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Friday, July 23

Yet Another First Day - The Proud Parents

The orientation day and the convocation day are the only two days when IIT Kanpur officially welcomes the parents on campus (as correctly pointed out by Jaya) and what a sight these two days present ! I always find it very fulfilling/amusing depending on whether or not my parents are among them :). Incidently, my parents decided to skip the first one which is kinda cool since I can now forever brag about being self dependent and confident and blah blah..
Now, it is very entertaining to interact with these parents. The are usually more excited than their ward, more worried, more eager to interact with others around them and very nice to talk to. Sample these:
1. These hostel rooms do not have ACs? (Excuse me !!)
2. Ye bagal wala room mere bachche ke room se bada kyon hai? (I swear the difference could not have been more than few inches if it was at all there. Sharp eyes !!)
3. Rooms me attached bathroom nahi hai? (common dude, we are talking about ready to plug in internet connectivity here and u are worried about bathrooms !! Grow up !)
I guess it is the anxiety of leaving a part of ur family out in the wild world may be.
The most unnerving things for most of the parents is that no matter how hard they try, they cannot find even a single professor or official anywhere during the orientation period. It is all students from top to bottom who run the show. Now parents are confused. It is okay that these guys are helping out but how am I supposed to just leave my kid with them. What about ragging? I want to atleast meet the professors who are going to teach him for 4 years. But alas ! There is little consolation. There are SGs. If u want higher authority, we have assistant coordinators. Not satisfied? Lemme present the coordinator ! And we are sorry to inform but this is the highest level of satisfaction we provide :D.
Another site to see is when a CSE dad is talking to a CE(civil) dad. It only takes one CSE dad to steal smiles from the faces of 10 other dads when he loudly proclaims that every other branch apart from CSE is useless or that so and so branches have no scope left. I can see why there is such enthu among students in the first year to get a branch change to CSE. More than anything else, it is about social status. Fortunately, all these ill rooted concepts are cleared from the minds over the years when they stay at IIT and learn that a person is worth for what he is and not for what branch he is in.
And this is what I have always liked about this place. It is all about freedom. All about leaving behind those rigid mindsets. The biggest lesson to be learned at IITK is that there are no hard limits that cannot be bypassed, no rules that are true irrespective of context and no person who isn't special in one way or other.


Jaya said...

He, he - not many people know that I have pointed out the "invitation to parents" part. My blog life seems to have grown rather complicated!

I was wondering if I could use this post of yours somewhere in FOTC.

abhaya said...

yeah I know but I felt that the credit was due. May be I should have said "as once pointed out by Jaya" instead of "as correctly pointed out by Jaya" :)

Ankur said...

100% true i find it-
>> All about leaving behind those rigid mindsets. The biggest lesson to be learned at IITK is that there are no hard limits that cannot be bypassed, no rules that are true irrespective of context and no person who isn't special in one way or other.
I think this is the most important thing to learn to respect others.

Arunima said...

good post. thanks for dropping by my blog too.

Piyush said...

Hi abhaga
I think parents are a nuisance after two days for the counselling service ...I heard that this time no of parents is large that iitk has made arrangements at community centre! ... Apart from the general and humourous questions you mentioned ,I came accross a very startling remark ...He said that this all counselling service is very ill managed as they have very short counselling sessions at other iits ...this means counselling service here is less efficient and more or less useless:D
viewpoints !!!
he went on to add that this all stuff (counselling) should be after academic session is started and not before as we ,the parents , have to stay here to see our wards through it !
I think it's high time that iitk to discourage parents to stay longer
after all they have to leave after 4 days ...why not before ?
hey and I came here alone too :D and it's fun!!!

abhaya said...

piyush: I completely agree. Apart from cases in which parents come from very far away (read south), I think others should be asked to leave as soon as possible but u can never stop anybody from staying in city.
I was also wondering about the unusually large number of parents around this time but I guess it has to do with the timing of orientation. Normally it used to start on Monday and this time it started on Friday. So parents had a free weekend to stay here.

Manish said...

Well Abhaya,

Your post has taken me to the day I set my foot for the orientation at IIT-K . I think that excitement at that time was more than excitement at Convocation.

First Sight of L7 and your in Love with the place.