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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

A happy teachers' day! Startups in Colleges.

This post was made by one of my linkedin connections (Ramesh Kumar).

Transcript of that post:-
"""
Startups by Engineering Students I am glad to see so many Engineering students getting interested in having their startups while studying. And every University has an Entrepreneur wing! There is huge interest, which is good. But, I do not see many startups coming into existence! Why?

#1. Focus - They seem to lack focus. They get one 'great' idea today and even before they do something on this, they get 'another greater' idea. And it is a loop.

#2. lack of time - They are students and are expected to attend classes, prepare for exams, practicals etc. They may find it difficult to spend more time on their venture. They knew this and can not give this as excuse for shutting down the project.

#3. Unrealistic Projects- If they see and experience the pain point of some one and if they find a solution, they are likely to succeed. Many times they seem to identify projects which they can not complete!

#4. Lack of Industry Support - Few companies are investing in the talent in the colleges to get their projects done by students along with the Professors

#5. Glamour - 'Entrepreneurship' seems to be a glamour word for most of them. They seem to enjoy living in that glamour for a short time and then get back to fun life!
"""


I found this assessment super accurate and hence this post got me thinking what can be done to solve these issues and have more students pursue entrepreneurship. Here are the solutions that I think are feasible.

#1 The reason students lack focus is that they are not threatened by the lack of not doing the startup. They can very well think of it as a failure rather than fighting an uphill battle. Another reason for lack of focus is there is no continuous gamified benchmark ratings for a startup. I think giving stars to startups based on benchmarks agreed upon by the e-cells and startups would enable the student startups be more productive.(Hey, are you a 2 star startup or 3 star startup?)

#2 Lack of time is very real. Some allowance in attendance should be given for project work.

#3 I think proper brainstorming sessions which not only revolve around the novelty of idea but practical things like amount of time required, amount of money required, and importance of generating proper numbers in terms of deliverables from a startup need to be taken into account. A proper document should be created and updated on weekly basis.

#4 I think a long term platform of communication between colleges and companies should exist(instead of speaker sessions), where professors, CEOs and students can share their opinion. (dedicated college site). If that is too hard to accomplish, maybe a group of students can list down all the events pertaining to specific niche that are happening in country and forward it to students that are interested in that niche.

 #5 When work comes into picture, glamour shits itself.

Enclosing,I think it is very important to have introduction of X vs time graph for every startup. The X should change according to time but a progress needs to updated by the startup and the direction they are heading.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Rick Sanchez on School





I'll tell you how I feel about school, Jerry: it's a waste of time. Bunch of people runnin' around bumpin' into each other, got a guy up front says, '2 + 2,' and the people in the back say, '4.' Then the bell rings and they give you a carton of milk and a piece of paper that says you can go take a dump or somethin'. I mean, it's not a place for smart people, Jerry. I know that's not a popular opinion, but that's my two cents on the issue.


This is one of those shows that you can rewatch a million times and still find something fascinating. The first time you watch it, you are like "Oh! Is that what it meant.. I think I get it."The second time, you watch it, you are like "holy crap! this is genius". The third time you cannot stop laughing.

I think here is what Rick might say about college 
"It is petty capitalism rolled up to brainwash student's minds, Jerry. It'ssss *burp* a make belief world with make belief leaders that handown scribbled notes or something to massproduce people with alter ego. Not worth ruining a person's prime years jerry. Not at all worth it. What is the opposite of Wabba lubba dub dub?"

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Sacred Games : Short Review

Just completed binge watching the show. It is a great series with amazing plot twists and surprises. It runs in a parallel story of past and present. It is about one man's sins and other man's redemption. You would keep guessing whose sins and whose redumption the plot wants to show you. It tries to play devil's advocate to some measure in Ganesh Gaitonde's charachter potrayal.

 Both charachters complemented each other and for some reason skinny short nawaz seems completely beilivable as mafia head.

I would give it 9/10 for story. 9/10 for acting and 8.5/10 for direction and cinematagrohy. Some of the scenes were thrilling and action packed. The series would definitely keep you on the edge of your seat. Must Watch.

Friday, June 22, 2018

How to use Redis for caching data in Rails

Why Redis is used?

This is a very basic question and it comes because you can do what redis does with postgresql for the purpose of solving the functionality aspect. What redis does is, it stores the key value pair and most of the operations can be executed in O(N) time only (for more information for every command time complexity check the redis documentation). Thus caching enables retrieval of data at much higher speeds and is optimal for tasks such as pub/sub and queries that need quicker access. 


Redis Configuration 

Initialization - redis/config/ini_redis.rb
redis_host = Rails.application.secrets.redis && Rails.application.secrets.redis['host'] || 'localhost'
redis_port = Rails.application.secrets.redis && Rails.application.secrets.redis['port'] || 6379

# The constant below will represent ONE connection, present globally in models, controllers, views etc for the instance. No need to do Redis.new everytime
REDIS = Redis.new(host: redis_host, port: redis_port.to_i)

model.rb file - models/user.rb

def online?
  REDIS.get("#{self.auth_token}").present?
end
You can use views such as like this, views/users/show.html.erb
@users_ol = User.where(:id => @id).select(&:online?)

Monday, May 28, 2018

CodeChef Workshop Experience

A little self bragging (About the Author)

I have been involved in and enjoyed building projects since a very long time. As of now I am doing my integrated msc mathematics from NIT Surat (aka SVNIT). I have had very little experience with competitive coding problems and the workshop had a lot of new things in store for me. This workshop taught us concepts with problem solving approach which I enjoyed thoroughly. My main aim to attend this workshop was to improve my coding skills and be a more productive/efficient developer than before. 
I heard about this workshop through the codechef website and was one of the early bird registratant to it. The workshop was well timed and started 4 days after my end-semester exams, so I packed up my bags left for Hyderabad. 

Where?

The workshop was conducted at MLRIT (stands for something something Institute of Technology). The campus was not widespread or huge but had some really amazing facilities. It had olympic size indoor badminton stadium, a well mantained cricket ground, a flourshing incubation cell for startups and some pretty amazing eating outlets. The hostels' hygine was not upto the mark and apparently the institute took good care of its' mosquitoes and insects as well as the students in it. The quality of food was pretty good considering it was mess food. Although a little variety for students coming from north would have been more apprciated. (Yes. I come from north and I like eating chapatti and using spoons for god's sake!)

I arrived on 14th May to MLRIT and the workshop kicked off from 15th May. 

What?

The main objective of the workshop was to incultivate problem solving skills using data strucutres and algorithms. It was a beginner level workshop which covered, Greedy Algorithms, Arrays, Stacks, Queues, Dynamic Programming. We had 7-12 questions discussed on a daily basis, out of which 4-5 were compulsary problems whereas rest were optional. The questions were from codechef website.  As the workshop was targetted at people who wanted to be introduced to programming the questions were kept fairly simple and basic. (and rightly so!). 

Who?

The attendees of the workshop was a pretty good mix of people. We had couple of school students and a few professionals but most of the crowd was college students. My team of 8 also had pretty high diversity and included a pro coder, a born management guy, some sporty folks, some sincere folks and some seriously lazy people. To everyone's suprise (and our's also) we ended up coming third as a team in the complete workshop. 
The lectures were conducted by Arjun Arul (google his resume, it's pretty dope) and he made sure that we understood what he was saying. He very quickly understood the wrong approaches as well as the correct ones and took us on lullaby ride of a wrong approach just to prove it is wrong and how to arrive at the right one. We also had trainers that helped us during the lab sessions. All of them were 5-star rated codechef members and were really helpful and got us through from understanding the logic to debugging our code!

Stuff I need to mention

We also had a lot of games. This included badminton, table tennis, volleyball, dodgeball, chess, scrabble, othello and football. Our team went to the semi-finals of Volleyball, Chess and Scrabble. The points from the games were added to our team score on which the top 3 teams were declared. Overall the workshop served as complete package which had sports, learning, coding and a lot of fun. 

Summary 

The people were easy to make friends with(including trainers, and lecturer) and the environement was very receptive of the differences of ideologies and intellectual capacties. It gave me good grasp on basic concepts and broke the inertia which prevented me from participating and being involved in coding contests. I plan to carry forward the learning by myself now and see where it leads me. 


P.S Will update this posts with some pics as soon as I receive them. 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Mid Semester Exams are arriving

In one of the leading universities across India, there has been a massive revolution. The students of SVNIT (Seriously Vella National Institute of TimePass) have started to laugh at the professor's jokes. When we reached out to the students and asked them why this sudden degradation in sense of humour, the students were just as clueless as if they have been asked about the topics that they are studying. "Students are just reacting to the stress, this is temporary and would soon go away" we overheard one watchman, talking to another. One of the students named Shashank has already started with the syllabus, when the spokesperson reached out to him he denied all the allegations and vehemently accused our great education system to show his loyalty for the majority. He then quickly disappeared into the abyss of library. Another student Rakesh has also picked up a book, .. no no not the subject book  but the book "Exam Warriors", by our honorable Prime Minister which talks about how to reduce stress among students. After reading the book, Rakesh has decided to increase his sleeping quota from 14 hours a day to 16 hours a day as there is a complete chapter in the book titled, "Sleep is your greatest weapon, embrace it". Rakesh also claims that he has been supporting Prime Minister's campaign of "Exam pe charcha" since last year but the faculty here had him detained for the same. He says "Exam pe charcha is one of the best ways to reduce stress during exams as most students study just a night before exams" but for some reason the authorities have not allowed discussions during the exam as of time of writing this article. Some of the students have even reduced meme tagging their friends from 4 a day to just 2 a day. Inspired by this sudden shift in student's behaviour the UN has amended it's Article 3 of the Geneva Convention which now states that all prisoners must be treated humanely, and not tortured with techniques like induced psychosis, physical torture and one night exam cramming.