Category: My College Life


When do you see the need of planning finances as an ENGINEER?

As a student, though your parents may make major efforts to pay your college fees, you as a student would have to plan your finances. Right from paying for a paid seat in college vs a free seat to funding your fresher party ticket amount, your parents take care of it. The accepted culture in this aspect is ironical. When parents face this task of spending money, they crib yet pay for their children. Once it is paid somewhere a false ego of parents bloats and the act of paying for such merry gets justified. This note is for parents and students who want to state a difference and are ready to approach finances practically.

  1. Personal finances: Planning personal finances at college seems next to impossible. When we inspect into the money we spend on various things and prepare a log of it, we understand how much mismanagement of money takes place. Especially in urban India, youth are not introduced into the habit of recording expenses. However, inculcating this habit would prove purposeful and useful in your career days.
  2. Further education: The herd trend among engineers in India is that, after their engineering course, students either tend to pursue MS in a foreign country or get into a job. Irrespective of, whether you are following this trend or not, you need to plan your finances for further education which could masters in science, MBA or PhD as you proceed in life.
  3. Your future and Career: Most students who step out as engineers engage is different worlds and turn out to be something fascinating. Youth at this juncture are seeing dreams with eyes wide open. To fulfill these dreams you need to get into the habit of financial planning.
  4. Contingencies may manifest in any form. Sometimes they are harsh to handle. Spare some money aside to handle them boldly.

For your career, at a later time, you will feel that your world has expanded. You need more to survive. You opt to join a job to accomplish many personal aspirations as well as those coined with your family’s aspirations.

  1. Career learning: As you start your career, you would realize that the skill sets acquired at college are not enough for you to excel. With this realizations starts your second round of learning. This includes certification courses, management programmes and other professional courses. This again demands money.
  2. Living: In Indian culture children and parents are together irrespective of age. Now the trend has set in where girls and boys are building their mini forts by staying on their own to pursue their career in different cities. With this you become the owner of your life, which means you will have to pay for your living expenses like food, water, utilities, telephone and so on.
  3. Your family: One fine day you have to take complete responsibility of your family and that is the day you will be proud that this article prepared you to plan your finances. You family will demand your presence as well as your material assets. So watch out and preparing from today.

HAPPY FINANCIAL PLANNING!

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Alumni Power

Should universities utilize alumni more for career development for current students? Alumni is a great resource to be used to connect with the students of a college. The students who have passed out of college, step on their journey of discovery while settling in different careers.

How can Alumni be used for the benefit of students?

Case study: Some of the students from alumni would be able to help by sharing the ongoing industry stories and provide a great bank of case studies.

Industry exposure: Colleges can build tie-ups with the companies in which alumni are associated with. Students could be provided first hand experience of the pertinent industry updates and trends.Alumni Power

Guest Lectures: Colleges scramble for speakers. Alumni settled in good jobs could be invited as  speakers for guest lectures and college events.

Internships: Access to companies where alumni is placed is easier versus a new company. Such access could be used to generate more fruitful and well designed internships.

Mentoring: As mentioned earlier alumni could be a capable source to provide industry exposure. Hence, some of the alumni could be recruited for an ongoing programme to mentor students on projects, subjects or any other industry related assignments.

Placements: With a strong industry network it becomes achievable for colleges to place students in good companies.

It may be impractical to implement all the suggestions mentioned below to go GREEN. If you can change your lifestyle to implement atleast 5 to 6 of them, you will be contributing to make this world, a better place to live.

1. Use cycles to travel

2. Use technology to reduce travel – meetings from home

3. Encourage Virtual internships

4. Limit paper usage – Correspond and communicate all the study material virtually. Again use technology.

5. World Wide Classrooms – consolidated classrooms for students all around the world

6. Live naturally – Reduce usage of air-conditioner

7. Switch of your computers after use, don’t leave them to charge all through the day.

8. Gift recycled stationery to your friends and colleagues.

9. Start a nursery or a community where you start planting saps.

10. Carry a cloth bag always, instead of using plastic bags to share things.

Develop systems to take exams on the computer.

There is no perfect solution to manage time when we are juggling with multiple things in life. HCC has studied lives of college students and suggested an ideal way to plan your week and cater time as per priority.

Study hard play hardBefore you plan, here is a short to-do list you could follow:

  • List your likes and interests
  • List your priorities
  • Plan and anticipate any contingencies that may occur.

HCC understands that unlike other international schools and colleges, institutions in India mostly work for 6 days or 5.5 days in a week. So, here the fun time for students is definitely reduced. Mostly when we look at a student’s life we feel college and assignments are the only things they need to do. But, the fact is not the same. They have to manage their time with assignments, internals, semester exams, extra study to excel, preparation for competitive exams, internships, final year project work, sleep, food, movies, partying, sports, exercise, friends and phew! a lot more…..With this assumption let us see how an ideal week with high time optimization should look like.

168 hours in a student's life

You may have tweak this chart a little here and there to customize it to your course and life requirements. Now you can de-stress yourself, as you have a solution for your time.

My Valentine is my passion

What drives us to do something? PASSION. It is our passion to do it. This article is Valentine’s day special feature presenting ‘how our passion evolves into action’. This statement is not true all the time. Sometimes passion dwindles and the action never comes into reality.

Our childhood is influenced by culture, family, parents and friends. This lays a foundation to our multiplying aspirations. Our surroundings and circumstances drive us to decide our passion. A lot of similar factors also act upon diffusing our flourishing passion. Then rises the herd instinct in us. “Follow the crowd”. However, we rarely stumble upon a fortune of reuniting with our passion.

Favourable circumstances are not a boon to most of us who want to follow our dreams. What really matters here is, how far can we extend ourselves to convert our passion into reality.

How do I realize my passion?

Valentine's day Passion

Corporate houses have now realized the enlarging gap between education and industry. Some of the market leaders who have been the first movers like always have introduced student engagement programs and initiatives to fill this gap. HCC is presenting such leading student engagement programs.

MICROSOFT – MSP – Microsoft Student Partner

Student Engagement Programs

Student Engagement Programs

Microsoft titled its student engagement program as ‘Microsoft Student Partner’. It is made to be social and friendly with the students by announcing the latest technologies, curating discussions and sharing solutions. They have swirled out slogans like  ‘Geek is the new rockstar’ and ‘Technology is king’. For those who believe this is true can participate in this.

MINDTREE – STUDENT EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM

Subroto Bagchi, chairman of Mindtree, after writing bestsellers like ‘Go Kiss the World‘ and ‘The Professional’ is now actively engaging with students to bring a change the attitude of

Subroto Bagchi

Subroto Bagchi

youth and in teaching pedagogy. His book ‘MBA at 16′ represents his vision for this nation.  This initiative speaks “We are focusing on industry groups and domains; we are building new campuses, investing in learning and leadership development and brand in a big way. It is a great time for you to come on board and for you to shape us.” Hang around http://www.cocubes.com/mindtree#about_mindtree to know more.

DELOITTE – STUDENT’s PAGE

Deloitte Internship Apart from handling consulting needs, Deloitte is engaging with students by conducting career events, summer vacation programs. It has also established a learning and development cell for online learning, professional development, external study and recognition of talent. Explore more here. They also offer regular internships.

Hewlett Packard – HP learning initiative for Entrepreneurs

HP learning initiative for entrepreneursThe HP program remains focused on those who want to pursue entrepreneurship. It has provided tools to enable training and convenient ways of learning. Learn more about LIFE at http://www.life-global.org/en

My College Magazine

College magazines are cool to have both for the students and the management. However, running a college magazine and publishing it with interesting article every month is not as cool as it sounds. It requires us to run a mini firm to turnaround some quality content by end of every month.

How to start a college magazine?

Starting a college magazine is the easier part, but gaining audience is the difficult side of it. It is always good to have one of your faculty member as a facilitator for this process. Their experience always adds value to the structure of this process.

Announce the intent and let the students of your college know that you have an intent to start a college magazine.

Specify the objectives of starting a college magazine. The objective has to be clear. The reasons could be to build better subject know-how among students, to update them about current affairs or it could be something completely different.

Depending on the response you will know how many of them will be interested to welcome a college magazine in your campus. Not all of those who show interest will be on your team. Only a handful will remain in your core team.

How to build a team?

Once you know who is going to be in the team, spell out the responsibilities and activities they will be involved in. There will be a lot of scramble here. As an initiator you have to find ways to identify each ones strength and capabilities and then assign jobs to them.

What could be the top tasks to be assigned?

  1. Writing Articles
  2. If it is an offline magazine – managing printing
  3. If it is an online magazine – technical know-how and managing a web site
  4. Track finances
  5. Proof read and edit the articles before release
  6. Track feedback of readers and understand what more are they expecting out of a magazine

To make all this happen, the team will require people with editorial abilities  marketing skills, financial and technical know-how.

What next? Launch the Magazine.

This generation participates in a parallel world called the web world. Irrespective of what you choose the magazine to be – either offline or online, make announcements on your college facebook page and tweet about it.

Share your magazine on:

The list is endless.

Are we done? Not yet.

There is more to it. After releasing the first issue, can we keep up the fire? That is the challenge. Be open to your peer interests. Write and share more about what they want to hear rather than what you want to tell them.

  • Add more sections to the magazine.
  • Make it interactive
  • Have a contest running all the time
  • Change the magazine cover

With all these tips and gyaan try to start something new at your college. Be the trendsetter!

What else can I start at college?

FEEL FREE TO COMMENT ON THIS ARTICLE AND LET US KNOW WHAT YOU STARTED AT YOUR COLLEGE.