keep their mouth shut, the GI rockers(Sai, Shangy and myself) will give such a positive reply. Yet a very false reply. These lectures were often dealt with MS-ppts....Thank GOD . We sit as mute spectators, take notes, sometimes sleep for a while....and move on. This happened because we are not aware of the topics they speak. Its new to us! But these lectures comprised materials of rich concepts. Some speakers were too good and they never missed our attention!

For one and half month I hear a lot of CE terms. I longed to hear some familiar terms or atleast some words which I dealt for the past 5 semesters(starting from second to six).....Yesterday there was a lecture on BIM. The Building information model helps to integrate the design, programming and other aspects of a proper construction. The speaker showed the interface of the BIM software. He then said,"Were you able to relate this to any of the softwares you know?". I could hear my heart thumping faster...It brings back some memoirs. I scribbled three letter  on my book and still staring on those slides which showed the criss-crossing of pipes. While he was about to close the presentation, he queried, "what is the relationship between GIS and BIM?"

Atlast, we heard those three letters. All three of us turned to teach other to wish,"Hey GIS d....?" He continued,"Who have dealt with GIS as a course or elective?" This time three hands went up like as if they were shot towards the ceiling and piercing to sky! He smiled. Then another question, "what is GIS?". Its a database, process, manipulate, design,store.....hmm,hmm". Now its time to handle the usual mechanism. Go to mute mode. We were shocked to hear such familiar questions and sat with mouths mumbling something ....hope the right answer for his questions. He completed the session and left the hall.  That was  a blunder from our part. We should have utilized this opportunity!

But that guilt is not for such a long time. As I traced the entrance of IIT, my thoughts were overturned by the prospect of a getting a straight bus.

Yet, this lecture made my day! At last one distinguished member of the CE was able to bring out  those three letters. Still I need to learn something very big for future, "Speak out!". Something happens when you need to answer someone. This happens at a higher frequency when you have correct answers for the queries.