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Posts published in February 2014

Of Honour Codes and Electoral Reforms: SAC Meeting Review

The SAC meeting on February 16th featured discussions on instituting an Institute Honour Code and implementing certain electoral reforms in the upcoming student-council elections. Bhargavi and Suraj review it.

IITM’s Underwater Journey

Team Amogh, formed in summer 2012, worked on IITM's first Autonomous Underwater Vehicle under the guidance of Prof. V. G. Idichandy of the Ocean Engineering Department. In February 2014, they won the National Student Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition, 2014 (SAVe - 2014). Sachin Nayak reports on the team's story.

Changing the face of Industrial Research: An interview with S. K. Brahmachari

Prof. S. K. Brahmachari, the former Director-General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) was here on campus for an EML on 28th January. Among his many initiatives as DG-CSIR, was the Open-Source Drug Discovery model, for research and development of drugs targeting diseases which are often overlooked by the giant multinational pharma companies. T5E had a chat with him on this, and more.

Beyond the Gates: Taramani Food Crawl

For all those who want the Chennai street food experience and aren’t too snooty to actually try it, T5E presents a series of food crawls – an area-wise assessment of the top five push carts and mobile stalls and the quintessential ‘potti kadais’. In this, the second edition, Padma explores a bunch of little shops outside Taramani, and tells you where to go and where not to go.

Cinemas of Resistance

On January 29th and 30th, acclaimed documentary-maker Anand Patwardhan was in campus to screen his latest venture -- Jai Bhim Comrade -- and to deliver a lecture as part of the EML series. Liza Tom covers the sessions, which largely revolved around caste issues in modern India.

Rise to Help

A large balloon, floating over the football field (it has since been taken down), had IITM's residents wondering what it was doing there. It turned out the balloon was a floating cellphone tower, and is part of a joint project to create a complete disaster management system, including a post-disaster communication set-up.

Cleaning Up a Mess

Last semester was witness to widespread agitation and dissatisfaction among students regarding mess issues. In this article, T5E takes a look at some of the things that went wrong, why they happened and the improvements we can expect this semester, with inputs from Hostel Affairs Secretary Kranthi Kumar.