Monthly Archives: May 2010

Rishikesh and Suman elected SC office bearers

Election statistics

Hall above ‘A’ mess, May 24, 2010: Rishikesh Pandey of IPC was elected as the new Chairman of the Students’ Council. On a day when IISc witnessed close to 50% polling (1114 votes polled totally), Rishikesh Pandey won by a margin of 473 votes. Suman Devadula (CPDM) was elected the General Secretary, winning by a margin of 372 votes. The post of Secretary, Women’s Affairs will remain vacant due to lack of nominations.

Deepak casting his vote

Rishikesh exercising his franchise

The main event of this year’s election was that IISc-ians finally got an opportunity to vote for electing a Chairman. The last two Chairmen were elected unopposed. IISc also witnessed the trend of candidates contesting as panels. Last year also, all the elected candidates fought the elections as a panel. The increase in the invalid votes is another interesting trend to emerge in the election. Around 60 votes were declared invalid by the presiding officer.

Invalid vote - making a mockery of elections

Unlike previous years, IISc witnessed large turnout in polling. The voter turnout was 109 (elections were held only for the post of Secretary, Women’s Affairs) in 2008-2009. In 2009-2010, 540 voters cast their franchise (elections were held only for the post of General Secretary). This time, a long queue was seen through out the day in the polling booth. Counting started by 1715 hours and results were declared at around 1830 hours.

The counting of votes was monitored by Prof. Anjali Karande (BC), Prof. P.K. Das (IPC) and Prof. Umarji (MRC).

Mr. Subbaraya, Mr. N. Balaraman, Mr. C. Srirama, Mr. A. Mohan, Ms. E. Saraja, Mr. Vairamudi Gowda, Mr. L. R. Venkataranga and Mr. R.S. Sheshachala helped in the smooth conduction of the elections.

Past and Present

Students’ Council GBM, 18th May 2010 : A report

The Soapbox event on the 18th of May, 2010 was preceded by the GBM of the Students’ Council 2009-2010. The following is a report on the proceedings of the same.

The first point on the agenda for the evening was the amendment of SC bylaws. The bylaws of the Students Council were amended during the GBM with the approval of the students present.

As per the existing bylaws, posts in the Students Council can be held only by students whose student registrations with the Institute are current and valid.

In case of the Chairman’s post becoming vacant, the Gen Secretary assumes that post and a nominee takes up the post of the Gen Secretary.

In case of both the Chairman and Gen Secretary’s post becoming vacant, then new elections have to be held to both the posts.

Office bearer can refer to SC Chairman or SC Gen Secretary

The new additions to the bylaws are as follows :

  1. In the eventuality of a vacancy arising due to resignation, cancellation of student registration, course completion of an office bearer or any other reason, the candidate who came second in the elections assumes the post, given that he or she has secured atleast half the number of votes as the winner of the elections.
  2. In case of the elections to the said post being unanimous or there being no other candidates with at least half the number of votes, a special meeting of the department representatives to the council will be convened to elect the new office bearer from among themselves. The appointment of the new office bearer will be ratified by the Student Advisor.
  3. If there are no nominations for the post of Secretary – Womens Affairs, the said post will remain vacant for the year. Lady students who are nominated to the Women’s Cell by the Council will be representing, the students on issues concerning them.
  4. The office bearers of the previous Students Council, will continue to remain members of the new Council for a period of three months. Their participation will be in an advisory and non-executive capacity.

Annual Report

This was followed by an annual report on the activities of the SC and its various committees over the last year, presented by Abraham Kurien, the General Secretary of the outgoing SC.

The main achievement of the outgoing SC, he said, was the definition of specific roles for the steering committee.

Academic committee : On the academic front, the open day was conceptualized and organized by the SC, organized Vijyoshi camp as part of KVPY, IISc-AA knowledge exchange program was started. Faculty are now considering a formal TAship program suggested by the SC. Other activites included the laptop drive, introduction of scholarship for foreign national students and suggesting the inclusion of students in the DCC which is being considered by the departments.

Amenities commitee : Amenities-wise, Prakruthi the new restaurant was started, the bicycle drive was started, permission a for new cycle shop has been granted, a new cafeteria for students near gymkhana is to be set up and there are plans for a new tea kiosk near ECE run by Tata Tea.

Communications committee : The communications committee was responsible for all the posters and broadcasts sent out by the SC and for all interactions with Voices, the students’ newsletter.

Cultural committee : In the cultural arena, SC organised 5 shows with SPIC-MACAY last year.

Support network : SC worked with Dr. Nalini from CCS for providing counselling and support for students in need of the same.

Social initiatives committee : The Social initiatives committee supported the Help the Needy program which collected used clothes and similar items from students and distributed them among the poor. The committee also arranged a trip to the flood-affected areas following the ravages of the last monsoons and also raised funds for the people affected by Cyclone Aila.

The SC also joined hands with NGO Hasiru Usiru and the Green Gang to protest against indiscriminate tree-felling, which however was unsuccessful. A blood donation camp was organized (with the help of Sankalp Foundation), as also a eye-donation-registration camp. A talk by Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan, an IAS officer turned MLA from Andhra Pradesh, was organized. Registration of voters from IISc for the BBMP elections was carried out.

SC did not fail to please the fairer sex as it organized screening camps, created waiting areas in girls’ hostel lobbies for parents and organized a self defense camp for women.

Volunteer committee : The iVolunteer program was started wherein a database of volunteers was created which came in handy while organizing various events.

Placement committee : Interaction with companies for placement was improved, and alumni association knowledge exchange program was started.

SC Elections 2010 – Note from the Editorial Team

Election 2010 is here!

Your chance to choose your representative, choose your agent of change!

Voices brings you the third annual Election Special issue!

News from the soapbox, the candidates manifestos; their answers to the Voices questions. We also have an interview with the Election Chairperson, Prof Anjali Karande.

Read it all and brace yourself. Be there to cast your vote; raise your voice, make your choice.

Good luck to all the contestants! May the best one win!

Good luck to all the readers! May you choose the best!

The poster is here and the complete report is here!

SC Elections 2010 – Soapbox : A report

18th May, 2010 witnessed the soapbox and the general body meeting of the student’s council, ahead of the SC elections to be held on 24th May, 2010. The soapbox and GBM was held in the Choksi Hall, started at 6:00 pm and wound up at around 8:45pm. The report on the GBM will follow in a separate article.

The turn out was disappointing with a strength of around 50 from a 2000+ student body. But lack of quantity was more than made up for with the “quality” and vigour of participation of those who cared to attend. Almost all who cared to attend seemed to really care and had strong opinions and no hesitation in voicing them.

Soapbox:

There are two candidates for the post for SC Chairman. Rishikesh Pandey (IPC) and Srinidhi (MGMT) and the post of GS will be contested for by Suman Devadula (CPDM/MGMT) and Deepak Paramasivan (MGMT). Deepak could not be present at the soapbox and was represented by Suresh (CSA). As a result it was decided that while Suresh would be allowed to present Deepak’s  manifesto all questions related to it would be conveyed to Deepak and he would reply at a later date.

The candidates were asked if they would like to distribute manifestos, but none of them had any ready to be distributed. Lots were picked to decide who gets to speak first. The candidates were given 5 minutes to present their views to the audience. In addition, the Voices team had sent the candidates a questionnaire beforehand. The agenda of the candidates and their replies to Voices questionnaire are available on the Voices website.

Question and Answer Session:
The soapbox was followed by the Q&A session which did prove to be the most exciting part of the event’s proceedings. Some of the major issues raised by the members of the audience and debated upon were:
1. The failure of bicycle drive and its reasons?
Abraham: Failure is due to things that were not anticipated, not because of bad planning. The plan was not made one fine day. It was well thought out.
2. Why are candidates standing for the posts as a team?
Abraham: Candidates are free to stand as they wish.
Srinidhi: Candidates are standing singly. But they will have to work as team in SC ultimately, irrespective of who wins.
3. The roles of the Chairman and GS are not defined properly.
Abraham: Duties and responsibilities are collective. In case of conflict, the Chairman can overrule GS.
4. Deepak stood for the elections last year, posted negative notices in front of the mess and withdrew his nomination at the last minute. How sincere is he this time?
Deepak:
Yet to reply.
5. What concrete steps will you take to help students graduate on time?
Srinidhi: Alumni to be used for guidance. Portal to be used to strengthen alumni base.
Brijesh: The portal is new. Work with alumni already being done by current SC and it might be better to build on their work.
6. Srinidhi and Deepak are standing in their 5th year. What if they graduate during their term?
Srinidhi:
I will take one more year. Deepak’s farewell was just a farewell rehearsal.

7. Placements were poor this year.
Srinidhi: Alumni to be used for placements. New placement committee to be formed.
Rishikesh : Use the IISc brand. It is the best brand in India and the best brand should be sold.
Hrushikesh P. (member, Placement committee, SC – 2009-2010) : Placement was not good for some departments. Not all placement coordinators were active.
Brijesh: Use the alumni network.
8. What can be done by SC regarding the implementation of scholarship hike?
Abraham, Brijesh: Arrears will be given. We were planning to talk to concerned person in HRD.
Rishikesh: SC can only push and will push.

9. HRA of 30% is not being given to candidates who  receive the CSIR scholarships.
General Consensus: HRA is valid only if the student is staying outside campus.

10. No smoking in public places rule is not being followed on campus
Rishikesh: Rules exists and if someone smokes, director has to pay the fine
Suman: This should be tackled at personal level. Students should blow the whistle.
Srinidhi: Introduce a smoking room.
11. Child labour present on campus (eg. Tea board)
Srinidhi: Breaks his heart. But feels we cannot do much legally.
Brijesh, Madhurima: Enquiry was carried out and fake birth certificates produced.
12. What can be done to reduce wastage of resources like water in the hostels?
Rishikesh:
This is a matter at the personal level and SC cannot interfere much. Administration must intervene.

13. Placement officer, chairman of hostels are laid back and do not handle students properly.
Abraham:
These are voluntary posts and its hard to get dedicted people.

It was clear that the SC does play a role in matters that concern us students, but it also has its limitations. The candidates made it clear that there are certain issues where administration has the final say, and there are certain issues that should be taken care of at a personal level, the SC cannot enforce things with an iron fist. It can only guide and support with a velvet glove.

SC elections 2010 – Voices’ interview with the candidates

Voices conducted interviews via e-mail with the candidates standing for the SC elections 2010.

The following are their replies. Please note that the questionnaires were sent out prior to receipt of the candidates’ manifestos.

Deepak also had this to say :

“The fact that Voices interview questions have not changed, over the last one year, should already have sent some signal about my answers. Any change in the answers to the same set of questions is tantamount to acknowledging that something has changed. Since I strongly believe things have remained the same as they were one year back, my reply to most of the questions also remains the same.”

The questions we asked and the replies we received are as follow :

How would you define the role of the SC?

Srinidhi : To me, the role of the SC is to be an active representative body adept at addressing students’ concerns by optimizing on time and effort constraints.

Deepak : Jai Karnataka.
The SC is like the midwife who takes care of the mother (student) during the most crucial time of labor to successfully deliver the baby
(research).

Rishikesh : I think it must act as a bridge between student community and administrative body. Better communication between student representatives, faculties, staff and administration can resolve several problems which are trivial in nature but wide spread. An institute is meant for her students, therefore their needs and inconveniences must be represented by a student body, that’s what I feel is the major role of the student council.

Suman : The SC, as an elected body, will be responsible for listening to all the issues student’s face during their term in the institute and following them up with the concerned authority till they are resolved. It will play an active role wherever necessary. Also, and not less importantly, it will consider the aspirations of the student community and work to address them within its capacity. In all the above processes the SC will be fully accountable to the student community.

Everyone in the institute has a lot of work to do. The student council job will entail greater responsibilities. Why then are you choosing to take on greater tasks? In other words, what is your personal motivation for Standing for elections?

Srinidhi : Greater responsibilities unleash inherent potential. I believe I have the potential to attend a multitude of responsibilities. We know issues are plenty!

Deepak : Padmabhooshana Dada saheb phalke award winner Dr. Raj says “Sky has no limit, needs are infinite,why do you pipe-dream, take it easy take it easy”
Hair today, gone tomorrow.
Time is the only inexhaustible resource. With time everything changes and I want to be the change that I want to see in the actions of the SC.

Rishikesh : I agree that everybody is busy with work but surely students have problems too. If everyone will look at administration to solve their problem without conveying anything to them, then it is unreasonable to expect that student problems will be solved in a reasonable time. Every year several students come forward to take the responsibility so that the dialogue is maintained and institute runs smoothly. Every IIScian expects good research environment with basic and sufficient student amenities. In case if students will neglect their responsibility and everybody will depend on others to bring about the changes, then the students will be the ultimate sufferers. Even the alumni association is trying to contribute for its alma mater then how can we sit and watch that admin should come forward to take steps in favour of us. It is the sense of belongingness and responsibility that has motivated me to stand for the election.

Suman : Responsibilities motivate me. Being responsible, first at the individual level and then at the collective level as a representative motivates me. In such a position I wish to serve the student community beyond my normal working hours, whenever required.

Issues in the past have been of two kinds – long-standing, recurring ones (like hot water problem in hostels; lack of water for basic use) and new ones which come up and are quickly solved (like scholarship hike). If you had to choose one of these, which would be your priority?

Srinidhi : It is unfortunate that most of the long-standing problems are related to basic needs (water problems). I view scholarship under the same category. Many scholars are married and a few have children, with stipend being the main source of income. Both cannot be neglected and will be given equal priority.

Deepak : No peccadillo is trivial”…In the same way issues do not come in different sizes like small, medium and large. All the issues are extra large and have to be dealt with the same effectiveness and willingness to resolve.

Rishikesh : Basically, it will depend on the urgency and seriousness of the problem. In my view, priority will be given to the issues which are the main concerns of the students and affect day to day research in the campus. In resolving these issues we will not bank only on the few members of the student council but will try to form volunteer groups which could take up different tasks and deal them effectively. This will improve efficiency and students will participate in resolving their own problems as a team, collective efforts can bring lot of differences.

Suman : The criteria for such a decision should be those that immediately affect our performance as students and then only the rest. In this sense basic amenities will be my priority. As said, seriousness of the issue is not a constant in time, I will respond accordingly within my capacity. It will be challenging to focus on important and overlapping issues.

Do you plan to bring in a new work-culture, different from the existing SC’s, which will let you work more effectively? If yes, how would it be different?

Srinidhi : Demanding incentives for those who publish in top journals. Demanding effective allocation of HRA for those scholars opting to live outside the campus. Ensuring cross-departmental interactions in an informal set-up.

Deepak : I believe in collective participation of the student community for a smooth and meaningful functioning of SC. I would like the student community to shed their lackadaisical “been there and done that” attitude after the elections, but want them to actively take part in locating, brainstorming and resolving all problems faced by their fellow colleagues.
Justice to all and favour to none.

Rishikesh : Yes, we would like to slightly modify the work-culture of the existing council so that it could be more efficient and accessible to students. Presently I feel that council’s activities do not reach out to the students as we would like it to be. Two major ideas that I personally feel would connect students with their own council in a better way would be (1) the use of common platform like broadcast to provide information about working of the council and initiating discussions on major issues (2) students could send their suggestions and complaints to the council through the mail or could drop letters in mail box outside the council office. Increased student participation in council’s activities will help council to take decisions which will reflect consent of the majority.

Suman : Yes, for the interest of the whole student community, integrating various independent student efforts under our common identity is necessary. We should emphasize on having a single voice, an effective unison. This takes it much farther.

What, in your view, is the one thing that separates you from the other candidates? In other words, what is your Unique Selling Point?

Srinidhi : Every one is unique in their own way. I am specialized in administration and management and have been through very!

Deepak : a. I myself being a victim of the faulty system, I have a better understanding of where the problem lies and how to attack it.
b. One more USP is MUSIC, MUSIC and more MUSIC…..aaaaaaa….aaaaaa…

Rishikesh : My experiences as volunteer in centenary conference, TMC science quiz, Science and technology run, help the needy drive have provided me some great opportunities to learn and serve my parent institute. Even before joining IISc I was actively involved in various group activities. I hope those organizational and managerial skills, commitment and desire to serve will help me be a better SC chairman.

Suman : My inter-disciplinary interests coupled with a working background in a multi-disciplinary field like ‘Design’ have enabled me understand the benefits of considering issues both at the generic and specific level as demanded by the situation’s worth. In my view this skill is essential for problem solving and is not common.

The SC is accountable to the student community. How will you ensure accountability at the administrative end?

Srinidhi : Everyone will be encouraged to participate while taking administrative decisions. Transparency is the key for successful administration. I believe in this principle!

Deepak : The SC has been accountable to the student community (theoretically). Administration has been accountable to student community (theoretically). If the students have an indomitable determination to enliven this theoretical link and make it work in flesh and blood, this question does not arise at all.
Ravi Belegere says ” Never do somebody else’s work”…

Rishikesh : As I mentioned earlier, accountability and transparency will be instituted by making forum for discussion (via emails) on any of the council’s activities and decisions. Students aspirations will be translated to authorities and their decisions will be communicated and discussed with the student community at large.

Suman : I will ensure that the decisions and actions of the SC are made available to the students and would encourage them to be constructive critics on all issues the SC presides on.

What strategy would you employ to present students’ problems to the Administration?

Srinidhi : Making everyone understand that SC is ‘by’ the students, ‘of’ the students, and ‘for’ the students. Many droplets form an ocean. There always exists a solution in unity. My focus would be to unite the student community in taking the problems to the administration.

Deepak : Convince, cajole, confuse and conquer

Rishikesh : Firstly, we will try to convey our problems in a decent manner and wait for the reply in a given reasonable time. If still the administration does not respond we will send stern reminders. As a last alternative, if administration turns out to be completely inert we will urge student community to stand united and demonstrate their strength as has been done in past.

Suman : I believe presenting fact-based precise statements is a good way to approach, though it may not be feasible in all cases.

On what basis would you prioritize students’ problems to help solve them faster?

Srinidhi : We will follow the Maslow prioritization.

Deepak : Dr. Raj says ” If you come today, its too early. If you come tomorrow, its too late. You pick the time…tick tick tick tick….”
Please refer the answer to question number 3.
(I hope I am not taking a psychometric test:)…)

Rishikesh : As I mentioned earlier, priorities will be given to the issues that affect day to day research of the students. Priorities will be purely based on the number students being affected by a particular problem and the urgency of the problem. Decisions will be based on what needs to be dealt today and for what we can wait until tomorrow. For these kinds of situations only, I press on the need of student volunteers, those who can work in favour of student community.

Suman : The basis for such a decision should be those that immediately affect our performance as students and then only the rest.

What, in your view, are the biggest achievements and failures of the outgoing SC? What do you think were their greatest strengths?

Srinidhi : It is the strenuous efforts of the past SC that has made me contest this election. They are following a road map and we will elevate it to the next level.

Deepak : Biggest achievement- Attempting to organize a memorable Miditha…
Biggest Failure-  Organizing an unforgettable Miditha..:)…
Greatest strength- Student community
Vande Mataram

Rishikesh : Biggest achievements in the credit of outgoing SC are resolving hot water problem in the new block, fees waiver for sixth year students, organization of IISc fest after a long gap. The biggest failures were the lack of communication between SC and students at large. This point has been central since I am in the institute but still most of the students remain unaware what’s happening in the council. Most of the decisions by the council did not involve consensus of majority of the students. Since long, students have been demanding for one more cycle repair shop but this demand has not been met with yet. Everybody is aware of the Tea board issue, which remains unsolved even to this day. Though bicycle drive was an appreciable initiative but once it failed there was no effort to revive it after learning from the past experience.

Suman : Organizing Miditha is no normal thing though its content is arguable. Given the student turn-out right from their election till now, their level of motivation and functioning is an achievement.

Interview with the Presiding Officer, SC Elections 2010 – Prof. Anjali Karande

1.What are the election guidelines for the candidates?

  • The candidate should be a bona-fide student of the Institute.
  • They should be really involved with the student community.

2.As per the campaign rules, the candidates cannot campaign post 6pm. How do they reach the day scholars in such a case?

  • The soapbox is the occasion when the candidates can interact with the day scholars.

3.This year we have students contesting who are at the verge of submitting their thesis; almost finishing PhD. What are your thoughts on this?

  • Though we do not have a rule stating that students nearing the completion of their tenure cannot stand for elections, I feel this is problematic. The reason being that once the student gives defence, they cease to be a student of the institute and they may leave in between their tenure as a student representative. In a case like this, the student has to understand the priorities and take a decision.

4.What is the role of the outgoing SC in the elections?

  • The outgoing SC will inform the incoming SC about the rules and regulations pertaining to the SC.
  • This time, we also plan to have overlap tenure, when the old team will work with the new team for sometime. This is to ensure a smooth transition for all student activities.

5.What have been the achievements and the shortcomings of the outgoing SC team?

  • Fortunately, there have been no failures.
  • I have to admit that comparing with the year before, this year has been extremely productive, with the Chairman and the General Secretary being unbelievably responsible. They have really reached out to people and addressed several complaints of the students successfully. They have managed to get a fest going after many years, despite various difficulties.

6.What is your view on the use of language and community support to get votes, in short the language politics?

  • I hate regionalism/ language politics. I cannot identify with this but I do not know how to change this. I feel it should not percolate to this level.

7.What is your message to the Incoming SC?

  • Please take your roles very seriously and enjoy the roles.

SC Elections 2010 – Manifesto : S. Srinidhi and Deepak Paramashivan Kaundinya

S. Srinidhi for Chairman,
Deepak Paramashivan Kaundinya for General Secretary

We, hereby commit to representing the students’ concerns in a fearless, forthright and reasonable manner with the Administration. Given below for your perusal is a list of issues to be given high priority by us if elected to the Students’ Council.

  • Address all issues concerning Hostel, Mess, Amenities, Infrastructure

o Water, Sanitation in both women’s and men’s hostels

o Internet in Hostel

o Enhancing the number of guest rooms

  • Initiate steps towards reducing the average duration of M.Sc & Ph.D
  • Quick and effective handling of women’s issues
  • Positive and constructive approach on scholarship and pension hike
  • Bring to focus the shortage of Married Students’ accommodation
  • Represent the issue of lesser duration of scholarship for M.Sc to PhD converts
  • Initiate steps to improve the quality of spoken and written English of students
  • Setting up an active Alumni Network to channelize Jobs, Post Doc and Ph.D positions
  • Nurture a forum for counselling students about career choices
  • Propose an effective and working common usage bicycle scheme
  • Setting up a Students’ Cell to foster entrepreneurship and liaisoning with SID
  • Emphasise road safety initiatives like marking speed breakers & installing traffic mirrors
  • Address the issue of dwindling campus greenery
  • Encourage inter departmental interactions

For any clarifications, kindly contact us :

srinidhi-deepak@googlegroups.com

Visit:  http://groups.google.com/group/srinidhi-deepak

Ph: 974138 8004/ 94487 53307

SC Elections 2010 – Manifesto : Rishikesh Pandey and Suman Devadula

Student Council Elections 2010
Combined Manifesto

Contesting for Chairman: Rishikesh Pandey, Phd Student, IPC
Contesting for General Secretary: Suman Devadula, Phd Student, CPDM
20th May 2010

Dear Colleagues,
As it has been brought to your notice, elections for our Student Council are scheduled on 24th of May this ye­ar. Voting commences at 8:00AM and ends by 5:00PM in the hall above A-mess. Do exercise your vote without fail.
In commitment to the welfare of the student, during the next one year of our term, we will pursue the following issues till their logical conclusion­.

1. Scholarship hike
a. Most of us know that the scholarship for doctoral students has been hiked w.e.f April 1st 2010. We will accelerate its implementation.

2. Avoidance of Mess privatization towards ensuring provision of nutritious food

3. Curtailing inefficient practices of water-use either due to neglect, pilferage or device malfunction
a. Water scarcity is looming. In such trying times, being a scientific institute of repute, society looks up to us for answers and as its distinguished students it is important that the way we use water as a resource should be exemplary. Comprising a large proportion of the campus the way we use, refuse and conserve water effects the whole community. We would like to focus on efficient practices of water-use within our capacity.

4. Hostel hygiene
a. Though the situation has slightly improved in the oldest blocks, conditions of hygiene seem to be lacking every now and then across many other hostels. We would ensure that the hostels are maintained and monitored well.

5. Increasing GARP fund for participating in international conferences and allowances for national conferences
We will work for increasing,
a. allowance for while participating in national conferences to Rs. 1000 (DA + Accommodation)
b. GARP fund from existing Rs. 25000 to Rs. 50000
We will work towards raising the Student Aid Fund from Rs 15,000 to Rs 30,000.

6. We will strengthen and align initiatives like the Common Usage Bicycles, Green Gang and Notebook Drive for recognition and benefit of the students of IISc.

7. Campus cleanliness
a. We will work for reducing plastic-use and litter on the campus and will drive measures within our capacity to make the campus plastic free.
b. We will monitor and work for increasing the hygiene at places we frequent like Juice centre, Tea-board, Prakruthi etc.

8. Placements
a.We will strengthen the co-ordination between SC and placement committee towards working for most students getting the placements they deserve. In this direction, we will try to have a room dedicated for video-conferencing enabled with a high speed internet connection. If possible, we shall also consider international placement cell coordinated by student council placement committee.

9. Drafting of the roles and responsibilities of SC members focusing specifically on defining the purview of the Student council
a. This will ensure identifying activities and working mechanisms to be put in place for tackling all issues related to the students. More importantly, it will also suggest the modus operandi for the SC as an elected body, within the institute, in effecting change for the benefit of the student community.

10. Accountability
a. We will ensure that the decisions and actions of the SC are made available to the students and would encourage them to be constructive critics on all issues the SC presides on.

11. By working in close association with the Woman’s cell we will be sensitive to addressing all issues that affect their performance as students.

12. We will ensure that issues related to clearing of medical reimbursements, late night doctor availability are addressed and solved within the next one year.

13. We will work towards providing dedicated Wi-fi connections for the Student Hostels with limited band-width
Through this manifesto we intend to dedicatedly work for your welfare thereby proving our candidacy for the posts of Chairman and General Secretary. Please exercise your vote without fail.

Candidate introductions
Rishikesh has done his Masters in Chemistry and joined IISc in Jan 2006 for the PhD program in the department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry. His research interest involves Understanding the Solvent Effect and Excited state Dynamic using Time Resolved Resonance Raman Spectroscopy. He has been actively involved in the Student Council and served as the member of the Academic Committee in 2008-2009 SC team and volunteered the various events  like Centenary Conference ,Science and Technology Run, Help the Needy and TMC Science Quiz.

Suman Devadula has a Master’s (2007) from Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing (CPDM), IISc and has worked as an Industrial Designer till 2009. He has chosen to come back to IISc for pursuing a PhD in Sustainability. Design and cognition are his other areas of interest. He has initiated and volunteered in independent student drives helping victims of flood and other emergencies and also those concerning the environment.

View our online manifesto at http://vote4rishi-suman.blogspot.com/

Editorial – A small step, a giant leap!

We scaled mountains of thoughts, waded through rivers of discussions, challenged stone walled opinions, broke ordinary expectations, veered in unknown directions and accomplished a new self each time. Voices has worked to reinvent itself in many ways- from being just a print media to going online; from being a newsletter that saw the light of day in a coupla months to a monthly to even being printed regularly during the Centenary conference. We take another new step now converting the online edition to a blog format anticipating more interaction from our readers.

Voices is also in the process of getting its’ new Editor-in-Chief! The new E-i-C will bring with him/her a new vision. We at Voices hope to continue bringing news to you with more rigors each time and take on newer challenges with more passion. So, as you have always embraced the changes we offered and provided us ample encouragement, we look forward to a greater shelf life and more patronage with these small steps that may well be the giant leaps for Voices!

Happy reading!

(The PDF for offline readers is here.)

The Argument Continues…

“Quack” said the duck
“Boo” said the swan
“You please speak my tongue”
Said the duck and away swam

“You come here and say”
The swan barked a command
Pity the duck, who had to obey
And fore the swan stand

“My left wing is green”
Insisted the duck
“Nay, it’s blue”, said the swan
And there the argument stuck

Neither willing to yield;
The duck tried to appease
“Yeah, I’ll say the corners are blue,
If you please”

Swelling with pleasure
At the duck’s retreat,
“I’ll let you off for now”,
Said the swan, “Until next we meet”

– Smrithi Murthy (MRDG)