Its been two months since I again became a student to do my second Master of Engineering in my core branch i.e. Electrical Engineering. The first day of M.E. (Power Systems Engineering) was a portent of what lay ahead. Getting up at an unholy time (6.45 am), bathing so early in morning, attending class from 8 to 11 and taking classes after that till evening are totally draining me out mentally and physically. For those who remember my earlier post on categories of students and those who were curious to know my classification, nowadays I can be classified as
# The First Bencher :- One of my Professors in M.E. writes on the board in such a small cursive handwriting that it is not resolvable or readable from the first bench even with a pair of binoculars. Though I admit I haven’t tried using a binoculars yet. Maybe I would one day. When I was the class monitor in school, then only I’d learnt that one has to write for the audience not for oneself on board. Another speaks in low voice and another’s subject is so boring that I have to sit there to avoid sleep.
# The Yawner :- Just as the Professor turns his back to us, I yawn and stretch. 6.45 am is like dawn to me.
# The Stimulator :- In all the 5 subjects, there are only two which really interest me and I’m active in that class. Whether I’m fun to teach or not , that only my professors can tell.
The Professors teaching in this course inspire me to do a post on “What not to do as a Teacher”. A teacher attending another teacher’s class gives him/her a better understanding of the art of teaching and makes him/her analyze consciously or subconsciously the good and bad points. The most important thing about teaching is that a number of qualifications and experience need not mean he/she is a good teacher. I’ve this Professor who is a Ph.D from Roorkee in Electrical Engineering but he teaches assuming that we already know the subject (which is by the way totally new to us) and sets us impossible assignments. He only explains the solved problems and doesn’t believe in solving one himself so as to show the procedure at least once. He expects we all know MATLAB programming which is similar to C and C++ programming and which we of course know!! Dude, we are from hard core Electrical!! So I got my first assignment and frankly I have no clue how to write a MATLAB program for it. (Yes, yes I know I’d resolved to learn MATLAB. No need to rub it in). So if any of my beloved readers know it, please help me by giving the program.
Next Professor is one who has like 9 years of experience but all he does is look from his notes and teach. The undergrad students have told me a true incident in which once his notebook’s current page turned due to air and he started dictating from that new page!! In Engineering teaching profession, once a Lecturer/Professor has build up a substantial experience in number of years, then nobody dares to raise a finger at them. They earn not because their skills but because their experience. So the onus of clearing my exams lies on my shoulders only. And here is a sample of what I’m going through.
So as you can see and understand, I really have the urge to be The Resourceful in my upcoming tests this weekend but I can’t do that. So I guess I have to rely on my IQ of 146 as estimated by this website (Thanks Vishesh for giving me the link) for helping me clear my exams. The results are displayed below. Very gratifying indeed!! (First it gave 152 then in depth analysis report gave 146!! Unfair!)
And I hope the world does come to an end as being hyped by Indian media due to the World’s largest experiment to test particle physics theory to be conducted on 10 September 2008 so that my tests will be cancelled.
P.S. My numbers of posts per month are continually decreasing and so is my habit of prompt reply to comments on my blog as well as commenting on others’ blogs as soon as I read a post. And now have got these tests around the corner. Kindly excuse me. I lead a dual life.