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After working for a couple weeks, and being able to satisfy my hunger, I found myself searching for a greater purpose in coming to this country.
Through reference, I was able to apply for an unpaid internship at the Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, one of the top universities in the world. I attended an interview and got the opportunity to learn about wireless communications and digital signal processing and 5g technology. Growing up, math was always something that easily came to me and I was doing grade 12 math in seventh grade. Overall, I can speak mathematics better than English. I did my internship in the daytime and in the evenings and weekends I worked at Idli Podi. My mentor was chief technologist Dr. Klutto Milleth. IIT is the highest ranked university in India and has one of the lowest acceptance rates in the world at 0.92%, making every single person there highly qualified. Students in India have to specially prepare from grade 6 to attend this university and over a million people apply every year. IIT has produced some of the most successful people in the world, including Google CEO Sundar Pichai, founder of Sun Microsystems Vinod Khosla, and many other business leaders.
Even though India produces such top tech leaders, the patent rights for things that those of us in the U.S. take for granted, like 2g, 3g, and 4g technologies, are owned by companies in the western world and countries like India have to pay money to use it. Communication is really important in developing countries like India with wireless technology deeply rooted across the nation, especially in villages, but they have to pay extra because of this. Indian companies are dependent on American companies for tech such as 5g and the technology transfer takes months and years to reach India. 5g technology is going to revolutionize world industry but companies in India have to wait because of this delay, which may slow down overall progress. The CEWIT at IIT holds hundreds of patents and is developing 5g technology to prevent this delay and rapidly bring next generation wireless technology to India at a much lower cost, which can help Indian companies compete in the global economy, if the technology is available on time for them. The people that worked at IIT were highly educated adults and I was the only kid there. They were usually very uptight and tense but when it came to me everyone would always try to teach me stuff and I was like a pet to all of them. Overall it was an amazing experience to work with all these great minds at at top tier research center.
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