Electrical Engineering Society


IIT Delhi

Divay Bhutani

-By Pranav Verma.

We present to you the interview of Divay Bhutani, a former member of Electrical Engineering Society who helped it evolve into a better organization. He did his internship at Samsung Bangalore and also bagged a PPO from the same. Read on to learn from his experience as a student.

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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?

I had a very memorable journey here at IIT. Looking back, many events do stand out. One would be my first Rendezvous, where I had lots of fun with my friends. Another would be Literati during my 3rd year, in which I worked as a Coordinator. I learnt a lot in managing and coordinating. It was also particularly difficult task as I was working to get an Internship at that time. Incidentally, I got placed at Samsung, Bangalore on the 1st day of the fest. In Literati, I managed the conversation session with Vikas Swaroop, author of Q&A.

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

When I came to IIT , I was a bit reserved. My only regret would be that I did not go out, explore and travel earlier during my stay here.

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?

I am much more open, more outgoing. My internship at Zurich helped a lot. It was a great experience to travel to a new country every weekend during my intern there. It was nice to talk to people of different countries especially during the walking tours. I learnt to travel alone and plan my trips on my own. This also grew my spirit of exploring and traveling.

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?

Plan early. Decide on what you want to do in life early on, and plan accordingly. People have no idea what kind of job they want, as late as 7th sem, which isn’t a good idea. Prepare your CV accordingly. If you like to code, practice lots of competitive coding, take CS based courses, do projects in similar areas, etc. If you are interested in MS or PhD in a particular area then take related courses, do a research project. If your interest is in consultancy then go for PoR’s. An early decision helps you get the best job and profile. Also, more importantly, explore and participate: in IIT as well as otherwise. Try everything. Even though managing an event might not be your piece your cake, try for it at least once. The experience teaches you a lot. Go for inter-college events, go for treks, etc. Don’t miss out on opportunities of meeting non-iitians. You’ll gain a lot of confidence and develop better social skills. Then you can leave what does not suit or interest you.

5. What are some things that you would advise juniors not to do?

Don’t just stay in your room and play video games. Go out and participate in various clubs and activities. However, do maintain a balance. Don’t neglect your CGPA, no matter what your seniors may tell you. A decent CGPA pays off in the long run, and helps you open a lot of doors for yourselves in the future. People often realize this very late, during the placements.

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

My favourite project was my major project in AI, where we built systems to play Quoridor against each other. Another memorable project was my research project in 6th semester on Super Resolution. The concept was that you used several low resolution images, subject to certain constraints, to generate a single image at a higher resolution. It was special as it was my first research project and I got to learn a lot of new concepts while doing it.

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

It was exciting. Electrical Engineering had lots of interesting courses to offer and some very good professors, who not only taught very well and made the subject interesting, but also go out of the way to help students when students need it.

8.Have you been to any other IIT in these 4 years? How was it different from IITD? Can we bring that change in IITD if the change is for the better?

I have been to IIT Kanpur. The people there are very passionate about their clubs, especially the technical clubs like Electronics club.This inspired us to grow and improve our Electrical Engineering Society.

9. 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 found my passion in programming. I started competitive programming in third year and realized that this is what I want to do in the future. My role at Samsung is of a Software Engineer.

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

Time management and self control is the key. You have to be able to focus on what is important and what needs to be done, that way you can do what is necessary and do well.

11. 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?

My advice is the same that I gave before. Do the courses, activities and/or internships that match with your area of focus. That way, you could prove that you already have some experience in the area that you want to work on in the future, and are capable of working in that field.