I am finding there is an element of bureaucracy in India that doesn't form any rational basis.
Case in point today when the fit hit the shan with the course choices for many of the exchange students. Scott and I were gearing up to leave to register with the Police station since some kind person in the India embassy gave us VISA for 180+1 days mandating that we must (180 is the limit to NOT need to register). Anyways we were dealing with that, but we both has frustrations with adding courses. Scott got blocked from adding a course through a process so ridicilous I can hardly bear to repeat, but essentially he was tolk 4 hours was an 'Ecessively' long time to respond to an email during which he was asleep.
This whole issues started when the school went against its rules for course allocations to ask exchange students to identify which course they were interested in and to reserve them spots. The spots that weren't protected were given away to ISB students on the waitlist (and some that weren't). The really frustrating this is that we totally folowed ALL ofthe crazy 15 steps (no joke) involved in the bidding process completely properly. The is the same Phase 1, the Is Post Sample Dopr Phase, there is 2nd Sample Drop Phase and Section Switch etc., with requiring expertise in Chess and Game Theory to get the most out of.
What we missed was a tiny email that changed the rules in the middle of all these rules to screw us over (no where is this transfer of classes to ISB students mentioned). Now I get 300 emails here at ISB (no exageration) and I missed this. This may also had something to do with the fact that I only my mail finally set up two days AFTER the deadline that had asked for in the mal. Long story short Scott and I both found ourselves in the postion of not being able to add classes that we both wanted to.
Anyways Rant over. Scott got the course he wanted and I ended up the class wanted but not after having to miss the Police Station visit that will now instead eat up a future Friday, which sucks.
We were chatting about it later tonight when our courses all disappeared from the blackboard online intranet thing they got. This passage was classic (check the times):
[10:38:37 PM] jeffrankine says: I guess we are waiting for post sample drop phase section switch final clearing price IV
[10:38:37 PM] Scott Parker says: probably resetting it after the add/drop/add/drop/switch/drop/add/add/multiply phases
Update: updated the blog entry because I realized it was a little inflamatory, I was a frustrated when I wrote it.