Akash Gangil

Akash Gangil, placed in Morgan Stanley, shares his experiences: 
Please tell about all companies you appeared for and the placement process for the companies.
I strictly stuck to the point of sitting only in companies that offered a technical profile.
Adobe, Cisco. DeShaw, Yahoo, Microsoft, Directi, Morgan Stanley.

What advice would give for preparing various stages of placements?
Before placement session  
I would strongly recommend books: Yashwant Kanetkar, Crack, Tanenbaum.
During the placement season
Test you C skills, and solve as many questions as possible, from various sources such as algo-geeks google group, geeksforgeeks, and UCB's undergrad's forum.

How much importance should be associated with academics? Are they the only deciding pointer for placements?
Having more than 70 % is good. But it depends on the company. Normally, all the good tech firms don't give much priority to the percentage after short listing candidates.

What all internships and projects did you do in four years at NSIT?
I did the following internships:
1) Google Summer of Code Student in 2009.
 2) Google Summer of Code Mentor in 2010.
Both with Tux4kids as the organization.
I also did a summer internship with MILLEE, a HCI research group in IIIT-Hyderabad.

Could you elaborate on the kind of work you undertook and the efforts required acquiring these internships?

Google Summer of Code is a program sponsored by Google, where students get paid for working on various open source projects of their interest. Easily, the best internship anyone could ask for in his undergraduate years, for the sheer exposure it offers. One gets to learn about a lot of different aspects regarding software development apart from "coding". Additionally, it offers a great stipend too. The student handbook would be able to answer most of the questions a beginner may have.
I applied for it during the second year. The application process was entirely online. I got selected for an organization called "Tux4kids". The work that went into the project was a good learning experience. Fortunately, it turned out to be a successful project.
Here I would like to share two things that are very important with regards to GSOC
(a) Self-Research: One should have tried to find the answer/solution to his problem before asking it anywhere. Often, mere googling can solve most of the problems, as they are so common that many people have already faced it, and solutions are out there in the open.
(b) Initiative: Instead of waiting for instructions from the "project mentor", one should be suggesting ideas of how a particular problem could be solved or how something can be done more efficiently.
Useful Links:
1. www.google-melange.com
2. http://www.booki.cc/gsocstudentguide/
3. http://tux4kids.alioth.debian.org/
4. http://google-opensource.blogspot.com/2011/02/flip-bits-not-burgers-student-guide.html
 Winter School - IIIT-H:
This was organized by CMU in collaboration with IIIT-H. The program duration was ~23 days and was divided into three tracks: CSCL , Speech Learning, Educational Games Track. I applied for that games track which was organized by MILLEE. My work here was concerned with developing basic J2ME games, and working on a framework that logged the players’ action and generated data (graphs) which could later be used for further analysis. This program definitely provides a good opportunity for people who want to find out more about research in general. Also, a few selects are awarded with a paid summer internship at CMU.
1. http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~cprose/winterschool/index.html
2. http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~mattkam/lab/millee.html

Any advice on how to approach teachers for performing projects under them?
You should have a fair idea of the field of research of the teacher you are planning to take a project under. Then you could either have something of your own or ask the teacher if he has any projects he would like to give it to you. The former approach is better, even if you don’t have it completely refined as it shows you have done some homework, instead of just approaching them randomly. Next important step, is following up the teachers, and taking the initiative. Many times you would have to get the work done yourself.

How would you rate the interaction between seniors and juniors in NSIT?
I only know selective juniors. You only know the seniors/juniors you work with. Everyone could benefit if this could be build up in a way that is mutually beneficial to both the seniors as well as juniors. Getting more useful sessions on Wednesday on software principles and technologies that are usually not taken up in classes would help.

Would you like to impart any advice for the freshers and the juniors? 
 Try to find out what are your interests. A good way to start this is trying everything and then crossing them out from your list. This helps when we are confused.
One thing you hope changes in NSIT for the betterment of the student community?     
Apart from the administrative issues, more meaningful workshops and hands on sessions should be organized.
This would help in making people aware of the new paradigms that are followed currently. The ‘technical’ societies could take this up, provided they take it seriously and not just for the sake of organizing events.
What would you regard as your best memory in NSIT?
For me the best memory would definitely be the last day at hostel.
*Please feel free to add any information or experience you feel would help
your juniors.*
It would be great if one can figure out what he/she really wants to do in the future.
Even narrowing down to technical, managerial or something else would be great. As most the people try to chase everything, rather than fixing their goal onto one specific thing.
Akash Gangil
IT Analyst, Morgan Stanley
IT, Class of 2011, NSIT
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