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Friday, February 03, 2006

Convocation 2006 cancelled!

I was very dissapointed to read this. Thanks to the so-called profs, deans, directors or whatever you would want people to call you. Although I was not exactly dreaming about attending the convocation ( like in Five point someone1 ). After all numerous bitter experiences 2 with my department I don't think any of my class-mates wanted to attend the ceremony except for the reason that it would have given us a chance to catch up, thanks to the software industry not many of us have kept in touch. Towards the end of last year I had contacted our college regarding the convo, all they had to say was, "The current Director does not have the power to reward degrees, since he is just an 'Acting' Director"

The story actually starts when the Congress came into power at the center. One of the agenda's of the government was de-safrronisation. 17 directors, appointed by BJP, of various NITs (formerly RECs) were sacked in the process. Thus one of the faculty used his muscle to get the covetted Director's post of our college, who is called 'Acting' because he is not officially appointed by the HRD Ministry. We poor students, are frustrated!
Inspite of collecting the expenses from us, the faculty has denied us the ceremony we deserve. It is not everyday that you graduate from an engineering college. This is certainly unacceptable for an institute that was ranked 6th in India.

Our ex-director had put a program in motion to try and get alumni funds for the development of the college and its facilities. They can forget about getting even a buck from me!

1:Surprisingly people have cast serious doubts on the intellectual ability of Mr Chetan Bhagat after his new book One night at a call center was published.
2: I have a draft for this story that dates back a few months, hopefully I will get time to complete it.

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