Thursday, January 24, 2013

A blind and how knowing about this will help you?

A blind old man was begging for money in a busy street corner. Next to him was an empty tin cup and a cardboard sign, 'Blind - Please help'. Very few took notice of him and fewer paid him some money. A young passerby saw the blind man and also saw that people passing by were completely unmoved, let alone stopping to give money. She took a thick marker-pen from her pocket, turned the cardboard sheet back-to-front, re-wrote the sign and then went on her way. After a while, when the cup was overflowing with coins, the blind man asked a stranger to tell him what the sign said. The stranger read, "It's a beautiful day. You can see it, but I cannot."

The story illustrates a timeless way how important choice of words and language is when we want to truly connect with and move other people.

Got reminded of this story from a recent mail from a recent AeSI graduate, who sent a angry, disorderly email to AeSIAA.

His concerns were genuine, but the email I received only conveyed his anger and nothing else. I couldn't find out what the issue was and what he was trying to communicate. I had to look beyond the assault of his email to ask the guy to send his number to talk to him.

The point is, communication either written or oral, is the biggest showcase of your professionalism. So when communicating, keep the above story in mind. The words you choose, how you say something matters. Be is soliciting help, telling your story or just sharing your opinion.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

64th Annual General Meeting of the Aeronautical Society of India

Dear all,

The 64thAnnual General Meeting of the Society shall be held on 16th March 2013 at Hyderabad.

Brochure of the same can be downloaded at the below mentioned link


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Register for Aero India Show 2013

Aero India Show 2013

Like the previous year, this year AeSIAA is giving away 10+ complementary passes from AeSI BB to AERO INDIA 2013 for the student members of AeSI. Priority will be given to SAM-2012 participants. Please register with the following online form for your interest. Candidates will be only be given passes to the AERO show. Depending on the logistics, Transport (from AeSI BB to Yelahanka only) may be arranged but its not promised. This program is supported by AeSI Bangalore Branch with active support from various DRDO labs and NAL.

If you have trouble viewing or submitting this form, you can fill it out online:

Sunday, January 13, 2013


Tinkering. Tinkering is the polar opposite of the test-driven, results-oriented approach. It involves a loose process of trying things out, seeing what happens, reflecting and evaluating, and trying again.

This is where you start learning.

Learning to be an engineer only through highly structured and directed instructions of books and lectures is not enough. Tinkering is the way where real science happens.

This is my utmost take away from my experience at NAL as a trainee and then as graduate engineer. Prior to NAL, I was tinkering with c language, but NAL, provided me the opportunity to tinker with Matlab, Solidworks, and real experiments and so many things. I learned setting up combustion experiments, I tested and measured centrifugal compressor shaft speeds. I wrote a c program to instruct the gps of a real flying MAV. This is where the real stuff came out.

So the best advice to anyone studying in AeSI right now is to begin cultivating the tinkering mindset. Be open to tinker. Spend your non study hours not on facebook but on tinkering.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Distance BTech under threat

Recently I got this email from two people. I have forwarded the email to AeSIAA team.

If you have any more information regarding this please comment and let us know.

we r having a serious problem:-
Beware! Distance BTech under threat-
As per an order by the ministry of HRD, technical education in distance mode will now be fully regulated by AICTE. Keep an eye before applying online.

If you are planning to enrol in AMIE, AMIETE, DIPIETE or similar
correspondence courses in technical education, do wait for some time.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has withdrawn its decision of recognising these courses in perpetuity for equivalence in
Central Government jobs.

Now the institutions conducting such courses will have to apply for
recognition from the statutory regulator, that is, AICTE in this case,
and it will decide about the new regulations for them.

What is the issue?

An order dated 10/07/2012 by MHRD says, "All those students who are
enrolled with the institutions with permanent recognition up to
31.05.2013 would be eligible for consideration in accordance with MHRD office memorandum/ order in force pertaining to their course for
equivalence in Central Government jobs.

However, these concerned orders will cease to have effect from
01.06.2013 onwards.

After 31.05.2013, based on the review by the regulator i.e. AICTE, a
decision on continuation of the certification of equivalence of
degree/diploma shall be taken by statutory regulator.

And the statutory regulators should review the fresh proposals/
extension as per their statute and regulations." The HRD notification means that now the institutes concerned conducting courses in correspondence mode will have to take approval from AICTE before June 1, 2013 to make sure that the students enrolled after May 31, 2013, could pursue well approved courses.

But another issue which comes up here is that AICTE presently does not
recognise correspondence courses, so it will have to make new policy
for such courses. AICTE has already started working on new regulations.

AICTE chairman Dr SS Mantha shares, "Currently AICTE does not recognise distance/correspondence courses in technical education. But many institutions including some universities are running these courses on the basis of perpetual approval given by MHRD."

"Now After the recent order given by MHRD, AICTE will make rules and
regulations regarding this," he added.

AICTE had earlier appointed a committee headed by Prof Anandkrishnan and on the basis of the recommendations of that committee, it will make regulations for distance learning in technical education.

"By March, we should be able to release the handbook of procedures and regulations for the conduct of technical education either in distance
or hybrid or blended mode", says Mantha. Shocked by the MHRD's decision, institutions says that they will now respond only after the publication of AICTE guidelines.

"We would apply to AICTE for approval and would abide by its guidelines and regulations," says the spokesperson of The Institution of Surveyors.

Some other institutes say that they would apply as soon as possible.


frm internal sources,i got d info dat,as usual AeSI officials are not
serious on dis issue. its question of career of thousands of student. so PLZzz.. its my humble request 2 u to forward our query to AeSIAA & AeSI HQ.

Monday, January 07, 2013

What Separates Masters and Amateurs and how to attain mastery?

By nature, we humans shrink from anything that seems possibly painful or overtly difficult. We bring this natural tendency to our practice of any skill. Once we grow adept at some aspect of this skill, generally one that comes more easily to us, we prefer to practice this element over and over. Our skill becomes lopsided as we avoid our weaknesses. Knowing that in our practice we can let down our guard, since we are not being watched or under pressure to perform, we bring to this a kind of dispersed attention. We tend to also be quite conventional in our practice routines. We generally follow what others have done, performing the accepted exercises for these skills.


This is the path of amateurs. To attain mastery, you must adopt what we shall call Resistance Practice. The principle is simple—you go in the opposite direction of all of your natural tendencies when it comes to practice.


First, you resist the temptation to be nice to yourself. You become your own worst critic; you see your work as if through the eyes of others. You recognize your weaknesses, precisely the elements you are not good at. 

Those are the aspects you give precedence to in your practice. You find a kind of perverse pleasure in moving past the pain this might bring. Second, you resist the lure of easing up on your focus. You train yourself to concentrate in practice with double the intensity, as if it were the real thing times two. In devising your own routines, you become as creative as possible. You invent exercises that work upon your weaknesses. You give yourself arbitrary deadlines to meet certain standards, constantly pushing yourself past perceived limits. In this way you develop your own standards for excellence, generally higher than those of others.


In the end, your five hours of intense, focused work are the equivalent of ten for most people. Soon enough you will see the results of such practice, and others will marvel at the apparent ease in which you accomplish your deeds.




From the book Mastery by Robert Greene.


Saturday, January 05, 2013

Messy and haphazard

"..... life is messy and haphazard, full of quirky contingencies, unexpected bifurcations, serendipitous discoveries, unanticipated encounters, and unpredictable outcomes"

This is an expert from the book I am reading. The believing brain.

It's so true for a career path too. The career path you imagine and you take always do not follow a linear curve.

There will always be unexpected bifurcations like choosing one stream over other, serendipitous discovery of your own programming skills and unanticipated interview calls put in the industry.

So how to make sure that you are making the best of this fact. Well plan ahead but don't over plan. Keep the destination but allow the randomness to define the course.

If you are in section a, best advice is explore everything. If you are in section b, the advice is build an asset. Learn something and share it. If you are in your first job or in training, learn to say yes with new opportunity that come your way.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

You don't launch a high flying career....

You don't launch a popular blog, you build one.

You don't launch a high flying career, you create one.

You don't build world class products in a day, you evolve them.

You don't become expert in a day; you become one over a long haul.

iPhone was not built in a day, neither was the gas turbine engine, nor was the mission to moon a success from day one and Sachin Tendulkar didn't become world class player with one match.

Each of this took countless hours, enduring effort and untiring commitment.

Same goes for passing AeSI exams, for getting that first job, creating a successful blog and creating a product.

Nothing comes in one shot, everything happens drip by drip. So the best strategy is to begin building your career, blog, expertise and product now. Build it daily and in some years you will have something that will be greater than the effort you have put.

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