An Equilibrium Of Wisdom And Dedication: Yash Uday Shah

An Equilibrium Of Wisdom And Dedication: Yash Uday Shah

Yash Uday Shah, a final year dual degree student of the Department of Chemical Engineering, is a gem at the tussle that NIT Rourkela is. Being a curious persona from inception, he has aced every field he laid hands on – be it academics or club activities. With unmatched leadership skills and qualities, he has surpassed all the odds that he has faced with a smile and positivity.

A two-time Academic Excellence Awardee, having interned at IIT Bhubaneswar, IIT Roorkee and bagging the prestigious MITACS internship, Yash has kept on adding accolades to his excellent academic record. His deck of roles spans from being the Technical Head of AIChE to the President of Cognizen and an active campus journalist at Monday Morning, making sure that he leaves a positive remark in each of them. Team Monday Morning caught up with Yash Shah and his companions over a virtual meet to garner insights into his campus life- a journey worth looking up to.

LIFE BEFORE NIT ROURKELA

Monday Morning (MM): Shed some light on your life before NIT Rourkela.

Yash Shah (YS): I was born in Vadodara, Gujarat. I did my initial schooling there itself. I studied at Shreyas Vidyalaya, Vadodara, till Std 1. Then I studied in Delhi Public School, Vadodara, till class 3. After that, my father got a job transfer to Nagpur city, so we had to shift there. There I studied in Ira International School till class 10.  For 11th and 12th plus JEE coaching, I was admitted to Jain International School, Nagpur. I am a single child of my parents. In class 9th, I got an opportunity to participate in a science model making competition at CSIR-NEERI, Nagpur. We presented a model of solar distillation that made us bag first prize in that competition and, most importantly, registered a positive affinity in my mind about environmental science that I was going to cherish in years to come. My parents, particularly my mother, have put in great efforts in my upbringing, both as a student and as the person I am. During my schooling days, my teachers used to encourage us to participate in various competitions. While attending an all-Nagpur school level debate competition, I came to know about NITs and IITs for the first time. The class 11th and 12th  years were wholly dedicated to JEE. In class 10th, I secured 96.2%, and in my 12th boards, I secured 94.4%.

MM: How did NIT Rourkela happen to you? Why did you choose to pursue a Dual Degree (DD) in Chemical Engineering?

YS: Like most of us, I also aspired to be admitted to an IIT. But my JEE advanced didn’t turn so well. So I considered studying at NIT after that. I calculated my JEE Mains score from the answer keys available online and started looking for the cutoff of Institutes from the previous year, and that’s when I came to know about NIT Rourkela. Two things compelled me to pursue Chemical Engineering – One of them is my father, an instrumentation engineer. He works in the polyester industry. He would tell me about the chemical processes involved in various industries and how chemical engineers could study the entire process. The second reason is that I was not at all inclined towards coding and circuitry. So the options that remained with me were a handful, and I arranged my JoSAA list as per that, and thus, I landed in the Chemical Engineering Department at NIT Rourkela. I chose a dual degree over a single degree because I have seen many people preparing for the M.Tech after B.Tech. So, I thought, why not complete it in one go. So that’s how a Dual degree in chemical engineering happened to me.

ChemE

CONNOISSEUR OF EXTRA-CURRICULARS

MM: Please tell us about your initial days at Cognizen. 

YS:  During my earlier years in NIT Rourkela, I felt homesick most of the time. Around Innovision 2016, I, with some of my friends, went to the event organised by Cognizen. After the event, the then Cognizen President, Ashish Gouda (Class of 2018, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering), came to us, and after a chit-chat session, he told us about the club, its motives and objectives. 4-5 of us were very interested, so he arranged a meeting, and we went for that. There we had a session about the then-recent current affairs. We were inducted that very day. The club was very small then. Getting involved with the club helped me reduce my homesickness. We were then given the responsibility of organising the orientations and inductions for the following semester. We witnessed a better turnout than we had expected and finally inducted ten people. Every member of this new batch that was inducted then has played an important role in transforming Cognizen. This batch included Shifa Tarannum, Rojalin Rout, Asrita Samal, Deba Prasad Badajena (click here), Sovit Patro, Maneesh Jena, Gadadhar Sreebhushan, Sruti Sambhavi, Ashu Patel, Abhisek Srichandan, N Vivek Kumar, Manohar, Arjun P and Sujit Malik (Class of 2020 and 2021).

We had weekly group discussions, and we used to write articles on the topics that the seniors gave us. The seniors (D. Bharathi Ganesh, Andrew Jose Ignatius Milton, Mehul Anand, Ashish Gouda) would give presentations on an important situation related to current affairs or economics. All these efforts made the club more active than it was earlier. We also organised Rourkela MUN in collaboration with IGIT Sarang. This helped the club get some more publicity. We had built a firm base for the club.

MM: In your tenure as the President of Cognizen, you had taken many innovative initiatives and brought some new changes like BOTW, We The People of NITR and many more. Please shed some light on how these ideas germinated and the efforts taken to make them a success. 

YS: BOTW (Best of the Week) and WTP (We The People commenced in my third year. The then executive body (Sujit Kumar Malik, Manohar, N Vivek Kumar, Arjun P) of Cognizen, along with me, were of the mind that apart from taking forward the legacy of Cognizen, we should introduce something innovative and exciting that will be carried on by the upcoming batches as well. So we came up with the idea of BOTW. So in our club group, we shared ‘The Hindu’ newspaper daily, and among the club members, we divided them according to their interest in different sections of the news. The people enthusiastic about sports were teamed up, and the same happened with the ones for national and international affairs and other sections as well. After forming separate groups, we asked them to note essential articles that they think are interesting enough for other students of our college and our subscribers to read. We took this initiative to broaden our campus outreach. BOTW reaches every interested student on the campus and our subscribers out of the college, free of cost, every Sunday on their phones or emails. We decided on the design of the magazine, gave tasks to the team. After submission on Friday night, the executive body would decide the template, put the articles on the magazine, and compile it in the form of a pdf.  Speaking of WTP, as Cognizen is an economics and politics club, we wanted to understand the socio-economic status of the blue-collar campus workforce working in NIT Rourkela like tea sellers, vendors, canteen workers, the dhobi, etc. That was the motivation, and then we came up with the idea. 

MM- You were the founding member of NIT Rourkela International Model United Nations and served as Deputy Secretary-General in the 1st edition and as Director-General in the 2nd edition. What was the driving force behind this, and how was your experience?

YS: We collaborated with IGIT Sarang for their MUN, which they organise every year in Rourkela and call it Rourkela MUN. In my second year, we all gave it thought that if they can organise this big event away from their campus, we can also try to have one on our own, given that we have a vast and beautiful campus. 

The major driving force behind NITR iMUN was that we wanted to have an event that had never happened in the history of NIT Rourkela, and if we are doing one, it should have our own tag. In addition, we wanted the NITR Janata to turn up and indulge in discussions about important global issues such as climate change, combating terrorism, etc. With this, we aspired to provide the students with an opportunity to build their oratory skills. We also kept in mind that the school students, especially from Rourkela schools, will get excellent exposure at a young age to develop their personalities.

Although the whole club was high on motivation, we did realise the fact that thinking and executing a plan are entirely different. Initially, we did face some resistance from the administration as well, and it was understandable because the event was a first of its kind happening at NIT Rourkela. We took it all up to us to decide whether we want to proceed or not with the event; when you don’t get a very enthusiastic response from the authorities, it is evident that there is some demotivation in the team. Finally, we took a call to organise our own MUN, and it was excellent teamwork that followed the rest of the proceedings. 

We distributed different departments and worked amongst us, and things started happening. We started collaborating with other MUNs in our circuit so that our reach will increase beyond NIT Rourkela. That was the time when we did a tremendous amount of publicity on campus. We used to ask our friends who were not in cognizen to share the posters on social media. Publicising the event was crucial because we had taken a call and didn’t want to regret it. We faced the next issue regarding a website with information about our college, different committees involved in the MUN, etc. In addition to the efficient leadership of Mehul Anand (Secretary-General, NITR iMUN 2018) and Ashish Gouda (Director-General), there were many others who came to help us in organising the event and making it a successful one in its first edition itself. Added to this were the contributions made by my juniors and Mohit Gupta, Avishek Rath, Chandan Kumar Barik, Arnav Tripathy, Rohan Kumar (Class of 2018), who were treasured mentors. In the first edition of NITR iMUN, we got more than 150 registrations which was a massive success for us. For the second edition, things eased out a bit because now people were aware that this kind of event exists. The third edition was even better planned and had an excellent guest list, but due to Covid19, we couldn’t conduct the event. (Click here for the article on NITR iMUN 2019 and NITR iMUN 2018)

I remember this incident from the first edition; while searching for supporters, I came across an alumnus from Electrical Engineering, who is an IAS officer now. I directly called him and explained about our event. He asked us to visit his friend in Sundergarh, Odisha, who can help with event funding support. So, I, along with Ashish Sahoo (Class of 2020, Electronics and Communications Engineering) and Smarajeet Das (Final year Metallurgical and Materials Engineering), travelled out of Rourkela, and this was the first time I was doing something of this sort. Many others were also involved in bringing sponsorships, collaborations, etc., which added a lot of value to the event.

Yash expressed his gratitude and said,

I am extremely thankful for the dedication and hardworking spirit shown by the secretariat members (both juniors and my batchmates) of the event, irrespective of them being a part of Cognizen or not. It was this zeal that converted our MUN idea into a wonderful reality. Kudos to all of them. 

MM: How do you see your journey at Monday Morning from a reporter to a valued mentor?

YS: Monday Morning has given me some of my great friends that I have today. I was glad to team up with my co-campus journalists like Nupur Mohapatra, Sahithi Ravipati, Animesh Das (click here), Deepak Kumar (click here), Mrinal Chaudhury (click here), Manasa Pisipati, Niharika Dalbehera, Ankit Kumar Panda, Saumya Agarwal (Class of 2020), and many others for working upon MM articles within the given deadlines. I remember the complete journey starting from the inductions day itself. After the induction results were declared, we had a grand commencement, and I was amazed to see something like this being organised. I loved how all the tasks and activities are carried out with great professionalism and a well-organised manner. I learnt how to distribute my day into different activities and execute my plans for any task. Monday Morning was a positive pressure on me because the work requires serious dedication, and there are strict deadlines. Another impact that Monday Morning had on a lot of us was related to the Final Year Interviews and ‘Intern’views that it used to publish now and then. I remember reading those in my Engineering Drawing lab along with my friends (laughs). All this professionalism, organised behaviour, and insights into many things is something I will always stay indebted to Monday Morning. 

MM: You were also the Technical Head of the AIChE NIT Rourkela Chapter. How was your experience?

YS: I joined AIChE because it was entirely related to my department, and I was curious to know what is in store for me. In the third year, we organised K-12 Outreach Program on the campus, where we discussed the environmental scope of Chemical Engineering with school students. The event was aimed to inculcate a brief idea about engineering in young minds. Some students still message me if they have some doubts or need clarification on anything. In my tenure as technical head, I interacted with some brilliant juniors in the club, who had some marvellous ideas like Chem-E-Car and more. I loved to have these discussions with the club members because it was related to our department and the applications of what we study. 

ACING ACADEMICS AND INTERNSHIPS

MM: You bagged a winter research internship at IIT Bhubaneswar in your second year. Tell us something about your project and experience. 

YS: Thanks to MM articles and my seniors, I had this in my mind that I want to go for a research internship in any of the IITs after my second year. Meet Dave (Class of 2018, Electrical Engineering) is my internship guru, who guided me through my search for internships in my second year. I had downloaded an app from the play store, which produces a CV for you based on the information that you enter. I showed it to him, and he pointed out all the mistakes that were there. He suggested me to use something more professional, like ShareLatex (now Overleaf). He then guided me through the mail content, drafting an effective CV, and then reaching out to professors as well. In October, I came across this internship program at IIT Bhubaneswar. The process was relatively easy because they don’t ask for too many details from a second-year student, and for this reason, the qualifying criteria can be your CGPA and CV. I got selected for it, and as it wasn’t a paid internship, I had to bear all the expenses for my stay. 

My project was related to “Modelling of Catalyst dissolution in PEMFC (Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells)”. There is a platinum catalyst, which starts to disintegrate with the usage of fuel cells, which is not desirable, given the cost of platinum catalysts and the efficiency of fuel cells. My work was to model this into a software tool called Comsol Multiphysics. It is a massive software in all terms, and I spent my initial days installing and reading about it. This modelling software involved a lot of computational work, which requires an individual to be completely thorough with the concepts. I had just completed my third semester and the only two core subjects that I was aware of at that time were - Thermodynamics and Fluid Dynamics. My work required me to know Chemical Reaction Engineering, which wasn’t there in the second year syllabus in my time. I took it as a challenge and somehow figured out those equations required to model that dissolution, the entire diffusion process, and integrate them into my model. The internship was for 20-25 days, and this was all the work that I did. One lesson I learned from the IIT Bhubaneswar internship was that I’d never do research internships predominantly involving computational work (laughs). 

On this note, Rohit Dash (Class of 2020, Chemical Engineering, link here) added a remark,

Yash is different from a lot of people that you see. In general, when someone finds an internship or any opportunity to avail themselves, they tend to hide it from their peers. Yash was the exact opposite of that. He used to share with all of us if we found any information or opportunity. Like he had his own internship guru, for me, Yash acted like one because anytime I could go to his room and ask for suggestions and stuff, and he always wholeheartedly helps out as well. If everyone carries this kind of attitude, especially NIT Rourkela students, it will be amazing.

MM:  During the summer of 2018, you worked as an Undergraduate Research Assistant at IIT Roorkee. Can you brief us about your work and experience at IIT Roorkee?

Roorkee

YS: From my experience at IIT Bhubaneswar, I made my mind that I’ll go for internships that focus more on experimental work than computational or modelling ones. IIT Roorkee internship program requires you to submit a research statement. The whole application process involves submitting a 500 words research statement and your CV, which I had fortunately made in October. It was their first edition of the internship program, and it had witnessed an enormous number of applications at around 3000.  We were kind of sceptical when we saw that many applications, but then one fine day in March, I was there in my Maths – 4 class, and I saw this long mail from IIT Roorkee. The mail was so lengthy that I wasn’t able to figure out whether it was a rejection or acceptance mail (laughs). 

I had applied for multiple internships at that time, and just two days before receiving acceptance from IIT Roorkee, I had got an acceptance from IIT Gandhinagar. Fortunately, I also received a reply to my mail from the HOD Chemical Engineering, IIT Guwahati, that I dropped before getting the results of the internship programs mentioned above. After inspecting all the projects, I finally decided to go for IIT Roorkee. (Click here for the article on SPARK IIT Roorkee Internship)

My project was about “Catalytic oxidation of cyclohexane in the vapour phase with metal catalyst”.  The best part of the internship was that I closely got to see how a reactor is set up, and this was possible because I worked along with a doctoral student over there. I was delighted that I witnessed the whole process of reactants flowing in over the catalysts, reaction happening, products stream coming out, etc. For the first time, I felt satisfied with my decision to take Chemical Engineering. We were asked to make posters about our work, followed by a poster presentation at the end of the internship. The poster that I presented earned me the ‘Best Poster Award’ that was one big confidence booster during those days. This internship had a significant role in my future endeavours as my interest in experimental research grew from here.

MM- You were awarded the Academic Excellence Award for the academic year 2017-18 and 2018-19. What was your daily routine related to academics that brought you this award?

YS-  I got the academic awards after the end of my 2nd and 3rd year. During that time, I was involved in many clubs like AICHE and Cognizen, and I was also a part of Monday Morning. Because of these workloads, I had to plan things out, and I took it as positive pressure. I used to compensate for the time I had devoted to the club activities for study hours. My motivation was that I read the Monday Morning articles, and I used to get inspired by the people who bagged foreign internships. Due to academics and extra-curricular activities, I used to plan things beforehand. Another thing that helped me achieve this is that I used to pay a lot of attention in the class during my second year and kept my notes updated. So, my concepts were clarified in the class itself, and a little more practice in the hostel was enough.

MM: You bagged the prestigious Mitacs Globalink Research Internship in your pre-final year. Please give some insights into your work at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

YS: I had come across Mitacs internship in my first year when I read articles related to it on Monday Morning. I noticed that all the interns had one thing in common: a research internship at the end of their second year and a decent CGPA. I kept all these things in mind, and fortunately, things went according to what I had planned. The application process involved submitting a 100-word research statement. After a month, the professors started calling out students for interviews, and that call never came for me. I thought I was rejected, and I started looking out for other opportunities. In December, I stayed back at campus and worked on a small project with Prof Madhushree Kundu (HOD Chemical Engineering). Out of nowhere, in the first week of January, I was going to my fluid dynamics lab, and I got an acceptance email from Mitacs. My roommate, Rishabh Bajaj (Class of 2020, Civil Engineering), had also applied for Mitacs, but even he hadn’t got a mail related to the interview. That day, when simultaneously both of us got our acceptance mail, we called each other and exclaimed that we were selected. Though both of us interned in different universities, we were happy that it worked out in the end. 

When we landed in Canada, the temperature was -4 degree Celsius! We rented a house for 6 of us from NIT Rourkela. My work at the University of Saskatchewan was about Catalytic ozonation of emerging pollutants in wastewater. The first day I met with my professor, we discussed my profile, and he mentioned that he selected me because he saw my interest and past work in catalysis. Our work was focused on developing a catalyst that can degrade pollutants in wastewater in relatively less time and more efficiency. We developed a catalyst with nano-rod morphology, which gave us a 96% efficient result, and we employed it in our reaction. I also had an opportunity to attend one of the world’s most renowned conference on water research, the Global Water Futures (GWF) conference. I got a comprehensive idea about what is happening worldwide regarding water research in different domains, what needs to be done, etc. My internship supervisor, Prof. Jafar Soltan, gave me a valuable tip to be a good researcher. In simple words, I would say he advised me to follow a ‘read-ask-understand the science’ strategy in the course of any research work I undertake. 

Whenever we had free time, we visited different places in and around the city. We met one of our alumnus from Chemical Engineering, Rishav Chand, who guided and helped us throughout our stay in Canada. As there are people from all over the world staying in Canada, the culture is a mixture of all those, and you get to interact with people from all backgrounds. My co-intern was from Mexico, and during the internship, I got to know how different our mindsets are, our way of thinking, knowledge, how the aspirations of students of my age but from different countries vary. I believe this is the beauty of foreign internships. (Click here for the article on MITACS Internship)

Mitacs

On this note, Rohit Dash added a remark.

Mitacs was not the only foreign internship he cracked. He had successfully bagged the NTHU Taiwan research internship too. And the one thing that everyone can learn from Yash is to develop ethos. Once he decided on the internship, he conveyed the same to the other professors who accepted his application so that other students can use the opportunity.

YS: As I did not get an interview call, I assumed that my Mitacs application would turn into a rejection. And as I wanted to bag a foreign internship in 3rd year, I stayed back in December and mailed professors in Taiwan. However, the very next day after the submission of my NTHU Taiwan Internship program application, I received the Mitacs result.

MM: You have published quite a few research posters. Please tell us briefly about the story behind the scenes of these successful research posters.

YS: I have worked on a book chapter about Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) of NIT Rourkela during December 2018. It is in-press and will release soon. The technical term for this is Life Cycle Impact Assessment. Prof. Kundu and I have worked together and have made an approximate estimation of equivalent carbon dioxide emissions from our campus. We were assisted with handy information from the Department of Civil Engineering and DATOMS (formerly known as Phoenix Robotix Private Ltd.). We have also proposed a lifestyle indicator using which one can understand the existing inequalities of a place based on sustainability criteria.

The work done during my internship stay in Canada was converted into two conference posters. While one was based on Nanorods Morphology Catalysts, the other was based on Graphene Oxide (GO) Green Synthesis. Graphene Oxide has wide applications in almost every branch of engineering.  However, the synthesis of graphene oxide is not environmentally friendly. There are few acids used in the process that cause negative footprints on the environment upon disposal. So our work was based on reusing the acids from the first batch of graphene oxide for the next batch. And we successfully achieved this objective.

My research work's biggest motivation is to stay connected to the environment; the work has to have beneficial environmental application.

MM: You have been awarded the Debashis Memorial Award for the Best All-Rounder Student. You maintained a perfect balance between academics and extracurricular throughout. What piece of advice would you like to give to students facing difficulty finding the right balance?

YS: In my opinion, academics are the reason we are basically here, so they are not at all ‘optional’. However, extracurricular activities are optional. One must commit to extracurricular activities only when one can deliver satisfactorily the task allotted. While there are exceptions, the commonly observed situation is that a student joins many clubs, and in the end, they are not able to get good benefits from any of the clubs. So decide judiciously in which particular extracurricular activity you would like to participate. Once you do that, stick to it and improvise. Plan on your weekends, if possible, jot down the tasks at hand academically and non academically. Try to meet them, and even if you cannot finish them entirely, it's okay, but try to get at least 70 per cent of things on the list. The 15 days before exams are crucial, and try to focus only on the exams. Once you prepare and exams go well, you have double motivation for extracurriculars. These are some of the things that have worked for me.

Talking about academics, I must mention the support I have received from my dual degree branch mates such as Abhi Saha, Shivangi Srivastava, Ramya, and others who are ever-ready for helping and to discuss anything about assignments, study concepts that I used to miss out on. I take this opportunity to thank them too. 

TO FRIENDS, CAREER, AND MEMORIES

MM: What motivates you to pursue higher studies after you graduate?

YS: The chemical engineering curriculum and the subjects we study, like mass transfer operations, heat transfer operations, transport phenomena, chemical reaction engineering and others, have applications in environmental research. This is something that motivates me. I feel that my academic background and chemical engineering has provided me with sound fundamentals and theoretical knowledge. In addition, the research work I am carrying out currently under the guidance of Prof. Sujit Sen, I believe, is preparing me to undertake more challenging research endeavours. For the application's part, there is a complete environment out there. The work we do on a lab scale has the colossal potential of coming out into the real world because it is related to the environment. So this another big motivation for me.   

MM: How do you think the five years at NIT Rourkela shaped you, academically, personally and professionally?

YS: Although I was an introvert back when I entered, I am now an ambivert. As I met some wonderful friends, I started discussing things with them, and eventually, my communication improved, and now I am more comfortable talking with people. Also, I feel I have become a bolder person. Academically, I believe that I clinched many opportunities because of our institute's reputation in India and globally. The curriculum followed here in chemical engineering is essential and valuable in the research that I am targetting to participate in, in the future. From a professional aspect, I feel that planning the things beforehand, being organised and systematic are some of the things that NIT Rourkela taught me and which I will cherish for a lifetime.

His close confidant Rohit Dash shares:

The first impression that one gets of Yash is of utmost professionalism, a very well-behaved person. However, as I have seen him through different things, I can vouch that he is a hilarious & fun person. I recall one such funny incident wherein he changed his contact name as Director on my phone. Whenever he calls, people around me ask whether I am really that close to Director.  One thing that I have seen in him and others can learn is that you can always give back to the people around you. And that particular attitude is essential in life. He has helped me and many others on several occasions. I believe that his ethos is something people can learn from. Our overall personality should have a spiritual arc, and I have seen that only in very few people and Yash is amongst them. He is one of the best people I have met here.

MM: What are your fondest memories and regrets (if any) throughout your journey at NIT Rourkela?

YS: My fondest memory would be NITR iMUN. It holds a special place as it empowered our entire team, including me, to convert our ideas into reality, and people got associated with it, and the network expanded tremendously. Speaking of regrets, I feel that I should have explored sports or other areas where one gets a chance to represent the institute at Inter NITs.

Recalling an incident from the first year, this is what Yash had to say,

Most of the people nearby my room would speak Odia, and I could only understand 2-3 familiar words out of those. When you go to some new place for the first time and that too all alone, if you see people speaking in a language that you don’t understand, you start feeling a bit alienated. It was then that I learnt to take the first step and talk with everyone. I used to talk with them about Odia itself, asking them for meanings, learning new words, etc. With this, I met some of my very close friends, and I still use this acquired habit to make new friends. Whenever I visit a new place, I talk with people about their language and tell them about mine, and that’s how you break ice!

MM: Your batch has been missing out on the ‘one-last-time’ things and much other stuff you must have planned on. How do you see this pandemic unfolding from the start?

YS: Especially to the 2020 batch, it was an abrupt end. We could not say a satisfactory final goodbye to them. At least the 2021 batch knew that this is our end, and we won't be able to meet again here on campus. Coming to the online classes, I feel we are lucky we had only two theory courses in the previous semester. The current semester has only project work for dual degree students. I found them a bit more convenient. However, I feel that the focus we have in offline physical classrooms was way better than online classes.

MM: What are your future aspirations?

YS:

In the long term, as far as I have identified my personality, I feel that I would be more suitable in the quinary or the quaternary sectors of our economy. I also aspire to work among and with people. Whatever work or profession I would be engaged in, my objective will be to bring in innovation and positive change. All these require strong fundamentals and experience. So in the short term, I am targetting higher studies. I have applied to a few universities and expecting their results soon.

MM: What would be your final message of inspiration to the readers?

YS: Be humble and genuine with your intentions. We know ourselves the better than anyone else. Trust that instinct and work on that. The environment at NIT Rourkela offers a vast trial and error ground. You can try out different things, and even if you fail, no one will criticise you negatively, unlike the outside world. So, identify your interests, have faith in yourself and work hard; the success will definitely be yours.

Team Monday Morning wishes Yash Shah the best for all his future endeavours.

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