Monthly Archives: August 2011

Contents – August 2011 Freshers’ Special

Editorial – The Geek Within

The ‘Meeting of the Month’: What transpired behind closed doors

A Musical Evening at IISc by legendary Pakistani Khayal singer

The Bold meets the Beautiful: Veeresha Bellur visits IISc

Placement Committee Update

Intangibles in a world of tangibles

News channels 24X7

Gymkhana Corner

IISc News

Gymkhana

Table Tennis

Aerobics

Chess

Cricket

Basketball

Badminton

Carrom

Swimming Pool

Dance Club

Music Club

Hockey

Kung Fu

Ranade Library

Gymnasium

Volleyball

Football

Throwball

Dramatics Club

Billiards & Snooker Club

Fine Arts Club

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Editorial – The Geek Within

Pardon us readers if you begin to get the feeling that we have sort of gone slightly overboard with coming out with freshers’s special issues. Readers will not be blamed for thinking that Voices is trying to make up for the fact that it did not come out with a freshers’ special in 2010 by coming out with two in 2011.

Frankly, at the time of writing this editorial, I am not even sure whether we would be able to come out with the print issue in time to be able to distribute it during the orientation planned for 17th August. Make no mistake, the enthusiasm has been high in every member of the team to come out with the issue on time. But, the fact remains, that all it takes for that spark to fizzle out into smoke, is a gentle yet generous shower of academic workload. Whether we students admit it or not, in a premier institute like IISc, academics always takes first priority and needless to say, to the outsider, it will come across as geeky behaviour.

In this issue, we bring you a host of write ups on the various clubs under the Gymkhana. Take your pick and decide how you would like to spend the precious little free time that the rigours of academic life at IISc might afford you.

Of course the doors of Voices are always open to those interested in contributing in any form. We welcome contributions from readers in the form of news reports, anecdotes, creatives articles, cartoons, even your feedback on how you think we can make Voices more interesting. In case you feel that being an outside contributer does not satiate your creative urges, if you have time to spare and if you would like to actually feel and be a part of the cog works that go into Voices, you are most welcome to join our team. Do send us an email at voices.iisc@gmail.com and voice your opinion.

There are myriad ways you can spend your leisure time here and rest assured, the limiting factor will be the amount of time you can squeeze out of your schedule and not a lack of options.

As a parting word, we can say with almost certainty that there will be at least some time during your stay at the institute where you will feel that everything except academics has taken a back seat. Well, at least the geek tag is not undeserved!

Arjun Shetty (ECE/MRC)

The ‘Meeting of the Month’: What transpired behind closed doors

On the 5th of July, a meeting was organized between the Students’ Council and the Administration to discuss in details, and try to find a solution to the raging debate over the impending hostel accommodation for students residing in blocks E, F and P. Long known as the ‘Concentration Camps’ of IISc, students in these 3 blocks were getting restless about the rooms that they had been promised for a long time. What came to light were the compulsions and pressures under which the Administration was trying to solve the issue and the deep sense of mistrust that had developed among the students towards those in charge.

Representing the Administration were the Hon. Registrar (Mr. R. Mohan Das), Prof. Umarji, Prof. Giridhar Madras and Prof. Anil Kumar. Representing the students (and specially the thirty or so disillusioned ones waiting right outside the Faculty Hall) were the SC Chairman (Sreevalsa, Civil), Gen Secretary (Hemanth, ECE), Pratap (ECE) , President of E-block hostel (Nilanjan, Aero). Covering the meeting for Voices was Anindo Chatterjee(CNS).

Prof. Umarji immediately made aware to those present as to what the ground reality was. Out of the anticipated 575 rooms (in the hostel complex being built) which were supposed to be available by mid to end July, only 180 were presently available and a total of 392 rooms in the complex would be available by August 15th. Students from the three blocks were planned to be shifted to these rooms by mid to end August. One of the main reasons for delay was the Tamil Nadu and the West Bengal state elections, for which a majority of the workers had gone back. Also, it was decided to do a physical verification of the rooms in the other hostels, as more number of rooms should have been vacated than they had been. Also, the coming students would be accommodated in Hoysala and the JNC Guest House and the guests there would be shifted to the Centenary Guest House. All the girls would be shifted to the hostel complex being built and one of the hostels (Mrigasira) would be converted to a boy’s hostel (M-block) and the demolition of F-block would be necessary to complete the girl’s wing of the hostel. No specific date had been decided for the shifting.

120 Undergraduate students would be joining the institute this August, a great majority of whom are boys (around 100). They would be allotted rooms in N-block. To that end, a consolidated bunch of rooms in one floor of the block would be required. The SC assured its support to the Administration in this regard. All the girls would be accommodated in Mrigasira. Accommodation for other students has been arranged in Jalahalli.

The main point of contention, however, was a question of priority.

The Administration wanted the students of E, F and P block to continue living in their respective hostels till the time the new(est) hostel complex rooms are available. Nilanjan argued that the old students should be immediately sent to the vacant rooms in other hostels and the new students should be accommodated in E, F and P blocks till the new rooms are available. Prof. Umarji and Prof. Madras said that the Administration wants to avoid ‘double shifting’, as the new students, in a month or so, would have to be shifted to the new rooms. Pratap and Nilanjan retorted that ‘double shifting’ is not that big a problem and the students who have been living in such dilapidated conditions should be given priority over the coming students and shifted first. Prof. Kumar asked whether the old students who have suffered, wanted the new students to go through the same harrowing experience as they have. Nilanjan made it very clear that he had no plans of becoming a martyr and therefore he had no plans to sacrifice the room that is rightfully his.

Another point of contention was the question of ‘assurance’.

The student representatives were not convinced about the assurances being given by the Administration. What would be the course of action in case the rooms were not ready by mid-August? Sreevalsa pointed out that the Administration had asked the Students’ Council not to interfere in the ‘hostel matter’ and that the issue would be taken care of by those concerned. He produced copies of mails indicating the same, which also showed that assurances regarding completion of the required rooms by July had been given earlier. The Hon. Registrar asked the students to take the assurance in good faith and Prof Umarji held that the authorities are doing everything in their power to provide everyone with the same quality of housing. Anindo suggested that the main reason for not believing in assurances also stemmed from the fact that the authorities do not keep the students in the loop and decisions are made without them getting communicated to those whose lives will be affected by those decisions. To that end, the authorities were asked to mail the Students’ Council official decisions which can then be forwarded to the students at large. Nilanjan believed that once the vacant rooms are allotted to the new students, the old students will have to wait no matter what, so a situation like that shouldn’t be allowed to arise in the first place. Prof. Kumar brought to notice that the present meeting would not have taken place if the authorities were not very sure of the time of completion of the rooms. It was decided that a meeting on the 25th of July would have as its main agenda the charting of an alternate plan, in case things do not go as per schedule.

The negotiations, which started with pleasantries and patient nods, over the course of an hour and half evolved to a passionate debate over the issue of ‘trust’. The Administration had made an offer and the students were not buying it. It was finally and unanimously decided that the talks had reached an impasse and that the Administration representatives will have a meeting with the higher authorities and present the case from the students’ perspective, and get back to the Students’ Council.

The same afternoon, another meeting was called. Unfortunately, there was no representative from Voices for that meeting. The issue had been discussed with the higher authorities and the demands of the students had been accepted. The students were assured that a list of vacant rooms would soon be released and the process of shifting would then commence.

The Students’ Council wishes to express their deep gratitude to all the Admin representatives present and also convey their thanks to the authorities for a positive and constructive dialogue which helped in carving out an appropriate solution to the problems faced by the students. They also appreciate their efforts to admit and accommodate as many meritorious students as possible and understand that the authorities are doing their best to ensure a peaceful campus life.

Anindo Chatterjee (CNS)

A Musical Evening at IISc by legendary Pakistani Khayal singer


Students’ Council of Indian Institute of Science in association with SPICMACAY organized a Hindustani musical evening in Satish Dawan Auditorium on 14th June, 2011. The stage was graced by the presence of Legendary Khayal Singer Ustad Naseeruddin Saami who came all the way from Pakistan. The program went for one and an half hour and the singer kept the audience mesmerized with his singing.

Naseeruddin Saami, of the Delhi Gharana, son of Abdul Hamid Khan Saami was born in a family of classical vocalists, who have been practising their Art for more than 730 years. Naseeruddin Saami’s ancestor Miyan Samath was trained by Hazrat Ameer Khusro himself, and the generations of singers that followed kept up the tradition and further honed it to a high level of intricacy and refinement. Naseeruddin has been guided by four mentors – the main one being his Ustad and Uncle Munshi Raziuddin. Ustad Sardar Khan, Iftikhar Alrrned and Piaray Khan are the other three whom he avidly follows. Naseeruddin started his training from the age of 10 years. His style of singing is called ‘Sudh Bani’. From 1958-62 he trained with his grand uncle Sardar Khan in Lahore and then with his two uncles in Karachi. He performs all the elements of classical music like Khayal, Thumri, Sadra and Kajri with versatility, which is distinctive of his Gharana. Ustad Naseeruddin Saami was conferred the Presidents’ Pride of Performance in 2007.

He was accompanied by Pt Vinod Lele on table, Ustad Asif Ali Khan on the sarangi, Ustad Sajjad Ahmed on the harmonium and Sami ji’s son and disciple – Mohd Urooj Khan for vocal support and taanpura.

In the beginning of the concert, he said that he got so much of love and affection in Bangalore, India that he was running short of words to express it. He said that he felt like he is in his country only and nowhere else. He said that music is a wonderful thing that is capable of joining people’s hearts through its Sur and Rag. Then he expressed his greatfullness towards SPICMACAY and said that the media should support SPICMACAY.

He started singing from ‘Alap’ which was prevalent 70-75 years back. Then he sang ‘’Khyal” and Sadara. He told about Sadara that it is a combination of Dhrupad and Khyal. In the end, he sang one Thumri “Sanchi Kaho Mose Batiyan, O Saiyan”.

During the interaction session, he told that now a days we are doing almost mind work but not practical work. He stressed on the importance of being practical and said that music comes from being practical. The very important and interesting thing he said was that if we want to create AMAN and SHANTI between two countries then we have to tune with proper SUR and RAG, referring metaphorically to the tuning used in music. He told that today we keep on forgetting our culture and music and now a days there is unwanted noise (Hangama) in our music and until and unless we remove this noise, there will be problem or chaos. He told that until we create real inner peace, instead of just talking of peace (Aman), nothing will happen. So we have to think and use our heart also.

In the felicitation program Student Council chairman conveyed his message as, “When IISc was built, India and Pakistan were one nation. After 63 years of political separation, Samiji came here to this 100 year old Indian Institute and reestablished that we are one at heart. We treat guests as God and we welcome Samiji again to our country and institute to perform”. Then I (Ajay Kumar) met him personally and recited one shayri in appreciation of his singing – “Aapke Gale Me Khuda Ki Ajeeb Barkat Hai, Aap Gate Hai To Ajeeb Si Roshni Hoti Hai”. His reponse was that, its only by God’s (ooper wala) grace that we are singers. He was delighted to be interacting with the students. Salutations to his talent, simplicity and down to earth character!

Sincere thanks and appreciation to all the volunteers and IISc community for making the program a grand success.

-Ajay Kumar
-Vijayashree Bhat

The Bold meets the Beautiful: Veeresha Bellur visits IISc

If there is one act, the conception, evolution and enactment of which has demanded public attention, it has to be the Right to Information Act, 2005. The act, being the first one built and crafted by the civil society, today is considered to be a natural manifestation of the country’s democratic and sovereign roots. Like any other act, this act also follows the principle of ‘use it or lose it’. RTI activists around the country are trying to better the life of the common man by actively pursuing their cause and putting this new found right to correct use. One such activist is Mr. B. H. Veeresha. He is the convener of the Karnataka Right to Information Federation, Bangalore and one of the most well known RTI activists in the state. Thus the Students’ Council of IISc (the students’ representative body) thought it fit to have an RTI Awareness talk and invite him to address the gathering.

The first thing that strikes you about Veeresha is his simplicity. He is very humble and makes you feel comfortable. The best thing about him is that he comes straight to the point. And the point he makes is worth your time. Plus he happens to be a natural speaker.

He started his talk by making the audience appreciate the uniqueness of this Act, it being the first of its kind; drafted by the civil society for the civil society, and the vast amount of power it bestows on any denizen seeking information from a public authority. His emphasis was also on how times have changed. During the British Raj it was illegal to pass on information to the public and today it’s illegal to withhold the same. He taught the crowd how to file an RTI and how all monetary expenses to be incurred (which include an initial Rs.10 postage stamp and Rs. 2 per page for the information wanted) are relaxed for those living below the poverty line.

What mesmerized the crowd was his recollection of personal experiences. Their first experiment to check whether the Act was truly operational or not was in the form of an RTI demanding to see the Permit Certificate for a road (being constructed) stretching 13.5 Km. They then inspected the site themselves (this is a very crucial right that a citizen has – he or she can at anytime assess any site under construction, if it’s a public enterprise) and found that the top layer of the road was already chipping off and on further investigation found that the layer was only one-fourth as thick as it was supposed to be. Samples were collected and a team of engineers studied them. The payment of the bill was immediately stayed and the contractor was asked to mend the road, which he was ordered to do at his own expense (Rs. 6.5 crores). Another interesting event was that of a C.B.S.E. affiliated school. All such schools need to have a playground for the children and they need to have a certificate stating the same. When asked to produce the certificate, it was found that they did buy land for a playground, but 15 Km. away from the school! The school immediately came under the scanner of C.B.S.E. But the cherry on the cake was a case related to how the income tax officers overlooked the buying of agricultural land (by non-agriculturalists) worth crores while the income they had disclosed was barely in lakhs. A social audit was done and simultaneous raids were conducted. The outcome was that land bought by most of these people, through unscrupulous means, was confiscated. He also commented on how different states like Bihar and Rajasthan have made minor modifications to facilitate a smoother application of this Act.

What followed the talk was a lively and stimulating discussion session. Veeresha attended to the doubts that the students had. Two prominent topics were the misuse of the act and how to guarantee the safety of RTI activists. Veeresha was disheartened at the fact that blackmailing of public servants by those who now possess sensitive information is a possibility. To circumvent that, he suggested posting all the requests and replies on the website of the concerned department so that the information now becomes a part of the public domain. After all, a thousand people can’t blackmail a single man! (He thought that the IISc website is exemplary). It was unanimously agreed that the murder of RTI activists is one of the most heinous outcomes of implementing this Act. Veeresha said that such sacrifice by activists, though nothing new, is something to be tackled.

Just for the information of the readers, any public-private enterprise also comes under the purview of this act. This Act, however, doesn’t provide access to confidential data related to defense or foreign relations. Also, the motive behind seeking information from any public authority need not be stated – you are not answerable, in this regard, to them.

The talk ended with the speaker urging the students to fully exercise their rights and demand to seek information which they are entitled to.

The speaker was then felicitated with a memento and shawl, accompanied by the resounding sound of applause.

Personally, the take home message was a very important one. The way we have been brought up and made to interpret the nation’s bureaucratic framework is a rather unfair one. Unfair to us. Somewhere down the line, there was either a role reversal or we just kept accepting the colonial bureaucratic mentality that the British left us with. As Veeresha kept on saying, “We are the masters, they are the (public) servants”, I could not help but notice, how out of touch I myself was about knowing the true nature and functioning of our great democracy.

(By the by, IISc is also heavily funded by the government, ergo every student has the right to file an RTI)

Anindo Chatterjee (Communications Comm.)

Placement Committee Update

The placement committee has conducted two meetings so far. The first meeting was an introductory meeting with the department coordinators and we had a second meeting with Nirmit and Pallav (last year’s placement coordinators). They have briefed us about last year placement activities. We have elected department coordinators (there will be atleast one coordinator from each dept).

We updated the existing placement brochure by adding new research areas and departments’ achievements. We made a database of all the students who are sitting for placement this year. We are collecting Curriculum Vitae in the prescribed format from all the students, who are expected to finish by July 15th.

We are collecting HR details of companies from our seniors. Once this is over,we will be sending formal invitations to all companies.Based on their reply,we will give slots for placements.We expect that this year, placements will start by September 2nd week.

Apart from this we are contacting CSIC regularly to get more information. This year we are aiming for 100 percentage placement. For any information, you can always contact

1)Vishnu Namboodiri K K (Co-ordinator) (Telecommunication, Electrical Communication Engineering)
Email: namboodiri.vishnu@gmail.com
Contact Number: +91 9945676759 (M)

2) Gottimukkula Venkatesh (Co-ordinator) (Aerospace Engineering)
Email:venky2varsh@gmail.com
Contact Number:+91 9945676775(M)

Intangibles in a world of tangibles

—————————- Original Message —————————-
From : Deepak Sharma
To : Prof. Palayanteeshwaran
Subject : hello
Date : Mon, August 1, 2011, 10:35pm
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Dear Prof Palayanteeshwaran,

I am happy to inform you that I have finally arrived at IISc, but I discovered that I had a final IISc entrance test to clear. This was by far the toughest one. As soon as I arrived with my luggage, they asked me, “Have you been to Bangalore before?”. When I said, “Yes, I came here for exactly one day to meet my second cousin’s wife’s brother regarding an internship in his company”, they promptly said, “Oh, you know Bangalore! So you don’t need accommodation! We’ll give you acco later but we won’t reimburse you for your hotel charges – this is IISc after all. If you don’t want a world-class PhD, go somewhere else where they give you third-class PhDs and world-class accos.”

I realized that this was a final entrance test. No amount of coaching would have helped, because I soon realized that there is no right answer. You see, the next guy saw what happened to me, and he said “I am new to Bangalore.” and to be on the safe side, he added, “In fact I have never been south of New Delhi!”. They promptly replied, “Oh, Bangalore is a very hospitable city. To show you how hospitable it is, why don’t you eat at a non-veg hotel in Malleshwaram and come back?” That guy, being very sincere, went there but never came back. We all think that Malleshwaram is a very dangerous place. But ever since these two incidents, all new students have been saying that they know Bangalore very well.

But Sir, I did not want to bore you with my personal life. Could you please tell me what do I need to do in order to survive in IISc? Will my courses be as tough as finding good acco here? Is it true that I have to maintain at least a 7.5 GPA in your lab even though everybody who takes your 6-credit course gets a C?

Regards,
Deepak Sharma

—————————- Original Message —————————-
From : Prof. Palayanteeshwaran
To : Deepak Sharma
Subject : Re: hello
Date : Tue, August 2, 2011, 4:30am
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Dear Deepak,

Welcome to IISc! I am happy to know that you have cleared the final entrance test. The administration administers these weird tests all the time. Their general philosophy is, what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. And they really try to kill you to ensure that you come out stronger. You should be glad they did not ask you to form a committee and report back to their committee. By the time anything tangible happens you will not only develop a beard, it will get so long that it will reach the ground. When I first joined IISc, they did not have an office or quarters for me. When I gushed with delight about the beautiful trees on campus, they told me, “We are glad you like the trees. You may kindly take up accommodation in your allotted quarters conveniently situated in front of the main building”. My temporary quarters turned out to be a big peepal tree and, let me assure you, it did not look beautiful anymore. I got my quarters after a month, but for my “office”, I shared a desk with my department security guard for nearly a year.

But let me not bore you with the beginnings of my long and illustrious career. In my many powerful administrative positions ranging from Gymkhana Secretary, Garden Committee Chairman, Hostel Grievance Committee, Long standing Committee for Long Standing Problems, etc., I have realized that people perform at their best when things are made hard for them. Therefore I deliberately make things very hard for my students. In fact, if Rudyard Kipling had been at IISc, he would have held forth as follows:

If you can do a PhD with four roommates in a room,
If you can do your homework while your best friends fume
If you can chase your indents through Purchase and Budget
And ensure your contingency gets you the latest gadget
If you can keep your head when all Profs around you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
All this is hard, it will be no mean feat
But if you succeed, the world beyond IISc will fall at your feet!
When things at IISc seem to have no reason or rhyme
It’s best to write poems in the available time.

But I digress: let me also answer your specific queries. The only way to guarantee success in IISc is to work hard and think harder. Your troubles with acco will soon be dwarfed by your troubles with course assignments and projects. I don’t know about maintaining 7.5 GPA in my lab, but you certainly won’t get a date at IISc with a GPA below 6.5.

That brings me to the serious part. Make no mistake: life in IISc can be tough. Getting a good grade will be tough if your only objective in taking the course is to get good marks. Getting a PhD will be tough if your only reason to get it is to get a degree and use it to get a job. BUT life in IISc will be easy if you truly understand what you learn, and enjoy what you are learning. Then all the good grades, papers and PhD will follow. Your experience here will feel like a Zen fable. I have modified it to make it appropriate to IISc. A student came to a professor and asked him how long it will take to get a PhD. The professor replied, “Four years”. The student asked, “But I am a very hardworking student, I will work twice as hard as the others. How long will I take?”. The professor replied, “Six years”. Sometimes the best way to get somewhere is to not to try to get there, but to let it happen. For example, all my 5 papers in the Indian Journal of Chemically Inspired Nanobiology (of which I am the founding editor) have come by trying not to publish those papers. Of course my remaining 200 papers are under review in journals like Science, Nature etc.

And finally, a word of caution, Deepak. Just because I am pally with you doesn’t mean you call me Pally. Violation of this edict gets most of my students a C in my course. You will address me as Prof. Palayanteeswaran, and I don’t care how long you take to pronounce the twenty three syllables in my name and I don’t care you can only count seven syllables in my name. If you fail to address me properly I will make you pronounce my first name repeatedly until you get it right. And trust me, if you haven’t grown up in Malleshwaram, then this will take you the better part of two years. But this will make the remaining 4 years of your PhD much easier.

Also let’s meet on Sunday morning 4.30am to review your courses? That was not a typo, I DID mean 4.30AM and not PM. I know nothing will look better and more beautiful than your bed at 4.00am, but if you make it, you clearly have the desire to get a PhD and you will get one.

Pally


Prof. Katrinivalakeshwarasrinivasahareramakrishna Palayanteeswaran
Fellow of all 42 Royal Societies of Timbuktu
Former President, Indian National Science Academy
Co-president, National Indian Science Academy
Secretary, National Science Academy of India
Treasurer, Academy of National Indian Science
Member, Society of Physically Inspired Nanobiology
Professor and Founding Chairman,
Department of Chemically Inspired Physical Nanobiology
Chair, Committee for Generation of New Buzzwords
Founding Chairperson, Peepal Tree Eradication Society
Chair, Long standing Committee for Long Standing Problems
Indian Institute of Science
Bangalore 560012

S P Arun (CNS)

News channels 24X7

Last week, as the political situation in Karnataka reached new heights, the people of this state kept staring at the 24X7 regional news channels that beamed down only that news and nothing else. The people sat glued to television sets as the news reporters repeated their “breaking news” several times over the day. There was no other news on some of these news channels
as they had dedicated themselves fully to the purpose of covering the political turmoil that had engulfed the state. As the politicians huddled, shook hands or even visited the loo, it was flashed on national television. The question here is, do we really require the minute by minute reports of news as it is being fed to us, and to what extent are these so called 24X7 news channels doing justice to their jobs and bringing out the actual news?

It was this minute by minute coverage by the media that helped the terrorists, hampering rescue operations during the 2008 Mumbai attacks. The last 5-6 years have witnessed a very high growth in the number of news channels – Tv9, udaya news, suvarna 24×7, zee news, sun news, dd news, times now, ndtv, cnbc, headlines today, aaj tak to name a few (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List of news channels in India). Most of these channels have gone beyond news channels to become entertainment channels, featuring shows which have zero content but high in entertainment value (reality shows, funny videos, shows with violence etc.), as one news channel vies against another to bring out the spiciest masala filled stories. In the olden days most people used to retire at night after watching some devotional serial or tele-serial or comedy program, but nowadays the adults as well as the kids go to bed only after seeing one or two blood soaked dead bodies in the night-time-crime-stories being broadcast on these news channels. Such shows can in fact have serious repercussions on
the young minds. Some of these issues, that cropped up as the news channels evolved, are to a certain extent portrayed in the hindi movie ‘Rann’, which tells the story of one such news channel.

There are positives too; the news channels have been very successful in highlighting the multiple scams, corruption practices etc. that the country has witnessed, which otherwise would have been buried under the carpet. They have, in a sense, infused transparency into the system by constantly keeping the ruling class on their toes and widely influencing public opinion. They have also played a big role in highlighting various problems faced by the
people and exposing nefarious schemes to dupe people in the name
of religion, blackmagic etc.

But we also have to look at the fact that only a very few news channels offer shows that are educative or scientific or cultural in nature (other than the “breaking news” that is constantly updated on the tv screens). The bias seems to be more towards shows with violence, adult content, unparliamentary language, and mindless debates like `Is Munni better than Sheila?’. So we return to a modified version of the earlier question: are these the shows that people really want? Or are the people just being force fed such shows and they are swallowing it because everyone else is doing the same? Are people aware of the impact of such media content (not confined to news channels alone) and still choose to do nothing? The incident which flashes in my mind as I write these lines is when I found myself in a tight spot, being unable to explain to my little cousin brother that the AXE deo ad (which wants us to believe that men doused in AXE will become chick magnets and every woman on the road is just waiting to get her hands on
them) is untrue…

Krishna Kumar (EE)

Gymkhana Corner

The annual Science Vs Engineering football match started at about 6pm on the 4th of August with Prof. Siddhartha Sharma as the centre referee. The Science team played particularly well, with style and flow, that the Engineering team could not cope with. The Science team put numbers on the score board through a well taken goal by Ramiz from the Mathematics department, before the end of the first half. An equalizer, in the second half, came from an initial shot by Femi, which was punched by the Goal keeper for the Science team and was easily tapped in by Sam Alexandra from the Aerospace department. The wining goal, by the Science team, came from team work and ball juggling, and took the Engineering defense apart. Ramiz got his second goal of the day and there was no time for the Engineering team to get back into the game so, the Science team won the match for the first time in 5years.


Olu Emmanuel Femi (Mat. Engg.)

The Gymkhana organized a Throwball exhibition match on the 30th of June. It was played between Mechanical Engineering (winners of the 2011 Throwball Tournament) and a team made of players from the remaining teams. Mechanical Engg. won the game.

Nominations for the post of convenors, of various clubs in Gymkhana, were filed last month. The deadlines for the same are over. So guess, we have a bunch of new and energetic visionaries taking over……

Anindo Chatterjee (CNS)

IISc News

IISc researchers hold a flag for the poor

Scholars may be busy researching the basics of science at IISc, but they clearly haven’t forgotten their responsibility towards the poor.

They have decided to donate 1,000 T-shirts, pants, shirts and bedsheets each to the poorest of the poor as part of a tradition that the institute has developed over the years. They have decided to donate 1,000 T-shirts, pants, shirts and bedsheets each to the poorest of the poor as part of a tradition that the institute has developed over the years.

Sreevalsan K, students’ council chairman, told TOI: “Helping out the poor is a conscious decision IISc has taken. While we may be engrossed in the field of science, our basic responsibility towards society cannot be forgotten. Collecting useful and quality warm clothing for the monsoon and the cold months ahead is one way in which we do this every year.”

The students will identify slums, construction work sites, maternity homes, children’s hospitals and orphanage centres to donate the clothing. Students’ representatives will interact with government and NGO representatives in identifying the beneficiaries.