Samrat Mukhopadhyay| This professor’s exciting journey of almost missing his dream interview at IISc Bengaluru can be a Bollywood movie

This exciting story of the professor almost missing his dream interview could be a Bollywood movie

This professor’s gripping story of how he almost missed his dream interview could be a Bollywood movie

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mukhopadhyay said that he did well in BSc at Jadavpur University and it is his dream to pursue integrated PhD at IISc
  • However, his invitation letter for the interview didn’t come until the day the interviews started
  • His exciting journey of reaching the IISC campus just in time has netizens hooked
A professor took to Twitter to share his exciting journey of how he made it to his interview with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) 25 years ago – and netizens think it could become a movie.
Samrat Mukhopadhyay, Professor at IISER Mohali shared about the hurdles he faced to make it to his integrated PhD interview at IISc, Bengaluru.
Mukhopadhyay said that he did well in BSc at Jadavpur University and it is his dream to pursue integrated PhD at IISc.

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Confident that he would be shortlisted for the interviews scheduled for June 16-18, 1997, he booked his train tickets for June 13.

In 1997 there were no direct trains from Howrah to Bengaluru. He had to travel from Howrah to Chennai on the Coromandel Express and then to Bengaluru on the Madras-Bangalore Mail. The journey used to take around 36 hours, including a stopover in Chennai.

However, after Mukhopadhyay’s application letter did not arrive even on June 13, he canceled the train reservation.

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Although he could not accept that his dream had been shattered, Mukhopadhyay’s letter of application arrived on the morning of June 16 – the day the interviews were to begin.

Mukhopadhyay “was even more disappointed to receive the letter” as he thought he missed the opportunity.

Luckily, his interview was scheduled for June 18 at 9am – which meant he had around 45 hours to reach Bengaluru.

He reached the train station – but had no train tickets.

Luckily the train was three hours late and Mukhopadhyay managed to board the train to Chennai.

By the time he reached Chennai, the Madras-Bangalore mail had already left.

He somehow managed to board a train called the Guwahati-Bangalore Express, but the train was delayed due to a severe storm and power failure. Mukhopadhyay was concerned about reaching the IISc campus in time.

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The train reached its destination around 8:30 a.m. Mukhopadhyay only had half an hour to reach the IISc.

“I arrived near the IISc gate at about 8:55 am, but now I was unable to cross the busy CV Raman Avenue intersection,” he said.

A traffic cop stopped all vehicles and helped him cross the street.

He rushed into the interview waiting room around 9 a.m. – and that’s when his name was announced.

Some professors in the interview panel “were trying to figure out the problem”. After Mukhopadhyay recounted how he got to the interview room just in time, it turned out that his letter of invitation to the interview had been in the wrong mail for over two weeks.

After a final round of interviews, Mukhopadhyay was offered an integrated PhD admission at the IISc.

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