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Best Interviews of the Decade 2010s

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Compiled by: Shivam Jha, Editor-in-Chief

Since its conception in 2009, DTU Times has steadily built its reputation as one of the top university newsletters and media platforms across the country. From being an 8-page newsletter to a full-fledged media body, this growth was accompanied with exemplary and exhaustive coverage and reportage of all campus events perfectly encapsulating 'the DTU Life'. During this decade-long journalistic jaunt, our team members had the opportunity to interact with and interview some prominent guests and some exceptionally high achieving alumni, who have become the face of numerous success stories of our university. 
Here, we list out some of our notable interviews of the past decade from a set of remarkably diverse fields, in no particular order.

Prof. Yogesh Singh, Vice Chancellor, Delhi Technological University

"You’ll only do B.Tech once. I want to help make it count."
In 2015, DTU Times was privileged to have the opportunity to meet and interview the newly appointed Vice Chancellor of Delhi Technological University, Prof. Yogesh Singh. He discussed the plans he had and shared in vision for the development of the university.

Anand Vardhan, AIR 7, UPSC CSE 2016

"Selecting an optional subject for Mains examination is a strictly personal choice based on one’s interest. I chose Political Science because of considerable overlap with General Studies and a genuine interest in it."
Anand Vardhan, Class of 2013, Mechanical Engineering, secured an All India Rank of 7 in the UPSC Civil Services Examination, 2016. Interestingly, he had also served a tenure as an Associate Editor at DTU Times during his time at the university.

Bijesh Amin, Co-founder, Indus Valley Partners

"We have been hiring students from both engineering and business colleges in India for a really long time and what we have seen is that, there are no characters. Everybody looks the same, everybody talks the same and everybody puts the same thing on their resume. We give you a topic, discuss it in a group, 80% percent of the cases it’s almost like a formula. Everyone wants to talk first, during the talk there will be one person who won’t be saying anything, and then one person will ask that person would you like to say something because you haven’t said anything yet. It’s all like a dance recital." 
We interviewed Bijesh Amin, Co-founder, Indus Valley Partners on the changing job environment and placements from the employer’s perspective.

Madhur Gupta, 100%ile, CAT 2017

"This was my first CAT attempt, and I gave every mock test as if it were the CAT exam and I gave the CAT exam as if it were just another mock test."
Madhur Gupta, Class of 2016, Mechanical Engineering, was one of the twenty people in the country to achieve a perfect 100 percentile in the Common Aptitude Test, 2017.

Mrudang Mathur, PhD Candidate, UT Austin

"I always wanted to go work in an R&D role professionally and to get such a job in Mechanical Engineering a PhD is required. Hands-on experience trumps classroom learning any day of the week. Find projects in the area of your interest and follow them till the end. If you’re unsure of what interests you, speak to seniors and then cycle through sub-fields till you find the right topic."
Mrudang Mathur, Class of 2018, Mechanical Engineering, received admits from the University of Texas, Austin for Ph.D., the University of Oxford for D.Phil. and the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Cornell University for M.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

Piyush Mishra, Actor-Lyricist (Page 16, Edition 38) 

" मैं फैज़ और भगत सिह से बहुत प्रेरित हुआ था, जिनकी झलक मेरी रचनाओं में भी नजर आती है। आप सभी को स्वतंत्र सोच रखनी चाहिए। अपनी जिंदगी आपको अपने बल पर गुजारनी है। आप अपने निर्णय पर भरोसा रखिये और अपने दिल की बात सुनकर देखिये, आप खुद प्रेरणा के स्रोत बन जायेंगे | "
सुप्रसिद्ध रचनाकार एवं अदाकार पीयूष मिश्रा (who was a guest at Engifest 2017) का साक्षात्कार |

Dr. Dave Parry, Auckland University of Technology

"I think that there are three important things- first being to recognise yourself. You need to know what you like doing, whether you like writing programs, doing analysis or developing algorithms. Second most important thing is who you’re going to work with- a team or a supervisor that you’re going to have an effective collaboration with. Lastly, you need to know what exactly you’re going to work on."
Dr. Dave Parry is Head, Department of Computer Science, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, and was at DTU for a one-day international seminar on Recent Trends in Big Data Analytics, organised by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

Sidharth Raja, Placed at Uber (Page 28, Edition 39)

"Due to my GPA, I was actually ineligible to sit for  the first few companies that came to campus for recruiting interns. Also, do have an online portfolio to showcase your work. With Github giving free hosting for static pages, there’s really nothing stopping  you. It’ll improve your writing skills and put you into the habit of summarising your work."
Sidharth Raja, Class of 2017, Computer Engineering received a placement offer from Uber, San Francisco.

Prof. Dharendra Yogi Goswami, University of South Florida

"When I graduated, it was a very small college, although very prestigious in India. There were only 3 departments: Mechanical, Electrical and Civil. The enrollment was fixed: 80 in Mechanical, 80 in Electrical, 40 in Civil, so only 200 students in one batch. It was highly, highly competitive."
Prof. Dharendra Yogi Goswami, Class of 1969, Mechanical Engineering, was the chief guest at the inauguration ceremony of Invictus 2019.

Pranav Sharma, AIR 1, GATE 2019 (Computer Science)

"I strongly believe that passion towards your branch is the most critical requirement for this journey, since during this large span of preparation, you have to remain motivated. Some candidates start their preparation only to find out later that they no longer want to continue."
Pranav Sharma, Class of 2019, Computer Engineering, who achieved an All India Rank of 1 in the Computer Science and Information Technology paper of the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2019.

Didier Rappaport, CEO, Happn & Co-Founder, Dailymotion (Page 22, Edition 41)

"I think that the giants of tomorrow are the small companies of today. Entrepreneurs of today are very important for any country. It is the war of the administration to help young entrepreneurs to build companies that will build the giants of tomorrow."
We interviewed happn CEO and Dailymotion Co-Founder Mr. Didier Rappaport, who addressed the students as a keynote speaker at the Entrepreneurship Summit 2018.

Chirag Arora, Intern at CERN

"One of the tangible things I learnt was to tackle a problem no matter how daunting it may seem at first. Working on bite-sized problems and not being afraid of wandering on uncharted territories is the key. Sure, while trying to solve one problem, you may get into many others. You will also break some things and fix the others, but in the end, it’s all worth the effort and is an inherent part of the learning process."
Chirag Arora, Engineering Physics, Class of 2019, shares his experience of attending the Openlab Summer Student Program at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

Phil McKoy, Chief Information Officer, UnitedHeathGroup

"There is a term that I have been introduced to during my time in India. It’s ‘Jugaad’. There is a notion of innovation that comes out of necessity in every Indian. The ability to find creative solutions amid a world of ambiguity, irrespective of the path or the surrounding ecosystem, is a trademark of the Indian culture. A sense of figuring it out and the ability to ‘jugaad’ a solution is what sets an Indian engineer apart."
We interviewed Phil McKoy, CIO, UnitedHealthcare, who was in DTU for a Leadership Session organized by the Training & Placement Department, DTU, in association with Optum Engage.

Sagari Handa, MS Environmental Engineering, Stanford University

"I don’t think you should stress over your GRE score too much. It serves as a filter for most graduate schools. So as long as you are within the average of your target school, that is fine. Mine wasn’t that great to be honest. Try and maintain a good profile. Do projects and internships that are in line with what you want to do. It shows focus. Definitely spend time on your essay."
Sagari Handa, Class of 2016, Environmental Engineering, got acceptance from Stanford, MIT, UIUC, CMU, Cornell, UMich, Georgia Tech, UT Austin and Virginia Tech for MS in Environmental Studies.

Manoj Joshi, Actor (Page 24, Edition 40) 

" मैं जब जिला-स्तर पर थिएटर करता था, वहाँ के लेखक पश्चिमी लेखक से कई गुना बेहतर लिखते है। जरूरत है तो बस खं गालने की | हमारे देश में महाभारत के समय से ही थिएटर है। थिएटर में बहुत सारा काम है, दिक्कत ये है कि काम शौक से होना चाहिए। कमी शौक की है, लगाव की नही। "
डी.टी.यू. टाइम्स ने विश्वविद्यालय में ‘चाणक्य’ - एक नाट्य प्रस्तुति’ करने आये राष्ट्रीय पुरस्कार विजेता श्री मनोज जोशी का साक्षात्कार किया।

Special Mentions: 

Dr. Wolfgang Borutzsky, Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Borutzsky, was in DTU as a keynote speaker in NFEST 2018. He is a professor of modelling and simulation of engineering systems at Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences. 

Jahnvi Singh, Placed at JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Jahnvi Singh, Class of 2019, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, secured a placement as a Junior Analyst-Investment Banking at JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Parikshit Gupta, MFin, MIT

Parikshit Gupta, Class of 2016, Production & Industrial Engineering, received a Master of Finance admit from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Ram Sampath
Ram Sampath, music composer and producer, was invited as a speaker at TEDxDTU 2019.

Ayush Aggarwal, Placed at Amazon

Ayush Aggarwal, Class of 2018, Information Technology, received a placement offer from Amazon as a Software Development Engineer. 

Justice Markandey Katju

We were honoured to interact with Justice Markandey Katju, former judge of the Supreme Court. Known for his strong political and social stances, Justice Katju has also been Chief Justice of the Delhi and Madras High Courts and chairman of the Press Council of India.

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