Remembering my father on Engineers Day. He was in the first batch of engineers from Jadavpur University to graduate in independent India.
In those days, every engineering student had an final interview with his head of department
It was the legendary Dr. Hem Guha in Electrical Engineering and Dr. S C Bhattacharjee in the Mechanical department. My father remembers the mechanical engineer topper storming out after his interview was over.
Apparently Dr Bhattacharjee had told him that though his marks were excellent, he did not have the integrity required to become a good engineer in a newly independent country which needed honest men.
The next time my father saw that topper classmate was twenty years later, when he was being 'released' from the army for selling fuel on the black market.
They had great dreams for our country, those men.

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