Venkataraman Ganesh, the SLC Speaker, writes about SLC’s trip to the Indian Parliament in the first week of December: from how the idea came
“The panel-discussion that followed mainly focused on the activities of Vannam and the manner in which the institute bureaucracy could help foster a conducive setting for LGBTQIA groups and the converse. There was a comment on the planning of buildings on campus that seems to buy into the gender binary quite easily, with exclusive hostel spaces meant exclusively for one gender. One of the students, questioned the sustainability of same-sex relationships, for example. Coming back to Vannam, the discussion steered towards the status of the group as a non-recognized body within campus and the pressing to need to increase its outreach, either through becoming a recognized body or otherwise to promote a sense of tolerance for the other.”
“I would like the campus to be a place that is vibrant with ideas, activities and the joys of discovery. In particular, I want students to be able discover their true selves and take to their chosen pathways with great energy and daring, whether it is academics, entrepreneurship, or any of the co- and extra-curricular activities.”
“Though such events and speakers inevitably fall prey to controversies, the only way forward is to engage in a two-way conversation, and this involves both respecting and listening to the other person seriously and emphatically. Ultimately, freedom of thought and expression is the key to a healthy discussion during lectures and events, as long as they don’t turn violent or abusive. We hope that events that involve a strong clash of ideologies and opinions can still foster an atmosphere of dialogue, discussion and respect.”
The first Extra Mural Lecture of the semester started off on a high note with Dr. Kiran Bedi, the Hounorable Lt. Governor of Puducherry gracing the event.In this article Patanjali presents to you a synopsis of her talk on “Transparency in Governance and Administration”.
In what is a heartening news for the IIT Madras community, our institute has been ranked as the best engineering institute in the country.