Manifesto Reviews 2015-16: Aditya U, Cultural Affairs Secretary (Arts)

Following a nail-biting election, Aditya U was elected as the Cultural Secretary (Arts) for the academic year of 2015-16. His manifesto is unlike the CulSec (Lit), in the manner that while most of Koushik’s points are easily quantifiable, Aditya has focused more on improving the quality of LitSoc and Saarang

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Manifesto Reviews 2015-16: Bala Rama Krishna Koushik, Cultural Affairs Secretary (Literary)

Koushik managed a success rate of about 25%, and even though the numbers don’t sound impressive, it is commendable, since most of the incomplete points come from the Saarang section of the manifesto. The team of Saarang, working under the CulSecs, has managed to pull through the floods to produce another brilliant edition of the fest.

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Manifesto Reviews 2015-16: Saikanth Dacha, Student Head of Center for Innovation (CFI)

Saikanth in his tenure as CFI Head has implemented most of the points he had in his vision. He completely revamped the project selection procedure and even boosted up the project completion rate with the help of Project Management Team which was formed for this specific purpose. He was also able to publicize the activities of CFI, be it at insti level through Media team or recognition at national level by representing Tech culture of IIT Madras at Festival of Innovation, Rashtrapati Bhavan. His tenure has been phenomenal and motivated by the need to pay back to the place which has molded him to what he is today.

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Manifesto Reviews 2015-16: Abhishek Sharma, International and Alumni Relations Affairs Secretary

Abhishek’s tenure has seen the start of quite a few long-term programmes and the restructuring of the committee. Proposals such as the I&AR Student Council Rulebook which states the role and duties of every member of the team and the proposal to continue the branding of the institute, this time via domestic events such as Shaastra, Saarang, CFI and so on

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Manifesto Reviews 2015-16: SAC Speaker, Aroon Narayanan

Aroon in his tenure as SAC Speaker has implemented most of his manifesto points aside from introducing new initiatives like the standing committee, hostel legislator post, new student body guidelines, etc, to name a very small number. Overall, counting in his ongoing manifesto points, he has a phenomenal success ratio of 80% with 20% of his points remaining incomplete (of which at least a couple were completed if not by him). He sums up his tenure as SAC Speaker in a quote, “Getting a policy body like SAC to function is an incredible lesson in convincing, negotiation, tact and diplomacy and my experience in SAC has probably contributed more to my growth, than I have to SAC’s growth”.

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Manifesto Reviews 2015-16: Sashank Vadrangi, Academic Affairs Secretary

“Shashank managed a success ratio of nearly 54%, with around 4% of the promised points in his review undergoing completion, and about 36% of the points remaining incomplete. Thus, he has managed overall to implement close to 60% of his agenda items. He has brought in some long needed changes in the functioning of academic, internship and placement affairs, even though some promising initiatives were left incomplete. “

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Manifesto Reviews 2015-16: Shivaprasad Ramesh, Co-Curricular Affairs Secretary

Shiva’s tenure saw a fairly high success rate of around 65%, with an additional 35% of his manifesto points remaining incomplete. Although a lot of the issues faced were unforeseen, there were quite a few promising points of his manifesto that went unimplemented like the E-waste collection drive or the revamping of the structure of Tech-Soc, which could have yielded good long term results. Shiva signs off saying: “The institute’s tech culture has given me all that I have made of myself here. I only wanted to extend the same by making things easier for my fellow students in all things technical inside insti”.

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Manifesto Reviews 2015-16: Anand Babu, Hostel Affairs Secretary

Anand, in his tenure as the Hostel Affairs Secretary, has implemented most of the initiatives that promised comfort and convenience to the student community. While a few novel initiatives could not be implemented on account of feasibility, many others have been set in motion. Seeing as how many of these points find mention in Kishore Kumar’s manifesto and the fact that both of them have already started working together, one can expect to see their completion. We congratulate Anand on the completion of his tenure and wish Kishore all the best.

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Manifesto Reviews 2015-16: Bipin Babu, Sports’ Affairs Secretary

Overall, working through a tenure with more ups and downs than usual, Bipin amassed a success rate of 39.28% against a 44.73% failure rate in terms of completing manifesto points. He introduced the day scholar allocation system and conducted the intra-institute chess competition successfully, but a few points of great value such as the Athletics Talent Hunt, which would have helped the contingent immensely, and the EML series by sportspersons are the things that many had looked forward to but didn’t take off. Bipin passed on the baton to Sethu Madhavan on Institute Day. We wish him the best of luck.

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Manifesto Reviews 2015-16: Anand Krishnan, Research Affairs Secretary

Anand managed a success ratio of 36%, with 12% of the promised points in his review undergoing completion, and nearly 52% of the points remaining incomplete. Thus, he has managed overall to implement nearly 50% of his agenda items. He is widely regarded as significant improvement over his predecessor

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