From the campus of Banasthali Vidyapith

It has always been my child hood dream to become a computer science engineer.  An admission in Banasthali  Vidyapith will help me achieve it. It’s only been a few months but I know that I’ve come far from where I was, as a person.

 My maternal aunt recommended Banasthali Vidyapith, women’s university in the Tonk district of Rajasthan. My mother was not very sure about this college, but my father was in favour of this university. My father was confident because it was the answer to all his worries. Since I am a girl, my father’s first priority is my safety. Banasthali being an ‘All Girls College’ solved this problem.   Today my father is a very happy that I study in a safe campus.

 After much discussions at home, I decided to join this college. My mother was still a little hesitant, however, the first visit to the college change her opinion completely. She is a happy mom too.

Placements of a university are a major concern for both parents and students. Banasthali boasts of good campus recruitments every year. I am also very proud to  mention  that the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranked Banasthali Vidyapith 91 overall in India in 2018, 64 among universities and 23 in the pharmacy ranking The University has strong footprints in international ratings too, with four Star Rating in QS-International Ratings. Some of our notable alumni  include – Avani Chaturvedi, the first woman fighter pilot of India, Ms,Sunita Godara, marathon runner, Ms, Meira Kumar, speaker of Lok Sabha  and Ms, Kamla Beniwal, governor of Gujrat.

Today both, my parents and I, are satisfied with this university and we haven’t regretted it since I applied here.  To begin with studying in an ‘All Girls College’ was very different, but I guess I feel now, it is so fun and loads of freedom. I recommend my fellow Akshara girls to apply here after class  XII.

Before I sign off, let me tell you my college boasts of gliding and flying club and  of course we have own Radio Station too.

Anshika Singh
Aksharite  , Batch of 2017


Scope of Metallurgy and Material Engineering

I am Shuvannita Dey, a 2nd year student of the Indian Institute Of Engineering Science And Technology, Shibpur (formerly named BE College, Shibpur). I am currently studying Metallurgy and Material Engineering. It is a 4 year Bachelor of Technology course like the other engineering courses.

This branch of engineering generally focuses on the physical and chemical behaviour of metallic elements, intermetallic compounds and different kinds of alloys. This engineering deals with all type of metal related areas. The course covers hydrometallurgy, mechanical metallurgy, heat treatment of steels, welding metallurgy and many more. Besides the basics of engineering, the program also provides students with the knowledge of designing, manufacturing and production of various metal products starting from cars and bikes to buildings and planes.

There are a lot of opportunities and scope of development in this field. It is one of the best fields if one is interested in research works. Job offers and recruitments in this field are generally from all the core companies. We convert the earth’s minerals and resources into advanced alloys used in surgical implants, computer chips, superconductors, automobiles, and aircraft. The different advanced alloys are used by NASA and ISRO in space stations, shuttles, and the Mars Rover.   It focuses on sustainable design, recycling existing materials and engineering new recyclable materials that function in an environmentally responsible way.

Some Notable alumni are B. Muthuraman, the ex- Vice Chairman of Tata Steel and Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Google LLC.

Metallurgical Engineering also has scope in defense, aviation, and nano-science. Developments are being done in metal extraction processes, production, and processing technology. Material development remains at the forefront of all technological innovation. Microalloyed steels with the addition of Ti, NB, Bi, Se, Ultra low carbon steels (ULCA), for high formability. Maraging steels are some of the product development in steels.

There are a lot of developments taking place in Metallurgy and Material Science in the recent years and it is definitely a good branch to opt for.

Shuvannita Dey


Sitting in library of Durham University in UK, I often reminisce my student life and how teachers at Akshara groomed me for challenges in life.

The small class size of 20 ensured a strong bonding between students and teachers. I shared a personal rapport with each teacher. The International teaching experience of my English teacher, Sonika Ma’am made each English teaching session go beyond the text books into discussions on global issues and current topics. She gradually opened us up to critical and original thinking and how to present our viewpoints. We were encouraged to read classics and they got discussed in class. Thus gradually most of us got hooked on reading and “Kindle” became an integral part of our lives.

 The Social Science classes with Panchtapa Ma’am were so much fun. I found an adroit teacher and a compassionate counsellor in her. She helped us handle not only exam pressure but also adolescence issues. I think batch after batch remembers her strictness and the ‘holes she leaves in our hearts’.

 As I crumble on the basketball court here at Durham sometimes, I can distinctly hear the voice of my sports teacher Sujata Ma’am at Akshara cajoling me from the sidelines. She instilled in me the spirit of hard work, preparation and team spirit.

Thank you my dearest teachers for  creating in  Akshara –‘ a learning space’ – ‘where there is a zest to learn,  hunger to achieve , room for making mistakes  and capability to handle success and failure with dignity and pride’. Today when I compete for grades with the ‘World’s Best’ at my law school, my heart gets filled with gratitude to my teachers at Akshara for shaping me up for this career.

Vedika Rathore
University of Durham, UK
Alumni, Akshara International School


My Life At IISER


“IISER… where Tomorrow’s Science begins Today”. These are the words that greet visitors when they walk into the main complex of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research in Pune.  Spread over a hundred acres across Pashan and Aundh, this institute is the oldest of the seven IISERs in India. The IISERs have been established through the Ministry of Human Resource Development as research-intensive teaching institutes for undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral studies.

It was a dream come true as soon as I entered joyously the campus of IISER Pune. The college has been in existence for more than a decade, although I only came to know of it in my 11th class, while preparing for JEE. My goal then was somewhat structured- securing a good college and pursuing higher studies in the field of environmental research. When I discovered IISERs and its curriculum, I was overjoyed!

What courses are offered at IISER?

IISERs offer only a dual-degree course for students, who have completed their class XII. It is an integrated Bachelors and Masters in Science (BS-MS) for a duration of five years. There are some key differences between a BS-MS degree and a B.Sc followed by an M.Sc. B.Sc. courses  offer  specialization  in the first year. BS-MS offered by IISER Pune includes two years of all basic sciences and two years of specialization with a whole year for an independent thesis work (the duration of common courses varies between 1 and 2 years in IISERs). The duration is also shorter and there are several complementary courses oriented towards research.

 How to enter this much sought-after institute?

There are three channels to gain admission into any of the IISERs – JEE, KVPY (Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana), and SCB (State and Central Board channel). The first two require a certain cutoff to apply solely on the basis of the respective marks. The SCB channel requires a minimum score in class XII, different for each board, to write an Aptitude Test. The details are updated for every academic year on . There are excellent scholarship opportunities like KVPY itself and INSPIRE scholarship from the Department of a Science and Technology for meritorious students.

Anisha  In IISER!

My life at IISER overall has been an enriching experience. With students from all over the country staying on campus, the student life is vibrant and a great learning experience. The studies are, of course, most demanding of your time and energy.  But what makes it most exciting is learning from experts in their fields, working in state-of-the-art labs and having access to the latest developments in science around the world. Going beyond the call of academic work, there are several student organizations/clubs devoted to sports, entertainment, recreation and a variety of other fields of interest. From guest lectures and seminars, poetry and jam sessions, clean-up drives and nature walks, to inter-collegiate sports and contests, the campus is constantly abuzz with activity.

My Learnings

Self-dependence, Time Management, and Work Efficiency are only a few of the imperative life skills ,I am learning to develop here. I have gained many friends, and as many perspectives on life as well. I hope that in the next four years I will continue to do so, and see myself flourish with the young and promising community IISER strives to build on the values of curiosity, creativity and unconventionality.

I sincerely hope that next academic year, I will meet some of you from Akshara as my juniors in ISSER.

Anisha Karnail
2nd Year BS-MS
Akshara Batch of 2016

Growing up

Each child, is born with eyes as big as outer space, so they can see the first blurry lines of the world – in all its colourful splendour. There are as many rainbows as there are pinks, yellows, or greys. And the blue-sky merges somewhere with the strange tunic the tender arms holding him for the first time are encased in.

And as the child grows, the blurry lines become distinct, and all the squiggles become prominent, one thing leads to the other, and nothing is very much by itself. And the child grows some more, and the squiggles start looking much straighter, and anything out of line, is forced right into the grid, and yes, a spine or two breaks in the process. The colours start looking a lot less vivid, and everything seems to be distinct, there are shapes. And strangely, a plethora of circles creep into the mind… He begins with things and comes right back at the beginning after going about for a while. Thoughts become strange and convoluted, and those threads don’t quite fit into the latitudes and longitudes of the world.

And, the child grows some more, and starts reading between the lines, not exactly, because, the lines start fading in his eyes. All the squiggly lines return, as another child, his own asks the same questions he had once upon a time. And the colours suddenly become so bright they hurt the eyes, because somewhere in all this growing up, they’d faded to a grey.

And the child, now has his name engraved in stone, and you can be sure, that he saw the world as blurry lines, and new colours – in the end. The myopic eyes, took off the spectacles they’d grown used to while doing all the growing up, and set them aside, to yet again, look at the world, with those eyes, as big as outer space.

Aanya Kaipa, Aksharite , Batch 2016
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