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How to Crack an Interview ?

Interview as a term really sends shivers down the spine and people in general and students especially are scared of the process. This article is aimed at breaking the myths associated with the Interview Process and also provides guidance to students on how to prepare themselves to excel in it.

It is often said by experts that the Interview is all preparation and only preparation, not luck. As a strong votary of the same, I would recommend the aspirants to ensure that they look at the preparation rather seriously.

Preparing for the interview

1.  Personal Questions: First and foremost, I need to be thorough with my personal self. Who am I? 

The question needs a very thorough analysis, and introspection on my personal traits, what really defines me is required. This is not easy and needs reflecting on my behavioral skill-sets and characteristics.

Tip: Try answering questions like who am I as a person? Introvert, extrovert, aggressive, team player, etc.

This segment should also help me understand and put on a piece of paper-what are my likes and dislikes? Interests and hobbies e.g. Do I like traveling? What do I derive out of it? 

The end goal after this preparation or analysis it to be able to describe my self in two lines and that is precisely why an interviewer would ask “Describe Yourself”. All these years of interviewing people as part of the various panels have taught me that people simply walk into a room for an interview without knowing themselves. I asked a very senior HR person why is it important and the answer in one line was “ If you don’t know yourself, how would you manage in a social setting” It clearly elaborates that you would keep searching for an identity for yourself instead of working productively.

Tip: Take a free psychometric test online and it shall highlight your key traits.

Types of questions one can face are:

  • Describe yourself?
  • Tell me something about yourself?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What do you do in your leisure and why?

2. Academic Segment: The questions asked in an interview are with an objective of understanding the basic knowledge of the aspirant. Do I know the subjects I studied? Do I have a thorough understanding of my basic concepts? Did I do only rote learning or do I also understand the practical applications of what I studied is what they want to check? How would I fit in say a manufacturing company like Maruti if I don’t know the basic laws of motion or the composition of metals.? If I am seeking a job in a bank and I cannot understand the balance sheet or a journal entry, what will I do? Why should the company hire me then?

The aspirants are hence advised to do a quick revision of the basic concepts and ideas in relation to the company being interviewed. A very common question asked to aspirants is Which is your favorite subject? Prepare one subject well and be confident about it.

3. Background of the position/company being interviewed for as well as the person taking the interview.

A very common mistake people do is being unaware of the company they are applying to. This is like common sense. Why would I select you if you don’t know anything about me and my operations? It is recommended that you go through the company website and learn the details of the products and services offered. Name of the promoter, key persons, job title and description are also required to be known. Imagine my plight that I go to TCS for an interview and I am unaware of who is the present Chairman of TCS? It only helps the interviewer understand the seriousness as well as the preparedness of the interviewee. Please visit or search on google about the above and you shall get a sense of what the company stands for.

4. Future Goals and Fitment  :Why should I select you? What are your long term/short term goals? 

All such questions requiring an understanding of the future goals and my fitment into the company is critical. The company would need to know three major things- Where do you come from? Where are you today? Where do you want to go? The answers to these questions enable an interviewer to understand the background of the candidate including the personal traits, dialect, basic communication skills and upbringing which actually was instrumental in doing what we do now. Also, it is important to explain the long-term goals in line with why they would align with the company goals. E.g. Born and brought up in Delhi I got enamored by science and hence decided to pursue engineering after my school. I am presently pursuing mechanical from XYZ University and keen to further my career in a manufacturing company. I look forward to joining your company and shall work hard and grow up to take up a leadership role.

So just to summaries, know-thyself, know the subjects (learning attitude), know the company and you shall be successful. 

All the best!
Alok Bansal
SGT University


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Why Celebrations Matter in the Life of a Student?

‘Life is a festival only to the wise’….hence goes the saying. We all would agree that festival and celebrations play a big role in bringing respite to our otherwise monotonous routine. Entertainment and leisure are in fact an essential part of life and without them, it would not be wrong to say, life ceases to exist. Keeping the aforesaid sentiments in mind, SGT University has always believed in bringing juvenility and joy in the life of students through cultural and academic festivals as well as through periodic excursions and trips.

SGT University is renowned for its academic and technical fests such as Aura, Synergy, Symphonious etc. Here, in these events, the students come along with their innovations and ideas. This helps in boosting creative talents of the students. Synergy is a big event where several school and college students across NCR, present their projects. This event carries prize money worth 3 lakh and students showcasing best projects are rewarded for their efforts. Nukkad Nataks, Robo competitions, Drone competitions and Project innovations are some of the competitions that are held in this fest.

Apart from the academic events, various cultural fests are also organised from time to time within the campus. The three major fests worth mentioning are Holi fests, Diwali fest and Basant Utsav. Holi fests and Diwali fests are big affairs where the students showcase their talent on stage. Various competitions are held to commemorate these events, such as Rangoli competitions, Mehandi making competitions, etc. Students dance, sing and perform on the stage on various classical and modern playlists. Skits, and ballets, are enacted and various social issues such as female discrimination, importance of safe Holi, clean and green environment, etc. are addressed through them.

Another cultural event that is equally interesting is Basant Utsav- a flower show. In this, flowers of different species, colors, shape and type are showcased in order to celebrate the onset on Spring season. As the name is evident, this festival is held in the month of March and is organised mainly by the Faculty of Agriculture. SGTians never lead a dull life. For them life is a big festival. As students in SGT University, they realize that work and play, both are important aspects of life and go hand in hand.

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SYNERGY 2019: Hallmark of Talent and Creativity

Synergy – The mega fest of energy and ideas of 20,000 students from more than 300 schools and colleges in Delhi NCR began on October 10, 2019, at SGT University campus, Gurgaon.

The seeds of Synergy were sown in the year 2017 and since then there was no looking back. Synergy, as the name suggests, is an amalgamation of energy and ideas. Young minds use their inventiveness and fervour to create new projects that find solutions to real-life issues. Synergy is fundamental to research innovation and economic vitality and a healthy environment. Most of the innovation is rooted in interdisciplinary efforts.

SYNERGY 2019 rolled out from October 10 to October 12, 2019. Faculties and students from various schools and colleges of Delhi NCR participated in this three-day event. More than 300 schools and colleges participated in this grand fest.  More than 20000 students from different schools and colleges showcased their projects

The projects covered topics ranging from science, technology, arts, law, commerce, etc. Here one got to explore the marvels of engineering and technology. More than 250 stalls were on display. Some of the basic highlights of the event will be Nukkad Nataks, Robotics, Project Innovations, and Drone competition.

Nukkad Natak is where one got to hear the voices from the streets. It is where young minds displayed their performing potential in front of the crowd.  The themes dealt with topics like Beti Bachao, Beti Padao Andolan, Harmful effects of Plastic, Depletion of Groundwater, Awareness about Pollution, etc.  Robotic competition too was quite action-packed. Robo War, Robo race and innovation challenge intrigued the audience.  In project innovation the project’s themes revolved around scientific solutions for different challenges in life.‘War of Wings’ was one of the highlights of the events.

Shri Mukul Kanitkar, National Organizing Secretary from Bhartiya Shikshan Mandal, ‘Shri Harbhajan Singh’, Director General & Corporate Affairs at Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. , Shri Sudhansh Pant, Joint Secretary from Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and Shri Dattatreya Hosabale, Sah-Sarakaryavaah (Joint General Secretary) from Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh, graced the occasion as chief guests on the consecutive days of the events.

Synergy 2019 was in true sense the carnival of innovations.

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Synergy 2019 – Amalgamation of Ideas

Synergy, as the name suggests, is an amalgamation of ideas. It is a platform for grassroots innovations and a common meeting ground of multidisciplinary ideas. Here, innovative projects are guided by the common factor of reaching out for the greater common good of the society. 

Synergy festival is where students use their creative ideas to find unconventional solutions to conventional woes that plague us. The projects showcased are feasible and research-oriented. They are an effort to bring into life the innovative thinking of the students in front of the world. The subjects dealt with in these projects cover science, law, environment, and various other contemporary topics.

 The seeds of Synergy 2019 were sown back in the year 2017. Since then, this event has grown up by many folds.  Synergy 2019 is a grand fest where more than 300 schools and colleges will participate. Over 20,000 students from different schools and colleges will visit the campus. It’s nothing sort of a carnival of ideas where innovative projects are showcased on a common platform. 

The synergy tech fest has a cultural aspect. Cultural exhibitions like nukkad nataks, project innovations, robotics, and drone competitions are held. These cultural activities engage the interests of the masses and cast an impression on the audience. The nukkad Natak deals with real-life problems like saving the girl child while project innovation tries to find scientific solutions to real-life situations. Explore the technological world through robotics or get enchanted through the war of wings in the drone competition.

The bottom line is Synergy is more than just a fest, it’s a revolution of ideas. Its endeavors to boost innovation and encourage young minds. SGT University looks forward to this grand fest where students from Delhi NCR accumulate to work in harmony and bring together their efforts to create a better and new world.

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Panel Discussion on Emerging Privacy Challenges in Cyber World

Sanrachna, The Policy research unit of SGT University held a panel discussion on ‘Emerging Privacy Challenges in Cyber World, at The Indian Law Institute, New Delhi on 25 September 2019.

The distinguished panel was chaired by Hon’ble Justice Shri Talwant Singh Ji with Prof. Upendra Baxi as the Guest of Eminence. Other distinguished members of the panel were Shri Ashok Arora, an eminent legal practitioner, Shri Neeraj Aurora, an eminent cyber law expert, Ms. Aditi Chaturvedi, and Ms. Rhythm Bhardwaj. The event was attended by over 100 students, faculty members, and legal professionals.

Hon’ble Justice Talwant Singh joined Delhi Bar in 1986 and practiced as a litigation lawyer at High Court and District Courts of Delhi till April 2000. His practice areas were Corporate Law, Family Law, Civil, and Criminal Law. He joined Delhi Higher Judicial Service in May 2000 as Additional District & Sessions Judge.

Apart from Judicial work, he has a great passion for use of ICT (Information & Communication Technology) in Courts and has been active in this field for the last more than 18 years and made his humble contribution to computerization of District Courts in Delhi. Recognizing Justice Singh’s interest in ICT, his services were requisitioned by Hon’ble Supreme Court of India as Member-Judicial of E-Committee in the year 2013. This Committee was entrusted with the responsibility to computerize more than 14,000 Courts all over India, which it completed in record time. He was also a member of the Software team responsible for the development of National CIS (Case Information System) for all District Courts in India in collaboration with NIC, Pune. During his address, Justice Talwant Singh shared several milestone judgments in the Data Privacy Space.

Prof. Upendra Baxi enlightened the audience on the need for globalization and the need to act responsibly as far as data is concerned.

Prof. Upendra Baxi was the vice-chancellor of the University of Delhi (1990–1994), prior to which he held the position of professor of law at the same university for 23 years (1973–1996). He has also served as the vice-chancellor of the University of South Gujarat (1982–1985) and since 1996, he has been a professor of law in development at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom.

In 2011, he was awarded the Padmashree, the fourth highest civilian award in India, by the Government of India.

Mr. Ashok Arora, a well-known lawyer and former Secretary of Supreme Court Bar Association (India) is also the author of a number of articles and books. He graduated from Hindu college & later studied law at Campus Law Centre, Delhi University. He has had a career of thirty-eight years. In his impeccable style, Mr. Arora highlighted the need to assume joint ownership if the world seeks privileges of data privacy and protection.

Mr. Neeraj Aurora is an Arbitrator, Lawyer, Writer Analyst, and Strategist on the issues relating to Cyber Law, Cyber Crime, Cyber Forensic, and Cyber Warfare. On account of his blended mixture of his qualifications, training, and roles, he shared deep insight into the field of the cyber domain from the point of view of different stakeholders.

Ms. Rhythm Anand Bhardwaj, Legal Editor for Republic TV shared her experience in several landmark cases related to electronic media. She has a decade’s experience in covering courts, and politics. She has covered ICJ hearings at Hague and extradition hearings at London.

Ms. Aditi Chaturvedi, Counsel at Software Freedom Law Centre emphasized the need to develop clarity on the use of systems that link very sensitive personal data with public and private. Citing the example of Aadhaar, she said that, “while the Act permits the use of Aadhaar only in some cases, we aren’t able to understand where the line will stop”.

It was a rare occasion to hear views of some extraordinary luminaries on emerging data protection and privacy challenges in ever so increasing race to achieve an interconnected world.


By Rajneesh Wadhwa
Dean – Faculty of Engineering & Technology
SGT University

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SGTU and Weather Company Announce ‘Open Data Weather Lab’, for Joint Academic Research and Communications on Weather

Weather impacts every person on the planet and is one of the largest external factors impacting businesses.  Yet many communities, businesses, and research institutions don’t have the tools they need to help prepare and respond to weather events.  As part of the collaboration, SGT University aims to leverage valuable insights from weather data provided by The Weather Company, an IBM Business, and drive research on the impact of weather on streams such as agriculture, engineering, pharmaceuticals, healthcare and others, in addition to facilitating student & faculty learning and providing an incubation platform for startups and corporate.

There is currently an urgent need for inter-disciplinary engagement on issues pertaining to weather and climate change. With the ‘Open Data Weather Lab’, we aim to address these issues through academia-driven efforts by opening up the enterprise-grade weather data from The Weather Company’s Solutions and Data APIs and making it accessible for our research projects. We also intend to invite data scientists to facilitate industry-oriented research work for businesses in private and public sectors under added guidance of IBM.

We at SGT University also believe that the policy support for improving the ability to store and share data on Agriculture is growing. Open data will mean different things to different organizations in the development sector. Some may use it as a resource, contribute to it, or both.

The idea of providing agricultural information freely is not entirely new. Data has been made available in the past by various agencies and research organizations, but the amount of data being generated now is increasing, as is our ability to share it effectively. This is leading to a growing interest in making good use of it.

There’s a global refocusing on agriculture, which is positive and necessary. Open access to data in agriculture is one of the key issues that we consider important if we wish to combat hunger and poverty.

Traditionally, we all tended to do our own work in our own regions and countries and keep our data to ourselves, which has limited us in what we can achieve as a community. The Weather Lab at SGTU aims to significantly change the way we store data and is made available to anyone. Having said that, simply making data available is one dimension of open access; the other is interoperability. This essentially means making data readable by other machines, so that datasets can be aggregated and compared.

As different types of agricultural information become inter operable, insights may follow which could improve yields, climate change resistance, nutritional quality and more.

Within the development sector, involvement in open data may mean different things to different organizations. Some may use it as a resource, contribute to it, or both. There’s also a need for advocacy to keep the momentum up and create more sources of open data.

By Rajneesh Wadhwa
Dean – Faculty of Engineering & Technology
SGT University

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Artificial intelligence- Future of Education Through a New Spectrum

“We want to stand at the intersection of computers and humanism” – (Steve Jobs)

Who can forget those days when one time or the other we complained about our school teachers being partial to some particular kids? We called them the teacher’s pets. Didn’t we? School years are made of these bitter sweet memories.

However, Artificial intelligence or AI is about to change all that. So, what is AI exactly? Well, Google defines it as that arena of computer science that deals with creation of intelligent machines that work like human beings. In the recent times, AI is making necessary changes in our present education scenario. Education system is being redefined by ever changing technology.

A teacher is assigned with the task of handling each and every child in a class and it is a difficult responsibility. But, assisted by AI this difficult task becomes easy. AI technology has the capacity to handle vast array of work. It therefore, becomes important for students to understand this technology and for educationist and teachers to incorporate this technology in their curriculum.

How does it work?

Machine learning tools can manage data easily. It can detect errors and frauds. AI algorithm can be used for scoring purpose and reaching full proof results. It can be used in making complex calculations, and creating scenario based simulations. It briefly put is a very feasible machine learning tool which when combined with human efforts can lead to impeccable outcome.

Future of AI in education sector

Sceptics believe that AI will take over human beings. Others believe that AI is not full proof mainly because of the fact that it doesn’t have human emotions and lacks emotional quotient.

However, AI specialists beg to differ. Artists such as painters, for example, are trying to explore and exploit AI for co creating artworks. Also, statistics are also in favour of AI. For instance, in the US while on one hand 16% of jobs were lost to machine technology; on the other hand 13.6 million were created the previous year. Also, in the education sector, AI can soon read human expressions too.

Human element in teaching is going to stay. We need to restructure our self. By incorporating AI and AI related tools in our education sector, we can change ourselves and reinvent ourselves. And as they say ’Change is only constant’; this is one change that will create a better future for all of us.

By Gurpreet Singh Tuteja
Pro-Vice Chancellor
SGT University

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Offsetting carbon for Livable globe

Climate change is one of the most arduous challenges experienced at global level. It has already increased the risk of severe heat waves in Haryana and other states of country besides other extreme weather conditions in the offing. Climate change is undeniable to inflict irreversible impacts” on globe, unless carbon emissions are reduced. There are many mechanisms for transformation of carbon dioxide into carbon storage. Enhanced terrestrial carbon stocks through plantation forestry for greenhouse gas mitigation option are identified by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Afforestation may also conserve soil organic matter by contributing to forest floor carbon. Large parts of India offer congenial conditions for fast growth of trees. The annual planting rate is 4.5 million ha, with Asia and South America accounting for 89%, still a chunk of degraded and non-forest lands needs to be put under forests for carbon storage in India. Considering a variation in the carbon sequestration potential of different plantation species may not lead to junk estimates of the carbon sequestration rates .For understanding the potential of additional carbon sequestration by afforestation for mitigation strategies of carbon dioxide, carbon storage in forest biomass, soil and wood products is necessary for offsetting carbon entering atmospheric. Soil organic matter plays a very significant role in the global carbon cycle by converting atmospheric carbon into terrestrial carbon pool. As per conservative estimate, other sources for carbon storage of manageable carbon are about 183 Mg C ha in the forest soil ecosystem.
Although reforestation and new agricultural practices could trap carbon to slow global warming, but direct removal will still be imperative for capturing of CO2. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) with the advantage of being flexible to secure and reliable; while substantially reducing emissions of greenhouse gas to the atmosphere also facilitates continuous using of fossil fuels. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) expects global CO2 emissions to dwindle by 50-80% by 2050, to prevent the most disastrous repercussions of climate change. Paris Agreement in 2015 recognizes need for CCS to meet the global climate. As the world is switching to a low-carbon economy by adopting the innovative new technologies with CO2 capture, utilization and storage, paving an important path for pursuing capturing technology and is now accepted as an appropriate emissions reduction technology to offset CO2 emissions for development of alternative energy sources. Technology of CO2 capture and storage over the last decade has considerably progressed .CO2 sequestration (CCS) – represents a set of technologies involved in capturing carbon dioxide emitted from the different sources before it accesses the atmosphere, compressing it, and injecting in subterranean to secure geological formations, and ensuring its perennial existence. Rationale behind undertaking CCS is to emphasize cost-effective solutions to tackle the global issue of climate change by reducing global CO2 emissions for a low-carbon energy future. Comparing huge amounts of CO2 emission on global scale, carbon storage by injecting into geological formations seems more justified. One conservative estimate indicate 11,000 Gt CO2 can be injected into formations like deep saline aquifers, depleted oil and gas fields and silicate formations (e.g., basalt) which can sink the annual CO2 emissions rate of 30 Gt of CO2/year, with objective that CO2 remains trapped underground as a fixed source with a long-term safety from induced seismicity which is an important aspect of risk assessments of geologic storage. In this realm, there is an opportunity for India to become a global technology leader for CCS with a significant opportunity to deploy CCS in industry, not only to reduce emissions, but to improve productivity and the competitiveness of our industrial centers.
Briefly, CCS mechanism involves collection of Carbon dioxide and transported to store or sequestered in geological formations. When the carbon dioxide is deposited deep below ground, having a high porosity and the temperature and pressure are enough to keep it in its liquid phase till injected until it reaches impermeable rock or cap rock that ensures no escape of carbon resulting in structural storage. With a passage of time the stored carbon dioxide become soluble into the brine solution, results water heavier and it sinks down in the formation. This process is known as dissolution storage; finally carbon dioxide in the mineral storage formation binds chemically with the surrounding rock. Blue Planet’s technology companies that specialize in carbon removal needs to devise cheaper technologies and best sites needs to be delineated by government agencies for CO2 storage viz geological formations between 1 and 4km beneath the sea‐bed in many different layers of rock; exhausted oil and gas fields can also be used as places to store this carbon dioxide, consequently, can result in more oil being recovered. Presumably, deep saline aquifers could also be used to store carbon dioxide.Ultimately global warming can be regulated by adopting carbon storage via different mechanisms.

Prof A K Bhat, FAPS
Additional Dean FASC

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