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  1. Hi, I have the following admits and I am highly confused as to what should I choose, 1. Gatech - MS ECE 2. UT Austin - MS ECE: ICS track 3. UCLA - MS EE: Circuits and Embedded Systems 4. Columbia - MS EE (nikola tesla scholar) My interests are in VLSI design(preferably digital) with a few courses in analog and Computer architecture. I have not received any funding with my invite. RAship and TAship may be a possibility, but nothing currently. Can some who has info about these universities list out the merits and demerits of each program and school and help me choose the right option TIA
  2. Hi, I have 4 admits and I am highly confused as to what should I choose, 1. Gatech - MS ECE 2. UT Austin - MS ECE: ICS track 3. UCSD - MS ECE : ECS track 4. Cornell - M.Eng. ECE My interests are in VLSI design(preferably digital) and Computer architecture. I have not received any funding with my invite. RAship and TAship may be a possibility, but nothing currently. Can some current/past students list out the merits and demerits of each program and school and also what are the job prospects after completion of the courses. TIA
  3. Hi, while applying to UCLA they ask for GPA of the latest institute. And it is mentioned " When entering your Grade Point Average (GPA) please list your Junior/Senior GPA only. If your senior year is currently in progress, enter only your junior year GPA ". I am currently in my senior year, so does it mean that I only enter the GPA of my 3rd year. Please clarify, TIA
  4. Hi, First of all, you would get the unofficial score for your Verbal and Quant on the spot after the test. For the AWA score, you would have to wait for 10-12 days. My came on the 12th day. My Friend's on 10th, so I think there should not be any cause for worry. As far as your question is concerned, I have not heard of any such thing as phone scores. Cheers,
  5. Varun95

    Is 327 good

    I took the GRE and scored 327, I was expecting somewhere around 333 and hence I am dejected. I am aiming to apply to top colleges, including Stanford and UC Berkeley. My application is strong. I have a research paper accepted in a conference and about 6-7 projects during my undergraduate study. My GPA is also High, above 9.5/10. What are my chances, should I retake the GRE or there is a possibility of me getting into UC Berkeley with this score.
  6. This is my first review and I am also in the stages of practicing writing essays. According to me the reasoning and the assumptions are correct and stated properly. The essay could have been more cogent. A score range that I would give this would be 4 to 5. This is just my personal opinion. I have also written two essays, if you could review them I'd be grateful.
  7. Your feedback would be valuable. TIA Some people believe that corporations have a responsibility to promote the wellbeing of the societies and environments in which they operate. Others believe that the only responsibility of corporations, provided they operate within the law, is to make as much money as possible. Write a response in which you discuss which view more closely aligns with your own position and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should address both of the views presented. Response The cause to expand businesses, tap untapped markets and exploit natural resources has long been the driving factor that has led to the set-up of industries and corporations near settlements. Though they may seem innocuous at first but these infiltrations in the residential societies and environments have shown more harmful effects then positive. I strongly align with the fact that corporations have a hug role in Corporate social responsibility and capitalising on the profits should not be the only goal that they should achieve. When companies especially those that deal with harmful chemicals and substances are set up in or around residential localities, they need to keep the disposal of their waste proper. More often than not in a country like India, we see industries not fulfilling their duties and carrying out waste disposal with negligence. Take the example of the river Ganga, one of the most pious rivers for the Hindus which has seen marked with pollution and deteriorating water quality. The primary reason has been industries who let their chemicals run-off in the river waters untreated. Polluting this water makes in unfit for consumption by humans as well as animals that live around the river. Moreover, the aquatic life suffers and the consequences are often far reaching than meets the eye. This is just one instance of environmental damage that takes place due to negligence and ignorance of the companies. History is rampant with stories that show how lust for money has had far reaching consequences much beyond the scope of the industry, one that comes to mind immediately is the case of Japan where mercury from industries had polluted a river and was indirectly ingested by humans through fish living in the river water. This was perhaps the first time that the cry for Corporate social responsibility was underscored. Deforestation is another problem that has its roots related to industry. The uses of trees and forests are uncountable and though this may not seem much but the forest cover has now been decreasing at a rate faster than ever. The devastating consequences are exacerbated by global warming which again can be linked directly to ignorant industries and corporations that let fumes escape into the surroundings without treatment. These industries are also responsible for widespread diseases that mark many towns in 3rd world countries. Coming to the benefits that CSR has to promise, it is evident that the environmental conditions would improve drastically but CSR will benefit the companies themselves. When a new company enters a market, it wants to have a good public image, similarly existing corporations want to look good in the eyes of the people. With people becoming more knowledgeable about environmental concerns it is imperative that the companies in order to keep their reputation, carry out activities that benefit the environment and give back to the society. In cities like Bangalore, which is the IT hub of India, most of the big companies organise environmental clean-ups, society interactions or old-age home visits fortnightly. This helps them serve as well as gets them praise from the public. In the greed for money most the companies, neglect what comes as moral obligation, they seem to forget that it is their duty to give back to the society from which they take so much. Resources as well as Labour comes from the very societies that these companies neglect. The need for CSR is pressing and so is the requirement of policies from the government that make CSR mandatory.
  8. Please review. All suggestions are welcome. TIA The best way to teach is to praise positive actions and ignore negative ones. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the recommendation and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, describe specific circumstances in which adopting the recommendation would or would not be advantageous and explain how these examples shape your position. Response The process of learning continues throughout our lives and in this lifetime there is good amount of time that we spend as subordinates to others and this is the time when someone guides and instructs us. I disagree in part to the mentioned issue that the best way to teach is to applaud positive actions and be ignorant towards the negative ones. As humans we yearn for praise. When we praise someone, there is flow of happy energy and the person being praised feels a sense of satisfaction that what he has done is good and that this behavior will fetch him continued praise. When Parents praise the actions of their young progeny it helps the child develop good sense and habits. In schools when teachers praise one student for a particular action in front of others, everyone else tries to achieve the same feat. This also promotes healthy competition among the students and helps them learn from varied aspects. Negative actions in my opinion need to be pointed out and not simply be ignored. If we don't point out wrong actions than how can presume that the entity committing those actions would on its own realise that the actions in the first place were wrong and try to take measures to correct them. How can then we as observers or relatives get irritated or annoyed when we let such habits get past the embryonic stages. Coming back to the parent argument, our parents or especially mine for that matter bring out my wrongdoings into daylight and instruct me to never repeat them. If Parents start ignoring the wrongdoings of their children, there is an extremely high probability that children would grow up and not realise what is actually good for them and what appears to be superficially good. I'd like to share an example, in my school there used to be intense groupism and people would pick fight with others on petty issues, confrontation results which ultimately concludes in one of the two parties getting injured. All of this used to happen outside the school gate and in full view of the teachers who would be leaving, but none of them cared enough to look into the matter. Fearless of the teachers, the students started taking them for granted and their mischief continued. One day of the stricter teachers called a few boys in private and reasoned with them and explained to them the harm their actions did to them as well as their peers and juniors. That day marked a sudden change in the attitude of those boys which was evident from a stark decrease in the amount of confrontations. This step on the part of the teacher was extremely commendable. What I am trying to convey should not be confused with curbing the freedom of an individual, but what I merely try to highlight and put forth is that just keep a check when someone crosses the line. The line may have different and varied definitions for each one of us but certain actions that warrant a strong response need not and should not be waved off nonchalantly or ignored. Shaping a person character is important more of this responsibility is on the Guide or the teacher and as someone with such a huge responsibility it is needed to be tender but strict at the same time. The statement by the author may have good intentions but leaves gaps and when followed to the point can create troubles.
  9. Is talking the GRE in the first week of november considered late for applications to be submitted by 15th december. Also is there a different deadline in case I want to apply for financial support. I haven't been able to find a university that mentions this separately, they just give the final deadline. Say for harvard it says that the deadline is 15th december and nothing else. Can someone please confirm this. In an urgent need to get this clarified. Thanks in advance.
  10. Hi, I am planning to give TOEFL on 19th of november for application deadlines around 10th december. Is this sufficient enough time for my scores to reach the universities? Thanks in Advance
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