A mega event “Tea with IITians, Coffee with IBMers” was held at RCA auditorium on 13th  June to answer questions of 12th Science students on admissions in IITs, BITS, NITs and other institutes and career path choices available to them. Keynote address was delivered by Mr. Rohit Gupta, Collector, Udaipur, who is himself an IITian.

Collector Rohit Gupta being welcomed by R.S.Vyas of Techno India NJR
Collector Rohit Gupta being welcomed by R.S.Vyas, Director of Techno India NJR
Udaipur students attending the event
Udaipur students attending the event

A high powered panel consisting of IITians Mr. Rohit Gupta (IIT Delhi) present collector of Udaipur, Dr. Pankaj Porwal (IIT, Mumbai & Cornell University) presently Principal at Techno India NJR Institute of Technology, Apoorva Mathur (IIT Mumbai), Anirudh Swarnkar (IIT, Mumbai), Ravi Soni (IIT Delhi), Aarti Gil (IIT, Roorkie) , Dr. B.R.Natrajan (B.Tech & PhD, BITS, Pilani) ex dean BITS, R.S.Vyas (BITS, Pilani) Founder, Techno NJR Institute of Technology and Manoj Mehrotra (NIT, Trichy) ex Philips & VP Videocon interacted with 250 students who had done extremely well in IIT JEE 2016 exam for 4 hours to answer all their queries related to admissions, branches, how to make proper choices and many more questions. Also on the panel were 2 long time IBMers Lalit Yagnik (BITS Pilani) ex director, IBM and R.Hari, Team Leader, Growth Market Unit at IBM, who advised students not to get disheartened if they could not enter elite Institutions like IIT/BITS/NIT and focus more of developing skills.  The event was anchored by Juuhi Raai, author of the book  “Chicken Soup for the IITian’s Soul”

(L to R) Manoj Mehrotra ( NIT, Trichy), Dr. Pankaj Porwal ( IIT, Mumbai), Dr. B.R.Natrajan (BITS, Pilani), Ravi Soni (IIT, Delhi), Aarti Gill ( IIT, Roorkie), Anirudh Swarnkar ( IIT, Mumbai), Lalit Yagnik (BITS)
(L to R) Manoj Mehrotra ( NIT, Trichy), Dr. Pankaj Porwal ( IIT, Mumbai), Dr. B.R.Natrajan (BITS, Pilani), Ravi Soni (IIT, Delhi), Aarti Gill ( IIT, Roorkie), Anirudh Swarnkar ( IIT, Mumbai), Lalit Yagnik (BITS)

It was unanimously concluded in the discussion that , to be successful  college and branches play a minor role. The success depends on knowledge, skills, determination, and hard work. Engineering education opens doors for wide range of career options.  IITians are not only successful in business and industry, they are equally successful in  public life like Defence Minister of India , Mr. Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister of New Delhi, Mr.  Arvind Kejriwal, famous Author: Chetan Bhagat .

Kavya Bhandari, IIT JEE Delhi zone Girls topper being felicitated by Saurabh Khidiya of Dainik Bhaskar
Kavya Bhandari, IIT JEE Delhi zone Girls topper being felicitated by Saurabh Khidiya of Dainik Bhaskar

The important tips for students to be successful:

  • You should be aware about the latest developments in the technology.
  • Success can be achieved by self learning like Eklavya of Mahabharat.
  • Your skills are more important than which college you are from.
  • Money is not the ultimate measure of success in life.
  • Many important skills are learnt outside class room through interaction with friends during extracurricular activities.
  • You should be ready to face uncertain challenges in life like Abhimanyu of Mahabharat

It is a proud moment for Rajasthan that this year’s IIT JEE topper is from Rajasthan. Kavya Bhandari, Girls Topper of Delhi Zone in IIT JEE 2016 (Advanced) was also felicitated by Techno NJR director R.S.Vyas and Saurabh Khidiya, Unit head Dainik Bhasker .

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