I am the alpha and the omega
March 03, 2004
Borkowski's Law
You can't guard against the arbitrary.

Firstly, I will bore you with bad news (for me atleast). I have been bumped (aka rejected) by MIT, on the grounds that there were too many other students who have applied and that it was not possible to select all of them. But the real reason that they hide behind the veneer of the rejection letter that they sent by the snail mail, courtesy the The United States Postal Service, was that my marks/grades/scores were not high enough. I truly accept that. It is well known in my college community that to get into MIT, it is necessary to have a Grade Point Average ( /10) above 9.5, which is no mean task by itself, and it would also be helpful to have two or three research papers in the field that which you are applying. Me satisfied neither of the criteria. So there.
If anybody wants a sneak peek into what an MIT rejection letter would look like, can do so with a special request.
Also, it may be possible that my inroads into the grounds of management studies at the prestigeous IIM's may have be foiled by the examination that is the CAT. It appears that I have not been called for the next stage of GD and Interview, when I checked in the website of IIM - Bangalore. I am not wholly sure of this, though my fears may come to hold truth when I recieve the official score card from the above mentioned Institute.
Doesnt matter. I wasnt much interested in Management myself, having only spent approximately 1300 Rs for the entire process (The CAT Application takes a sizeable chunk of 1100 Rs of that, a 30 Rs went for xeroxing a book of problems owned by my friends, and the remaining went towards transport charges for the two CAT's I belled).
There is some good news; whether it entertains you or bores you is upto you to decide. An email that arrived from the University of Washington, Seattle, congragulating me on that I may have recieved something to signify that I have got admission. I assert that I have no such thing in my hands, to my knowledge. I had applied for an MS in Electrical Engineering in VLSI/CAD. But the fact is that this is a slightly lower ranked universities among the ones that I had applied. But it seems to be expanding its group and lots of work i being done here, and it is rolling in funds. Lemme just wait and see.

On a completely unrelated note, a group of students, who have got very pissed of with the way things are done in IIT, have put up a notice, exposing the gross realities of the happenings and events in IIT which many of us have found to our displeasure. It also talks of starting a revolution/strike if things are not taken care of by the powers that may be. It did prove to be a quite interesting reading, and will sure be the discussion topic for some days to come, what with the elections close at hand (this weekend).
There was also a very interesting quote that they had put up, aimed at that powers that may be regarding their wanton misuse of power to spoil this institure. It read, as I recollect from my memory :
When a man enters the army, they give him a gun and ask him to lose his brains. When he quits, they take away the gun too.

Posted by satosphere at 10:03 PM


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