Electrical Engineering Society


IIT Delhi

Deepali Jain

-By Pranav Verma.

EES brings to you the interview of Deepali Jain, one of our favourite graduates from the 2016-Batch. She is currently placed at Goldman Sachs India Pvt Ltd. She did two internships, one in New York University (in 2nd year) and other one at Xerox Research Centre, Bangalore (in 3rd year). Apart from this, she was also a Co-ordinator of the Mentorship committee. Read on further for the wonderful things and advice she has to share.

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1.What were your most memorable moments at IIT? Could you describe any moments when you felt low at IIT and what you did to get back to normal?

My most memorable moments at IIT have been spent with my hostel friends. They are the ones with whom I have shared my entire 4 years of IIT life. There are times when I have felt low, most recent ones being during the placement season when uncertainty is at its peak. The best way to get back to normal that always works for me is talking about it to someone, be it family or a friend who can tell you that these are all first world problems.

2. Do you have any regrets from your time in IIT?

Oh, I wish I could have done more Humanities courses.

3. What changes did you notice in your personality before and after IIT? How have your extra-curricular activities and internships been instrumental in causing this change?

Our personality is mostly decided by the kind of people we are surrounded with. The extra-curricular activities and internships that I have pursued here introduced me to a lot of new people, each of them shaping some trait of my personality - be it time management skills, reading interests or food habits.

4. What words of advice would you give to your juniors- some things that they should do, some changes in the way of thinking, etc. Any specific advice for students of any particular year?

To everyone, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So, you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. And to my juniors, don’t be afraid to voice yourself! And, as Steve Jobs said, “You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. “

5. What projects did you work on during IIT? Any favourite research stream?

My Bachelor thesis was Machine Learning applied on Gene Regulatory Networks. Apart from this I did few projects in the field of Digital Image Processing which I found interesting.

6. Did you find Electrical Engineering branch exciting? Any specific advice for your juniors in this branch?

Yes, electrical engineering with its extensive and intensive applications is definitely exciting. For the juniors in this branch, projects are one of the best ways to get to the depth of something. Try to be sincere here.


7. Have you found your passion? Many people face a dilemma over “what is that they would love to do in life”. How did your time at IIT help you realise your future goals and what is it that you want to do in life?

I am still exploring. The numerous opportunities that were available to me at IIT provided me with a head-start and some initial directions. However, knowing in your early 20’s what exactly one would want to do for the rest of the life is a long shot.

8.Many students find it difficult to balance between academics and extracurricular activities. How were you able to achieve this balance?

One needs to understand that it is impossible work on all the academic projects or participate in all the activities. And then it is simply a matter of prioritising as per the circumstances.

9. How did studying at IIT change your goals from when you entered to what you have now. What steps and decisions do you suggest for people who are focused towards specific directions?

Studying at IIT made me realize that there is so much more to take-away from here than just a decent job; things that perhaps matter more. My goals in life have become more holistic. For people focused towards specific directions my advice would be - keep moving!