JEE Advanced Results – The Making of Engineers

On the 18th day of June this year, a mad rush will commence. As the results of JEE advanced are ready to be released tomorrow (unless “technical difficulties” occur), it is natural for all the aspiring engineers to feel the pressure. As a senior I can say that I’ve been in your place too and I felt the same anxiety as I was waiting for my result to come out. My peers were too!

Such has been the anxiety this year, that we at DTU Times have been getting frequent enquiries about the JEE Advanced result and admissions procedure. While you read this article, some families are sitting in a “puja”  and praying to Goddess Saraswati, hoping for the best for their children. Some are busy donating things to those in need. Meanwhile, in some households sit children fuming at their relatives for pestering them about results on a daily basis. Long story short – IT’S HARD TO KEEP CALM!

By this time tomorrow, students would have mentally decided on the college of their choice.

By this time tomorrow, families will unite and celebrate. Celebrate because you did a fantastic job coping with the pressure of working hard these two years of your life. These two years make or break a student’s future – they say. They will celebrate because you’re taking a leap forward – a giant leap towards shaping your career. Celebrate because you deserve to bask in the glory of having lived through those two years. It doesn’t matter whether you end up getting a good rank or not. You already are one of the few top scorers who were eligible to sit for this exam. Most of you, going by the marks obtained in JEE Mains, already know you’re going to a good institute with certainty. Rest assured, DTU is all set to recruit the new batch of 2015-16 and once you step into the college grounds, there is no turning back. Life will begin in true means so good luck!

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Massive Tininess

-Satyarth Praveen, 3rd Year, COE

So you haven’t seen the movie, Fantastic Voyage? I haven’t either. You’d probably like it if you are a fan of cinema from the 60’s or 70’s. In the movie, some people shrink to the size of human blood cells to travel inside the body of dying people and save them. A heroic attempt one must say. Science doesn’t allow people to shrink. At least not yet. So, to carry out the life saving mission, we have nano-bots!

This article will tell you all about the latest on goings in this field!

Nano-tech is no longer a figment of imagination of movie directors and writers of the science fiction genre; it’s also the vision for all current scientific researchers.

There are a lot of things going on in this area and when it comes to research and innovations, the field has so much scope. A recent news inspired me to look deeper into this area and I’ve got some really interesting stuff to share. I’ll save the piece of news for the last. This fascinating invention deserves the build-up of suspense.

Till then, let me tell you about a few ideas and projects that scientists, physicists and chemists are developing together:-customDNA

  1. The Parabon NanoLab researchers have developed a new drug for combating a lethal brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme. Why is the drug so unique?

It was PRINTED, right, printed using a 3-D printer – molecule by molecule – using a DNA self assembly technique. And that’s not it, the DNA was CUSTOM DESIGNED using a drag-and-drop computer program. Amazing huh?

  1. Bradleeyey Nelson heading the Institute of Robotics and Intellegent Systems at ETH Zurich with his team, managed to design a Nanobot which can be injected inside the eye of a visually impaired person. It can then be controlled by a person to inject the exact amount of drug at only the required location inside the person’s eye. And this is supposed to cure the eye. Genius isn’t it?
  1. A team of Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have figured out how to genetically engineer viruses to convert pressure force into electrical energy.

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These materials are called piezoelectric materials. Current piezoelectric materials are difficult to manufacture and typically contain toxic metals like lead and nickel. The virus engineered by the researchers, self-assembles into a film. When pressure is applied, helical proteins on the viruses’ shells twist and turn, thus generating charge. Tapping a postage stamp size swatch roughly produces 400 milli Volts of electricity or enough to power an LCD screen. I’m pretty sure you could fit at least 30 stamps under your feet!

Paint these viruses on a dance floor and you got a power source for your club! Cool right?

  1. There’s even more. How does Self-Healing Material Sound? Nanofabrication has the potential to make a material just like that. These materials are expected to bleed and heal themselves whenever they are broken or cracked. Some polymers for example already have the ability to knit back together when torn or damaged. Researchers are more intently looking into designing something that could be sprayed on or put on the existing items like a protective coating that would save the item from getting damaged permanently by healing itself even if it gets scratched. Something like magic eh?

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Ok now the news that made me research all about nanotechnology:-

Latha Venkataraman, associate professor of Applied Physics at Columbia Engineering, with her researchers has designed a technique to create a Single Molecule Diode.

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This diode performs 50 times better than any of the previous designs and is the first singular-molecule design that might have real-world technological applications for nano-scale devices. It has a high (>250) rectification and a high “on” current(~0.1 micro Amps), as per the details     provided by Venkataraman herself. A single molecule capable enough to do that!

I don’t know if this research amazes you or not but I am pretty sure it does make it easier for you to visualize all the Nano-Tech knowledge I just bombarded you with!

COLLEGE FEST: A Fever with Adrenaline rush

Nisha Yadav talks about the craziness that any college fest brings with it.

– Nisha Yadav, 2nd  Year, MCE

It’s that time of year again when you start pondering over why the “Cute Puppy Picture” you uploaded yesterday on Facebook isn’t grabbing much likes. Well, take a deep breath because you are not the only one facing this sad torture.  Here begins the Era of Survival of the Fittest, bringing in cut-throat-competition, where everyone critically analyzes the parallel universes possible after liking a post of the newsfeed and performs malicious acts such as spamming for publicity.

1.4The energy, the noise, the competition, the cheerfulness, the Dramapanti, the fight, the shouting, the beauty, the grace, the absurdity, the adrenaline, the ultimate fever, ranging from cultural extravaganza to technical wizardry- there aren’t enough words to completely describe the College Fest.

It’s a time when the student population gets sky rocketed and you bump into people you never saw before. Some of them might even claim to be your classmate. From this strange crowd any random person you choose, will fit in one of the following categories:-

  1. THE Organizers

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These are the people who can never just sit back and relax. In few cases the irresistible temptation of free food and attendance is the culprit. While most of them probably got to hear in their freshman year that organizing an event will hone their “saaft skeels”.

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They stay back after 5 pm, overload themselves on the weekends, push their limit by managing time like crazy. They are like the pre-professionals who experience what it’s like to be working in a democratic hierarchy and meeting deadlines.  They are not scared by the last moment major changes as they believe in the ideology- “Toofano mei nauka paar karaane kaa mazza hi kuch aur hai!”

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Beep beep. Whatsapp. Trrrrrr. Call. Ping ping. Mail. For Voldemort it was his horcrux, for them it is the smartphone. Another excuse to convince yourself of the necessity to graduate from a sad dabba phone to a brand new smartphone.

NOTE: – Don’t ring the emergency helpline if you see them staring at their laptop or a piece of paper continuously for hours in the same pose.

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  1. The Non-Organisers

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They are the one who exploit every opportunity. Getting free attendance and free food is not a Herculean task for them.  “Eror 404: Exam not found” reads their Whatsapp Status. They are mostly spotted doing some kind of “Backchodi”. “Abhi toh Party shuru hui hai” tops their playlist.

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Don’t be dragged by the illusion that this crowd is “bholi bhaali” as some of them are very good critics dragging your audience away while few of them might be from across the border(the enemy society territory) trying to ruin your event.

  1. The Nerds

These One dimensional people are strongly committed in their relationship with textbooks. Whenever you ask them “Why are you studying now?  It’s a long semester we’ll get plenty of time.” They reply in a Sheldon Cooperish tone, “Study has been claimed to improve grades.”

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Their whole life revolves around the binary number system theory. They assign the digit 0 to Organizing fests and digit 1 to the academics. There’s no point in adding 0s unless there is a one at the beginning and during their whole college life they are working on fixing the 1 in its proper place.

last free adviceFree Advice: – Which ever category you’re in, remember – It’s your fest, make sure you enjoy it!

The Perks of Being a Cauliflower

It’s hard being clumsy. Garima Mishra explains how clumsiness is overrated.

                                                                                 – Garima Mishra, 2nd Year, EEE

Being clumsy is usually associated with being a damsel in distress. All girls who are clumsy by self proclamation hear this one pick up line.
“I’ll be there to catch you if you fall”
Which is heart melting the first time, good to hear the second and just plain repetitive the third.

Isabella Swan was lucky.

She had a vampire to save her from falling or in other words ‘public humiliation’. Actresses in hindi TV serials are lucky. Somehow they fall in slow motion, in just the correct direction, for the actor to catch them.

Let me introduce you to real life clumsiness.

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It’s not attractive. Or maybe it is if knocking over anything and everything in close distance seems appealing. In real life, if you fall, there’s something called inertia. So if someone does try to catch you, they’ll most likely fall too. Not very romantic is that?

It happens too soon.

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After you’ve fallen, someone definitely asks you “ kaise giri tum?”. If I’d known how I’d fall, I would’ve prevented myself from falling wouldn’t I?

How it happens.

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One of your feet gets in the way of the other or even some object and the next thing you know, you’re hugging the ground. And if you’re walking along with someone, err let’s just say the ground is pretty solid and doesn’t help you in hiding.

What do you do next?

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Get up sooner than someone can say the word ‘clumsy’ and run for your dear dignity. Hoping they’d forget the incident and let you live in peace.

Oh! But they don’t!

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They like reliving the moment and bursting out laughing. It wasn’t them who did the falling now, was it?

Being clumsy is work.

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It’s hard work. Really hard. So much for hoping we’d get a vampire to save us from the falls. Not to mention the bruises and bumps you get from falling so regularly.

AN OPEN LETTER TO JUNIORS

Some sound words of advice on what to do this fest season – offered by Vishal Gayakwar to his juniors.

– Vishal Gayakwar, 3rd Year, IT

Dear juniors,

Fest is coming. It’s that time of the year when you get more event invites on Facebook than you’ve received in the whole year combined. Students come to your class everyday with an event announcement and no matter where you go in the college, you see posters and banners everywhere. But the question is, do you respond to the event invites sent to you on Facebook and also do you think about going to the event after you have read the poster? If yes, then you are on the right track, but if your response is NO and you’re either in first or second year and you think that your time is better spent at home watching movies rather than attending the technical fest, here’s a little something to change your mind.

For all the first years, the exams are over and the results are out. This is your time. Join a society, obey your seniors and do everything with vigor and enthusiasm. If you’re not in a society, you should still participate in the tech fest. There are many societies which organize quizzes and have online events with good rewards. For coding enthusiasts, there are coding events to test your skills and intellectual capability. There are other events too, events that cost nothing but will give you a ton of fun. But the experience that comes with handling and participating in the events is everything. It will surely help you climb up the ladder in your senior years.

For all the second years. You sat at home in your first year during the fest and are planning to do the same this year too, but DON’T. You guys are in your prime and this chance to enjoy your fest is never going to come again. Join any society if it’s not too late and even volunteer in your friends’ events if the need arises but do NOT sit in your homes watching “FRIENDS” for the 100th time or so. There’s no better way to test your coding skills, before the internship companies come in August, than by participating in tons of tech events in the fest. Who knows you may go back home with some greens in your pocket. And think about what you want to write in your resume when the internship companies come, only marks that everyone scores or something extra. Eh?

There’s a reason these fests are conducted in every college. They let students explore their technical aptitude. Sometimes, organizing or participating in events brings out a different side to you which you’d never know to exist if it weren’t for the techfest. You’ll never know if you’re a team leader or only a team member or if you’re good at negotiating with someone, if you never try. Studying in one of the most prestigious colleges of the country, it’s really a waste to not enjoy all the perks that come with it. Do not miss this opportunity to explore what you are capable of.

Opportunities will always come knocking at your door. It’s your choice if you want to welcome them or not.

Completely our choice.

So make some really good ones this fest.

Yours truly,

A loving senior

Resolutions and the Reality Check

Ankit Kumar, 3rd year, Software Engineering

So it’s that time of the year again with all you highly motivated people making resolutions and believing that you’ll keep them and at the end of the year will be a totally different person altogether. I say – BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF AT LEAST!
PEOPLE! Make a resolution that you’ll start accepting your limitations and accept the fact that “bhaiya humse na ho payega”.

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Here are some of the highly popular and, at the same time, common resolutions which people make and what happens to them –

1) Resolution – I’ll reduce my weight and own a 6-pack ab. Come what may I’ll exercise every day for at least half an hour.

Reality – By the end of the third week of January itself, you’ll realize that you were way too carried away. How can one exercise every day and control their diet when the world is full of food, food and some more food!

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2) Resolution – This year I am going to be punctual.

Reality – This year I would like to believe and be in an illusion that I am being punctual.

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3) Resolution – This year I am going to cut short my expenses, save money and buy that amazing gadget which I always wanted.

Reality – Don’t worry. Blame it on the winter shopping sales. Or that once long lost friend who all of a sudden came from *enter some foreign place* and you had to be the perfect host and thus had to shell out some money.

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4) Resolution – I’ll keep my room clean.

Reality – Mommy’s dream. Our imagination. Hellooo!! Wake up. The first day of the year this resolutions get broken. Remember where you threw your clothes after coming back from the new year party late night? Oh you don’t. I don’t blame you.

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5) Resolution – This year I’ll stop sending candy crush requests.

Reality – “Bhai candy crush request accept kar le na. Please bhai. Dost ni hai?”

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6) Resolution – This year I’ll reduce/stop drinking/smoking.

Reality – Error 404.

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So what is your resolution?

5 Horror Movies To Watch This Halloween

Vishal Gayakwar, 3rd Year, IT

Halloween is here! And like many American things, we also seem to be influenced by this morbid festival. People usually dress up in scary costumes like Dracula or Frankenstein to scare people and if you’re going to a Halloween party this weekend, here’s a costume idea: dress up as Walter White from Breaking Bad in a black jacket, a black hat and a beard. Now that’s scary!

For the rest of us who’ll not be attending any such celebration of the macabre, what better way to spend Halloween than by watching some great horror movies! Here’s a list of five really scary movies to watch this Halloween.

Note: Movies like The Exorcist, Paranormal Activity, and The Conjuring are too mainstream.

  1. ROSEMARY’S BABY – Widely regarded as one of the scariest horror movies of all time, this 1960s classic will leave inside article 2you haunted forever. If you think a horror movie needs a werewolf, serial killer or an exorcism, watch this horror classic and it’ll change your mind. Rosemary’s Baby is eerily frightening with an ending so terrifying it leaves you paralyzed with fear. Do not miss this horror epic!
  1. REC – REC is one of those movies which don’t have amazing dialogues or a brilliant story but it will still leave you scared nonetheless. Filmed by a TV crew who stumbles upon something very strange happening around their apartment block, this movie is shot so brilliantly that you remain hooked till the very end. REC has spawned a very successful sequel which is as good as the first one. Watch it for the experience.
  1. THE DESCENT – Synopsis: A team of women exploring a cave find they are not alone…The Descent is a great horror movie and will keep you on edge till the very end. The movie is gripping with a heart stopping revelation at half time. Director Neil Marshall (who has also directed Game of Thrones episodes: Blackwater and Watcher on the Walls)has done a tremendous job shooting the movie in a cave. Really good!
  1. HELLRAISER – Hellraiser is one of the best horror flicks of the ’80s with a gripping story filled with a lot of gore and violence. The characters, make-up and special effects in this movie are truly flawless. This is a typical horror movie which fills you with dread while you are watching it and with fear once you have finished it. Hellraiser is one hell of a scary movie!inside article1
  1. PSYCHO – Halloween can never be completed without watching Psycho over and over again. Regarded as Alfred Hitchcock’s finest, this horror-thriller movie is one of the best movies of all time. From the very starting till the very end, this movie is a masterpiece and the characters, story and direction is just perfect. Who can forget the infamous shower scene from the movie and the sinister smile of Normal Bates. Lastly, do not forget to pay your respect to Anthony Perkins for portraying the terrifying Norman Bates.