Elections @ IITM: A 20th Century Remnant

“…our Institute has approximately 7,500 hostel residents across 18 hostels. With at most 9 days available for campaign, a candidate is required to meet with more than 800 students a day, and each student is expected to meet with candidates for all 18+ elections!”
In light of the recent impasse in the SAC over allowing online campaigning for institute elections, Arun Sudarsan, ex-SAC member and 2014 MA (HSS) graduate, presents his arguments on behalf of online campaigning.

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Moonland: My Journey to Leh

“Now, as you can imagine, my parents were completely against the whole thing. They were like, are you out of your mind to want to do this? They absolutely refused to support me. But I needed to do this. So I listened to no one and told no one. I made my decision on 3rd January, booked tickets the same day, bought warm clothes from a Tibetan refugee flea market using whatever money I had left in my account and took off on the 5th.”

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A Brief Chat with Kris Gopalakrishnan and Rajiv Lochan

“Print media is dependent upon revenue but we believe advertisers would come where there are readers and today’s readers are not willing to accept nonsense. Our policy on pricing reflects that. It does not matter whether our competitors are pricing at rates that are atrociously low. Our content stands out and readers are willing to pay for that.” — Rajiv Lochan, CEO of The Hindu.

An exclusive T5E interview with Rajiv Lochan and Krish Gopalakrishnan, from their appearance at the Shaastra Entrepreneurship Confluence. Read their views on startups and jobs for engineering graduates.

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Internship Stories: An Ode to the Land of Maple Trees

“There is something oddly satisfying about sipping a Tim Hortons’ French Vanilla coffee while reading literature for your project on the grassy lawns of the university, skirting green pellets of goose poop and feeling that the Canadian student experience has been nailed to perfection.”- Pranathi Diwakar, final-year M.A. student, writes about her Mitacs Globalink scholarship-funded internship at the University of Waterloo in Canada.

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A New Colour

‘“Look, guys. Yes, I like Shelley. I play AoE. I go trekking with you guys. I watch terrible commercial movies with you in theatres. And I also am gay, yes, a homosexual. This is what I am. It doesn’t matter how you take it. I will continue with my own life”. In the end, friends are friends after all, and you continue putting PJs with them.’
A research scholar talks about the experience of coming out. Also, read about the campus LGBTQ support group, Vannam.

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Exchange Stories: When in Montreal

“The semester abroad had however made me realize the depth to which I loved my life and friends at IIT. This was probably the most valuable lesson that I had learnt — to appreciate the advantages that my life as an undergrad at IIT had to offer while simultaneously being aware of what I was missing out on.”

Siddharth Gupta, a fifth year student, writes about his experience as an exchange student at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

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An Open Letter to ISRO on the Eve of Mangalyaan’s Tryst with Mars

“In the elite club of space faring nations, ISRO, you remind me a lot of the poor school kid. The richer nations do have a lot of resources and capabilities at their disposal, and to be sure, some remarkable achievements as well. Sometimes they may be helpful to you, sometimes just polite, and sometimes plain condescending to you regarding your achievements. Regardless of what the great space powers think about you, please remember that you will be cheered by millions of people in India every time you launch a mission. “

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