By Ruchir and Sanket The Institute Sports Secretary Soapbox was held on the final day of the Institute Soapboxes. The candidates contesting this year
The Students General Secretary Soapbox was the second soapbox on Day 2 of the Institute Soapboxes, held on 9 March. It was preceded by the soapbox for the Hostel Affairs Secretary, which had a single running candidate. The contesting SGS candidates this year are Sai Kiran G L and Dheeraj Kumar Reddy. As per standard Soapbox procedure, the candidates presented their manifestos and corresponding visions for the Institute.
The second day of Soapbox began with the unanimous candidate for Hostel Affairs Secretary, Ashwanth Monian, a third year student from the Department of Chemical Engineering. It is to be noted that the event had a very low turnout, and the turnout mainly comprised of the candidate’s team. Thus the candidate finished speaking about his vision for his tenure as HAS in approximately 10 minutes, understandably so, due to the lack of audience members who weren’t already acquainted with his manifesto.
By Anshuman and Ruchir The International and Alumni Relations Secretary Soapbox was the third soapbox on Day 1 of the Institute Soapboxes, held on
“With the election season underway in full swing, Wednesday marked the return of the annual soapboxes, albeit with a slight variation in the format. In this new format, candidates facing a contest would battle it out against one another while unanimous candidates would be engaged in a discussion with the anchor. Questions from the Executive Council Members and the GSB would follow.”
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
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.
A charged atmosphere led to the most awaited soapbox of the elections season. People trickled in throughout the Sports Secretary’s soapbox, filling the central section of SAC Middle Earth. The candidates were at their podiums before the applause for Sethu (Sports Sec candidate) died down. It was soon replaced by even louder applause and cheering for both the candidates, applause that refused to die down until repetitive warnings were given by the SAC Speaker. The candidates then explained in detail about their manifestos, first Sreeharsha, and then Purab Jain. This was followed by a Q&A session. The article is accordingly split into two sections – Manifesto Brief and Question and Answer Session.
In yet another article on the election soapboxes, we present summaries of the soapboxes of the following three unopposed candidates: Kishore KS, Sethu Madhavan and Gokulesh TG contesting for the posts of HAS, Sports Secretary and Cultural Affairs Secretary (Arts) respectively. The audience for each of these soapboxes was small, as expected. Nevertheless, please read through the article to know more about your candidates.
Excerpts of the soapbox between RAS candidates, Srikanth Kotra and Ravi Dadsena.