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”.
What this session demonstrated was the difficulty inherent in coming up with uniform legislation for a body of students of varying legal statuses, backgrounds and perspectives.
“…our Institute has approximately 7,500 hostel residents across 18 hostels. With at most 9 days available for campaign, a candidate is required to meet with more than 800 students a day, and each student is expected to meet with candidates for all 18+ elections!”
In light of the recent impasse in the SAC over allowing online campaigning for institute elections, Arun Sudarsan, ex-SAC member and 2014 MA (HSS) graduate, presents his arguments on behalf of online campaigning.
‘This Committee also has plans of locating “smoking hotspots” in and around the campus, and hopes to stop the sale of tobacco outside the IITM grounds anywhere at a distance of 100 metres or less from the various gates.’ The Anti-Tobacco Committee Report was one among the highlights of this month’s SAC meeting.
The Old-New SAC meetings, held this year on 29th April, attempt to aid the transition between the old and the new SAC. Additionally, this year’s meeting was witness to the first-ever oath-taking ceremony for SAC Councillors and discussions on the recent Saarang funds impropriety issue.
‘Satwik stated in his manifesto that his mission was to effect substantial changes in the institute, contribute to student welfare by identifying their problems and suitably address them through the Student Affairs Council. He also wished to ensure that SAC meetings are publicized extensively, efficiently managed and its members are involved to a greater extent.’
Satwik stated in his manifesto that his mission was to effect substantial changes in the institute, contribute to student welfare by identifying their problems and suitably address them through the Student Affairs Council. He also wished to ensure that SAC meetings are publicized extensively, efficiently managed and its members are involved to a greater extent.
The first open SAC meeting of the semester was held on the 31st of August, 2013. It was an emergency meeting, convened to discuss the concerns of students regarding the messes.