Wednesday, July 15

More "females" at IIT Madras: Naya batch, nayi umang, nayi taazgi

I am suffering from home-induced boredom. I am currently reading a book called Flying High in a Competitive Industry, about the airline industry. Coincidentally, the book is co-authored by Uss' uncle (Really!) and offers amazing insights into the industry.

My daily allowance of milkshakes and "maa ke haath ka" khaana is directly proportional to the number of hours I devote to teaching my sister and inversely proportional to the volume of hair on my head. In such a scenario, my usual day is spent reading and re-reading the two newspapers at home; watching the 24X7 news channels and their unbelievable coverage of why Kambli is weeping (again) over Tendlya and how Rakhi Sawant's Swayamf**kingwar is moving ahead. Ofcourse, the odd metro bridge that falls in Delhi and Bangaldesh beating WI in a test match are news news.

My trustworthy BSNL (oxymoron?) internet connection is the only possible outlet where I can control what happens to me. Naturally, I am addicted to Gmail-Twitter-Facebook-Blogger in that order.

Facebook, notwithstanding the chutiatic quizzes it hosts, is a good way to keep a tab on friends and your distant relatives and their relatives. I was, as usual, doing nothing on Facebook when I noticed Gayab's status message. And since a picture is worth a thousand words, here goes:

Further to Kuju's instigation on Facebook, I thought I should articulate here :-)

So, I did cross-verify and found it to be true - IIT Madras will see something unprecedented and it will surely make Sibal happy: The number of girls in the incoming batch is 83, which is about 80-90% (spare me the math please) higher than previous year and I can safely say is the highest ever for my beloved insti. The number of boys in this batch is 590. Avantika, in the meanwhile, got out of her twitter-dormancy to remind me that it is "despite the contribution of MAs". Indeed, how can we/I possibly forget MAs. Mea culpa; so add another 20 girls and 10 boys (2:1 = wtf, I know).

Therefore, 103 girls and 600 boys. It is 1:6. I have learnt to put things in perspective, so the perspective is this: In my batch, there were 45-odd girls and 500-odd boys -that's a straight 1:10. It hasn't dramatically improved over the last three years, infact, I doubt if it has improved at all! So, this 1:6-ness is pretty amazing! Kudos to Sibal for rigging it and us for a stellar counselling performance. :-P

Interestingly, when I checked out the CCW website for the list, it was funny to find the "JEE 2009 HOSTEL ACCOMMODATION IN SHARAVATI HOSTEL FOR FEMALE". I think there is a serious need to sensitise the administration. I mean, how derogatory is it to say 'female' when you really mean 'girls'.

Some other things I could note:
  • ED has 4 girls in this batch - that is an all-time high. The counts in the previous years beginning my year have been 1,1,0,3 and 4! (I think the total seats increased from 30 to 45 too)
  • Alak has 60 freshies! Yay! That translates to a modest 2 Basera-trips-per-freshie-per-sem, which is absolutely not violating any human rights.
  • There are no freshies in the new hostels - Tamby/Mahanadi et. al. So, for all the enthu that Gayab and Kuju put, the only tangible benefit for them is the increase in the Sharav 18-year-olds. Ofcourse, it benefits the whole institute and improves the ambience of the place. Not too sure whether fifth-year is the right platform to leverage it though :-P
To a bright new semester :-)


Kuju said...

Hey I would like to take that as a compliment. Our efforts bearing fruit in the form of a higher female strength. Haven't I always told you that I have 'fundaes' with Mr. Sibal.

Anonymous said...

Came across your blog for the first time. Your style is humorous, loved it. And yeah jump from 1:10 to 1:7 is a big achievement for iitm.

Anonymous said...

I've always wondered just how it could be possible that no one else thought that "females" was a ridiculously immature way of referring to girls...

And I know, the timing is awful, even though I'm a year younger. :)

Anonymous said...

1. It is really a breach of privacy on the part of CCW to put up the list with so much information so openly! They suck, as usual.

2. Let me make a sexist remark, that is based on irrefutable statistics :). The JEE was probably simpler this year :P.

Vikas Shenoy said...

@ Kuju, ofcourse it is a compliment. Pardon my poor choice of words! Shaastra, for sure, has fundaes with Sibal - last year, someone from his office called for accomodation for some students during Shaastra! :P I could assume your connections as well.. ha ha.

@ uitdruk, Thanks! and indeed.

@ rambling perfectionist - Year younger is OK - trust me! ;-)

@ Anonymous - I like you! :-)

Phani Kishan said...

Dude, If I'm not wrong there were about 80 odd girls last year too! :) And even if there were a hundred girls it remains to be seen if they are of 'aesthetic value' to the campus. :P

PS: I do NOT objectify women!
PPS: Somehow the word female doesnt sounding offending to me - though its kind of trippy! :)
PPPS: I was just wondering if there was "JEE 2009 Hostel Accomodation in Sharavathi Hostel for Male". ;-)

jimmy said...

Here's a comment that would annoy you:


Archana said...

Daily allowance of milk shakes directly prportional to the number of hours you devote to teaching your sister and inversely proportional to the volume of hair on your head - LOL :-))Your post really made me smile Vikas :)The title of your post is also such :)) As I mentioned earlier,you have a flair for writing.A very well written post!!!

Archana said...

and yes,I too feel the word "female" is definitely not a polished one to use.I'd rather prefer "girls" to "females".Good to know that there are people who support me :)

Dharav said...

I came here to comment on your post on stoichiometry/indian-education...

...then i saw this post.

Been laughing since then at my contrasting states of mind :D "before" and "after"

Dharav said...

And now that there are quite a few comments on your style of writing, well...

we get tired of visiting blogs that have this heavy Indian Shakespeare kind of feel to them, stuff that no one talks about & expressions that no one uses. Your posts, contrastingly - are what you'd say in a live session. Noticeably spontaneous!

Vikas Shenoy said...

@ Phani Kishan,

Dude, you have had your alloted share in the insti! :-P

@ Jimmy,


@ Archana,

I must really thank you for being the most frequent commenter and such an ardent (if I may) follower of my blog. Your comments are a real motivator! Apart, every time you comment, it reminds me of Dharik, coz that's the only thing I know about you! :P

I'll ask Rik about you!

@ Dharav,

Thanks (assuming it's a compliment) - that's a great insight. Spontaneity - interesting. :-)

Phani Kishan said...

All my concern is for the others! :D

Anonymous said...

Hilarious title :D

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