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Posts published in August 2016

Through the Goggles of a Graduate: Silicon

The thing about insti and all that it offers is that you can sculpt yourself into a unique product. You can find yourself and define yourself as you want. It is easy to fall into the trap of believing that there exists a standard template for an “Insti Stud”, and then strive to do the things expected to attain the so-called stud status. But I quite frankly think that’s a stupid thing to do.

Of Curd Rice, ‘Malli Poo’, and Temple Bells

"Curd rice, streets with long Tamil Brahmin names, the AIADMK hoardings and the evening bells from the temple gopurams along with a myriad of other things create what we call, the soul of Chennai."

Pre-Shaastra Spotlight Lecture: Balaji Viswanathan

"The Indian startup scenario is highly competitive with more than one startup working on a similar idea. A few are destined to fail. However, this is no way an indicator of the startup ecosystem in India." From startup culture to the Maker revolution and its potential for India, Balaji Viswanathan talked about a gamut of things. His enthusiasm and passion are sure to leave a lasting impression on the students who attended his talk. The Shaastra pre-lecture series could not have gotten a better start!

Through the Goggles of a Graduate: Srikar Sandilya

“Our team successfully implemented a solar electrification project in a girl’s high school in Chennai. Period!”

Where does one get to say that?

Helping school children get a better source of power so that they don’t suffer in summer says it all.

Freshie Guide: Bite ’em Up!

"Like Bernard Shaw once said ‘There is no sincerer love than love for food’. There is nothing better than being a foodie without a weight obsession. Unless you can be batman: if you can be batman, then always be batman."

Freshie Guide: Surviving Madras 101

Welcome to Madras 101! This course is designed to help our freshman students smoothen their transition into our campus, and more importantly, (hopefully) surviving the…

Director’s message on 70th Independence Day

This is the address delivered by Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthy, Director - IIT Madras to the gathering assembled at 70th Independence Day celebrations. He quotes Mahatma Gandhi to urge us to avoid littering in our hostels, labs and residents.

Through the Goggles of a Graduate: Mahesh Kurup

"Insti is a mine, if you dig at the right place you will get gold. Keep digging, you could get diamonds. IIT Madras has never been a place for people who get content with what they have always been doing. It is for high achievers. It is for people who want to get their hands full with new things. Each day it teaches something new, may be a new line or a new perspective. It is for people who want to take the better out of everything they do. All you need to do is to keep your mind and eyes open, and jump in. Take risks, there will be no easier time to do that. Follow your dream, your passion, nothing can stop you. Propel your way through. " Mahesh Kurup talks of his life in insti in the 'Through the Goggles of a Graduate series.

EML by Retd. Maj. Gen. (Dr.) GD Bakshi

"Though such events and speakers inevitably fall prey to controversies, the only way forward is to engage in a two-way conversation, and this involves both respecting and listening to the other person seriously and emphatically. Ultimately, freedom of thought and expression is the key to a healthy discussion during lectures and events, as long as they don’t turn violent or abusive. We hope that events that involve a strong clash of ideologies and opinions can still foster an atmosphere of dialogue, discussion and respect."

Independence Fortnight Celebrations – Vocals

Catch a glimpse of the vocals competition organised by IIT Madras Music Club as part of a week long series of events to celebrate 70th Independence Day. Students from all years sung patriotic songs in various languages.