Saturday, April 23, 2011

Comments on Assos and a Fresher’s role


In recent times we are witnessing a phenomenon of over protectionism, something which any free being would feel disrespectful about. We are forced to be over-submissive to the authorities.
(The recent naïve piece of mail which lies in ur insti’s mailbox was a quite a message and a driving force for me to jot down my understanding of the problem.)


Quite unaware of the total scenario, a fresher who enters this so-claimed elite institution falls prey to a system common to some NITs and IITs across the nation, the system of Asso(read State associations). A fresher having lack of gadget+internet+rock culture+galla activities and above all a whole lotta warmth of a senior-junior relation, which he has never seen in his school days seeks gratification and respite from an already existing load of academics and peer-pressure. Being submissive (hez a bichara fresher), joins up a State-Asso eg.UP, CB, KSA.. thus falling prey, himself totally unaware or may be inconsiderate, to the whole damn effect of "regionalism".
Now lets have a broader picture, What on earth makes me think that Asso is bad, is it because I never joined one?

When we join a ‘National’.I.T. seldom do we give a thought of the talent pool we are surrounded by. We are sadly pessimistic of any good/great that can possibly germinate here. Under the system of Asso, we tend to lose our abilities to actually interact with the best brains of higher years. We, out of obligation tend to meet up people and seniors of our own communities thereby gaining and cultivating warmth in this small group which parties together, raggs together(read Intro), dines together etc. Regionalism does no good and it’s a lesson which is the need of the hour. With the authorities taking good interest in stopping the menace and the present fresher batch evolving out with lesser effects of Assobaaji, we can expect to have the renunciation of the Institute’s values and ethics.
If we want our students to be responsible, ethically sound and timely exposed we shall put an end to the system of Assos, however making new ways for senior-junior interaction which plays vital role in a fresher’s upbringing and thinking abilities. The system of Year-wise hostel allocation does more harm than good and we need to learn from IITs in this regard, where students of all the years live together in single hostel. Don't authorities over there have scare of ragging?
We need not be over protective.
The Proud feeling of Oneness of being an NITian for all the inmates, rather than being from Mumbai, Chennai or remote Northeast is the only thing that can pave way to agree for the claims, of the Institute become an elite one.

-Parker

9 comments:

AKSHAY said...

i agree wid u bt nt in totality. ne hw well thought out n structured.

Ujjawal said...

True Neeraj, good to see people coming up against associations. Hope more people will understand this and come forward in your support.

addie said...

when u said 'national'.... u should have given a thought why india is divided into states.... some things are better off when divided in smaller parts....
not all freshers that come here are elite brains and highly interactive.... but when they join asso, those who are subservient are turned into something better than what they really are.... though at the start they are made to interact with their own seniors, but with passing time, they get in touch with all those seniors whom they need.... to understand something you have to have better understanding and a broader view.... thats what people learn in asso...

Vikas said...

@ neeraj :- Nice article man.I would like to add that during our 1st yr, I came to know that the max. of student were in the 'NON-Asso'..
@ addie :- true Some things r better divided but not all...
n about the subservient turning to something better , is it not possible if they meet seniors of other states or 'asso'..??

Goel_Aayush said...

@pandey: totally agree with you, support interaction but not asso... hopefully the coming first yr gain some wisdom regarding "asso"

@addie: u can take dividing of states in two manner. The states can be treated as students from different regions under one govt. (senior) or the way you are already thinking. Its upto the student to decide which is b8r.

Anoop said...

Sorry yaar pandey... can't agree on this view of yours. There are more than 100 reasons i can tell in support of 'assos'. Definitely can't tell all of those right here but only thing i can say is "its all about being a family". Friends you make, but families you have. :)

HITANSHU-HITMAN said...

m wid anoop and addie.. whatever technical thirst of knowledge i got.. i got it from this... and it depends on u to interact with whom. assos doesn't force u too live in a circle...

SaMy said...

Well wrote Neeraj. Someone has to step forward..Let this be a beginning :)

MrLiquid said...

i completely agree with u neeraj,that's what i had been saying since the beginning of the first year,there should be no distribution on the basis of regionalism because that is how we are loosing our unity and dignity of being an institute of the national level but one thing i would like to add here,something that i had witnessed the last year i.e. before ending this system we should be having a prominent solution because ending the existing system without having any solution would even be worse.SO, until than i would rather prefer to support the existing system.