Hind Kishore Geel is a graduate of B.Tech Class of 2015. He currently works at Arista Networks Inc. in the capacity of a Software Engineer. Hind is an avid traveller and has a knack for outdoor sports, specially skateboarding. During his free time, Hind plays music, reads books and writes poetry.
TeamBR: How does it feel to be interviewed by the magazine of which you were such an integral part?
Hind: Overwhelmed and surprised. Overwhelmed because, truly, it is an honour to be interviewed for BufferedReader. I know, from my days of working for the magazine, that the alumni pool of CSEians has some remarkable people who have achieved great heights in their professional life. And, hence the surprise.
TeamBR: So, please tell us how has your life since ISM been?
Hind: As with life in general, there have been good days and bad days. Life outside college is very different, in all the senses including but not at all limited to computer science. Technical learnings have been the high point and realization of prevailing objectification of everything,barring none, in the corporate culture has been the low point
TeamBR: As an alumnus do you feel that the education imparted to you over the last four years really helped? And do you believe there is anything lacking?
Hind: Did the education help? Yes of course. Part of the reason I am working in a Computer Networking company today is courtesy of Dr. Chiranjeev Kumar and Dr. Sukomal Pal who were beyond effective in piquing my interest for Computer Networks and Operating Systems, the two terms that comprehensively define what Arista does. And hence the knowledge gained helps, it truly does.Is that education enough? No. Something that I would love for students to learn and understand is software development beyond single-script softwares/logics that we get so used to making during the under-graduation. In most companies, and I believe Arista is a good enough example for me to speak on everyone’s part, the code base is huge. Although these people don’t really expect the newly grads to immediately get in the groove of the business, but having an idea of how software development happens on a “larger” scale would definitely help.
TeamBR: Can you tell us something that you wish you would have done better when you were in college?
Hind: As before, understanding the importance of being a team-player in software development rather than being a lone-wolf. I realize working here, although necessarily reiterating what Software Managment must have taught you,that as your code swells up, the time it takes to manage this code swells up too and a normal software engineer spends far more time in managing the code or writing enough tests to manage that code than actually writing product code.
Other than that, "better in college" is a misleading question. There are always hundreds of things that could be done better. This is something that I think is best defined by negation, and how I like to, now, articulate it is - When in college, do something, do anything, attend classes, do practicals, go for treks, take part in sports, be a part of a family, a club, stand up and speak, listen, understand and learn, but don't just DON'T ever vegetate in your hostel room. Two years down the line, stupid attempts failing miserably are reminisced with far more cherish than time spent binge-watching a TV series alone in my hostel room whose story is lost to me today.
TeamBR: What do you think you as an alumnus can do to help the college now?
Hind: Although the internet has shrunk the globe far too much but I believe working in the industry we, alumni, have, for a good part of our everyday, a close exposure to our respective industries and technologies that are being employed to bring those to reality. And this helps us put a far more pragmatic picture of these than whatever internet and textbooks would tell you. Moreover, since in the initial days of our professional life, I see many of us switching between jobs looking for that right job, alumni would be great at informing the students what's hot and what's not in the market, right from what the job expects from you and what you should expect from it as well.
TeamBR: Being an undergraduate, what is your take on long-term working in the corporate world? Do you feel that further studies are a must?
Hind: Long term working as an undergraduate isn’t the best prospect in my opinion. And even though the experience of working in industry speaks a lot about the quality of an individual, there’s a reason a post-graduate is given more respect than a graduate in the industry. Because technical talent doesn’t show on face, it doesn’t show right away in the words you speak. The qualifications earned in educational institutions hold value. I am not saying having a coveted degree from a respected college gets you in Googles or Facebooks, but they do get you noticed far more than you’d have without them. Coming back to the question, Are further studies a must? I wouldn’t have answered a question with another if there was a better way around. So, Do you wish to learn and study more of the your discipline of education? Being a graduate doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be a postgraduate as well. But I must say, postgraduation opens door to more demanding technical problems of the industry. The industry respects your qualifications.