An Interview with Purvi Gupta: On an Antarctic Expedition

“The expedition to Antarctica is a dream come true,” says Purvi. “Antarctica is the ultimate symbol of global collaboration—the place which requires no visa and has been established as a zone of peace and science. My participation in Homeward Bound is primarily about gender parity and climate change in the backdrop of Antarctica,”

T5E speaks to insti alumna and former Sharav GenSec Purvi Gupta, the only Indian in a group of 80 women who will embark on an expedition to Antarctica to raise awareness about the dearth of women in STEMM worldwide.

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Made in Insti: Detect Technologies

“Working in a company like Detect which involves people from across various fields, says Daniel, gives you an experience that academic life simply cannot. “In fact”, he adds, “our firm is proof that students from IIT Madras, if provided the right guidance in technology, can generate more intellectual property than even PhD scholars from big universities can. We even foster other startups to grow out from Detect Technologies from the problem statements that we identify from the industries.”

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The Case of the Lying Trees

“Right now, we are removing the decaying trees and cutting off branches of the ones which stand. Tree numbers have grown rapidly in the twenty years I was here. And most of them are invasive. To cut even one tree, permission from the office of the Director is required. Even the students demand a reason whenever they come across someone cutting a tree in the institute. I think it is nice that everyone feels the responsibility to inquire.”

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How Things Work: Stem Cell Donorship

“Firstly, I would like to encourage all the students of IIT to step forward and register themselves as donors. It would be wonderful if DATRI is given the opportunity to address the students during all major events held by IIT. Stem cell donation today resembles the scenario in which blood donation found itself 50 years ago. In contemporary times, blood donation camps are commonplace. This was made possible due to campaigns and drives held by the people. Hence, we believe that students must spread the message of stem cell donation by conducting campaigns and drives, particularly during student-run events.”

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Made in Insti: Parley with PutPeace

This is the second article in the ‘Made in Insti’ series where we have interviewed Sandeep Mederametla who dropped out of IIT Madras, started up thrice, came back to campus and is building his tech backed services company in his own style. Sandeep joined hands with Srinvas and Madhu, ex-students from IIT Madras and chose to come back to campus and start PutPeace.com in insti, simply because “which other market can we connect with, the most?” Read on this candid interview to know the team behind the startup which comes to our rescue for last-minute print outs and late hour hunger pangs. The simplicity and depth of these answers exemplify their maturity towards PutPeace.com and life in general.

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Made in Insti: Parley with Planys

“Working on something which you like and taking risks based on that is a really good way of learning. Institute is doing a lot of things to maintain this ecosystem by providing safety nets. You can defer placements by one year. Opt for MS in Entrepreneurship to get a degree while starting up. It is working on the ecosystem with Nirmaan and CFI. My suggestion to all juniors would be — give it a shot. There is not much to lose. Either try your hands at starting up, or work at a startup. “

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