Linux Users Group is organizing a Linux Open Week from 23rd-28th of March sponsored by Fedora. The main aim of the event is to create awareness about Linux and Open Source among the student especially, though people from all walks are welcome to attend. It comprises of Introducing people to Open Source, Install fest, teaching how to use Linux to newbies, developers and hacking open source softwares.

The event is as:

  • 23rd March : Introducing people to the world of FOSS ( Free and Open Source)
  • 24th March : Pre-Install Fest, necessary precautions before installing Linux.
  • 25th March : Install Fest, installing Linux on the laptops of students. Fedora 11 would be provided
  • 26th March :  User’s Day – Each and every Linux user is not a power user, so telling them how to use Word Processor, configuring  the system, using IM client, installing additional softwares etc
  • 27th and 28th March: Developer’s Day: Since it a technical college, we can expect people with technical expertise who want to improve their scope and venture out in new fields. This day is aimed at them to learn the basics of using developer tools and how to install different languages on their Linux distribution.
  • 30th March: Hackathon – We can even expect some hackers at the scene who would be interested in trying out their hands on Open Source softwares since their code-base is open. ( Note we meant Hackers not Crackers)

The Open Week is Sponsored by Fedora, posters and Free DVD kits are being provided due to Fedora community’s willingness to spread the spirit of Open Source. Check out the posters below designed by Sheeladitya Mukherjee

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I have heard that many colleges make their videos for publicity,promotion and showing off the campus. Many colleges even mail such documentary videos to show off the lifestyle at the place. Usually life is not so interesting in colleges which are far off the main city.

This video was made on the occasion of 50th anniversary of KMC Manipal. It truly shows from what diverse culture and ethnicity people belong. They have lots of harmony amongst themselves. Have a look at this and you will come back every time, again and again to have a look.

This post is meant for people who are not living in Manipal. Obviously for people who live there dont need any description of the lifestyle.

Before I was about to join my college, there was a deep confusion going on due to the fact that MIT’s placements were too poor 4-5 years back. While joining people used to say me “Why u going there, placements don’t exceed 20% any year”. At that time I didn’t have any other option, so joined the college.

Now looking back at the history I feel, that it was so apt that I didn’t listen to people, hundreds of people will give you advises, many of them advantageous and many not, its upto you which you wan to listen and which disapprove. The placements at our college is soaring new heights, many many major companies are scheduled to arrive when college reopens including Deloitte, Yahoo, Cisco, EMC2, Microsoft, Honeywell etc etc.

So far TCS, Infosys, Accenture and Wipro have made their visit to college. TCS took a whooping 322 students on2nd of May and rest three came on 2-3rd of June. Students in my college are a bunch of lucky lots, companies and companies, if such trend continues who knows there will be hardly students left for companies which arrive later. Will students get more than 3 jobs this time keeping in mind that more companies are coming this time.

Before summing up the placement situation, I would like to tell the readers that placements is a trivial thing provided you have one job in hand. College is not just placements or marks or grades. I have seen people saying that “I wont go to that college because it has only 95% placement”. Isn’t this statement too much? Try to come in the 95%, this statement implies lack of confidence. Participate in extra-curricular activities, sports and all non-academic events too. GPA’s and CGPA’s are trivial things, they loose importance after you pass out of college.

Most people have the thinking that Manipal is a place for fun, adventure and no serious work! Well, some of my friends in other colleges have this thinking. To clear these myths I would like to mention that there are lots of technical clubs active at Manipal and around.

Last sem MIT got a new organisation. Its not a Club, its a Users Group. Both differ vastly, they have different setup of members, no board members, no chairman, only voulenteers. They only have a coordinator whose post is currently held by the faculty advisor, Prof Aithal of Computer Science Department, MIT. This the most active organization presently out there at MIT. Meeting or workshops are held every week, discussions and presentations. An excellent platform for showcasing your talent. Now it has its own site, wikis etc. Check out its site here

Manipal lies in the lap of one of the most beautiful place in this world- “Western Ghats”. Its situated 65 kms north of Mangalore, the port town of Karnataka. Its situated just 3-5 kms from the District town of Udupi.

Manipal is a multi-cultural heritage center. People from all walks to life come here to pursue their graduation and higher education. Interns from International Universities also find their way into this multi diverse cultural place. The “C” shown on the map below is Manipal.

The nearest railway station is Udupi which is just 2-3 kms away from the town, Mangalore Central(MAQ) station is the nearest major railway station. The nearest Airport is Bajpe which is near Mangalore, some 70 kms south of Manipal.

Goa is just 4-5 hours journey from here by train. Daily buses are available to Banglore which takes some nine hours. The nearest beaches here are Malpe,Kaup, Surathkal Beach.

Guess! What lacked a lot in MIT when it comes to environment? I can say it was dustbins, whenever I walked down the campus with a wrapper or something with me, had to throw it at the corner. To clean up the mess only a few bins were provided in front of boys hostel, that too we of very small size which could hardly be used. I remember lots of time when throwing wrappers or polybags on roadside was the only option.

Coming to this new semester, when we can notice is the vast availability of dustbins at every 100m or less. This time these bins are of a large size and really look like *DUSTBINS* unlike the former. MIT is paying a lot of attention at the environment I guess. Some of its plans are quite difficult to implement, like “No Polybags” campaign. Unless people and shopkeepers collectively reach to a consensus, containing this environment hazard is quite a tough job. College is also spending a lot of money in developing gardens and greenery. Finally just placing dustbins at regular intervals is not adequate unless we people learn something called “Civic Sense”

When I entered the college campus for the first time, I had great expectations both from myself and the college. The point that those expectations are met or shattered is now completely irrelevant. To me the lifestyle and culture of this college carries more weight. Some of the places in I wont forget are KC, Campus Stores, Venugopal Temple, 9th Block JC and Timmy Anna’s Night Canteen within MIT Campus. Outside the campus obviously the first place is End Point, then TC, Dollops, LC and DT.

Its said that in engineering colleges among guys, that the opposite sex are an endangered species. Yeah! Its true for Engineering colleges in India except MIT. This place looks more like a Medical College when gals/guys ratio are taken into consideration. So obviously the MITians are not behind in harnessing this advantage to the maximum extent. You could easily spot couples and lovebirds trying to find some place in this campus just to have some private time (in some case private actions too 😉 ). Well you could join this club without any entry fees, just need to put up a tough fight and strive hard to achieve your aim. Damn! I could get a 10 point even if I toil one-tenth of the struggles faced in making a girlfriend. Am too lazy in this field.

How can I forget that Dollops, Saiba, CCD and DT for their food where we use to hang out with friends, asking party for even the trivial matters. “You got a 20 in a sessionals, so now we deserve a treat”. Poor Man! Is scoring excellently an offense? We make full efforts to make the river flow in the opposite direction. 🙂

Can you forget those Ozone, Edge and disc where we went mad whenever we found a chance? It was the place to rejoice, merry, come together to make sure that we utilize fully each and every second of our engineering. I have made a proper collection and archived it to make it not just an *ALBUM* but a *MEMORY OF LIFE*. The Memories of my Life!

I may not say much at the world class faculty in my department or the college. Whatsoever may be the case, the quality of the faculty wont be written on our degrees. So my advice is just complete your education without giving a damn to these things. We can still can it “World class teaching environment”. Surely we have a new modern and technologically advanced “New Lecture Halls”. Dont forget it. Have a watch on the Innovation Center, it was meant to be a research destination for industries (had heard and the name suggests that too), but I dont see a single such company except the ICAS students who have been given the privilege to have their classes at that place.

Remember KC? We did everything over there except “NO SQUATTING”! It is the heart of MIT, the most lively place, the basket ball ground, the shops and most important the chicks too come there to have some time. What else do guys want? Maybe a few gals come there because they know guys throng that place. 😉

Well! The list is non ending. This sem I hope to get placed in a respected company. Though only mass recruiters may turn up this time, branch specific companies will arrive in the 7th sem. Quite a long time. Yeah! It is….

Heard about the Western Ghats? Its runs parallel to the western coast of our country, keeping in it lap one of the most beautiful scenic places. Now who needs to go to Switzerland and Kashmir when you have your mini heaven here itself. Manipal also falls in the Western Ghats giving rise to beautiful natural places.

At one end of Manipal lies a deserted place famously known as End Point. Well I feel short of words while explaining the naturalistic beauty of this place. Just imagine yourself standing on the top of the plateau on which Manipal is founded. A beautiful river runs below the hilly area. Trekking down the place is very very exciting, encountering all sorts of plants and going through the areas of dense vegetation down the plane.

This place is famous for its couples. 😀 All lovebirds fly to this place at the evening to see the beautiful senset and pass some precious time with each other. Health conscious people take no chance to leave off this place during their evening walk. Well said! Have some snaps too.

Most people do pen down their experiences while studying in any institution. Same here, this is not a place for bashing anyone, nor showing FUD, but making people aware of the reality and ground situation of Manipal. Its beauty and the multi diverse culture which makes Manipal not just a place but also “A Way of Life”!

I shall write this blog in first person, all the views here will be my sole and no one will be responsible for them. The views of the people who comment are their own thought and has nothing to do with this blog. Please respect the freedom of speech. If you find something very offensive, just shoot me a mail at email [at] manishsinha [dot] info and I will take the required action.

About Me: Am a Computer Science student at Manipal Institute of Technology, having great interest in cultures apart from technology. If you have somthing very important and interesting, do mail me the contents and I will give it an appropriate place on this blog.