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I went to Bangalore last summer for my internship, at the Indian Institute of Science(IISc). Coming from Indian Academy of Science and getting through IISc for an internship was in itself a great experience, as IISc is considered the research hub of India, where every topic in a every major has a laboratory, that consists of all sorts of up-to-date, and working, technological equipment at your disposal. They also have dedicated staff for maintaining these laboratories, and proper guidance is provided by the professors in order to ease the process of understanding the basic concepts behind the equipment, and how we can make the best use of them.
During my internship, I attended initiative lecture talks, organized by their Computer Science department on BigData, where we were exposed to the on-going research regarding the same. The interesting thing about these talks is that anybody, even an outsider can attend them. All you need to do is to register for the event in advance, on the department’s website.
About the city:
Bangalore is the cleanest, costliest and most importantly a green city. The reason why everyone wants to live in Bangalore is because of the omni-present greenery and the climate. Your expenses do depend a lot on where you chose to accommodate – and while, not all places are as expensive as they sound, there are definitely certain places that can drain your wallet in no time.
Bangalore is famous for sambhar, filter coffee (which I used to drink twice a day) and Iyengar bakeries.
I went to Bangalore during May – when a hot summer was in progression, from Ahmedabad, where a temperature too high, can be difficult to adjust to. Maximum temperature in many metropolitan cities is around 40–45, in my personal experience, but in Bangalore the maximum temperature is around 30–35 – for most of the time it is around 27–29 during day, and 20–22 during the night time.
Unlike other places, where the heat and humidity is bound to slow you down, Bangalore offers you a climate that drives you to do more. You must be thinking that I’m exaggerating, but the climate in Bangalore happens to be one of the best I’ve come across in the country. You can roam around freely in the afternoon, and come across many foreigners in large numbers at MG Road, and Brigade Road, who come to Bangalore for the same reason – climatic relief.
I cannot complete my post, without talking about the people I met in Bangalore, specially professor Balakrishnan and my fellow- intern friends – “The Balki Team”: (because, we worked under Prof. Balakrishnan). We were told that it wasn’t easy to work with Prof. Balakrishnan, but it is an absolute privilege to do so. Even though he had a busy schedule, involving a lot of meetings with high profile people, Professor Balki used to dedicate his time to talk to us, which was very kind of him. His guidance gave proper direction to our work, which helped us in carrying out our research in a better way. Apart from the general wisdom and knowledge that he imparted to us, Prof. Balki believed firmly in maintaining the alacrity and dedication towards the field of research.
The kind of name that he has and the work he does is truly amazing. We all did our internship in Supercomputer Education and Research Center(SERC), which was started as a special interest of Dr. Abdul Kalam, and professor Balakrishnan being his good friend completed it even after the end of Dr. Adbul Kalam’s term as a president, with abated funds.
People who work under him get lot of good industrial opportunities and admissions in top universities like Carnegie Melon University (CMU), for their higher studies. We’d constantly have farewell parties of people who are leaving for their higher education, after IISc.
We were a group of 7 people, working towards a summer internship under Prof. Balki. T
The first person that I met, after I reached Bangalore, was Harish – with whom I had interacted before on Facebook. Initially, we had planned to come on same day, but since the semester break period had not started for all the interns, at the same time – everybody ended up joining at different times.
Post Harish, I met Anupriya, then Chirag Nagpal. After a week, at I met Priyanka and Sathvik, and finally after that, Kamal. We always enjoyed the special parties, we were invited to, as we were part of the SERC.
Finally, I cannot miss mentioning the meeting we had with Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan, the Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. When we were told about the meeting, we were asked to give a presentation to him about our research work, we were expecting no one to really pay much attention to anything we’d say, as we were just one month old interns, as opposed to professors, project assistants and other people, who had been with IISc for a very long time. Here’s what we were pleasantly surprised about.
We were well prepared for the event, and finally when the governor arrived, he showed a keen interest in meeting people who were working under Prof. Balki.
The most unexpected aspect of the meeting was being introduced to him, by Prof. Balki, who said, “Narasimhan, these are the new people in our lab. They are summer interns sent to us by Indian Academy of Sciences, and why don’t we start with their presentations first?”
This shocked us, and as we were pushing each other to go first, which is when Anupriya came in and started the presentation. The Governor listened to all of us, and asked us questions about our work and how it could be improved in future. Later, we also came to know that the Governor, was also the director of Intelligence Bureau, and had good knowledge about what we were presenting about.
Post all of this, we proceeded to an amazing dinner.
In life, the real excitement is meeting new people and learning from them. Friends are the ones who influence you the most, and apart from my usual group of people – Harish, Priyanka, Anupriya, Chirag, Sathvik, and Kamal, I also interacted the most with Kruthika, Karthik, Avishkar, and Jyothish. It was fun to stay in Platinum City Apartments and other memorable things included – the night walks, the CCD, the outings to McDonalds, and more.