Topper Interview : Punnyasloak Dewanjee

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Ranking high scores have always been an important agenda from school level to college level. But as years pass by, the competition has seemed to be increasing among children. The zeal to give their best has increased leading to demand of students who have higher percentile or higher CGPA. Today we have one such student who is one of the high scorer in his class and he will be sharing hos experience and stories.

Lets know from him, what are the techniques and simple secret of his success :

Q: Please tell me something about yourself in short. What is your stream and what is your area of specialisation?

I am Punnyasloak (Prinon) Dewanjee, am an electronics and communication engineer from VIT University, India. I am member of IEEE and have done my major in ECE and minor in MBA.

I am a fresher, but I am a hard as well as smart working person and passionate to gain more and more knowledge. As an ECE engineer my motto in life is to gain an electronics engineering position with a manufacturing or an aviation company where my engineering and managerial skills can be utilized in creating schematics for both new and existing electronic products and leading the administrative workplace as well. Also, I want to become a very reputed person of the company.

My current research interest includes Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). This is all about me. Thanks for giving me the wonderful chance.

Q: Was engineering your choice from the beginning?

There will always be a demand for skilled engineers in many different fields, some of which are exciting and beginning to emerge in the World economy. If I am to be honest with you, I can jot it down to 3 basic reasons behind me opting engineering. First, engineering is the ultimate field for challenge and creativity. Secondly, the skills that you develop as an engineer are incredibly valuable and highly sought after, which you can apply anywhere. Thirdly, as an engineer you will rank amongst the highest paid professions in the world, even as a graduate. Your unique, universal skill set will enable you to work in almost any country in the world (and beyond!).

Q: What do you think about the difficulty level of your stream as compared to other streams or subjects?

It’s all about your perception how you view different streams. All the branches are equally difficult and equally easy. It is your level of comfort which varies with the interest in the field.
Mechanical Engineering deals with the subjects like SOM, Thermodynamics and Engineering Dynamics to name a few. It is the branch of physics which covers design, production and operation of machinery.
Civil Engineering includes study of subjects like Design of Steel Structures, Reinforcement of cement concrete etc. It deals with the design, construction and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment, including works like roads, dams, buildings, bridges and canals.
EEE and ECE are commonly confused with each other. EEE is Electrical &Electronics engineering wherein you study the theory and applicability of electrical systems in different environments, Study of power systems and a basic knowledge of electronics subjects. ECE on the other hand is Electronics &Communication Engineering. It covers analog transmission, basic electronics, solid state devices, integrated circuits and basically the effect of electrons on the devices which use electricity as a driving force.
Just by giving you a mere brief of all these branches, I cannot help you decide on the fact that my branch is tougher than other streams. I would rather like to say that this decision should be well judged and weighed for all pros and cons in terms of your passion as in why you want to be an engineer and what will you do after that, your field of interest, your returns on investment i.e.: the fee you invest in, future job prospects along with avenues for higher studies. The branch you decide to take up should not entirely be based on the industry records or the fat pay cheques associated with the jobs; it should focus on your field of interest. As it is my passion to acquire more knowledge that drives me and motivate me to work hard and teach well. Once, a person loses interest in the field, he or she will find everything difficult.

 

Q: Parents today are diverting their children to become doctors and engineers. Is there really no scope in other fields?

If you ask me why they are doing so, maybe because this is the easiest way to be financially stable in today’s competitive world and maybe to some this is the easiest way to be happy in the corporate world. But if you ask me should they be doing so, “ABSOLUTELY NOT”. I think each and every sectors has its own role which plays an important role in the society that too in a developing country like us. Well now a days with the plethora of opportunities available nowadays, one need not conform to age-old norms. Any change is difficult. We just have to unlearn and re-learn different aspects and approached with an unbiased mind. We should be exposed to all career opportunities because their minds are impartial and open. It is necessary to learn about our area of interest from an experienced person in that particular field.

Q: How is technology playing a role in the current education system?

Quite simply, Digital Education System is the next architecture which is giving a new dimension and a system which will impart as well as improve all three main components of learning namely contents, learning methodologies and teaching methodologies. It is a dynamic system, which will completely digitize the traditional education system.

There are many problems faced by traditional education system, i.e. all the activities in the organization are carried out manually, teachers have to maintain all the chapter contents to be taught in the class on paper, attendance records are maintained in register books, keeping a track of teaching progress is also a cumbersome task. Whereas this system will prove to be beneficial not only for the organization, but also for teachers, students as well as parents. It will help in scheduling of class lectures, managing library activities and lectures, managing teachers as well as student’s notes, students will be able to get all the contents taught in the class and view class history online from home. They will be able to attend extra-curricular classes and tutorial classes available in school itself through tutorial modules

This system will make teaching very effective. The teaching contents will be easily manageable without carrying any paperwork. There will be no need for a teacher to remember all the teaching contents, the sequence of contents and time to teach the contents. Teacher just has to click and drag any multimedia contents, real-time 3d contents and interactive applications related to syllabus which can be shown in the class which will help the students to remember many concepts more than through the traditional way of teaching.

Although this all matters from person to person’s perspective of seeing things done and opinions. I think change is good.

Q: What do you think of various online courses available for the students nowadays?

According to me, there is no invention till date which does not have both advantages and disadvantages. Like that online and offline education system has both advantage and disadvantage. I would say it depends on the student and the program. Some kids excel in online-based learning and some do better with a teacher in front of them. However, the quality of the instruction has a huge impact on student success.

Right now, many online courses are designed in such a way that they demand very little student engagement. Furthermore, students often don’t have a particularly strong incentive to keep up (so procrastination is common). With that all said, it’s not really any worse than the traditional model of lectures, as studies show that students don’t get very much out of them either. But the technology is there for everything to change very soon. In fact, it already was there many years ago. It’s just that (for whatever reason), online courses (especially those that use software to do the teaching) have often charged far more dollars than they really needed to charge (and this provided a HUGE profit margin for anyone who did online education). Even though they hardly need to charge much at all.

Then the question comes then WHY online education?

Well, it offers quite a lot of benefits that influence engagement and effectiveness, like gamification, micro-learning, more streamlined content, m-Learning – that list could go on for even longer. Sure, sometimes students aren’t motivated enough, but in my opinion that’s not necessarily a “feature” of online learning – that unmotivated students are the ones that play Candy Crush during offline learning sessions.

In any case, it’s becomingly increasingly clear that while traditional education can’t scale (you put more money into it, and there’s still an extremely high chance that nothing will improve), online education (through tutorials) is far more scalable (and it *can* be personalized and far more interactive, if only administrators actually had any ability to recognize good pedagogical+ interactive software).

At the end, every learning mode has their own pros and cons. Nobody can guarantee a single learning mode to be 100% perfect. Instead of comparing the merits and demerits of these modes they should supplement each other.

Q: How do you think PROCTUR can help students like you?

Proctur is a platform that connects me with not only professors, but also my faculties with me and my parents to keep this whole process a developmental one. I am very happy to be the part of the team where we will be working towards the same goal i.e. getting us and our future moulded.

Q: Do you have any message for juniors?

Just focus on your career building and develop yourself as a good human-being so that you can also be the part of these beautiful constructive society.