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Posts published in June 2014

Are Core Treats Justified?

Should the cores be allowed to spend sponsorship money on themselves, within a reasonable limit? What happens if the system goes wrong and this limit is exceeded? A lot of tough questions need to be asked on the Core Treats issue after this year's Saarang, and T5E attempts to take a look at a few of them.

Walking on Water

"An average Indian could come and ask: ‘Have you solved any of my problems?’ Take one IIT and ask, what problem did it solve?”

The research team on water, led by Prof. T. Pradeep of the Department of Chemistry did indeed solve one such problem. And went on to incubate a start-up. Read their story.

High-Powered Inventor

His invention makes possible modern refrigerators, air-conditioners, and electric cars -- in fact, any medium- to high-power device that requires high efficiency and fast switching.

T5E talks to Dr. Jayant Baliga, a Distinguished Alumnus of IIT Madras.

Science Diet: The High-Tech World Cup

Football just got a lot more high-tech. A Canadian company claims to have built a quantum computer, but physicists aren't convinced. What discoveries in neuroscience mean for notions of free will and criminal culpability. And an Indian rationalist in self-exile.

A Night to Remember

A living legend. A father-son duo. An heir to an old tradition. And an acknowledged maestro. Our report of Day 6 of SPIC MACAY InterCon.

Out In The Open: The Saarang Misappropriation Scandal

"It is common knowledge amongst the Institute’s students that this investment (in Saarang) is not always directed towards the benefit of the fest at large and the Cores, who have decision-making powers over most of the fest’s affairs, engage in varying levels of self-indulgence. This year, however, the administration managed to catch on to the misappropriations." Read on to know further about Saarang's missapropriation scandal.

Crafted with Passion

T5E brings you video interview with some of the artists who are handling the crafts intensives. Plus reviews of the Day 5 concerts.

Sufi Splendour

Highlights of Day 4: The Warsi brothers' intoxicating Qawwali. An award-winning film. Changed schedules. An accomplished Bharatanatyam performance. And a delightful Hindustani concert.

A Veena that Sings

Highlights from Day 3 of the SPIC MACAY International Convention.