The following post was not a post until I copied it here but was in fact a comment on my post on FIITJEE. This 750+ word comment was written by Mrinal Mohit who once used to Blog at MrinalTech. If you would like to write for TheDolt’s Blog, do read our page Be My Guest; Write A Guest Post.
Here is the comment which he wrote. I thought his comment deserved a post of it’s own and here I give it exactly that. The post is unabridged and has been edited only for proof-reading purposes.
Okay, since I’m a VMC student, i might as well share my experiences at VMC.
I joined VMC last year, after a “dad-I-messed-it-up-no-hope” entrance test in which I surprisingly got selected in the Regular Batch. I live in Noida and used to go to the Centre at Punjabi Bagh by carpool. But the Metro is the norm now (a saving of 300 bucks per trip doesn’t hurt either) the main Centre (for regulars) is now shifted at Netaji Subash Place (Codename: NSP) but that’s hardly 5 km from the older Centre.
The Faculty: VMC boasts of a pretty impressive panel of teachers. It was started by 3 IITian brothers -Shyam Mohan, Man Mohan, Brij Mohan, who teach Physics, Math, and Chemistry respectively.
Chemistry: Organic and some Physical:
BADE BHAIYYA!!! In fact, he teaches so good, let’s say it again BADE BAHIYYA FTW!!!! Known as Brij Mohan by non-VMC-ites, he is the eldest teacher in VMC (50 something) but his passion and sense of humor will just blow you away. He inspires you to actually study for yourself (you might forget it all an hour after you come out of the class, but at least it induces energy to study in the class at least). Definitely THE teacher for organic, he teaches nothing more, nothing less than what IIT demands. Might hurt the sentiments of the occasional perfectionist who “chases excellence, not success”, but he is the most practical guy ever.
Say it again. Bade Bhaiya. Organic. This is what I call a class.
Chemistry : Physical :
Kulwinder Bhaiya: The cool surd who (in Bade Bhaiya words) “koshish karta hoon sardaaro waale joke maarke bachho ko jaga ke to rakh sakoon, par yeh Q batch hai ki sota hi rehta hai). Caught me napping thrice. Good sense of humor again, he’s a pretty awesome teacher who can get angry sometimes (you don’t want to be on the wrong side of him).
Shyam Mohan: The calm guy. Hair flat, shirt tucked, he exudes calmness. WARNING: There is no use attending the class unless you have spent at least a day on the chapter yourself. Really. The calmness can occasionally induce sleep, but the classes are so rare that you won’t dare sleep. He does like to teach a little more than the topics in the module, which indeed comes useful, but makes you wonder why they didn’t include it in the module (Hope you read this, VMC)
Munna Bhaiya: The stylish one among the original 3 brothers, whom you can mistake as a college student (he ain’t even 40). He makes Maths look the simplest among the three subjects (it’s an illusion of-course) He’s pretty tech-savvy and occasionally holds these all-4-batches-taught-simultaneously-through-tablet-PC-and-projector which although a novel concept, can cause lack of interest in the class. People say that he drives a Ferrari and is the CTO of a Silicon Valley software firm, but he does a good job being humble.
Other teachers include Pallu (Maths) Vivek (Maths), Faizal (Physics), and constantly-changing-inorganic-teachers. Can’t go on typing, can I?
There is no set schedule of classes. No weekend / weekday batch as such, probably due to the limited no. of students. One is told the dates of the next few classes on the class day. If one can’t attend a particular class, he/she can attend it with any other batch.
VMC puts a lot of emphasis on self-studying and discourages spoon-feeding and rightly so. Attempting things before reading the solution is the only way the brains gonna grow. Speaking of solutions, I’ve seen that many coaching institutes don’t provide detailed solutions of the exercises in non-correspondence courses. Do they expect students to ask teachers how to solve a question again if they happen to forget it?? Thankfully, VMC provides hard-copies of solutions of all exercise for easy reference.
The performance test are of two types 3.0HRT (3 Hour Review Test, I know, fancy name) which is (duh) of 3 hours, and the IIT-patterned 6 hour test (two papers of 3 hours each), which are held after every month.
On to the environment. All the rooms have a sexy air conditioning system which is a hate-to-love thing if you look at it. If you come to the class straight after school, it is just TOO tempting to snore away under the AC. It does take a lot of willpower to actually study in an after school class (especially physical chemistry); so I prefer to give school a miss on class days. The washrooms and water arrangements are pretty good (kickass in the new Center, in fact) the teachers don’t mind if you walk out the class to take a leak; they prefer you don’t ask them for permission for such petty things.
I’m currently in the class XII batch, my entrances are next year. I’ve been getting rank of ~60-70 in the tests and hope they get better.