Casual Sexism on Campus: Perspectives From a Male Student

“A simple reflection on the Institute norm would make us realize that casual sexism is quite deeply rooted here, and sometimes leads to egregious cases of sexual harassment. This norm is established quite early – think back to the freshie night comment screen and how it is filled with sexually explicit comments when women perform. Freshie guys are forced to follow freshie girls and get their room and phone numbers, which dangerously normalizes stalking and falsely equates persistent harassment with reward. We’re also introduced to Insti slang fairly early, and one of the most used terms is “rape”. “

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PG Accommodation Crisis: Turning a Blind Eye on a Real Problem

“More than the decision, what I was able to observe in the scholars was the anger towards the authoritarian way of decision making by the administration, as always. Many of the scholars were emotionally moved and there was a cry for having a protest. After repeated meetings with the administration by the RAS and scholars, it was decided that there will not be an immediate implementation of the policy, even though it still stays as a policy.”

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Reflections of Life on Campus: Urvi Shah (MA/HSS/2016)

“It still hurts to have my capabilities and achievements questioned. It still hurts when people don’t think I deserve enough just because I am not an engineer like them. It’s a double burden, being a girl and being in HS. Our kind, we fit into all kinds of stereotypes and jokes. A part of me says it doesn’t matter now. I am out in the world to face bigger battles which is way more intolerant than IIT was of difference. But, another part of me doesn’t want anyone from my department to feel the same as I did however inconsequential my emotions seem in hindsight. The plea is for more tolerance, respect and love for people who are not the same as you are.”

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Inconvenient Truths: Zero Deer Deaths!

‘Perhaps the most significant change was the decision to bar vehicles from entering the campus during the Saarang and Shaastra shows…The measures that the Shaastra and Saarang teams implemented have certainly made the campus safer for deer and other animals — there was not a single case of deer death reported during the two fests.” As part of ‘Inconvenient Truths’, our series on the environmental conundrums facing IITM’s campus, Nitin and Kalyani look into how measures taken by the organizers of both insti fests culminated in a clean chit from Prakriti.

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Inconvenient Truths: The Construction Case Demystified

Confused by the convoluted proceedings of the construction case? Kalyani Subbaiah provides a simple, yet detailed look using legal records. Following coverage of the deer deaths issue in Part 1 and a look at the construction case in Part 2(A), T5E brings you the latest part of our ‘Inconvenient Truths’ series, which looks at the environmental conundrums facing IITM.

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Inconvenient Truths: A Campus of One’s Own – The Construction Issue

In part 2(A) of our ‘Inconvenient Truths’ series which covers IITM’s environment-related issues, Nithin Ramesan looks at the construction case that insti has been embroiled in in recent times. What is the way forward? Satellite campuses, replacing tree coverage, construction bans…varied and conflicting opinions abound. Read to find out.

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