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‘From doubt-clearing sessions to video lectures, teachers at School of Engineering, ASU, always help students’

Himanshu Dubey, a first-semester student at Apeejay Stya University’s School of Engineering and Technology, loves coding and is looking forward to his journey at the college

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Himanshu with his parents Vivek and Geeta Dubey

Himanshu Dubey from Himachal Pradesh enrolled in School of Engineering and Technology, Apeejay Stya University (ASU) this year. Yet to visit the college campus, Himanshu says he has had a fruitful experience at the online classes and looks forward to attending them offline soon. In an interview, Himanshu and his father Vivek, who works at Martin and Harris Laboratories Ltd, a company of the Apeejay group, share how they zeroed in on ASU. Edited excerpts:

What made you shortlist School of Engineering and Technology, ASU?

Vivek: Himanshu joined ASU in September. So far, he has only attended online classes. As a member of the Apeejay family, I was positive about enrolling our son at ASU. My son had done his share of research about the university and was impressed with its overall performance. Besides, one of my neighbour’s sons also pursued his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the same institute. He is working in a good company now and his overall progress further encouraged us to choose ASU.

Tell us about the interview process. What was your first impression of the college?

Vivek: The entrance exam and interview were conducted online.

Himanshu: The interaction with the faculty was smooth. Since I am yet to visit the campus physically, my first impression was informed by the information available online. I liked the college. From what I understood through my personal research, the certificates provided by the college have a lot of worth. We also had an orientation programme at the beginning where we were told about the institute and the placement opportunities available.

Tell us about the online classes. How helpful are the teachers?

Himanshu: The teachers are very helpful. They provide us with all the necessary study material. The video lectures are further uploaded online for us to go back and see if we have missed anything and to understand the concepts better. We also have very good doubt-clearing sessions; the teachers encourage us to approach them whenever we need any help, even beyond working hours.

Do you also participate in extra-curricular activities in college?

Himanshu: Not yet, but we have been told about these activities already. I look forward to participating in all these activities once I start going to the college campus.

What are your other interests?

Himanshu: I am interested in coding a lot. In 2019, I represented my state at the centre’s CodeIndia two-week pilot workshop and was granted a certificate. Last year, I represented At college too, we recently participated in a MATLAB (a multi-paradigm programming language) workshop. I am still learning and someday, I hope to build my own portal. I am already working on some ideas like designing a new chatting site.  

What do you plan to do after engineering?

Himanshu: I am preparing for GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) to be able to pursue a master’s degree in engineering.

Vivek: As a parent, I want my child to be successful in whatever he does. I have never forced Himanshu into anything but have always encouraged and motivated him to pursue his goals. 

Disha Roy Choudhury is a Senior Correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. She has worked as a journalist at different media organisations. She is also passionate about music and has participated in reality shows.

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