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Thursday, Nov 21, 2019

Wanna try fatta? Come to IIT-K

?Hey! I have done Java well. No one can stop me from winning an ekka.? ?Idiot! Are you drunk? Talking of ekka! You are still no better than a fakka. Yes! You can manage a dikka, Prof willing.?

india Updated: Jun 02, 2006 00:01 IST
Amar Deep Singh
Amar Deep Singh

“Hey! I have done Java well. No one can stop me from winning an ekka.”

“Idiot! Are you drunk? Talking of ekka! You are still no better than a fakka. Yes! You can manage a dikka, Prof willing.”

Do not panic if you could not get this dialect? This is the lingo of IIT Kanpur students.

These techno-savvy go-getters have their own dialect, own vocabulary and their own lingo.

“Mera naam Rohit Gurjar hai. Mere baap ka naam Vinay jain hai. Meri maa ka naam Shivani Agarwal hai………..

“This was the way I was supposed to introduce myself to my seniors in initial days. I enjoyed this new experience,” says a first year student, Rohit Gurjar, with a giggle.

For a newcomer, the very first lesson of the institute starts with learning the concept of maa and baap.

“A boy-student appointed by the counselling service to take care of every group of 6 new comers is a baap for them and his girlfriend (if he is lucky enough to have one) is their maa .All in a group are bhai. And all juniors are ‘bacche’ for their seniors. In this way, the whole family comes up,” adds Rohit.

When it comes to grades, officially professors award them from ‘A’ to ‘F’ (except ‘E’), where ‘A’ stands for excellent and ‘F’ for fail, but these geniuses have call them their way  ekka(A), bikka(B), cikka(C), dikka(D) and unfortunate fakka(F).

If someone (No doubt, they are always there) manages an ekka in all subjects, his CPI (Cumulative Performance Index) reaches to the maximum, that is 10 and he becomes a dignified dassu.

“In our dictionary, the one who spends all his time engrossed in books and is rarely seen outside library is a maggu. A species who has nothing in life except chitchatting with gals is a lassu (come from lasana, meaning girl-chasing). And chaapu or bakait is the one who not only excels in academics but is also unbeaten in other fields,” says Chakresh Mishra, a second year student.

IIT-K lingo also awards JEE rankers with special names, when they land at the institute. AIR-1, Piyush Shrivastava is popularly known as ekka and similarly others as panjee (AIR-5), sattrah (AIR-17), Pachhash or atthanni (AIR-50) and so on.

“We enjoy calling them by their bynames. Even the people who do not know their actual names, would be certainly knowing their nicknames,” says Ankit Sinha, another first yearite.

These people hate to call a computer so and enjoy calling it dabba. With laptops replacing desktops, the word dibiya is also replacing dabba.

Similarly different departments have also been assigned some peculiar names e.g. - Computer Science and Engineering department as dabba department, Electrical Engineering as batti department and Chemical engineering lads are commonly called as tailee. 

Room-partner is cherished as roomie and lab-partner as labbie. Cricket is popular as fatta and football as footie.

“The whole thing is not only about our lingo, our words and our dialect but much more than that for us.  Something that attaches us with the culture of the land and makes us remember our alma mater even after when we bid adieu to the place,” says a final year student, Chandra Mohan Thakur, with emotions in eyes.

“Yeah! How can we forget our alma mater-IIT, Institute of Indian Technology? (not Indian Institute of Technology)” adds Aman Deep, another final yearite with laugh and hugs Chandra Mohan with a shaking jolt.