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NSIT Survival Guide

Survival Guide, NSIT

-Daksh Minocha, NSIT

One of the top notch engineering college in India, Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT) is certainly many students’ dream. And it certainly feels great to get into it after that literally tormenting period of two years, and we can proudly say that all our hard work has finally paid off. Once you step into it, you realise that the inside thing is totally different from that seen from the other end. So here’s a survival guide for all those who are willing to join NSIT and even for those who aren’t.


Campus life is great at NSIT from its lush green campus to eating spots to co-curricular activities everything’s exciting here. Not to forget, our annual cultural fest ‘Moksha’ is one of the biggest in the country.



Well, there are four food hubs on campus, all of them being great and having their own special savouries to offer. Starting from the main canteen ‘Zayca’, the Indian food is simply awesome here, and the Chinese from ‘Just Cafeteria’ is famous both amongst students and faculty members, spring rolls from ‘Mini Zayca’ and McCain’s cold coffee will surely be a delight to your taste buds. Apart from these, a lot of food corners are also there around the campus.

Now coming to the co-curricular activities, for all those who are thinking that engineering’s gonna suck out all that’s left, that is not going to happen here. In fact its time to live your passion, whatever might be your field of interest, you’ll have the freedom to pursue it here. Sports facilities are great here and we also have a gym on campus that’s quite good. And as far as societies are concerned, all of them are pretty active. The dramatics society ‘Ashwamedha’ is surely one of the best in the country. There are some other societies as well for those interested in finance and economics. The photography society ‘Junoon’ is simply amazing and those who are part of it are some really good photographers.

Now coming to academics, cramming HOD’s notes, attending most of the practical labs, solving previous years’ will be quite handy to get the much needed 75%. As far as books are concerned choices include traditional second hand and new book stores at Tilak Nagar, or you can simply rent the books to save 60 to 75% cost @ (just the way I did last semester xD) whatsapp +91-9136437970 that will surely give you an escape from this hot humid weather, as they’ll gonna deliver it on your doorstep. Add to that the cost savings Pustakkosh Textbbook Rentals  bring as the book usage is limited from a few days to a semester. 


P.S. Don’t worry!! Campus life at NSIT will surely be fun with excellent study environment! 

Textbook Rentals: Benefits Beyond 60 to 75% Cost Savings...!

Historically education has been the lifeline for India with earliest organized systems dating back to 3rd century. Today more than ever higher education is becoming more organized and abundant with many private and public players foraying into the area. But this also comes with a cost and In India, it has literally come with an increased cost. Education costs have escalated and two leading factors are fees for the courses and cost of books. So much so that these factors are gradually turning into a limiting factor.




The Cost of books typically increases 2X to 3X in a span of two years. Those of us who graduated a few years back may very well realize that the amount we paid for the same book is now a fraction of its present buying rate. Not many things in our daily lives have inflated with the same acceleration. But publishers and retailers cant be blamed with the rising input costs. All over the world book costs are behaving in the same manner; luckily eastern editions are relatively subsidized.


How do Indian students cope up with this cost?

Some Options Resorted To:

  1. Buying the lesser number of books or buying the sub-standard solutions, which save money but compromise on the quality. If we study the pattern, books from the likes of McGraw-Hill, Pearson face tough competition from poor notes like books, local publications (Kunji's/Guides is the right term).
  2. Violating copyright and using photocopied contents. Sometimes even local books would be plagiarized blatantly.
  3. Getting cheap used/second-hand books. There is not much of an organized market, there is no content guarantee but money is saved.
  4. Using unauthorized digital scanned versions which are even worse.


Learning suffers but can't blame students; money is a concern. The larger issue here is that the solution of buying books is not aligned to actual need. Students are bound to pay extra because they pay for ownership. But the books arent actually needed to be owned. The need is temporary for small periods sometimes for a few days or few months in exams in case of reference books and sometimes for a semester in case of most textbooks.


Then why do we buy textbooks for a lifetime? The need is temporary...




Textbook Rentals is the answer. They save costs depending on the rental prices on an average 60 to 75% of book costs. Textbook rentals, in general, can act as a panacea to a lot that ails the world of books.


  • Rentals obviously save significant costs, align with the actual study need. The content/quality of books is guaranteed, unlike second-hand books.
  • Rentals save copyright as photocopying becomes un-viable rentals are cheaper.
  • Rentals help environment save paper, trees and promote reuse. Books which are sold back to raddi-walas are used for better motive.
  • Rentals save the threat of poor quality cheaper local copies and promote good content.
  • Rentals even help save digital piracy because if cost is not that big issue students save them selves from the hassle of scanned versions. With e-books making in-roads rentals make even more sense as digital versions have no resale value.

No wonder book renters have been so successful in other parts of the world. Chegg the leading renter in the US went to launch its IPO nearly the same time as twitter.


undefinedPustakkosh Textbook Rentals ( is one of the leading textbook rental companies in India. It specializes in providing tailor made book rentals and has disrupted the book buying habits in many institutions replacing them with renting.


Thanks for the attention! Hope this will help you.

Why Should Students Rent Books?

Why Should Students Rent Books?


If we ask any higher education students about what burns a hole in their pocket besides the college fees the major expenditure they would definitely agree that it is the cost of books. To top it all this expenditure has been steadily increasing much more than the inflationary cost increases in other areas. This is irrespective of the area of study. Taking real life examples books go up by 2 to 4X every 2 years, so much so that cost appreciates during the semester itself. Some of the books that we studied during college years are now 6-8X cost. This needs some mitigation. Some say online majors give good discounts but have we ever looked at how fast the increase in rates happens on these eCommerce majors, and how many good deals do we really see often? Do we need to wait till Dussehra J in the hope that we will plan our studies as the deals come? This is not a refrigerator that we are purchasing and believe me the deals that would even come aren’t good enough.


Then the golden question why do we need to OWN books? The need is really for the span they are needed. How many of us who completed their engineering or management have books which have no use but just a shelf life and sometimes due to dearth of space find themselves in storehouses. We end wasting both money and paper which is a precious resource. Some would argue about second-hand books. Let’s talk about them too; the problem there is quality if you do find one. There is no organized market and ways to ensure quality and content. You bring one to realize that it’s a very old edition.


Ok, enough of questions by now and let me try to highlight a possible resolution. Innovative tailor made book rentals according to the need at the time are an answer to the above. This is exactly what Pustakkosh does. You can rent books from 1 day to 1 semester and make huge savings on the cost of books from 60 to 75% of the book cost. Moreover, you get the content guaranteed. Pre-rented books can be bought with much better discounts and quality. There is no better and cheaper way to read books unless of course you get them gifted or free ;-) That we may not be able to match.




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