Electrical Engineering Society


IIT Delhi

Prakhar Sinha

-By Aditya Singhal.

Electrical Engineering Society brings to you the interview of Prakhar Sinha, who was a secretary of the Electrical Engineering Society and a formidable debater. Currently working as an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company, he was a Coordinator in Rendezvous 15 and was also a part of BSP team as the chief editor. In this interview he talks about his experiences and dishes out advice on everyday issues that we face as students.

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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?

Yes, it is difficult to identify one such event at IIT Delhi. There have been series of events. What I’ve done the most at IITD is participate in debating club and lit club activities. Not just peeking into them but having fun while I am doing that… This is the most memorable thing I can think of right now. Each time there is a debating event or a quizzing event, I plan to go there and eventually being a part of the thing that is what used to give me happiness. Even the idea of going there is a very memorable thing to me. Yeah, there had been many moments were I felt low as well. Not least when sometimes I couldn’t do well in all my papers but yes, what is done is done you can do nothing about it. Just study harder for the next semester with more efforts. You don’t have to think too much about it. Divert your mind to something else. Something that you like doing, and move on. I think that is how you get better.

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

I cant think of any big regret that I have. Oh yeah, I know that I could have been much better at my studies(not to say that I was bad at it), but that would have been at the expense of not doing anything else, which I thing would have been wrong . I don’t advise you not to study and do other things. What I am saying is that for me, it worked, it may or may not work for you. But the important thing is that you don’t completely overlook either academics or extra curriculars.

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?

A lot of changes. First is, that I realised the importance of having people around you. There are a lot of people around you and each one of them is different and they tend to change your perspective on life. You may think that whatever happens, you will remain exactly like you are. But this will change according to the people around you. So, having the right set of people around you is very important. So, that perspective on life is something that changed for me. I ended up appreciating people more and I started looking at people differently. There are many other things that have changed in me. But that is not something unique to me. It happens to everyone who comes to IITD. So, this is something that changed in me that I felt was unique to me.

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?

One thing that I definitely would recommend to juniors is to do an industrial internship. So, I once did an internship at an oil company- a drilling company. So, when I had gone there, the company had been in trouble. Still, it was a great experience to have observed things from an inside perspective. A corporate internship really lets you observe things from a corporate view. Just getting to look at how people work in a corporate environment gives you a whole new view. When you’re studying at an academic institution, you are in a very restricted environment and you only meet a certain kind of people and your interaction with the outside world on a serious level is very limited. But doing an industrial intern will change all this. So, even if you plan to pursue a research line of work, you should do at least one corporate intern. So, this is something that I would recommend to everyone.

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

An important thing that I’d like to tell the juniors not to do is to sit in your room doing nothing of worth. There is a huge world outside and you will have a lot of time after IIT. This place gives you a huge amount of opportunities and lets you follow many paths. So, you shouldn’t waste any part of your life at IIT by doing nothing. You should always be doing something. Something that you enjoy.

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

Haha. I’m really not the person you should be asking that question to. It’s not that I didn’t do any projects. I did a few projects. But my BTech project is a long drawn out story. I didn’t do particularly well in it, but it was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed doing my projects. Apart from these, I also did a philosophy project, which I found nice.


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

I have felt that all the professors are really good teachers. They are amazing teachers. They understand well how a student feels. They appreciate anything good that we do. Yeah, so the professors are good and that is something that I really liked about the department. Also, the research that people do here is also very good. I along with others feel that the electrical engineering department at IIT Delhi is the best in the country. Even the students are really great. So, yeah I really liked the department.

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?

No, I haven’t been to any other IIT.

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 a huge number of things that I like to do in life including debating and quizzing. But still I haven’t found that one thing that I was looking for. I still haven’t found something that I’m really passionate about. I feel that I can explore more in the future and eventually find out what I really want to do in life.

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

I don’t feel that I am a person who has excelled equally in both. But I have done really well in balancing everything. What I would like to advise is that you focus on one thing at a time while not completely ignoring other things. And once you finish that, get on with other things

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?

I think it is a really good thing to have a specific direction in mind provided that that is something that you like doing and is all logical. But this doesn’t mean that you should focus only on this. You must explore everything as much as you can and figure out exactly what you would like to do with your life. You can learn a lot. You must not completely leave out everything else because you have a specific aim in mind.