Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Something Special

Life also throws up sweet surprises! And often it comes as an education. We educators at IITkgp take pride in working round the clock, often more than 16 hours a day, even being a Government servant!

So it was an eye opener for me to work as a trainer cum coordinator of a short term course involving seven very special people. Their enthusiasm and energy, eagerness to learn were something I have never seen in more than ten short term courses I have participated so far and almost a half of them as a coordinator.

One example may elucidate my point. Like any other day they were there in the class room five minute ahead of time. After a grueling 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. work out that involved 6 theory classes and 1 lab. session they reached their hostel at about 5:45 p.m. Soon after, I received a set of new books on audio, video processing which we wanted to gift them. At about 6:30 p.m. I knocked the door of the senior most person of the group in the hostel with those books. What did I see? He is reading and taking notes from two books which we had given earlier. And the person had been very humble about this.

The point that a good number of participants having backgrounds other than engineering remained glued to the course for six consecutive days with no signal of fatigue was something extra ordinary.

At the end, I must say that it had been a very unique, endearing and educative experience for me. My special thanks and sincere regards to these special people.

P.S. : I know that many posts are due from me whether it is Goa Workshop, Industry Academic Meet at Kolkata or NSS meet with the children. It is end sem time along with deadlines for book proof checking, sponsored projects, technology licensing etc. etc. I'll be more regular when I get some breathing space.