All my dreams of becoming a VLSI designer came true when the final results were announced. I could not believe that my name was in the list. I had become a IIITan.
My IIIT days were spent in interacting and working with some of the great intellectuals. Every student enjoyed academic independence. Each subject was a course, which constituted theory, Assignments (most of them were programming or some basic problems related to the subject), and a project. Professors often gave us the freedom to choose our own projects and explore the areas of our interest. That made the course work very very interesting. There were more than 20 electives to choose from and we had a very hard time selecting the elective courses.
The first lecture at IIIT was APS- Advanced Problem solving (Extension of C programming and data structures). I was too excited. The course started with an inspiring note by Dr. Anoop.
“Lakhs of engineers pass out every year out of many engineering colleges. NASSCOM says that less than 30000 Engineers who pass out each year, are really ‘Employable’. I know you all are one of the finest engineers of the country and definitely employable, otherwise you will not be sitting here today. The expectations from you are also very high. We don’t want you to be just coders. We want you all to develop problem solving capabilities, develop algorithms to solve difficult problems”.