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Friday, September 9th, 2011

JMIFET-RNF Technologies Student Mentorship Initiative

JMIFET and RNF Technologies jointly held a mentorship session today in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology Auditorium. RNF Innovation Cell was formally started off by Mr. Faisal Abbas Abidi, director and co-founder RNF Technologies, and Prof Majid Jamil, Officiating Training and Placement Officer, JMI. It is a unique initiative by JMIFET and RNF Technologies which aims to guide students on becoming successful entrepreneurs and choosing the right direction for themselves in their respective careers.

Prof. Majid Jamil welcomes Mr. Faisal Abbas Abidi

Prof. Majid Jamil welcomed Mr. Abidi to the Faculty and congratulated him on setting up RNF successfully in such a short span of time. While pointing out that 95 per cent of the JMI graduates end up in the corporate world, he exhorted students to look think creatively and not follow the herd. He also emphasized the need to consider other avenues as career choices such as civil services (IAS) and engineering services (IES) so that JMI can have a fair representation in these elite institutions.

Mr. Faisal Abidi holds an interactive session for the students of the Faculty

Taking over the dais from Prof. Majid Jamil, Mr Faisal Abbas Abidi said that the current lot of engineering students has developed an aversion to creative thinking and innovation, focusing instead on mugging up things for scoring maximum on the exams. He asked students not to follow the herd and suggested that they try unconventional, uncharted paths, which are risky no doubt, but give much better returns. He also pointed out that going for MBA straight after graduating may not be such a great option. This was a jibe against the conventional wisdom that admission in IIM is equivalent to huge pay packet. Instead he said that most of the freshers in IIMs draw about 7-8 lakh per annum.

Students take advantage from the session

Speaking about his summer internship experience at Swinburne University, Australia while in college, he said that it is important to apply to as many institutes and universities as possible. He also asked students to work on technical papers for national and international conferences. He reiterated the need to show quality work to the prospective university or employer through achievements in public competitions. In this regard, he mentioned organisations like Topcoder and ACM which organize international online coding contests through which companies like Google, Facebook, AOL, etc. hire employees. Mr. Raghib Khan, director and co-founder of RNF, was recruited by AOL on Topcoder.

He took questions from students afterwards. One student asked how RNF came about. Another student asked about his experience in Google. He was also asked how he managed seed money for the company. He answered these and many more questions eloquently, and was treated to a jubilant ovation at the end of the session. Questions, however, did not end there; there was a long queue of students waiting to meet the man one on one. A number of students also came up with their projects which are currently under consideration for the mentorship programme by RnF Technologies.

About RNF Innovation Cell

Mr. Faisal Abbas said that only those projects will be considered for funding by RNF Innovation Cell which make business sense and are economically viable. He asked students to submit as much documentation as possible about the project along with a prototype, if there was one. Interested students can get in contact with RNF Technologies at:

hr@rnftechnologies.com

Our first Anniversary!

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

“When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.”
- Anonymous

The above words aptly sum up the spirit with which JMIFET was conceptualized and brought about a year ago by its founding members. Today, a year later, it is gratifying to say that the journey has had been more of a celebration than a tedious task and more about dedication for the cause and vision which we had set out to seek. Much has been accomplished and much more needs to be done, and between these crossroads, in a bewildering rush of transformation, the JMIFET Project celebrated its 1st year of existence on 9th April, 2011.


It was attended by those inducted in the Project and its Co-ordinators in the FastTrax restaurant, Community Center situated in the New Friends Colony. The attendees were Ankit Talwar, Wasiq Zia, Imran Ali, Faiz Shamsul Haque, Chitra Belwal, Biplob Biswas, Mehwish Khan, Mohd. Aarif Khan and Pankaj Sharma. The ‘official’ cake-cutting ceremony was proceeded by a lunch, amid reminiscence of their times of fun and enjoyment by Ankit Talwar and Wasiq Zia, of the batches of 2008 and 2007 respectively.

In all, the moments that would truly define the spirit of the celebration were not only that the cake was shared with the underprivileged children, or when the whole team met and socialized for the first time, but also the feelings of contentment and pride in being members of a team, who came together to work for FET and its righteous due. And under the April Sun, in mirth and snatches of un-contained laughter, these are the moments of solace that render the journey truly worth the effort.

Long Live JMI FET!

Muhammad Aarif Khan
ECE 2013

This is the land of my hopes !! This is the land of my dreams !!

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

What is Jamia Millia Islamia ? What is its purpose ? Is it serving the purpose of its foundation ? These are few questions which come to my mind when I think how to make this initiative a success. To answer these questions I went back to something very basic, something which we don`t even consider our own. We don`t consider it to be part of Jamia Millia.

Its Jamia`s Tarana.

Here goes Jamia`s Tarana

This is the land of my hopes
This is the land of my dreams

This is where men with zeal stayed
Men who answered the leaders’ call
It is here that torn-off love
Found the cohesive chords
It is here that wayward passions
Formed into frenzied love
It is here that the wild tulip learnt
How to make the scar of heart aglow

This is the land of my hopes
This is the land of my dreams

This is the place of men of vision
And of those with a challenging thought
Every morning here is new
And every evening newer still
Different is this tavern
And different are its norms
Different are the dancing cups
And different is their dance
Here drinking begets thirst anew
And different is this tavern’s call

This is the land of my hopes
This is the land of my dreams

Here, conscience is the beacon light
And conscience is the guide
Here is the Mecca of heart resides the guiding faith
Ceaseless movement is our faith
And blasphemy it is to stay still
Here, the destined goal is the march on and on
Here, the swimming urge seeks
Newer and newer storms
Restless wave itself is our resurrected shore

Reading each line and feeling them makes me proud. It makes me understand the purpose of Jamia Millia.I`ve always been proud of Jamia Millia`s history. There is probably no other Indian institution which had to survive so much political opposition in its making without diluting its goals. Even the degrees awarded by Jamia were not considered valid in the time of the British. Jamia Millia was established during the Non-Cooperation movement. Responding to Gandhiji’s call to boycott all educational institutions supported or run by the colonial regime, a group of nationalist teachers and students quit Aligarh Muslim University, protesting against its pro-British inclinations and thus the foundations of Jamia Millia were laid.

During my preparation for the GD-PI stages of B-School entrance process I had to go back to Jamia`s website, to Jamia`s history and then I realized Jamia Millia is different, it is different from every other Indian university.So many sacrifices had to be made just for the mere existence of the university. Now when you see campus,when you see inter  faculty cricket matches at the Bhopal Ground with the Faculty of Dentistry in the background,when you see uth café which is so aptly named you got to believe that those sacrifices have been honoured.

Our past is glorious & our future bright.
No doubt about it.We know it.
But our purpose is to make sure that others know it as well and acknowledge.We should strive hard to make sure that when we mention the name of grad college as Jamia Millia Islamia, we should be proud and the person in front should be impressed and that would be true reward for the innumerous sacrifices made for the existence of Jamia.

Sharique

Gabon & Beyond!!

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

“Gabon  (pronounced /ɡəˈbɒn/; French pronunciation: [ɡabɔ̃]) is a country in west central Africa sharing borders with the Gulf of Guinea to the west, Equatorial Guinea to the northwest, and Cameroon to the north, with the Republic of the Congo curving around the east and south. Its size is almost 270,000 km² with an estimated population of 1,500,000. The capital and largest city is Libreville.”- Wikipedia.

I was always proud of my geography but I had to search about Gabon on Google Map & Wikipedia. It has been a week since we started the blog and we have statistics showing the mounting interest that the blog, and the website itself has created. We`ve had visitors from not only different corners of the country but from cities spread across the globe.

The number of visitors has gone down over the period of last 7 days but since the website/blog is a long term project, I am not really bothered by it. I believe that with increasing the functionality of the website the number will definitely increase. The main purpose here is not to have very high number of visitors but to have a sustained number and to fulfill the requirements the website is being developed for.

The idea of the website struck me sometime around August-September last year. I discussed it with Imran and we had thought about adding a lot of modules to the website. Now as we are up with it we are thinking about various new functionalities which we intended to expand the site over  and also those which we`ve been suggested. We also need to look out for a financial model which will ensure a regular inflow of money to keep the website up and running. We have discussed various models ranging from donations from the alumni to the google adds.  Now we are pondering over a few ideas and I would also like to invite suggestions for the same.

Lets talk about the modules/practices that I would love to have under this project:

  1. Social Networking Module : A module on the lines of Facebook. A platform where the members can form communities and can communicate with each other. Communities like may be JMI_FET_NYC or JMI_FET_2005 or JMI_FET_CIVIL_MIDDLE_EAST.  The idea here is not segregate the members but to integrate them under different banners and then finally integrating under the banner of JMI_FET.
  2. Job Portal : This has been the most important module ever since the idea of the website came up. We are discussing the feasibility of various models like Linked In or job portal sites like Naukri.com and Monster.com. This should cater to various requirements of the members. It should help the members in finding jobs/internships and it should also be an effective tool for recruiting an able candidate for an opening.
  3. Newsletter : Communication breaks all barriers. A post by a fellow alumnus mentions the feeling of being alien to the place. I feel this is because there is no communication. Once you passout of this place you rarely get back to the campus. There is nothing to remind you that you once belonged to this place.
  4. Alumni Database: An alumni database is also very important for a lot of different reasons. One of the main ideas behind the whole concept of this website was that once you know your alumni you can ask for thousand favors.

I don`t know how many of these are technically feasible. But I believe with this team nothing is impossible. The team has vision, passion, enthusiasm, skills and finally the will to make it a success. There are many other ideas which I believe can only be implemented at a later stage.

I request others to keep blogging and to keep giving feedbacks regarding the project. I`d also keep posting my ideas about how to take the project forward.

And yes I had to search for Gabon because we had visitors from Gabon as well.

Keep Blogging
Sharique Chishti
Enrolment Number : 2KI-1632

My first thoughts

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

No doubt its a great initiative and kudos to the team for actually going ahead and taking a step forward. A series of such steps and that may transform into a successful journey. I wish it does.

Only a couple of points from me:-

1. About Jamia being reduced to a CV point for alums – it does if you get better CV points and if CV points is what you are looking for (no doubt that’s what most MBA programs train for) but I have always believed its at least as much, if not more, about what you can offer to the institution then what you can get out of it.

Had written about it 4 years ago and my opinion has not changed since so just copying the link for those who are interested (sparing agony to those who aren’t). Read here.

2. Need for free thinking and appreciating conflict of opinion – I see that the posts in this blog are being moderated, they should be submitted for review first. I believe that in order for any community to come up & grow, a flow of free thought process, healthy arguments and discussions are essential.

Regards
Gaurav Narang

The Initiation and the Times to Come

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

Greetings Everyone

Perhaps, a quick introduction is in order at the outset.
My name is Kumar Pratyush, and I graduated from the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi in 2008.

Subsequently I went on to complete PGDBM (Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management) from the Management Development Institute (MDI) in 2010. I shall now take up a position with Axis Bank in the Marketing function this June. I read, I write, I talk and I do a lot of them.

Moving on to greater purposes in life, this evening I was the audience to an impassioned plea by a fellow alumnus to contribute something to the FET blog. Therefore, essentially, I absolve myself from responsibility for all the randomness that follows! :)

Let me take this chance to extend my heartiest congratulations for the effort put in by the Web-site team. I am told that this is the fruition of an effort that’s been going on since the September of 2009. I am glad that young blood at Jamia has the purpose, resolve and resourcefulness to come up with something so creative and hopefully useful.

A word about the alumni and ‘home-coming’ now. Yes indeed, the alumni network is extremely important and should be a critical thrust area for any institute to thrive. However, I shall be honest here. I no longer feel the same level of connect that an alumnus should. Perhaps the lackadaisical ways of the administration takes some blame. Two years after graduating from the hallowed portals of the college, I haven’t received a single communication from the powers that be, except for the Convocation invitation! To put things into perspective, I’ll give an example of how things work in prestigious universities abroad. I recently returned from ESCP-Europe, Paris after spending a term there as an Exchange student from MDI. Now, I don’t even have a degree from the University, and yet I receive at least two emails updating me on all that’s been happening with the place, it’s alumni and it’s faculty. This ensures that ESCP occupies a top of the mind recall for me, and if the time so comes, I’ll have a bias for action towards the college!

On the other hand, slowly, but surely, Jamia is just being reduced to a bullet point on my CV! Now, given this state of affairs, I am convinced that this blog (and the upcoming stages 2 & 3) are just the right initiation, the proverbial shot in the arm needed to establish the connect.

I enlist some suggestions here, that in my humble opinion can bring greater glory to your efforts. :-

  1. Build up an extensive Alumni Database complete with the Alumni’s current positions, contact details etcetera. The FET is over 20 years old now. Several of it’s graduates would now occupy prominent places in industry and academia. Reach out!
  2. Send out regular (and that doesn’t mean once a year!) feelers and updates to the Database. This could be in the form of a short newsletter.
  3. Enlist the active support of Faculty and Administration. Some words from your favorite professor can work like magic to an alumnus’ ears! Make this official and make this big.
  4. Get more people on board. I can see that with the impending expansion of scale and scope, you’ll need more manpower. These people should ideally be enthusiastic young current students. People like Ankit, Shariq and Deep are likely to get busy with their careers sooner than later.
  5. Establish a clearer raison de etre. Ask yourself: Why do you exist? The current 5 point vision is ambitious, but it isn’t exactly concise and clear. One could use the famous Porter’s ’5 whys’ technique here. Go on asking a why for your purpose until you arrive at a distilled and precise purpose. Then begin work on it.

With the right attitude, and the right people, I am convinced that you can take this far, and ensure that FET’s brand is strengthened to the position that you want to see it at.

I guess I have written more than my fair share here now. So, I’ll sign out and wish you great luck for the times to come! May the force be with you!

Best of most things
Pratyush