Wednesday, 19 February 2014


By: Sradha Suman Mahapatra

[We thank Kishan Kumar Pal for his help behind the camera]

 Sandwiched in a world of CGPAs and GATE/CAT, we race along with the crowd around us, forgetting to do the only things that make us an engineer. Learn, research, apply and invent ! The things that our interviewee has done all his engineering life, here at CET. He is none other than Mr. Vineet Nayak, a student of electrical engineering, 4th year. He has been involved in an umpteen number of projects and has published several research papers. Some of them were published in the magazine, “Electronics For you”-captioned “Digital drawing pad using GLCD and touch screen”[sept,2012], “RF based motion sensing robot”[April,2013], “Hand videogame-Space invaders”[June,2013], “Solar Compass with OLED display”[Sept,2013], “GPS navigator”[Oct,2013]. Recently, he has been placed at Maruti Suzuki India Ltd and is a happy man for which I didn’t have to struggle too much to get him seated for an interview. Come, Let’s know more about this extremely smart and intriguing person, VINEET !

SRADHA:  Hello, Vineet Bhai.

VINEET:   Hello!  [Not smiling, yet]

SRADHA: So my first question to you is how do you feel about being interviewed today ? Have you been interviewed like this before?

VINEET:  No, never. [Smiling for exactly a second]  Apart from being interviewed for jobs by the companies, I haven’t been interviewed ever.

SRADHA: You said you were nervous, are you?

VINEET: Haan ! [Moving his hand outwards and shrugging his shoulders a bit to convey the obviousness]

SRADHA:  Ha-ha! Let’s move to our next question. One of the main reasons for which you are being interviewed today is that you have been recently placed at Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, after being rejected by TATA Steel. Does this make you frame an opinion about the selection procedure adopted by the core companies to select a candidate? Do you think it is biased or ineffective?

VINEET: Each company has its own requirement. They know what kind of people are actually working there, at a particular company or say, a sector. There are a number of divisions for a particular company. If you say “Ok, I’m good in .. say, I’ve done two-three interns in steel plant and I’m fit for TATA steel”, it’s not necessary that they are going to take you because  they have their own requirements. They know what they want you to be. So, if they find you fit for the post, then only they will take you. It’s not necessary that if you have done 3-4 interns or if you have done projects or seminars, or anything like that. .. it’s not necessary that they are going to take you. They know who are the RIGHT candidates, because they are HRs... They have done their degrees from different premier MBA colleges... So they know which kind of person you are. They are more or less like psychologists. They can read your minds, so they just know. 

SRADHA: Talking about RIGHT candidates, why do you think the number of girls selected in the core sector is so less than the guys?
VINEET: May be their mind-set is that girls are little much.. See, if you consider the steel-sector, their mind-set is that the people working there should be more rough and they should more like working around in temperatures of 70 degree centigrade... Also the atmosphere is very rough and dirty. So, they think that... I know, girls are equally powerful and better, but still then it’s a mind-set that they think that girls will not be suitable for working in a steel plant handling the workers, talking with the workers or talking with people on the shop... like that.

SRADHA: Do you agree with this mentality?

VINEET: Definitely, No. But the Indian culture is a bit… Biased!
SRADHA: Ok now the next question. You have been indulged in a lot of projects and you have been publishing some research papers too. How do you divide your time for maintaining the balance between the course here and your project and research work?

VINEET: Uh! I actually devote most of my time towards projects because the curriculum of CET, in fact BPUT is such that you don’t need much time for your syllabus. You can write a lot of things in exam even reading very less during exams. And moreover, I prepare mostly during the exam time. The rest of the time, I utilize in my projects... a lot of time.

SRADHA: As we know, the culture here is not very project-oriented. Most of the people are not indulged in so many projects as you are. So what do you have to say to them to encourage them...Your juniors…How will they be benefitted by these projects?

VINEET: [Thinking for a moment] Well, I think that, that is the factor that draws a line between us and the students studying in Burla. Uh! VSSUT. What I found in the interview for MSIL was those students were very much outspoken , they were confident, they had a lot of technical knowledge and I would say that because of that only less number of candidates are being selected from our college than other colleges like NITs or Burla. Because of that, moreover, core companies are also refusing to come to our campus because they feel that our knowledge is lagging behind in the technical field. Here, people are more interested in activities that are not technical-oriented, not project-oriented. So, I think that basically, students should indulge in projects, research or some training activities so that it will help them at least for their placement.

SRADHA:  Since the day you joined the college, to this day, how do you see the technical-culture changing at CET and what role do you think did ZAIRZA play in it?

:  See, when I joined the college, there were very few members in ZAIRZA. Around five or six seniors were active members then. But, with my very good colleague Ashish Sarangi and very nice juniors, our club is actually expanding, the number of members is increasing, the number of activities has increased and we have also increased our various societies like SAE and other programs and I think the technical activities are increasing greatly.

SRADHA: Ok so now we come to the last question of this session. You are just one semester away from graduating from CET.  What are your hopes for CET and yourself, after you leave and do you have any message for your juniors and batch-mates? [Expecting a good smile this time]

VINEET: [ No, I didn’t get the smile] Not exactly any message.. See, CET is not a place where you can actually have so many good memories. It’s much more like a school. You come at 7’o clock and go back at 2pm. So... Umm... My message is... for the juniors... that they should be more indulged in different kinds of projects and technical activities, apart from the extra-curricular activities i.e. from non-technical background because that is the thing that is ultimately going to help them in the future.

SRADHA: And your hopes for yourself in your career ahead?

VINEET: [Thankfully, a little smile appeared, only to disappear again] I...I…uh! I... have not got the job letters till now, although they have... Both of them have recruited me. But, let’s see what comes. [Already getting up from his seat]

SRADHA: Thank you so much. It was really nice talking to you. [Dropping the plan to shake hands, as I see him impatiently turning around]
VINEET: Uh. Okay. Err...Thank you. [Rushing to attend a bot along  with another companion]


  1. The best part about him is he dreams bigger than most people and does what he thinks is right.A true role model for all the zairza members.All the best!!!

  2. a true inspiration for all CETians !!!

  3. "Rushing to attend a bot along with another companion..."
    The superb ending!

    1. Yeah. Absolutely !