Ankur Banerjee

Ankur Banerjee

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

why- Mechanical Engineering...

At Jamshedpur Public School, there’s always the question ‘why do we need to know this?’ I chose to study Mechanical Engineering because it gave me the opportunity to further my education in the subject areas I enjoyed at school and direction for my future. I enjoy knowing that my course could take me anywhere and I could at some point make a difference to people’s lives by engineering something useful.  

Choosing university was a difficult decision, surrounded constantly by peoples own opinions and experiences. It was important to me that the course was accredited and that the teaching standard was obviously not LOW, and also a place where I would be happy to live knowing I would be moving far from home.  I knew that I wanted to be near DELHI,INDIA as it was something very different to me. In sixth form I collected more prospectuses that I could count and scoured these until I found a course that contained modules that appealed to me.
Having been at University, I’ve learnt it really is what you make of it; taking all the opportunities you can. The best thing about LOVELY PROFESSIONAL UNIVERSITY is exactly that – I’ve tried things I never thought I would with confidence! The sense of community is what makes the campus life great, the enthusiasm to get everyone involved be it sports/societies/charity or all of them!
This involvement also represents my outlook of my course, I enjoy that there are lots of different teaching styles. I enjoy getting hands on experience to what I’ve learnt in the classroom – and the opportunity for placements! The transition between school and university is all about learning your own independence, and finding your feet may seem a scary scenario – yet I found that the staff at LPU made this transition not at all easy. But there is always that  "someone" to talk to, to ask or to point you in the right direction.
If I could give anyone advice about choosing a course, I couldn’t stress enough the importance of choosing something you really enjoy. It sounds a pretty obvious choice – yet consider the whole structure of the course in the modules in all your years of study. The contents, whether it’s exam based, assessment based or a bit of both. With the independence of university, having passion in your course and a course that suits you – there’s everything to look forward to!

[ stay updated to my new posts on mechanical engineering... and my some funny experiences being a mechanical engineer]

Monday, May 19, 2014

life as a Mechanical Engineer....(experiencing since 4 years)

For engineering students, earning a degree in engineering is less enjoyable and far from what we and our parents expect. Hi ,Myself, this is Ankur. And here am gonna portray the life of a mechanical engineering student. This one from Lovely Professional University is perfectly sketched as a mechanical student's life.

                  "College life" the most memorable phase in everyone’s life… Hanging out with friends in canteen, bunking classes and going for movies, assignments, labs, proxies, Xerox centers, those college affairs and breakups and much more. All these events when I look back make me nostalgic.

                 The flip side is boring and dreadful lectures. Awful textbooks thick and dry filled with black and white manuscripts which are rarely a source of inspiration & confusion. And in addition to it, the frustrated professors and their monotonous style of teaching ( which is a competition to the best sleeping pill available in the market) and their never ending threats to lessen internal marks.

                   Life of a mechanical discipline student is horrifying. Reason we don’t have girls in our class. Gitls joining Mechanical Engineering is  like petrol prices coming down, Korea saying no to Nuclear weapons, Pakisthan players speaking fluent English, Indian movies in which hero dies.. in short next to impossible. It still remains a mystery why girls don’t opt for mechanical engineering. Why? Does it require brain muscles or arm muscles?
What ever might be the reason, we suffer a lot because we have to compete against each other for a single girl. i.e the smart looking girl available. This deprivation of girls have serious effects on health and mental status of a guy. 

Effects of low sex ratio in mechanical engineering…
1   1.)  Horny lifestyle..
                  Most of the boys from Vizag have done their 12th from either Sri chaitanya, Narayana college or vikas vidyaniketan. Where we have separate campuses for boys & girls. So we expect a colorful college life in engineering. But they end up in black & white color. ( refers to the color of workshop apron we wear in labs).  We don’t have any female friend circle. We don’t have a clue how to interact even if we have one. The only sweet feminine voice we hear is when we get a call from customer care or a call from HDFC,ICICI  call for home loan.

2.)  Nomadic Life style :(
                                   Some folks have decent female friend circle but they lose hope making them their girl friend because their dream girls are too far or the ones close to them are below the par standards...they find their refuge by watching other discipline girls. Beautiful girl doesn't notice us, and the girls who take a peek at atlst who we are....are far from whats called being  beautiful. :P

3.)  Bisexual lifestyle :( 
In one sentence our life and mobile inbox will be occupied by chao, abdul razzak, Sunil  & Mahesh..:'(

Exception candidates
                   It means, the committed ones, these are the men with
i)                   Super flattery skills or
ii)                Very low satisfaction standards.
iii)              The former ones use their past experience to lure other branch girls.

[...and so will my story continue about being in Mechanical engineering, and other important and serious mechanical stuffz will be updated in the due course which will be helpful to my other mechies]

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Mechies! Are we underpaid and overworked?

I knew even before I entered this world of mechanical engineering that I’ll not be getting as handsomely paid as my colleagues in the Software/IT field. But I had hope that some time the world would recognize the worth of  mechanical engineers and start paying them more. And I believed money is not important – its personal satisfaction that matters the most! But over these six years – my change from a teenager to a young man in his twenties has changed my thinking too. I realized that the kind of money that my friends in the field of Information Technology and Management was much beyond what an average mechie earns. The salary that a mechanical engineer earns at the end of his career is what the IT guy earns after just 4 or five years of experience.
Though one can argue that the satisfaction a mechanical engineer gets with his job is higher because he is doing something that he likes, the stark reality is that most mechies who graduate out of college are not given pure technical or engineering jobs. They do techno-management works like managing the labour, placing order and maintaining supplies. The result is that they hardly use anything that they learrn in college. Thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, theory of machines, manufacturing sciences, industrial engineering – all get erased from the mind. They remain no more mechies but managers.  The only exception where people really do a bit of mechanical engineering is usually the product dvelopment & R&D departments.

All these mechie turned managers work for almost 12  hours a day and earn only a fraction of what their counterparts in the IT or finance field earn. This makes me think – why this discrimination?  But I get the answer once I think about the fate of those engaged in agriculture – their work is more important and vital for survival than anyone else. But they get paid the least. Its all in the game.

Besided no one stopped us from earning more. What if I'll get paid less? It will be  an opportunity for me to start my own business and pay other mechanical engineers much better. Lets see..

Friday, May 16, 2014

I Love Mechanical Engineering continues!

Its going to be 4 years since I entered my bachelors course in Mechanical Engineering.. I still love every bit of this branch.. and am fascinated by its beauty every day… I see I’m related to not just science and technology but also to the arts and sports! so here i'm still in my degree with not any sign of neither clering it now nor leaving my University
LOve strory continues.. but yet to invent something guys! ::-P

starting of this blog again deleting the previous one...

Dearest Mechies! Henceforth, this blog will focus on learning Mechanical Engineering subjects! It won’t be a textbook..rather, it’ll be discussion of key concepts, links to reference material, links to video lectures, discussions on these topics, Do It Yourself activities, codes, etc. This I felt would be useful to readers of this blog. I won’t be going to the nitty gritties of the subjects, but will just discuss the jkey concepts, ideas and refer related material for further information and depth. In addition to this, there will also be content related to industry related topics, new developments, higher studies, career options, etc.
For ease of identifying and organizing, the entire body of knowledge for mechanical engineering that will be discussed in this blog will be divided into the following four areas:
1. Applied Mechanics and Design
2. Fluid and Thermal Sciences
3. Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering
4. Engineering Mathematics
5. Interdisciplinary Topics -  some electrical, electronics, bio, chem, materials and computer science
6. Advanced Topics – Computational Mechanics related topics
7. Product Specific Engineering topics – Automotive, Aerospace, Renewables, etc.
The prerequisites for these would be high school math and science. The articles are targeted at all those who have a high school math and science background, Most importantly, its for people with an insatiable desire for learning mechanical engineering!
For those looking on some study tips, on how to learn more in less time, how to complete an MIT course in one year and more such stuff, please go through this wonderful blog by Scott Young. He’s a genius and his articles arre awesome. They’ve helped me a lot.
I wish to devote a significant portion of my life for this purpose.. countless known and unkown people have shared their knowledge with me and helped me in my life.. The engineer and human in me is humbled by their kind acts…I believe I too have a duty to contribute something to my I begin  it with this…hope it is useful to my world and my people!