Coordinating through life and more: Abyakta Patra
“For men may come and men may go, but I go on forever”, resonating with the spirits of such lines, Abyakta Patra is one of those rare individuals who would leave an immortal impression in your hearts and souls. A final year undergraduate from the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering has his untold story of successes and setbacks that need to be delivered. As someone who has stayed loyal to his roots and ethics; struck a perfect balance among the myriads of responsibilities he carried and an individual with a unique personality and perspective, Abyakta Patra is one of the jewels of the Institute. A small town boy with ambition in eyes and tenacity in the soul, he went on to achieve greater heights being the Chief Coordinator of Monday Morning, a successful Placement Coordinator and served as one of the founding members of SCP and undoubtedly is an admirable debater.
Team Monday Morning brings you an inspiring story of Abyakta Patra. The tale would give you the vibes of your next-door boy but would make you realize about his perseverance and passion that makes him an exemplary personality among us.
TRAVELLING DOWN THE MEMORY LANE:
MM: Take us through your early life and school days :
AP: I was born and brought up in Ganjam, a small-town of Odisha which is around 50 km away from Berhampur. It was quite a small place, where everyone knew everyone else; and you will feel very warm and comfortable with the simplicity and humbleness of people. I lead a very happy and complete life back there and tried a lot of things as a child. My father works in the State Police Department and my mother is a High School Teacher. Also, my grandfather was a school headmaster. Having a strong support system like the one I had, education and learning was something that was never compromised with.
Though I formally went to Jayshree Chemicals School which was a school run by a local company; much of my education always happened outside the school hours under the guidance of my parents. I distinctly remember being tutored by Miss Atita Pattnaik in order to compensate for everything that a school in such a landscape will fail to provide. However, this wasn’t effective and as time went on, my parents weren’t able to make time. Hence, I shifted to St. Vincent’s Convent School in Berhampur in 8th grade.
MM: How was Berhampur different for you as compared to Ganjam? How was it being a part of a new school? What all activities did you indulge in up till 10th?
AP: The transformation that I saw after moving to Berhampur has to be one of the most difficult and overwhelming that I have ever had till date. Berhampur was a much larger city compared to the place where I grew up. Coming to my school, St. Vincent’s is definitely one of the finest schools in the city; which had a strong focus on extracurricular activities.
This is where I discovered my skills and passion for debating. I won a couple of zonal and district level prizes as well. To be very frank, I was never really into academics and was always eager to exploit all the opportunities that the school offered. It began towards the end of 9th grade when I became a part of the school cabinet and later went on to participate actively in debate competitions in and around the city.
However, a month before my 10th pre-boards I decided that it was time to get serious with academics and started preparing for them. In the end, I did decently and stood fourth in my school.
MM: How did your 11th and 12th fair?
AP: My good performance in 10th propelled me to study harder so I became very studios. I had also started preparing for JEE (Mains) by going for private tuitions at the end of 11th grade. I managed to secure a 12,000 rank, and I wanted to pursue Computer Science and Engineering because I liked coding back then. However, fate had different plans, I initially got Electrical and then around the 5th round, I got Electronics and Communications at NIT Rourkela; this has to be the biggest escape life has provided me till date.
But back then I also had a dream of getting into NDA (National Defence Academy). Soon after appearing for JEE (Mains) exams; as I had cleared the Written Test, I appeared at Allahabad for SSB selection. I reached till day 5 which is the last day of the process and I couldn’t make it through the physical tasks. So, that is how NITR ECE happened.
MM: What led you to choose engineering as a career option?
AP: Thinking about it now, I feel like I could have pursued a career in journalism or law but back in Berhampur there was lack of exposure to a wide variety of careers. I wasn’t strong in Biology so Engineering was the only option left (laughs).
MM: Now that you were at NITR, how did freshmen year go?
AP: As a fresher, I wanted to become the person that I was during my 10th class, which I wasn’t anymore owing to two years of JEE preparation. Anshuman Bebarta (a school friend) and I went to orientations of almost all the clubs. And both of us joined Leo. But there was also a shade of mine which never wanted to compromise with academics. Probably it was the only time when I didn’t occupy the last benches and scored a 9.27 SGPA, only to see it declining till 7.08 at later stages during my engineering career.
MM: You were a member of Leo and Clarion, how did you get inducted and how was your journey there?
AP: I got inducted into Leo in the first semester. I was active in it until the second semester.
I got officially inducted into Clarion in the second semester and we started preparing for the 5th NITR Parliamentary Debate immediately after our inductions. But I slowly started feeling that I was an outcast in the club. It may have been due to the fact that I joined the club in the second semester. By the third semester, I got busy with Monday Morning so I felt like I wasn’t giving time towards clarion and so I decided to leave.
THE BEGINNINGS OF THE BEST MONDAYS:
MM: How did Monday Morning happen to you?
AP: Monday Morning was bound to happen to me. I was having the submission of the second task of FSAE on the same day but I decided I won’t be going for it and went for Monday Morning inductions instead.
The written round was fairly easy for me. For the second round I had to write the club review of Inquizzitive and I had to interview Soham Ghosh. The interview was two and a half hours long and due to the lack of availability of Soham Ghosh he gave me an interview appointment a day before the submission. But I somehow managed to submit my tasks on time.
The personal interview round was taken by Anubhav Maharana, Prem Depan Nayak and Anurag Saha Roy which went well too and I got successfully inducted.
MM: What were some of your favourite articles that you worked on as a reporter?
AP: There was an article done on addressing the fees hike which I did along side Yasmin Kukul. This article was the turning point for me because it was one of my first articles that got very good reviews.
There was the infrastructure review that I did with Satyajit. Getting answers from the then Dean planning and development was difficult so we liked the challenge.
There were two interviews that were close to my heart, one was with Anil Kakodkar and the other with Amitabh Ghosh.
And of course there was Engineering: The squad of seven which was initially meant to be published in the print issue but later got published in a weekly issue.
MM: How was your journey as a reporter?
AP: The journey of any Monday Morning reporter starts off with summer tasks. Unfortunately, I was on probation after the first task since I misread the deadline timings. But with the remaining tasks, I submitted them on time.
Mitesh Mishra was the Chief Coordinator allotted to me for most of my articles. After one fine weekly issue in the third semester, he asked me to read through the archives of Monday Morning and suggest possible changes for the next semester’s issue. I read through many articles and this is when my mindset towards the institute and Monday Morning at large changed or you could say, I started having the ‘feel’ for Monday Morning.
Mitesh Mishra Says;
As a reporter, Abyakta was street-smart, reliable and always took criticism in a very good manner. He worked hard and was one of the best campus journalists the organisation has ever seen. We are proud of you. Best of luck!
THE VISIONARY POLE STAR:
MM: Take us through your journey on how you became the chief coordinator?
AP: My interview went well, I was getting grilled in the beginning but later on I got a hold of the interview.
A day before the commencement Sushovan Das and Shivashish Mohanty called me to the night canteen of hall 7 and they told me that I didn’t make it as the Chief Coordinator. They asked me to distribute the invitations for commencement as the last thing I could do for Monday Morning. I was very dejected but nevertheless, on the day of commencement, I paid a visit to a temple in sector 2 along with Anshuman before I went for it and voila! I was announced by Mitesh Mishra as the Chief Coordinator. That has to be one of the most happiest moments of my life till date.
MM: What were some of the visions you had as Chief Coordinator? How many of them were you able to succeed in?
AP: As a Chief Coordinator, I wanted to increase the readership of Monday Morning. I also wanted more third-year members to be actively involved in the team because they have invaluable experience of one year which we were not using. Back then I felt that the functioning across multiple teams of Monday Morning wasn’t really smooth; so, I wanted people to go out of their chartered territories and contribute to the organization. And it feels satisfying to see that many people have done that in the last two years.
My approach was simple: To identify the ones who’re passionate about Monday Morning and to get the best out of them. Because not everyone’s first priority will be Monday Morning; so, we have to get the best out of the rest.
However, I don’t think I was able to accomplish all of my visions but I sure tried my best to execute each one of them successfully.
MM: You were the one who came up with the idea of having a mini print issue for freshers, please take us through it.
AP: This idea came to me during my preparation for my Chief Coordinator interview. Freshmen are an asset since they will be the future of Monday Morning, and capturing them leads to an exponential rise of our readership base. An article, which served as a guide to NITR, used to be normally published as a web issue but I thought that having it in a print issue format will be even more helpful since the Freshmen would know early of the on-campus media body. So we came up with a four-page issue with the intention of serving as a guide for the Freshmen, which was received well by them. I personally view it as one of the successful ventures of our tenure. And the day I saw them using it to identify landmarks inside the campus made me feel that we achieved our objective of doing this project.
MM: What is the story behind the 5th Annual Print Issue?
AP: The various teams made for the topics of the print issue were very active and they had successfully delivered their content on time. The edited content was ready by the 4th of January. We have estimated that by 10th of January we will send the draft for printing. Unfortunately, our design coordinator, Sidharth Samal broke his hand at the same time. By 12th of January, we were quite desperate and I had to approach Venkatesh Mahapatra and Sibasish Mohanty (former Design Coordinators of Monday Morning) who distributed the work amongst themselves and we had something ready. We had given the issue for printing and later we realized that there was a major shortcoming in the heart of our print issue. We had to pay an additional INR 3000 in order to rectify it and finally on 19th January we had our copies.
MM: During your tenure as the Chief Coordinator, you organized the ‘Soap Box’ for SAC Elections. How satisfied are you with its output?
AP: The entire idea of ‘Soap Box’ was proposed by Aratrika Ghose during the days when she served as the Chief Coordinator but the idea could not be materialized back then. We as the CCs organized the Soap Box which turned out to be quite disappointing. Honestly, we were not very enthusiastic about it but did not leave any stone unturned to accomplish the noble vision. We made sure all the nominees, ex-post holders and SAC officials turn up for the event but it did not attract an impressive audience solely because of a heavy downpour for three consecutive days. It feels bad to look at its outcome because the speakers who presented their ideas and goals in the most satisfactory manner, eventually ended up losing the elections. Although it was made mandatory to disqualify those candidates who fail to attend the Soap Box, the rule was not enforced which reduced its credibility.
There are certain things which you can’t control and Soap Box was one among them. The incident made me conclude that considering the status quo at NIT Rourkela, something as visionary as Soap Box can’t be successful atleast for the next couple of years.
MM: You had to face the stiff non-cooperation from the Chief Warden during your tenure as the CC. How did you handle the issues concerning it?
AP: Following the first interview with the MM, the then newly appointed Chief Warden, Prof. M.R. Barik grew hostile towards Monday Morning. He denied to answer our queries throughout the year and even after using all means to appease him, we were not successful. We had also approached other officials including the Director to help us with the issue but nothing turned out to be fruitful. As per the director’s direction, we were invited to the first HMC Meeting but afterwards, we were strictly not allowed for the same. Hence every possible way to interact with the Chief Warden was cut off owing to which we had to draft an article stating his stiff non-cooperation to Monday Morning; and fortunately, we didn’t face any backlash for it.
MM: You were specifically asked not to be a part of SAC in any way during your tenure as CC. How difficult was it for you to follow that when a lot of your friends/seniors contested for the same?
AP: I would opine that the decision was not really helpful and keeping myself away from SAC did no good to anyone in general. Although Monday Morning had always remained my priority and hence I had stuck to the given promise of staying away from SAC, but I could not materialize few envisioned articles related to SAC finances.
MM: You have been a very devoted member of the Berhampur Zone. On the contrary, MM has always discouraged Zone Culture. How did you deal with this conflict of interest?
AP: Firstly, there had never been a conflict of interest among these parties. As a member of Berhampur Zone, the possibility arises that I would support my fellow zone-mates in elections and being a part of MM, I would aim for deserving candidates to win the elections. But, considering the broader perspectives that include practicality, for winning an election here, it is necessary to be a part of the zone. Statistically, most of the admirable leaders at SAC are the products of zone only, for example, Debapriya Chhotray, Bhagwan Bharat, Swadhin Nayak, Nikhil Patwari, all of them were backed by one zone or the other. In an institute like NITR, where elections are heavily swayed with zone culture, it is almost impossible for someone to win without support from the zones.
But since I was strictly advised to stay away from my zone, as a Chief Coordinator I kept a distance from my zone for a year.
MM: What are the difficulties and regrets you faced being the Chief Coordinator of Monday Morning?
AP: There’s a long list for the varieties of difficulties I faced being the Chief Coordinator of Monday Morning (chuckles). The major setback had been during the Print Issue where although after putting in a considerable amount of efforts, fortune didn’t support us. The Photography team lacked credible leadership during our time and had there not been Rishabh Pal and Pradeep Mupanna, we would not have sailed through the difficulties in the photography team. The administration had also turned down their support towards us and we had to face issues regarding the same. That was the time when Monday Morning was made a part of SAC and the transition had been tough. We had a very unbalanced executive body where the responsibilities were not equally distributed.
I personally believe that you need to be friends to lead an organization like Monday Morning and due to lack of it, the executive body didn’t perform the way it was expected to. Till the end of my tenure, I have been fully enthusiastic to implement new creative ideas and tried to incorporate new projects. But coming to regrets, I do not have any because when I performed the task, a thought process was involved and things seemed fine then but if things did not turn up the way I wanted them to be, there’s no point of regretting about it.
MM: What according you are the areas where MM needs improvements?
AP: We need to focus on the feedbacks of our regular readers which would provide us avenue for improvements. Although we have improved in manifold ways in Design sections, I feel MM should not be entirely Momo-centric for the designs. Monday Morning website needs major revamping because the packages involved are outdated because of which the site lacks the sleeky element. We were able to come up with a new App, similarly, the website demands major changes. Monday Morning can also come up with more journalistic videos that involve live reporting and direct coverage; this might sound far-fetched now but since we do not have any benchmark here, we can give it a try. Regarding the articles we publish, we need more follow-up articles but with a proper mechanism.
MM: Being an enthusiastic journalist, did you ever want to pursue journalism as a career?
I had thought of it once upon a time but after two months of being the Chief Coordinator, I had realized that journalism isn’t something that I can do for my entire life.
When things are more idealistic here than in real life, we have seen lots of constraints and hardships being a CC here and pursuing similar things in a harsh world doesn’t interest me anymore. If you can see, the media bodies have become very biased on a daily basis and even keep on appeasing certain section or personality, I simply can’t do that. I can’t work for pleasing someone and compromise the true spirits of journalism; eventually, the satisfaction dies out.
SAILING THROUGH CAREER, CHOICES AND CHAOS:
MM: Considering the department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, how relevant are the courses as expected by industries?
AP: After being associated with the Placement Committee, I feel most of the courses are irrelevant from the placement point of view. Even in state government colleges like VSSUT, you would find a much more structured and relevant syllabus than ours. Certain important concepts like VLSI and Signal Processing must be taught at the initial years of engineering that could help the students while preparing and pursuing the internship. I have suggested a few changes in the curriculum of our branch through my friends who are the representatives of the academic curriculum change committee.
We have also planned that along with continuing PAT and SSD, as the placement committee we would encourage final year placed students to teach the basic concepts of important subjects like VLSI and mobile communication to the pre-final year ones in the early April. This would help them with their internships and placements.
MM: You have served as the Campus Ambassador of Schneider Electric. What does it involve in terms of its role and responsibilities?
AP: After I applied for the program, I had to qualify a telephonic interview which I sailed through very easily. They were impressed with the fact that I was serving as the CC of Monday Morning back then. Our initial tasks involved knowing the organization and its goals completely followed by publicising their ‘Go Green in the City’ Challenge. I had also suggested various ideas regarding sustainable development and combating global warming (their areas of focus). I had pitched in the ideas of sustainable developments in Rourkela similar to the ones Schneider Electric had been carrying out in Raipur. Looking at their collaboration with Jagannath Temple, I made them aware of similar opportunities at Tara Tarini Temple as well.
I served as the bridge between the company and the college where I used to provide them with information based on our academic syllabus and courses. I used to attend the sessions by the firm which interested me because of their non-conventional approach for solving the real global issues.
MM: You interned at Schneider Electric (SE) during the end of 3rd year. Brief us about the projects you worked upon along with the general experience.
AP: As an intern at Schneider Electric in Bengaluru unit, I was given the task to study ‘WaveCard’, a gateway that was manufactured by Schneider Electric (SE) in the 20th century in France. I was expected to identify the areas of improvement of the instrument and suggest plausible rectifications using the associated concepts. This involved concepts of Embedded System and Serial Communication which I was not thorough with until then. My mentor was very cordial in providing learning aids and course materials that made me aware of the required concepts to start my study and project.
I was fortunate enough to have an Edison Engineer (Edison engineers are the rare designations at Schneider Electric who have immense experience in certain areas of interest) as my Manager who regularly monitored my progress and improvements in the project. I completed my project within five weeks, much earlier than my peers who completed theirs by eight weeks and hence, I was assigned with an additional project on ‘Solid State MCB’. This project involved real-life monitoring processes where I was supposed to study about MCBs and the time for which MCB could sustain the over-specified current before it gets fused. I had my fair share of turmoil with Bangalore traffic while procuring materials from the opposite ends of the company.
MM: Although you did quite well during your internship period, you chose Deloitte over SE. Why?
AP: My journey here at NIT Rourkela had taught me that there’s no point in doing something that you don’t love. Although I performed well during my internship, owing to which I received the pre-placement offer at Schneider Electric, I was not happy. I could realize that although I could sustain in a technical company for years but I am not meant to do something in that area. But I did not have guts to reject the offer beforehand because I had my own inhibitions and fears about the placements.
The first company that I faced during the placement season was PwC US Advisory which I could not sail through due to lack of preparation. I was constantly affected by the ongoing conflicts regarding my choice of rejecting Schneider Electric. Next, I had faced misfortune at ZS Associates; for which I wasn’t shortlisted initially but my name came in the extended shortlist once I was placed. After clearing the coding rounds, I was shortlisted for the final round of Quantiphi, whilst in the middle of the interview, I agreed that I am not interested into coding and hence backed out of the process. And then Deloitte happened which I found pretty easy to sail through. The selection procedure involved the preliminary online test covering basic aptitude and reasoning. Then we had a Just a Minute (JAM) round, and a final Personal Interview round. Because of my interest in Analytics and Consulting, I chose Deloitte over Schneider Electric.
MM: You had plans to appear for CAT exam but unfortunately things did not work out in your favour. How did you handle the failure and do you plan to reappear?
AP: I had planned to appear CAT before I received the offer to intern at Schneider Electric. I had thought of interning at a less taxing place unlike SE and would concentrate on CAT preparation. But amidst handling MM, interning at Schneider and fulfilling the tasks as the Placement Coordinator, I could not manage to study for the competitive exam. I started my preparation during the mid-way of September and with the preparation of 50 odd days, I had appeared for the exam. Although I improved a bit, but a lot was left to be done to take me to my expected percentile. I have accepted my mistakes and failure and aim to appear for CAT in future with dedicated preparation.
PLACING AND COORDINATING THE RIGHT CHORDS:
MM: What led your association with Training and Placement Cell as the Placement Coordinator?
AP: My association with TnP started through Ajay Malepati who served as the Placement Committee Secretary for the year 2017-18. While I was the Chief Coordinator of Monday Morning, I had interacted with him for an article on Print Issue followed by curating the Placement Statistics for Live Section of our website. Out of nowhere, I received a message from him asking me if I would like to apply for the post of Placement Coordinator. He encouraged me for the application and made me realise how having done similar jobs at MM could help me in the TnP Cell.
Once I was a PC Intern, we were assigned a series of tasks and eventually, I started loving them and carried my job with full swing. Since Satyajit was also a PC Intern, the major bulk of responsibilities of Monday Morning came on the shoulders of Debasis and because of his cooperation only, we could fulfil our targets as PC Intern. I was highly impressed by the revolutionary placement statistics of 2017-18 that witnessed a phenomenal increase in the number of recruitments and wanted to carry forward the legacy. I got huge support from my branch mates that fuelled me to sustain through the tiring tasks of PC Interns.
For obvious reasons, it was tough to handle the tasks along with Monday Morning. Despite that, while I was interning at Schneider Electric, connecting with the HRs of companies was a tough task as well. The only free time that I could use for contacting the recruiters involved the two hours of lunch break which used to be a break time for most of the companies as well. I got immense support from my co-placement coordinator, Raghavan Suraj back then who helped me in updating the databases involving the curated data about the recruiters.
While I was interning in Bangalore I had to travel through opposite poles of the City occasionally. This is when I would come across a myriad of Electronics companies who do not visit our institution and their existence was not present in our placement database as well. After my internship ended, I prepared a database of all those companies and put all efforts in contacting those recruiters as well. I would be wrong if I do not acknowledge the fact that I have been luckier than other PCs where the rate of converts of the companies I dealt with was marginally higher than others.
MM: Even after performing satisfactorily as the PC Intern, you missed out of becoming the Placement Committee Secretary. How did you take it?
AP: Honestly, I was not very enthusiastic about becoming the PC Secretary until a point; but I started putting efforts once I felt that I could shoulder the responsibilities successfully. Obviously, it felt bad for a while but I moved on. But I think that was never meant to happen because I was never fitting into a team of three members who become secretaries of the PlaceComm. And it was beyond my limits to change that. So, I moved on and continued with my assignments as a Placement Coordinator.
MM: As one of the most successful PCs in TnP, what are the major achievements that TnP has got this year?
AP: I humbly accept that the numbers might not prove that we have performed better than last year our results are optimised and better in terms of average CTC, number of recruiters, number of job losses. We have cut down on the bogus companies and implemented a few policies that have reduced the job losses. We have been successful in bringing more number of core companies in various departments including Electronics, Ceramics, Metallurgy, Mining. The numbers might not have crossed that of previous ones because statistics of applicants for on-campus jobs are lesser as well. We could make various good companies turn up for placements including Radisys Labs, Amadeus Labs, Analog Devices, Myntra, Quantiphi, Gilbarco (Tektronix), ExxonMobil and PwC US Advisory.
The entire team of TnP is pretty united and work with all their might for a common goal. We have never been complacent in our job and that’s our major highlight. It was during my tenure as PC Intern I had suggested about the PAT Series to Ajay Malepati and after a couple of weeks, it got implemented. I am not very sure if it happened because of my suggestion exclusively but the entire concept has helped many stakeholders. In the month of January, we had also come up with the idea of Soft Skill Development sessions (SSDs) which has avenues for improvements and highly beneficial.
MM: What according to you are the ways NITR can improve in areas of Internships?
AP: It’s not very difficult to bring companies for on-campus internships but we miss out on a lot of companies because of lack of provision of 6-month internships. We can bring changes in our academic curriculum that could allow students to opt for such internships. We can make the last semester optional and create opportunities for the internships. Discontinuing the practice of mandatory internships can also be an alternative. A lot of people are tensed about the internships because it’s mandatory to pursue one. So they keep looking for them without even deciding whether they diligently want to pursue one or not. By not making it mandatory, we would get a lesser pool of students interested in internships and finding them proper firms can be an easy job resulting in lesser dissatisfaction and rejection rates. The fundamental reason why I am saying this is that many students of our institue want to pursue a career in non-core and such companies don’t bother much about our previous core experiencce, hence changing the narrative of mandatory internships is necessary; which would also give students enough time to prepare for non-core companies.
MM: Considering the impressive improvements in placements of the Electronics Department, what according to you were the main reasons behind it?
AP: Although the placement statistics of the undergraduate students are satisfactory for the Electronics Department every-year, a major improvement has been witnessed in MTech placements. The number of MTech students being recruited has augmented from 10 to 35+ which is one of our major accomplishments. We did not become complacent after the majority of B.Tech students got placed but we strived hard for the recruitments of M.Tech students as well because these applicants are more interested in core jobs and have much knowledge about the subject. But on the other hand, undergraduates’ interests levels vary, their ambitions are way higher than the required skills that lead to major resentment among them. We are still trying to bring companies, and have a few big core giants lined up as well.
MM: What are the lessons you have learned being a Placement Coordinator?
AP: There are many, but I have been clarified with this fact that it’s not at all like Monday Morning. A lot of internal constraints prevail in the system, unlike Monday Morning. One of the foremost lessons that I have learned at TnP is although you might be highly opinionated with proper reasoning, the final call has to be of the majority. And you have to accept the opinion of your team and defend it in front of the crowd.
As a team of PCs, the outcome is not entirely dependent on us. We can just bring companies, but the students have to prepare and crack them. So the key is not to get disappointed with lesser or zero recruits and to continue creating opportunities.
Again, TnP has taught me that it’s a game of emotions. There is a stark difference in the way you looked at friendships with your branch mates in the first three years as opposed to the final year. It becomes your responsibility to make sure everyone in your batch gets placed and at the same time, when you see your own friends facing rejections, it becomes difficult.
There’s one thing to get people placed and there’s another to get them happily placed. Once I was done with the former, I tried to pursue the latter. And I have a couple of months left with me, I will try my best to create more opportunities.
As a PC, I would like to suggest that don’t get a job just for the sake of securing it. It’s highly important to acknowledge that you must enjoy what you do and seek happiness from your work life. After stepping out of the college, you would land up in your first job and it’s necessary that you should not make your first job seem something where you do not belong to. Take your time and during the summer of the pre-final year, analyse and think about your interests and inclinations. Do not fear to experiment and follow your passion.
THE UNEXPLORED PERSONA:
Browsing through Abyakta’s social media handles, one can easily discover his ardent interest in travelling and exploring places. He shares some of his delightful travel diaries at Bombay, Kolkata, Coorg and Bangalore. His visit to Nepal and its various destination sites including Lumbini, Narayangarh, Kathmandu, Pokhara and Janakpuri has left a deep impression on his travel loving soul. Everyone in his family including him believes that one must not limit oneself to hot-spot destination sites but explore the unexplored alleys and streets. He feels travelling is a necessity to heal oneself from the monotony of life.
When the NITR populace has gone crazy after the Avenger’s End Game and GOT’s last season, Abyakta has been keeping a distance from the infamous DC++, trending TV Series (except Sacred Games) and movies. He opines:
It’s not that I didn’t try these kinds of stuff but I never felt very interested and engrossed. There’s a lot beyond DC++ and TV series that one can explore here at NITR and when I do not have enough time to enjoy myself through these unexplored interests, trying stuff that I don’t like makes no point. But I love films involving historical stories and geographical jewels.
Abyakta also finds his new love here in the form of Tennis and considers himself a proud member of Gopalmath Tennis Club. As a strongly opinionated individual with political views, Abyakta passionately follows state and national politics, he feels although the present government has been instrumental in accomplishing various developmental projects, the overall performance has not been really impressive. Issues like crumbling of positions like Chief Justice and RBI Governor, misuse of Governor's power while the formation of state governments, turmoils at Jammu and Kashmir and hints about corruption arise serious questions about the government. Indian democracy requires a united and strong opposition but currently, there’s no one as better as BJP to lead the nation.
Talking about the current executive body of Monday Morning, he tells:
I am definitely proud of them and the major reason why I like the executive body is that they are more organized and diversified. Everyone works with zeal and contributes to the improvement process. They have been successful in exploring the assets and talents we have and that makes them a great team.
He feels grateful to his role models in life who have been supportive enough to make him face the hardships of life and have been the guiding force throughout the ‘Bon Voyage’. He admires his father who has incredibly supported him in various stages of life and never pressurised him to score high, and promoted trying new things. Seniors like Swadhin Nayak, Kumar Krishanjeet, Ajay Malepati have helped him at various stages of his life. Mitesh Mishra, as the Chief Coordinator, resonated with his personality and had an enormous impact on shaping Abyakta’s ideology as the Chief Coordinator himself.
MM: What are your future plans?
AP: I strongly believe that life does not work on plans. When you plan, you don’t take the unconstrained factors into account and things do not work out that way. You are not in control of things that are meant to happen out of nowhere. And planning too much will make you lose the opportunities that such unforeseen incidents will provide. Speaking vaguely, I do not have any plans for higher studies in abroad. I aim for appearing the CAT exam in subsequent years with dedicated preparations. But in future, I definitely want to pursue an MBA with a specialization either in Finance or Operations Supply Chain Management. I will figure out things depending on conditions and circumstances in future.
These four years have made me realize that I seek happiness by implementing constructive changes and aspire to do the same in the upcoming years. No matter what I do, be it in a private firm, or a government organization, I would like to be a part of policy-making, where my actions will bring new changes and happiness to the associated people. Because, in the end, this shall matter to me and nothing else would.
MM: What is your message to our readers?
AP: Life is full of ups and downs and if you do not go through the troughs of life, you would never feel the sweet taste of victory. You need to keep in mind that whatever the circumstances might be, you cannot afford to stop putting in efforts. There are no shortcuts to achieve your dreams and it demands your perseverance and efforts. Keep meeting new people in the campus and you will realize everyone has something to inspire you. Learning is an eternal process and there are a lot of lessons to learn from the people around you.
It’s high time to acknowledge that we belong to one of the best institutions of the country and you need to be concerned about it. The institution deserves everyone’s constructive contribution that brings fame and development to both the parties. The four years at college are irreplaceable and serve as the perfect internship period for the entire life. So, keep learning, experimenting and exploring!