Brijesh Kumar Unfortunately, they don't influence the careers of professors. It would improve the teaching standards if the teachers who got unanimous negative feedback were reprimanded. Right now, teaching is sort of volunteer work. It has no reward other than teaching. So, if you really like teaching, you put the effort. Others who don't like … Read moreHow important are the teaching surveys for the career advancement of professors?
Brijesh Kumar Yes, there is no significance of the subjects that you were taught for the IT companies. They are hiring you for your brain. The reason that they don't hire anybody from any college is because most of the better students go to engineering colleges. See question on Quora Brijesh KumarI like to blog … Read moreWhy do IT company hire fresh graduate of any engineering branch? Is there no significance of of subjects we are tought and if yes then why DONT they hire any one?
Brijesh Kumar A2A. Algorithms is the art of breaking down a problem into very simple instructions understandable by a computer. Again, everyone cannot be good at everything: Brijesh Kumar's answer to Can anyone achieve anything he wants (e.g. GATE examination)? Does aptitude matter or perseverance and attentiveness is key? I don't think any specialized math … Read moreDo you think that a 23-year-old art student (who has experience in mobile app development and has no idea about algebra and discrete mathematics) can learn data structure and algorithms with in the next 2 years?
Brijesh Kumar A2A. I have only lived in Minneapolis on a University campus for 7 years. So, it has many international students, so I never really encountered any obvious "racism." Once I was traveling on a plane New York to Minneapolis, an American lady said, "Indians are everywhere." So, even if you never face any … Read moreHow are Indians viewed and treated in different parts of the USA?
Brijesh Kumar The diversity and still very strong harmony. In America, they say that they have very different cultures in North and South. They ain't seen nothing of India, if they talk like that. Every couple of villages, the dialect changes here. Practically, every state has a completely different language. Still we all live in … Read moreWhat are the things which make every Indian proud?
Brijesh Kumar We lack genuine appreciation for quality. We are very insecure and feel that we become smaller if we appreciate others. In US, usually, people are not afraid to give credit where credit is due. In India, even if someone is doing good work, they get pulled by other frogs in the well. See … Read moreWhy do most Indians become successful only after leaving to the US or European country? What lags in India?
Brijesh Kumar This is a part of the acknowledgement of my Ph.D. thesis at University of Minnesota: I would like to thank my family for their support over the years. It was the hardest for my mother to allow me to go so far away from home. I cannot thank her enough for her sacrifices … Read moreWhat is it like to be raised by an Indian mother?
Brijesh Kumar I have never been to a US K-12 school, but I was a lab instructor and teaching assistant for about 200 undergraduate students when I was a graduate student at University of Minnesota. I was very surprised that 20 year old engineering students were unable to do simple calculations in their mind. I … Read moreWhat are some of the biggest mistakes in the way children are taught in U.S. schools these days?
Brijesh Kumar I would be scared to be your son/daughter. No one really wants to work in such conditions, but sometimes, one may not have the ability or the will to fight in extremely competitive world. Moreover, if you put too much pressure on your children to "excel" it may lead them to take extreme … Read moreWould you accept mediocrity in your kids?
Brijesh Kumar If you become rich, don't become like other rich people. Understand the feelings of the other poor people. Unfortunately, it happens far too often that "former" poor people treat poor people worse than people who were rich all their lives. See question on Quora Brijesh KumarI like to blog about various topics ranging … Read moreWhat is your best advice to poor people of India?