Immerse(#4): SITARA- A Brighter Grid

On the scorching afternoon of 29th July 2012, circuit breakers on the 400 kV Agra-Gwalior-Bina line flung open under the intense load. With 1000 MW power being drawn from this single line whose maximum capacity was near 700 MW, the lines were snapped open, instantly breaking the circuit.

The load then burdened the Agra-Bareilly line, which ran in parallel. It also snapped. With each line getting disengaged, the power deficit snowballed out of control and toppled every line connected in parallel. Within minutes the entire Northern Region Grid, which innervates half of India, collapsed under this cascading catastrophe. 22 states from Assam to Rajasthan and Odisha to Kashmir were plunged into darkness for 2 days. This was the world’s largest wide area blackout, with more than 62 crore people’s lives rattled for days as the engineers scrimmaged to get the grid back on its feet.

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Immerse(#3): An Explosion In Data Analysis

It’s data analysis, and not data dialysis!” The reason being that data analysis involves extraction of desired information from data, whereas dialysis involves removal of waste from data. When analysis is conducted incorrectly, one may end up with waste or meaningless information. Moreover, it is not just about removing unwanted information but making sense out of what the analyst is left with, which is nothing short of a challenge.

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Immerse(#2): Coffee under the Microscope

Caffeine is best known as a stimulant of the central nervous system in humans – in other words, it keeps us from falling asleep. One of the main methods by which it achieves that is by inhibiting the action of adenosine (by preventing it from bonding with its receptor). Adenosine is the chemical that induces feelings of drowsiness in humans. Existing literature has established that adenosine also plays a major role in the formation and motion of the slime mold aggregate. A natural question to ask, then, is whether caffeine could play a similar inhibitory role in slime molds – and this is precisely the question that Dr Baskar’s work answers.

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Institute Soapbox (Day 3): Cultural Affairs Secretary (Lit)

Day 3 of the institute soapbox saw the candidates for the positions of Speaker, SLC and Cultural Affairs Secretary (Lit and Arts) present to the student body their vision and mission for their respective positions next academic year. Akash Kumar and Surya Suresh put down a brief report of the soapbox for the post of Cultural Affairs Secretary (Arts) in this article.

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Institute Soapbox (Day 3): Cultural Affairs Secretary (Arts)

Day 3 of the institute soapbox saw the candidates for the positions of Speaker, SLC and Cultural Affairs Secretary (Lit and Arts) present to the student body their vision and mission for their respective positions next academic year. Akash Kumar and Surya Suresh put down a brief report of the soapbox for the post of Cultural Affairs Secretary (Arts) in this article.

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Institute Soapbox (Day3): SLC Speaker

Day 3 of the institute soapbox saw the candidates for the positions of Speaker, SLC and Cultural Affairs Secretary (Lit and Arts) present to the student body their vision and mission for their respective positions next academic year. Harsh Seth and Nihal K put down a brief report of the soapbox for the post of SLC Speaker in this article.

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Institute Soapboxes (Day 2): Students’ General Secretary

The Students General Secretary Soapbox was the second soapbox on Day 2 of the Institute Soapboxes, held on 9 March. It was preceded by the soapbox for the Hostel Affairs Secretary, which had a single running candidate. The contesting SGS candidates this year are Sai Kiran G L and Dheeraj Kumar Reddy. As per standard Soapbox procedure, the candidates presented their manifestos and corresponding visions for the Institute.

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Institute Soapboxes (Day 2): Hostel Affairs Secretary

The second day of Soapbox began with the unanimous candidate for Hostel Affairs Secretary, Ashwanth Monian, a third year student from the Department of Chemical Engineering. It is to be noted that the event had a very low turnout, and the turnout mainly comprised of the candidate’s team. Thus the candidate finished speaking about his vision for his tenure as HAS in approximately 10 minutes, understandably so, due to the lack of audience members who weren’t already acquainted with his manifesto.

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Institute Soapboxes (Day 1): Co-Curricular Affairs Secretary and Academic Affairs Secretary

“With the election season underway in full swing, Wednesday marked the return of the annual soapboxes, albeit with a slight variation in the format. In this new format, candidates facing a contest would battle it out against one another while unanimous candidates would be engaged in a discussion with the anchor. Questions from the Executive Council Members and the GSB would follow.”

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