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February 13, 2008

Higher Caste != Better Programmer

Filed under: Society — krish @ 2:55 pm
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I spent my last week in Guntur, as a .Net and C# tutor for one of the top engineering colleges in Andhra Pradesh.
It was a blast time with my room-mates or co-tutors, but things got to my nerves whenever I entered that college.

The trainees were students of 4th year, and most of them lacked basics of computer engineering. Keeps me wondering whether the faculty failed to deliver or is it the students fault.
Some lacked common sense.
Some of them didn’t understand simplest of the errors being shown by visual studio IDE, while some do not know to close the xml tags that they began with.

To my horror, this college is famous for its caste discrimination.
We grouped the students into 3 per project basis and left the decision of team leader to them. Call it a cult; all the team leaders were of the caste that is believed to be higher in that region.
Well, this was not the end of it. They believe that they are superior to anyone, and one such hilarious case:
A super-intellect higher caste team leader was not able to figure out how to write the abstract of his project.
I explained him all modules of the project and asked him to pen them down. After 4 days, he asks me “Where on google can I find an abstract?”
There is a serious side to this. One of his team members was a non-higher caste guy and he was not allowed to write the abstract, even if he could have done it flat in a day.
The so-called higher caste members of the team do not discuss or share ideas with the other guys/girls of the team.

I’ve even heard that one of the members did bring this issue to the Head of Department, for which she was scolded. Guess what? The HoD belongs to higher caste.

Another important thing to note, these people ‘earned’ placements in giants like Infy, TCS, etc.,

People do not realise that castes’ are created by people, not GOD, not nature. The very sense of humanity is dying. Some people enjoy this power of being able to discriminate and probably there is no one to stop it!

Lets look at the technical trauma I’ve been through:
1. I was amid hundreds of windowsXP machines.
2. IRC, Orkut is blocked.
3. Anything with words chat, games,.. is blocked. This includes google search with words like Internet Relay Chat or XMPP chat server.
4. Debian/ubuntu repo downloads are blocked.
5. Poor students have never heard of ‘bug’ in software.
6. I was not allowed to use my cellphone or laptop in the college bus.
7. I was not successful in using the college projector. i810switch package had problems on my laptop.

Things that made me happy there:
1. The proxy server is redhat enterprise linux.
2. One student uses linux (out of the whole 4th year computer science and IT group)
3. A batch of 3 students have completed their project on COIN (Collaborative Open Innovation Network) using php and MySQL.
4. That I didn’t join formal education for my engineering in any such college.

Lucky me; my assignment there was only for a week, which is done and I am back to my base.



  1. Could you please let us know which college this is so we never higher any of the “higher caste” folks from there?

    Comment by Yesudeep Mangalapilly — March 10, 2008 @ 8:51 pm

  2. That should have been ‘hire.’

    Comment by Yesudeep Mangalapilly — March 10, 2008 @ 8:52 pm

  3. >>> we never higher any of the “higher caste” folks from there !!!

    Oh that would be kinda injustice. This is because, if you are going to hire then it will be from the next batch of students.
    My post is about the 4th year students of Computers and IT branch.

    What if there are sensible students in the current 3rd year?
    I suggest that companies should come up with some quirk to test the moral and social behaviour of students. This is equally important as technical skills, since it will affect project productivity for companies if these chaps cannot carry out a team work.

    Comment by srikrishnadas — March 11, 2008 @ 9:59 am

  4. Hope my son goes in the same trail

    Comment by rajalakshmi — April 3, 2008 @ 9:51 pm

  5. I’d rather observe by putting together students from different walks of life on a common goal. If they get along, it’s all fine and dandy with me, because that’s important for both communication and team work. I see them squabbling over how one has a “higher ass” than the others, and the higher ass will surely get kicked out.

    Comment by Yesudeep Mangalapilly — April 11, 2008 @ 11:49 pm

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