About Us

A Brief History of T5E

In 2002, The Fourth Estate or TFE came into being to bring together the institute’s literary talents on a common platform to write about institute events and activities. This institute magazine covered essays, opinion pieces, news and fiction. Published and circulated in the form of hard copies, the magazine made for a really fun read and was mandated as an institute body under SAC and funded by the Dean of Students.

In 2009, TFE, as it was popularly known, evolved into its online avatar, The Fifth Estate, under three founding editors: Saranya Kapur, Amrita Nair and Aditya (‘Das’) Kothari. For a brief while, both TFE and T5E coexisted and were managed by the same team. However, TFE was discontinued soon and it is the online avatar that remained. Today, T5E has expanded to become the official institute news body and takes on serious reporting under its mandate as well as a host of feature pieces and more, as you shall see below.

Who Are We?

T5E, or The Fifth Estate, is IIT Madras’s official campus news and media body. Established relatively recently in 2009, T5E is responsible for reporting on campus events and activities and also bringing out content on a wide range of issues relevant to the IIT Madras community, be it students (prospective or current), parents, faculty or staff. In the last few years, T5E has expanded drastically in terms of outreach and content, and made a name for itself in the institute. One of its main distinguishing features is that it remains neutral and unbiased both in its coverage and internal functioning, having prided itself on working in a transparent and accountable manner.

What Do We Do?

As mentioned above, T5E covers institute wide news of every kind including various activities and events on campus – but our content is not confined to reporting. We also regularly bring out different series, features (like Humans of Insti), interviews, op-eds, opinion pieces, and on occasion guest features. Of late, T5E has also begun to focus on not just textual but also visual content and at the moment we are working on several new photography and videography ventures to be released in the coming year.

How Do We Do It?

T5E operates purely online through a WordPress site where content is regularly published. On average we release 3-4 articles a week. We also run our own Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. All aspects of T5E: from writing, editing, design, photography, videography, web operations, financing and publicity- are taken care of within the main team itself. Thus, we are an extremely self-sufficient body. But the real answer to ‘How do we do it?’ lies in our:

Team Members

The T5E team is headed by an Executive Editor, who takes up ultimate responsibility for the body as a whole. The Exec Ed works with the Editorial Board consisting this year of four editors; the Media Team consisting of six heads responsible for Design, Photography and Videography; and the Web-Ops Head. The real strength of the team however is derived from its correspondents. This year T5E has 32 correspondents who work in tandem with the Headitors and Exec Ed to come up with ideas, take initiative and develop this into solid and effective content.

Without further ado, we introduce our team for this year:


You can also view previous years’ T5E teams below:

2015-16

Executive Editor

Raghavi Rao Kodati

Editors

Nikhil NainaniSachin NayakSriraghav Srinivasan

Web-ops & Design

Abhishek ShandilyaAmritha Elangovan
Sree Ram Sai ChandralaVishal Upendran

Correspondents

Abhijit S GuptaIsha BhallamudiSharanya Menon
Abhinand ShankarKaushik ViswanathSharika Mahadevan
Abhishek KelkarLiza TomShaswat Mohanty
Akhil SathuluriM. Arjun VelmuruganShiraz Khan
Arjun RakeshMeena ChockalingamShivani Guptasarma
Arun KeshavNandini JayakumarSofia Shehana
Aryendranath SharmaSowmya GaneshNikhil Mulinti
Aslamah RahmanNived RajaramanRohan Rao
G.V.KaushikParvathi Madhu NairRohitha Naraharisetty
Nitin NRamya VijayramVenkataraman Ganesh

For Immerse

Editors

Swetambar DasNithin RamesanRohit Y Parasnis
Kiranmayi MalapakaSanket Wani

Writers

Akshay GovindarajanShivani GuptasarmaArundhathi Krishnan
Rahul VadagaNikhil MulintiIsha Bhallamudi
Aparnna SureshH Tejdeep Reddy

2014-15

Executive Editor

Viswajith Venugopal

Editors

Akshay RangasaiAroon Narayanan
Isha BhallamudiLiza Tom
Nithyanand RaoShilpa Menon

Web-ops

Suraj Yerramilli

Correspondents

Kalyani SVarun Gangal PrashantArjun Bhagoji
Ananth SChinmay NaugariaAnjani Balu
VarunShashanka RaoRohan Kharkhanis
AkhilSachin NayakPadma Priya
ManuRaghaviNirmal L
AshutoshAkshyahVishakh Hegde
RakeshBhargaviNithyanand
Gautham KrishnanNeha AshokSurajram
Aahlad ManasArjun KG
Nitin RamesanSaba Firdaus

2013-14

Executive Editor

Poorna Kumar

Editors

Aravindabharathi RViswajith Venugopal

Managers

Vishakh HegdeV V Hemanth

Web-ops

Suraj Yerramilli

Correspondents

Sachin NayakReshmi Suresh (blog)Arjun Shajan
Shruti BadoleNavyata SanghviArjun Bhagoji
Liza TomRajaram S.Anjani Balu
Ranjani SrinivasanIshaRohit Kharkanis
Raghavi Rao KVNehaPadma Priya
Abhinay Reddy S.AroonShilpa Menon
Akshyah KumarChockalingamSneha Reddy
Ananth Saran Y.Arjun KGNithyanand Rao
Bhargavi SuryanarayananSaba FirdausNirmal L

2012-13

Executive Editor

Anand ‘Lumberjack’ Rao

Editors

Sarthak PathakVaishali Venkatesh PrasadDeepak ‘Flashing’ Sahoo

Managers

Nitin ‘One-by-Six‘ MadasuSarathram ‘Fuga’ Subbaram

Web-ops

Suraj Yerramilli

Design

Pramod ‘PDF’ Kasi

Correspondents

Partha Sarathi ‘MUX’ PatiReshmi Suresh (blog)P. Dinesh
Ranjini BalanNavyata SanghviRaghavi Rao K.v
Rihan NajibAbhinay Reddy S.Rajaram S.
Poorna KumarAkshyah KumarRanjani Srinivasan
Samvita Kalyan (blog)Ananth Saran Y.Rohit Koganti
Jayant ‘Jusi’ ThatteBhargavi SuryanarayananSachin Nayak
Sai Tejo KiranHarish K.Shruti Badole
Shivani PatelJaideep PathakVarun Gangal (blog)
Rohan BendreKarthik ThiagarajanV. V.  Hemanth (blog)
Aravindabharathi R.Liza Tom

2011-12

Executive Editor

Vinay Slicer Sridhar

Editors

Midhun ‘Pumpkin’ UnnikrishnanManasa Renduchintala

Managers

Anand ‘Lumberjack’ RaoKarthik ‘Promiscu’ RajkumarUmang ‘Goti’ Gupta

Web-ops

Akshay Rangasai

Design

Pramod ‘PDF’ Kasi

Correspondents

Milind RaoSmita MujumdarAbhiram
Ranjini BalanPartha Sarathi ‘MuX’ PatiRohan ‘Avatar’ Bendre
Raymond JosephSashi ‘BF’ BezawadaVidya Muthukumar
Jatin MandawatBhaswanth ‘Malinga’ BlanJayant Thatte
Deepak SahooSreedeep SreekanthDarsana
Samvita KalyanEvelyn Tanza AntonySai Tejo Kiran
Poorna KumarSarthak M Pathak

2010-11

Editors

Aditya KothariSharanya HaridasVinay Sridhar

Design

Kaushik Mohan

Web-Ops

Pramod ‘PDF’ Kasi

Correspondents

Manasa RenduchintalaMidhun Unnikirshnan
Ranjini BalanVinay Hegde

Reporters

Milind RaoMounica SonikarSohini Sarkar
Umang GuptaVishal Gupta

2009-10

Editors

Aditya KothariAmrita V. NairSaranya Kapur

Design

Kaushik MohanPramod ‘PDF’ Kasi

Correspondents

Nishanth MuthusamySharanya HaridasVinay Sridhar

Reporters

Nihit DesaiRohit PrasannaShakti Shaligram