Each place is unique
Change how you look at it and the perception will change
Having spent 4 years at Department of Chemical Engineering & Technology, Panjab University,Chandigarh & now a year at Indian Institute of Management, Indore has made me realise how each institute has its own unique characteristics. I am not playing one against the other though it may seem so from the title. Just pointing the differences
1. Chandigarh is Chandigarh, Indore is Indore. Need I say more
2. The first and the foremost difference(which i think the entire PU community can relate with) between the two institutes is the attendance criteria followed. Though OFFICIALLY we were supposed to have 75% attendance at DCET, I know how many times people sat for exams having attended about 10% classes. IIM Indore on the other hand makes me attend 100% classes, almost :) Believe me, it was no easy task shifting from 10% to 100%
3. Something that I found a bit amusing was the IOCL
placement! IOCL was a dream placement for anyone at DCET or so shall be the case with any chemical engineering institute across India but IOCL wont attract a lot of "interested" candidates at any good B-School and the same is the case with IIMI. Ofcourse MBA n Chemical Engineering are different ball games altogether, I am just talking about the irony.
4. An IIM has a lot of advantages but it just cant match the Panjab University elections. IIM Indore has its SAC elections but they are no where near what a SOPU vs PUSU is. Oh my, that was an experience in itself especially if you were so closely involved :)
5. Ok, DCET may not be in a position to claim that the best girls in campus are in DCET but believe me, it wasn't that bad either. Come here and your views may change a bit. I anyhow can't complain about DCET, I did find a gud one :) Anyways, StuC was always at a walking distance. No offence to the girls out here, IIMI girls "can claim" to be more intelligent just because they are here. I know a lot of fellows from IIMI will seriously contest this claim :)
6. I think there were just a handful of movies that I saw during day time at DCET. We made it a point to go for the last show there could be but now with the 11:30 curfew, no late night shows are possible :(
7. Though I myself was not quite regular in classes at PU but sometimes I did and that felt like the biggest mistake during summers as electricity was missing most of the times. Here on the other hand, I dont mind attending classes with the air conditioned classrooms. One can enjoy the "chaen ki neend" for those 75 mins
8. Though almost no one attended the classes, the department was our favourite hangout. We just killed time sitting in the parking. Here, despite attending all the classes, no one ever "hangs out" in the academic block
9. This one holds true for Chandigarh in general. The BMWs n Audis n Mercs always made you turn around and take notice, besides the ladies ofcourse. I cant remember having seen any of these cars in Indore. Indoris may be modest but who likes modest!
10. Last but not the least, at DCET, I was a junior to Puneet Rooprai, Abhishek Verma & Heramb Balvalli among others.But, a question to dese 3-How do you like the change of fortune PGP1's :)
A lot of friends have read this blog and given their valuable suggestions. Some of them I cant incorporate because some things are better left to experience and some better untold but the rest I will put down.Special mention to Nikhil Sharma, Abhishek Verma, Prateek Mahajan, Arjun Moudgill, Jaskirat Singh & Abhishek Upmanyu
11. Panjab University hostels were generally filled with echos of punjabi abuses whereas out here it is quite different. People abuse in dere own languages which we don't even understand but sadly our punjabi #@#%#$%@R@ have become so famous/infamous that we can't get away that easily.
12. Though I have already mentioned how Chandigarh just stands out but one thing that I just havent got used to till now is the stark difference in the roads of the two cities. Chandigarh on one hand is a driver's paradise, Indore on the other is a nightmare.
13. CCD, Barista, Bakes n Beans, Java Daves, KFC, Nik Bakers..... were regular hangouts as they were maybe a 5 minute drive from DCET but now living 25 kms from the city which anyway has only CCD n Barista from the above list is a huge let down.
14. Come 14 Feb and Panjab University becomes the place to be(not that it is otherwise not but 14 Feb is in a league of its own). Guys maroaing gedis with their cars decorated with baloons n what not, girls dressed to kill and the celebrations at StuC. It is aweeee-wait for it-some. I remember having anchored a Valentine's bash and don't know many messages from secret admirers I delivered. In IIM Indore, 216 guys 24 girls and read point 5 :)
P.S.- IIM Indore is a great place and has its own advantages which DCET cant match, which will require another blog I think :)