If you’re a person with mental illness reading this, whether an IITian or a non-IITian, fret not because this can be dealt with and you are not alone. Remember, I cleared the toughest examination on this planet even without knowing I had the illness. So stay strong and keep moving forward. If you are an outsider wanting to know about the situation in this institution, just look at the situation of mental health awareness at your own place before sending out judgements about the IITs. And If you are a student/parent/professional — inside or outside IIT– who knows someone dealing with mental illnesses, please be patient enough to lend your kindness and support to him/her.
By Liza Tom Note: 1. The views expressed below are not the official views of IIT Madras. T5E is a student-run publication, editorially independent
Psychiatrist Speaks By Sharanya Menon and Shweta Venkatesh Note: 1. The views expressed below are not the official views of IIT Madras. T5E is
By Isha Bhallamudi, with infographics by Vedant Trivedi and Amritha Elangovan Note: 1. The views expressed below are not the official views of IIT
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.
“A simple reflection on the Institute norm would make us realize that casual sexism is quite deeply rooted here, and sometimes leads to egregious cases of sexual harassment. This norm is established quite early – think back to the freshie night comment screen and how it is filled with sexually explicit comments when women perform. Freshie guys are forced to follow freshie girls and get their room and phone numbers, which dangerously normalizes stalking and falsely equates persistent harassment with reward. We’re also introduced to Insti slang fairly early, and one of the most used terms is “rape”. “
“In this first article in T5E’s gender series, we break down our survey of 815 students and expose serious deficiencies in our understanding of sexual crimes on campus as well as the institute’s mechanisms for addressing them. In all, we received responses from 815 students.”
“From getting lost in the institute to stealing refrigerators and mistaking drunk drivers for kidnappers, our graduating junta have done it all. But as a final word of wisdom to the juniors, our graduating seniors agreed that insti life should not be a rat race to attain the highest CGPA, get all the major PoRs or climb the insti ladder to be a ‘stud’. Even though there are no disadvantages in having a decent CGPA, several felt that it should not be the only driving force behind your existence in insti and it is those memories you make on the way with your peers that stay with you longer than your CGPA.”