This article is based on an interview with Ms. Latha Venkiteswaran, Executive Director, IIT Madras Alumni Association. Through this interview, we throw light on IITMAA’s activities and its efforts in forging a network of alumni of IIT Madras, organized in several cities of India through multiple chapters.
“It still hurts to have my capabilities and achievements questioned. It still hurts when people don’t think I deserve enough just because I am not an engineer like them. It’s a double burden, being a girl and being in HS. Our kind, we fit into all kinds of stereotypes and jokes. A part of me says it doesn’t matter now. I am out in the world to face bigger battles which is way more intolerant than IIT was of difference. But, another part of me doesn’t want anyone from my department to feel the same as I did however inconsequential my emotions seem in hindsight. The plea is for more tolerance, respect and love for people who are not the same as you are.”
“Insti has indeed provided us the opportunities to harness our interests, try out new ideas. For being able to venture out and engage ourselves in activities we enjoy, without having to defend each of our actions and the stability this atmosphere contributed to is what insti will always be remembered for.”
Amala Bonnie recounts how her five years of stay in insti molded her as a person and the wonderful set of people and experiences that she was gifted with from her alma mater.
The thing about insti and all that it offers is that you can sculpt yourself into a unique product. You can find yourself and define yourself as you want. It is easy to fall into the trap of believing that there exists a standard template for an “Insti Stud”, and then strive to do the things expected to attain the so-called stud status. But I quite frankly think that’s a stupid thing to do.
“Our team successfully implemented a solar electrification project in a girl’s high school in Chennai. Period!”
Where does one get to say that?
Helping school children get a better source of power so that they don’t suffer in summer says it all.
“Insti is a mine, if you dig at the right place you will get gold. Keep digging, you could get diamonds. IIT Madras has never been a place for people who get content with what they have always been doing. It is for high achievers. It is for people who want to get their hands full with new things. Each day it teaches something new, may be a new line or a new perspective. It is for people who want to take the better out of everything they do. All you need to do is to keep your mind and eyes open, and jump in. Take risks, there will be no easier time to do that. Follow your dream, your passion, nothing can stop you. Propel your way through. ” Mahesh Kurup talks of his life in insti in the ‘Through the Goggles of a Graduate series.
From his academic performance to leading the Sponsorship department at Shaastra, from sports to an attempt at making a race car, and especially a curious commitment to the Antakshari team – Bhavik Rasyara left his mark in numerous parts of campus life. Known to stretch conversations through the night, here he attempts to share (in a much shorter format of course) some of his experiences with the hope of leaving behind a little something to think about.
Raghavi Kodati, winner of the Governor’s Prize this year was a popular figure in the campus and she puts together her memories of the four years in this brilliant article on her birthday. We wish her a very Happy Birthday and good luck for all her future endeavors. This is the third in the ‘Through the Goggles of a Graduate’ series.
A terrific Department Secretary, someone who is always running a minimum of 5 projects, the HSS Institute Blues winner- Yashaswini Rajeshwar popularly known as Yash among her friends talks about her memorable journey of 5 years in the institute. The second article in the “Through the Goggles of a Graduate” series.
“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.”