Where there is a will, there is a way.
Probably, this is message Rahul Kumar of Department of Electronics and Communication would convey to the NITR junta on how to grab opportunities that are floating in the air. You need to have an eye for it and know the ways of achieving it in a very smart way. One of the Erasmus Mundus Programme scholars of this year’s outgoing batch has acquired a bag full of experiences during his stay in Slovenia. Here is what he has to say to all the future aspirants.
MM: What are the prerequisites for applying in Erasmus Mundus Programme?
RK: There are no such prerequisites mentioned by the programme but an 8-pointer is the prerequisite set by the institute to apply for it.
MM: How was the examination system?
RK: Leaving France and Germany, all the universities teach there courses in the local languages. But they provide materials in English. And the advantage is that, one give examinations on their demand. So one who is not attending classes can study the materials before hand and give the exams much before the scheduled time and finish their courses earlier. But the same does not go for the ones who attend the classes. Basically, those who have problem with the languages do not attend the classes.
MM: Tell us about your experience in the academic proceedings.
RK: There is a marked difference in the way of teaching. All the courses that are the theory courses are of 5 credits and are accompanied with practical classes. There are no credits for the practical courses as they are a part of the theory courses. So it is not a problem to fetch the requirement of at least 30 credits in that semester as specified by our institute. Actually the courses that are taught there at the undergraduate are very easy. I cleared all of them by studying for a short period of time. But I had to take one or two courses from the masters to match with the curriculum of our institute. In that case one must be very serious as those subjects are taught with great care and even passing becomes difficult at times owing to the 60% marks as the passing criteria.
MM: How difficult was it to arrange an accommodation over there?
RK: Accommodation and arrangement of foods are the things that one must least worry about. It was Europe and everything was done online. And if one can get hold of any Indian over there then the entire process would have been done in just a day’s time.
MM: How did you feel interacting with the people there? Share your experiences.
RK: People need to get out of the idea that Indians are discriminated abroad. People over there do not bother about such things and even racial discrimination is totally absent. There is a lot of respect for each other and it is very important to have a very decent behaviour over there. Even people should not think that since I went to Slovenia, I achieved something great. I must say that the standard of the institute was at par with IIT Kanpur. Even you may ask one of my friends who was selected for Mitacs last year that it was not that great.
I think that, at least in my department that is in the field of electronics and electrical engineering, DAAD and Mitacs are not big things to achieve. People are fooled. And when they come back, obviously they would not confess the truth and similarly the juniors also get inspired and this is something that is being continued for generations after generations.
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MM: Any message you would like to give to the juniors?
RK: First of all, I would like to thank my friends Vishal Mishra and Dhruv Sharma. They have contributed a lot in my career building. I would also like to thank Prof. Siddharth Deshmukh, Prof. Mukesh Gupta, Prof. P K Tiwari for their advice and suggestions. I would like to suggest the juniors to have better interaction with their seniors and overcome some existing boundaries prevalent in our college. I would love to help those who are interested in pursuing higher studies.