Changing the face of Industrial Research: An interview with S. K. Brahmachari

Prof. S. K. Brahmachari, the former Director-General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) was here on campus for an EML on 28th January. Among his many initiatives as DG-CSIR, was the Open-Source Drug Discovery model, for research and development of drugs targeting diseases which are often overlooked by the giant multinational pharma companies. T5E had a chat with him on this, and more.

Beyond the Gates: Taramani Food Crawl

For all those who want the Chennai street food experience and aren’t too snooty to actually try it, T5E presents a series of food crawls – an area-wise assessment of the top five push carts and mobile stalls and the quintessential ‘potti kadais’. In this, the second edition, Padma explores a bunch of little shops outside Taramani, and tells you where to go and where not to go.

Rise to Help

A large balloon, floating over the football field (it has since been taken down), had IITM’s residents wondering what it was doing there. It turned out the balloon was a floating cellphone tower, and is part of a joint project to create a complete disaster management system, including a post-disaster communication set-up.

Cleaning Up a Mess

Last semester was witness to widespread agitation and dissatisfaction among students regarding mess issues. In this article, T5E takes a look at some of the things that went wrong, why they happened and the improvements we can expect this semester, with inputs from Hostel Affairs Secretary Kranthi Kumar.