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Not necessary to be an engineer after studying engineering

Not necessary to be an engineer after studying engineering

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After completing a degree in engineering we generally look for jobs that are related to engineering and thus limit ourselves to a career in engineering. A mechanical engineering student looks forward to become a mechanical engineer and a civil engineering student looks forward to become a civil engineer, and same applies to other students who are from other branches. After all, in an engineering degree we spend 4 years studying things related to engineering. But, in this article, I will tell all the engineering students something that is quite different from our conventional thinking. Apart from core technical proficiency, engineering teaches us many other skills, such as presentation skills, content writing, working as a team, how to treat different people during different situations, pro...
Teachers deserve better

Teachers deserve better

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In this part of the world which is famous as Reash Waer, the most important and respectable section of society, that of teachers, is being deprived of both monetary reward as well as social respect they deserve for their services to society. For becoming a teacher, a person has to invest years as well as financial resources. It is teachers who produce doctors, engineers, administrators and what not. However, once teachers find themselves in the job market, they have no option other than to bow before the owners of educational institutions. Why do these nation builders become so helpless while searching for jobs? One (personal) answer is that while acquiring education these persons get used to a lifestyle where doing manual work becomes a nightmare. So, they have to search for avenues of em...
Frozen to death

Frozen to death

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The horrifying freezing to death of a family of four Gujaratis, including a teenager and an infant, in the blizzard-hit Manitoba province of Canada as they illegally attempted to cross the blinding snow-laden border over to the US on January 19 is a grim reminder of the unabated human trafficking racket spanning several countries. As the shocking case shakes up the governments of India, Canada and the US and spurs them to respond, it brings back haunting memories of one of the first such human smuggling tragedies to stir the international conscience: the Malta boat tragedy of 1996. Around 170 of the 280 persons believed to have drowned in the icy waters off Sicily in the boat capsize were from Punjab. All had been promised an entry to Italy and a rosy future. But all they got was a terribl...
Community transmission

Community transmission

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The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG), a multi-laboratory, multi-agency, pan-India network that monitors genomic variations in the novel coronavirus, has announced that Omicron is now in community transmission in the country. The consortium has stated that further spread of Omicron is expected to be through internal transmission, not due to foreign travellers, adding that Covid-appropriate behaviour and vaccination are the main shields against all kinds of mutations of the virus. Being a foregone conclusion, community transmission should not trigger panic or chaos as long as the fatality rate remains low. Instead, it has raised hope that the third wave of Covid-19 might peak sooner than later. As per a preliminary analysis by IIT Madras, the national peak is likely to come e...
The humanity that also travels in public transport

The humanity that also travels in public transport

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A few weeks back I was planning to write about the tribulations that women face while travelling in public transport. Before I could put my fingers into motion on my keyboard, I had to stop as more than one local newspaper had already published articles on this topic in the past few weeks. I had to give up my plan but the writer inside me didn’t let me rest. Something was nagging at me to write on this topic, so I started to look at it through a different prism – an optimistic prism. Instead of writing about harassment in public transport, I chose to write about the humanity, the humane acts and behaviour, that we often encounter while travelling in public transport but which we tend to ignore as we are often busy in highlighting the problems we face. The first thing that comes to our mind...
An exclusive interview with Chilai Kalaan

An exclusive interview with Chilai Kalaan

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Chilai Kalan is about to breathe his last to let the Chilai Khurd blossom. In the final breaths of Chilai Kalan, I was able to freeze an appointment for an interview. It was a difficult task but luckily I got hold of the Chilai Kalan despite his busy schedule. Chilai Kalan sat on a chair made of ice. I feel more comfortable on the icy chair, he said. His words hit my ears like the winds of Antarctica, turning them red. The interview began. Me: Sir, you proved to be a laggard this year in terms of snowfall. Why so? Chilai Kalan (CK): The people of Kashmir look at me as a monster. They think I carpet the valley with the snow that generates all troubles. This time I thought to restrain myself to avoid the notion that people have encrypted in their minds about me. However, I entered with a ban...
What my first class as a teacher taught me

What my first class as a teacher taught me

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A year back or so, I was given a task to teach a novel to students of 11th and 12th standard. The text which I enjoyed to teach after a while, however, seemed difficult to tackle primarily, as one has to orchestrate with the new ways – they say, “Old habits are tough to break.” Many a time it has happened with me that subconsciously I have tread those routes that I was not supposed to take, given that the routes were carved in my psyche. I was used to the old texts of 11th and 12th, almost had memorised them all, given the span I had been teaching for, a decade almost. When I was a fresh pass out from Kashmir University and was assigned the task to teach the class of 11th standard, I was confounded and perplexed, as the students whom I was supposed to teach looked elder to me. It would be ...
Merging the flames

Merging the flames

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The brouhaha over the merger of Amar Jawan Jyoti — that has been burning since 1972 at India Gate, which was built in 1921 in memory of soldiers who died in World War I and the Third Anglo-Afghan War — with the flame instituted in the new, imposing National War Memorial (NWM) is unfortunate. The controversy reeks of Opposition parties seeking to squeeze political mileage out of the exercise. The media — both traditional and social — is agog with criticism and denigrating comments, all devoid of logic. Sadly, ruling party spokespersons, too, have not covered themselves with glory as they shout back by belittling the sacrifices of the Indian soldiers before Independence. It goes against the grain of Mahatma Gandhi's peaceful reconciliation with the past. Some of our earliest soldiers, who ea...
All-India environment service

All-India environment service

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The Supreme Court has rightly questioned the government over its willingness to create an all-India environment service following a PIL that alleged destruction of environment and forests and also executive apathy that had resulted in measures for environment protection emerging mostly from judicial intervention. The court recounted the recommendations of the TSR Subramanian Committee, which had been rejected by a parliamentary standing committee on the ground that a dedicated all-India service may lead to multiplicity of institutions and won't serve the desired purpose. What the SC has underlined is the adaptation of the bureaucracy to climate change in policy-making. The progress of development works has raised the question of sustainability and minimising man-made disasters. Along with...
The many worlds of Physics

The many worlds of Physics

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The level of fascination that unproved theories in particular, and physics in general, hold is beyond words Fundamental physics may come across as a plain sailing boat if one puts effort in it, all these imaginary numbers and some constants with a mere change of accompanying variability produce the most complex results. The orbital, a quark, or everything that is seemingly impossible to make a certainty of, is easily deduced with some constants and variables. This is indeed easy. One can read books and solve numericals assiduously to excel in this profound subject, but the question that would still stand for the same person is, ‘’What actually is physics?” Imagine yourself in a room reading a book about physics. You have no exams to take, no numericals to solve, only think about what you r...