Exchange Diaries  

By International Relations Cell

Outbound Diaries 2019

Anuj Daga | Architecture and Regional Planning

Laval University, Canada

Research Area: Big Data Analytics

Duration: 2 Months

1. Why do you think Foreign Training is important, how was your experience?
It was a totally different experience in terms of quality of research and the enormous opportunities that you get. If you perform really well then there is a good chance of publishing your own research paper and also they might call you for your masters and PhD.

2. What was your FT about?
My work was on Big Data Analytics. When we work on data analytics we usually work on local data but we come across big data then we have to tackle million cross million data points and which can be processed further to extract more information. Accessing and retrieving the data becomes difficult but you get good results. My research initially started with stock price prediction and then I worked on big data.

3. What procedure did you follow to get FT ?
I applied for various programs and simultaneous I was also mailing the professors. One of them was really impressed by my work so after two rounds of interview I got selected.

4. How did you manage your finances?
I got a stipend from the university which was more than sufficient. I got it in two installments. Initially I got the first installment just after starting my project and after one month I got the remaining one.

5. On a lighter note, how was your stay in the foreign country?
It was an amazing experience. I worked for the first two months, in the last month I took the opportunity to explore the place. There were two other Indian interns with me, so we visited a a number of places like Totonto, Niagara falls.

6. Role of CG for FT?
I would say it acts like a first filter, it values a lot in terms of resume selection but at the same time your skills also matter a lot. You have to maintain a minimum cg and work on your skills. The practical experience you’ve got, what platforms you have worked on, what libraries you have worked with, these things matter a lot when you apply for FT.

7. What would you suggest to your fellow KGPians who aspire to go for Foreign Training?
I would suggest them to work on their skillset and the work they will be doing in the future. If you are getting rejected from different programs and scholarships, don’t get disheartened. Keep trying, the world is open for you. If you are willing to put in efforts then you will surely get it.