Archive for the ‘Training’ Category

Rock Climbing

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

Wall Climbing 

Highlight of the day was heading into class (yep, on a Saturday!) to finish off some assignments and find about 18 people there too! It’s all good though, it’s handy to be able to help each other.

The funny thing about the rock climbing wall is the stunned Indian faces passing by when someone is climbing. There is an instructor there at all times when the wall is open for climbing. The grounded belay device that is used automatically grips the rope if the climber is pulled by gravity, but at the same time frees the climber when going up. The wall was designed by a top climbing advisor from Mumbai.

In the evening some of us watched the third ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ film. It had some good action and special effects but overall wasn’t really that impressive.

Photo: HP climbing on the outdoor wall.

Basketball Competition Final

Thursday, September 20th, 2007


Today was good: training was a good refresher in C, went to a club quiz at one of the massive conference rooms (we did pretty badly though!), went climbing on the outdoor wall with HP, watched the campus basketball competition final and also won 200 rupees on a bet that the new Subway isn’t open on campus! It still isn’t. There is at least another week to go before it opens.

Photo: The winning team from tonight’s basketball competition final. There was some live music at the courts and a fair turnout. There were quite a few Americans on the winning side. Actually, as expected, there were a lot of Americans playing in the tournament in general.

First Class Test

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007


Everyone I spoke to passed the first class test today. I got an A! But so did most people who did computer science. I think Infy has filtered the hardware concepts useful for industry quite well. I think the computer hardware and architecture course taught at Surrey was good but not as applicable to industry. I guess since Infy knows what industry knowledge is necessary (by being in the industry itself) and is a business relying on it’s intellectual expertise, it has far more of an incentive to teach the core applicable knowledge. In short, the training is good. However, the non-computer scientist graduates amongst us were a bit annoyed with the pace and quantity of information … but most of them passed (some did better than me) so I think the training has been balanced well so far.

So today news reached us of this and this. Quote from the Guardian:

“How did he find British graduates to deal with? Indians, he says diplomatically, tend to be a little more flexible.”

A friend who has been interviewed by the media and has been working hard to represent Infy well was understandably upset and requested an explanation from HR. A few hours later we were addressed by HR that the comments were misquoted surrounding the flexibity of locations. I should think so to be honest. The CEO only spoke to us for a 10 minute video conference on our first day in Mysore and we’ve only been here two and a half weeks! In my view, the very fact we are here in India for 6 months shows we are flexible. Once returning to London some will be likely to travel around Europe/Middle East/Africa and they are looking very forward to the prospect. Who wouldn’t? The chance to gain experience abroad, work on different projects, meet different people is not only beneficial but exciting too.

It was Mark’s birthday. He shared some good chocolate cake (yum!), the later we ate out and some went to High Octane (again!) but I felt tired and got back early. I rode the scooter in the night a bit too. Riding in Bangalore is easier than here in the outskirts of a smaller city. I feel this is because in Bangalore it is busy but predictable; here it is quiet and rather unpredictable with the bumps and the odd car or motorbike going by. Jason’s riding advice is handy too. It’s all good though.

Photo: The swimming pool on campus with the GEC (global education centre) in the background. We are training inside there at the moment.

Morning View

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

 Morning View

Classes are getting into more or less of a routine now. Tomorrow we start a new course so should it be interesting. A few of from the American batch have informed us that there is a lot of breadth and depth in the training.

Photo: Morning view of the mass commute to classes.


Wednesday, September 12th, 2007


The first day of software engineering training started today. I liked it: there were thoughts on what make a good software engineer and approaches to problem solving. Our lecturer used to work for the Indian space agency (ISRO) and gave us a real life example of how a software bug can be critical to a space rocket’s success or failure.

The rooms are really nice here. There are many TV channels but not the BBC unfortunately, however CNN will do. I’ve been getting good sleep thanks to the AC. The rooms are cleaned and tidied up for us during the day. Even my toiletries are order by height in the bathroom!

Photo: A view of my room.