InternFeel: Hello Sparsh, please tell us about yourself. What makes you different?
Sparsh: Hello, I am Sparsh Kanchan, B.Tech final year (EEE) student from SRM University. I have a great interest in debates,sports and Lan gaming. I also enjoy event managements.Have taken part in various debate competitions and organised college fests.
IF: Which training you got the chance to take? What is it all about? Fees, duration, place?
Sparsh: I did a training at BHEL Jhansi in my 3rd of B.Tech. BHEL Jhansi is the centre for manufacturing of locomotives and power transformers. Major clients of BHEL Jhansi are Indian Railways, NTPC and various government organisations. Duration of my training was 1 month. The plant is situated in Bijoli, 8 km from Jhansi city. Fees was Rs 700 per week.
IF: How you came to know about the training? To what all sources you kept yourself connected?
Sparsh: I came to know about BHEL training from my senior in college. Then I inquired about the process to get in for the training. I had a contact of an employee of BHEL he told me the process to register for the training.
IF: Tell us on the procedure to apply for the training. Who all are eligible to
apply for this training?
Sparsh: There are no special requirements to pursue the training from BHEL. You just have to fill up a registration form with your details and a photograph. They shortlist some 300 students for the training.
IF: Let’s talk about how competitive is the selection process.What qualities of yours, you believe helped you in having an edge over the selection process? What key things you feel were looked for by the selectors?
Sparsh: Selection process was not at all competitive. If you are an average students with average marks in your bachelors you will get selected. But it’s not only about getting selected, if you are keen to learn you have work hard to ask workers in the plant to explain you about the working inside.
IF: About when you got the news for the selection? How was the celebration?
Sparsh: I was happy. Not celebrated much though. I believe celebration comes
after you have completed your work. So I celebrated after my 1 month training.
IF: So Sparsh, could you please highlight us with what work/research project you carried out during the training period? It’s application in near future and your work in it?
Sparsh: As I mentioned above it was a manufacturing center for Locomotives and Power Transformers. First 3 days were to get to know the work done in the plant in various bays (dept.) we were told to meet around 15 officials each of different bays (dept.). They briefed us about the work carried out in their bay. As I chose power transformer I was instructed to intern under an official from transformer dept. My guide was young and full of energy. He was always keen to share his knowledge with. Every day he took out some time to share his experiences and knowledge with us. I gained immense of practical knowledge which I could have never learnt from books. After the training, we are asked to make a project report on what we have learnt and get that report approved by our guide. I was an intern in power transformers
dept. so I submitted a project report on the same.
IF: What was the best thing about the work culture and the training? What all
things you liked there?
Sparsh: The best thing I saw there was the punctuality of the employees. I was a bit amazed to see govt. employees so punctual. Every task was done so timely. After lunch the employees would return perfectly on time without wasting a minute. I liked the environment, everyone was dedicated to their job.
IF: Were there any special events during the trainings?
Sparsh: There were no such academic events as we were there only for a month, which itself was a less time to learn so much. And I don’t know about the hostel because I was a localite so didn’t opt for it. And am not even sure if they provide
accommodation or not.
IF: What was the guidance provided by your guide? What all support you
received from BHEL administration.
Sparsh: My guide was a young and energetic man. He helped us with our project work. He provided all the possible details he could. He personally took us to the plant and explained us about the machineries used, the type of windings preferred, the wiring materials etc. He also provided some pictures for our report.
IF: Let’s now talk about some negatives.
What problems you or your friends faced, regards to the training, which your juniors may be able to avoid?
Sparsh: There is nothing negative as such. People are friendly. As I mentioned I am a localite so I have no idea about food and accommodation. It’s a safe environment for girls too.
IF: Anything you would like to tell us please. Feel free to share any interesting
thing that happened.
Sparsh: BHEL Jhansi is equipped with latest machineries and equipment. There is a moisture soaking device which soaks the moisture from a power transformer within minutes by sprinkling sensor oil. BHEL Jhansi is the only place where this
device is used in whole Asia.
IF: To which all people you would, like to thank in context of this training?
Sparsh: I would like to thank the HR of BHEl….my guide and all the workers for
their kind co-operation during my training. I know it is difficult to lend your busy
time in explaining the work to an amateur.
IF: How much difference this period of 1 months made in your intellectual capabilities and mind-set. In broad terms what are your gains from this?
Sparsh: Before my training I only had bookish knowledge of the processes and equipment. But during this 1 month I saw the working, how exactly things are done practically. It changed my perspective to look at electrical equipment. Now whenever I see some machinery I get eager to know its working method, what it is used for etc.
IF: Advice for juniors? Which can help them in getting trainings in their future college life and also advice for making the best out of it.
Sparsh: I would advise my juniors to take their training seriously because engineering is a field of practical knowledge which they cannot get of field. Field work is a must. So try to make the best of it. Learn as much as u can. Trust me it will be a great experience.
IF: What are your future plans after this training and how much impact this training will have on it?
Sparsh: Now after my training I am more concentrating on my practical knowledge rather than theoretical. And I would definitely try to pursue a career in any such organisation.
IF: Any views about this initiative of InternFeel, and how beneficial it would be? Any suggestions for improvement?
Sparsh: Well, I would say u guys are doing a great job. It would prove to be a great help to the students looking for good training. They can get there queries cleared here. They’ll get to know more options through this platform.
IF: So Sparsh, we are at the end of the interview. From the entire team of InternFeel, we thank you for sharing your experiences with us, for everyone and we wish you best of luck for all your future endeavors.
Sparsh: It was my pleasure to share my experience with this platform. I hope it may help my juniors. So thank you for this opportunity.
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