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Following a first yearite at 'Gamchha' (IT Girls' Hostel)
Chronicle Editor @ Aug 22, 2008
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(Written by: Ms. Akanksha Trigun, 2nd yr Electronics. Email: aksbest@gmail.com)

(This wonderful article is written by Ms. Akanksha Trigun, who describes her feelings about meeting a girl student of incoming batch, in the IT Girls’ Hostel. She describes the life in the Girls’ Hostel with a sense of humour. The nickname “Gamchha” is derived from the hostel’s official name: Gandhi Smriti Mahila Chhatrawas. All views expressed are her own).
 
(Ms. Akanksha in the Girls’ Hostel lawn)
Akanksha.jpgHey folks! We are back and all set for a yet another exciting semester. The old premises of the campus have seen the coming and going of zillions of batches. Another year! Another batch of excited young minds…and all curious to unfold the surprises, of the green backdrop of the campus…Apprehension, excitement, fears and surprises, all dangling in the air… The charming excitement on the faces clearly tells that sometimes ‘not knowing what’s up next’ is enjoyable indeed.
In the course of a few months, all the first yearites will hear different things about this place, from different people and form different opinions. Well! We are talking about one of the most ‘talked about places’ here at IT. Yes, we are talking about GAMCHHA (the IT girls’ hostel named ‘GANDHI SMRITI MAHILA CHHATRAWAS’ and knighted ‘GAMCHHA’ by our fellow beings at IT). Even after one fourth of my scheduled stay at IT is already over, I am still intrigued by this funny name. I have learnt a few different theories behind this name. Indeed, all the first yearites will be hearing different things, because its one of the old folklore here at IT.
Let me account my own first experience about the girls’ hostel through a hypothetical first year girl whom I supposedly follow while she takes her first trip to GAMCHHA. Here’s a comparison between the feelings of two persons, one of them, all new to the place and the other already in acquaintance with it. The statements in { } are the ones said/thought by the new girl and the ones in [ ] tell my own opinion.
Let’s start…   
I was rewinding my own previous experience about this place, in the back of my mind, when I saw this new entrant in our world. Our little ‘hostel world’ situated just beside the real normal main stream world….A world where happiness, sadness, thrills and boredom, all have their own different ways of expression…. A little world, sprouting and blooming, inside the grand fortification of THE GAMCHHA….
Well! The girl steps out of the auto-rickshaw while the parents, though still fumbling about the unfairness of the fare being asked by the auto-wala, unload her luggage, and the very first thought that crosses my mind at this scene is…Oops! Déjà vu! The description of our new fellow goes, kind of without stating. Looks and attitude perfectly suggest that the poor fellow has been freshly baked by some popular coaching brand. The girl eyes the grand building of THE GAMCHHA with all the apprehension and excitement that the eyes could muster to behold. [It’s admitable that the grandeur of the building is undoubtedly enough, to bewitch its first-time-visitors].
She steps inside and takes a look of the garden at the entrance. All expressions clearly shouting out… {Man! This place is heaven. What a beautiful garden!} She seems to be mentally recapping the entire dilemma which she went through a few weeks back about - Whether IIT or IT-BHU? (Let’s face it. We all go through the same phase during the counseling procedure, when we need to choose between the two. Though, now we all wonder if the former was even an option!J) She passes the walkway eyeing the cycle-stands (picturing her own cycle in between the others) and at the same time wondering, how much fun would it be to ride in the campus? [Gal, I agree with you on that one. But never think of riding a bike in the campus. Their wheels are now officially squared and their axles broken. Nevertheless, go ahead. There’s a lot more in store].
The moment she gets inside the channel gate, she is faced by a sign saying ‘gym’ and an embedded marble illustrating its ‘glorious’ history. She gets almost ecstatic. {You gotta be kidding me. They have got a gym! It’s exactly the thing that I ever wanted. Just see… Just see how, I come and keep in the perfect shape now.} [Girl, that’s bait! No one actually works out. Soon you’ll come to the same gym with a stack of books to study for your summer end semesters, as ants come looking for damp walls when there will be nothing but scorching heat everywhere.] She steps into the lobby trying her best to keep her face straight and making no effort to look into the rooms of her seniors. [I can understand dear. You do not want your prospective ‘gamchha’ mates to think that you are a sneak-peak. That’s natural, but all that inhibition would be shed soon and you’ll be found in every room other than your own!].
She climbs the stairs to the first floor where her room is supposed to be. She ascends… {It is surely the stairway to heaven.} [No! It is actually and exactly, the stairway to hell. In the month of April-May, you’ll get roasted up there.] She sticks a plastic smile on her face. (After all she’s going to meet all her new batch-mates and since the first impression counts, she wants to be her best.) [Don’t worry dear. Soon the plastic smile will become real and you won’t even know when. Moreover, the term ‘batch-mates’ will eventually and surprisingly turn into, ‘friends’.] She steps into her room and suddenly the face drops down. {You mean, I am supposed to live here! Do people here stand and sleep? How am I supposed to lie down in such a small space? And then add a roommate on top of everything!} [Now come on dear! What were you expecting in the middle of nowhere? Five star luxury? Very soon, you will be glad that the room is small, else it would have been a bigger mess.J] {Oh! Not a single ventilator? How am I supposed to breath?} [Well! I agree with you on that one. The rooms not facing the road are stuffy enough to make you gasp for breath.]
She goes into the balcony and the first thing in the line of sight is the small office room beyond the garden. [Absolutely, no comments about that place! If you get into the administrative complicacies and the rules and regulations of that place, then there won’t be any room for anything else!] She steps into the adjoining common room. {Wow! Such a big hall! And yes, it has got a TV!} [Ok! That excitement is worth it, because a big part of your hostel life would be spent there.] Now she’s on her way to visit ‘THE MESS’. [Oh! My dear, I didn’t want you to come out of your beautiful and ecstatic excitement so soon, but well, it’s completely your choice.] She steps into the mess. {Ok! So, it’s the mess. Though there is no home-cooked food, but the place seems to be a good substitute. Hey! The food is cooked right before your eyes! Cool! They have got a fridge as well.} [Don’t they! Just don’t open that fridge at all, if you still want to stay in your beautiful dream. It doesn’t work! And about the food-being-cooked-before-your-eyes thing, you’d soon understand that, had it not been cooked before your eyes, it would have been easier to digest!]
While she was still evaluating the mess, someone called me. When I came back, I discovered that I had lost track of her. I found myself smiling at the beautiful feeling of adventure and uncertainty that one gets, when one sees someone else in his/her own shoes. At times like this, one feels so strange seeing a special part of his/her own life being replayed by someone else. All the excitement and fun of my own first time experience of this place came rushing back, all afresh and renewed, with the only added difference that, this time I had the answers to all the questions.
At times like this, one feels the strangeness and unpredictability of life. At times like this, one understands the way, life makes us meet new and completely different people, makes us live in a totally strange and different place, and makes us live in a way which is completely different from the one, in which we had been living so far. Looking at the innocent face of my new junior, I wondered if she even had a shred of the idea, that she’ll be spending four of the most beautiful and glorious years of her life at this place, which would always remain etched in her memory like some fantastic fairy tale.
“Often in this crowd, there is loneliness to see,
 Often this loneliness crowds around me.
 These memories are so strange, curious and forlorn,
 They are all mine and come to me when I am alone...”

 

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IIT-JEE 2008-an overview
Chronicle Editor @ Aug 22, 2008
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Jee.pngIIT-JEE was held as single exam for admission to the IITs and other selected colleges for the academic year 2007-2008. Out of total seats, 15% seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste students and 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe students, besides 3% for Physically Handicapped candidates. There is also 27% seats planned for Other Backward Classes, and each institute will implement the quota for OBC over next three years. For this year, institutes plan for 9% to 13% intake of OBC students this year.

The total number of students who appeared for the JEE this year was 311.258 of which 8,652 were eligible to seek admission to 6,872 seats in IITs at Mumbai, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Chennai and Roorkee, IT-BHU Varanasi and ISMU, Dhanbad; in addition to six new IITs opened this year in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Bihar, Orissa, Punjab and Rajasthan.
In the Main Merit List, about 10% (840) selected were girls. The overall number of students appeared this year was 28% more than the last year. The number of students qualified for the Main Merit List is about 26% more than the available seats, as not all the successful students join the IITs, due to non-availability of branch or institute of their choice.
More details can be found on the official websites of IITs:
http://jee.iitr.ernet.in/aggregate.htm
http://jee.iitd.ac.in/index.html
The above sites contain lots of useful information and data analysis of JEE results and admission statistics for 2008. This is due to constant inquiries and threat of RTI to get more information. Among the info available are: opening and closing ranks branch/institute wise, marks verses ranks for students of different categories, subject-wise and overall JEE cut-off marks, JEE exam papers with solutions, method of scoring answer sheets, etc.
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Admission to IT-BHU for the academic year 2007-2008
Chronicle Editor @ Aug 22, 2008
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For this year, a total of 621 students were admitted to our institute, out of which 531 were from general category, 65 were from OBC category, 25 from SC category, and nil from ST category. As per govt. directive, the vacant seats for ST category will be carrying forward next year and will be filled from that category. 52 (8.4%) were girls. Last year our institute admitted a total of 599 students.

The students were admitted for 4 year B. Tech programs (total 10 programs) and 5 year DDI-Duel Degree Integrated M. Tech program (total 11 programs) and 5 year M. Tech programs (3 programs) for Applied Sciences. 467 students were admitted for 4 yr B. tech program and 154 for 5 yr M. Tech programs.
The opening rank was 1542. The top six preferences are arrived based on median IIT-JEE ranks of students in a particular class. (Median rank is defined as the one for which 50% students above it and 50% below it in the class.)
2008 Student Preference for Programs:

Preference
Programs
Course
Median Rank of the Class
1
Computer Science and Engineering
4-yr
2310
2
Computer Science and Engineering
5-yr dual
2896
3
Electronics Engineering
4-yr
2921
4
Electrical Engineering
4-yr
3404
5
Electrical Engineering
5-yr dual
3680
6
Mechanical Engineering
4-yr
3748

We are thankful to Prof. M. K. Ghosh, IIT-JEE coordinator for our institute, to provide us with JEE data of admitted students.

The complete list of admitted students:
We are pleased to provide the complete the list of admitted students, branch wise. This is based on official list received from the institute. For privacy concerns, Registration number, category (Gen/OBC/SC/ST) and JEE rank is omitted from the list. The names are arranged randomly branch-wise, sex and name-wise.

To view the complete list of admitted students, please click here.

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2008 admission statistics
Chronicle Editor @ Aug 22, 2008
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Here are some quick stats for your information:

2008 Programs and Students Enrollment:

Sr. No.
Programs
Course
No. of students
JEE Rank Analysis
Topper of 2008
Open
Close
Median
1
Computer Science and Engineering
4-yr
40
1542
2579
2310
Arvind Mohan
2
Ceramics Engineering
4-yr
34
4401
5343
5141
Keshav Dev Gupta
 
3
Chemical Engineering
4-yr
69
3794
4267
4099
Ms. Shruti
4
Civil Engineering
4-yr
46
3821
4369
4205
Abhishek Ranjan
5
Electrical Engineering
4-yr
50
2648
3588
3404
Gudipati Manoj Kumar
6
Electronics Engineering
4-yr
51
2312
3133
2921
Chakra Agarwal
7
Mechanical Engineering
4-yr
60
2880
3868
3748
Ajeya Gupta
8
Metallurgical Engineering
4-yr
40
3968
4827
4602
Varun Kumar Singh
9
Mining Engineering
4 yr
57
4860
5874
5666
Alluri Pridhvi Raj
10
Pharmaceutics
4-yr
20
5587
6595
6458
Ms. Soorina Sethia
11
Applied Physics
5-yr M. Tech
11
4024
4627
4329
Mayank Gupta
12
Applied Chemistry
5-yr M. Tech
11
4766
5477
5411
B Venkata Sai Chandra Shri
13
Applied Mathematics
5-yr M. Tech
11
3660
4147
4008
Rahul Rajput
14
Computer Science and Engineering
5-yr dual
11
1637
2984
2896
Kasturi Ravi Teja
15
Ceramics Engineering
5-yr dual
11
5058
5473
5424
Manasvi Tickoo
16
Civil Engineering
5-yr dual
11
3853
4449
4365
Akshay Kumar Pandey
17
Electrical Engineering
5-yr dual
12
3618
3722
3680
Akash Kumar Agarwal
18
Mechanical Engineering
5-yr dual
11
3487
3974
3924
Vivek Bharti
19
Metallurgical Engineering
5-yr dual
11
4570
5063
4936
Mayur Mittal
20
Mining Engineering
5-yr dual
11
5495
5896
5817
Ajay Chokhani
21
Biochemical Engineering
5-yr dual
11
4367
5153
4984
Yogeshwar Bhambra
22
Biomedical Engineering
5-yr dual
11
4259
5244
5028
Maullick Padia
23
Material Science
5-yr dual
11
4286
5045
4915
Siddharth Jain
24
Pharmaceutics
5-yr dual
10
5436
6662
6089
Gitesh Gupta
 
Total =
621
 

JEE 2007 top five rank holders among IT-BHU students:

Merit
Department
Course
Name
Rank
1
Computer Science and Engineering
4-yr B. Tech.
Arvind Mohan
1542
2
Computer Science and Engineering
4-yr B. Tech.
Ankush Goyal
1543
3
Computer Science and Engineering
4-yr B. Tech.
Gurpreet Singh
1629
4
Computer Science and Engineering
5-yr M. Tech.
Kasturi Ravi Teja
1637
5
Computer Science and Engineering
4-yr B. Tech.
Gaurav Mishra
1791

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