Fire Breaks Out at IC&SR

“Earlier today (around 9 pm), a major fire broke out at the IC&SR (Industrial Consultancies and Sponsored Research) building. The fire was soon located to the NPTEL office in the third floor and did not spread beyond the third floor. There is speculation that the source of the fire was a short circuit but this is unconfirmed. The Director was at the scene shortly and confirmed that there were no casualties. Nobody was in the building at the time the fire broke out. It has been reported that people left the NPTEL offices 15 minutes before the fire began. Water tanks and fire engines promptly reached the scene, continued arriving even around midnight and the fire was soon brought under control.”

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Curfew and Dress Codes Back from Aug 2017

“In light of safety concerns arising in the past few weeks, the institute administration has announced a new set of comprehensive rules for students starting the new academic year 2017-18. All students are required to return to the hostel premises by 6 pm. Dress codes will also be made compulsory for all students throughout campus, except inside the hostels.”

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Institute Security: A T5E Investigation (Part 2)

At the outset, both the Dean of Students and the Chief Security Officer (CSO) seemed unaware of the numbers we had put forward to them as detailed in the survey, and expressed concern at the magnitude of victims in this particular case. The Dean promised that the institute as a whole was more diligent towards ensuring proper background checks in the case of each guard who is hired. Our survey however, tells a different tale.

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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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Getting the ‘Gyan’ Out of GIAN Courses

GIAN is a new initiative of MHRD that aims to provide opportunities for Indian students to take elective courses offered by foreign faculty. GIAN courses are offered in niche areas, are very specialized and targeted at researchers actively working in that area. This article details how the students of IIT Madras can make the best use of this opportunity.

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