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Voices 2010 review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 18,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 104 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 145 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 80mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was May 25th with 1 views. The most popular post that day was Rishikesh and Suman elected SC office bearers.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were Private networks,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for voices iisc, iisc voices, iisc, rajat jayanti vigyan sancharak fellowship, and sc elections 2010.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Rishikesh and Suman elected SC office bearers May 2010


The team April 2010


Small miseries July 2010


Getting more students to pursue their PhDs in India July 2010


SC elections 2010 – Voices’ interview with the candidates May 2010


Voices Bylaws.

Mission Statement:

  • Bringing the Institute related issues to the fore.
  • Highlighting Institute achievements.
  • Analyzing the problems affecting academic community in the institute through investigation and suggest way outs if possible.

Selection Of Team Members:

  • Information about openings has to be communicated to the student community through broadcasts, posters etc.
  • Any IISc student is free to join Voices.

Selecting Editor:

  • One-year term for editor (flexible in exceptional circumstances)
  • In case of extraordinary circumstances, members can unanimously run the selection for the editor again.
  • Voices Team selects the editor by simple majority.
  • There is a provision of Working Editor who would have an interim right and responsibility for a particular Voices issue. The selection of Working Editor is done the same way as the Editor.

Roles and Duties of the Members of Voices:

  • This applies to all members of the Voices team including the editors.
  • Assigning roles and duties to the new entrants is done through interactive meetings.
  • Should contribute to Voices as and when required.
  • Help out in the other functioning of Voices as and when required.
  • Strictly adhere to the basic ethics of journalism.
  • All team members must maintain confidentiality of matters discussed within the team.
  • If a team member misses 5 consecutive team meetings, a show-cause notice will be sent to the team member by the Team and the process for removing the member from the team will be initiated.

Roles And Responsibilities Of Editors:

  • The Editors should ensure the regular publication of Voices with help from all team members.
  • Editor is completely responsible for all material printed in Voices.
  • Voices may not subscribe to views or ideas presented by outside contributions, they are solely their own.
  • Authors submit -> editors review -> return to authors suggesting changes -> authors revise article and make changes -> authors resubmit article.
  • Responsible for content of e-Voices.
  • The editor has to reach a consensus for each editorial decision.
  • The editor won’t have any special privilege in the team other than having the additional responsibility of being the intermediary between the Students’ Council / IISc administration and Voices.
  • Voices Team has the final say in the content of Voices and has complete authority in all other matters.

Guidelines For Bringing Out Articles:

  • The team members screen ideas to decide which will be put into Voices.
  • Choice of articles should not be motivated by religious, political and regional considerations.
  • Articles should be fair in their report, unbiased in their presentation.
  • They should follow broad principles of journalism.

Role of Students’ Council:

  • The Voices team will work jointly with the Students’ Council in raising issues pertaining to the interests of IISc students’ community.
  • With consent from Students’ Council, Archives and Publications Cell of IISc will fund Voices.

Amendments to the Bylaws:

  • The Voices Team together with the Editor reserves the right to amend the bylaws on a unanimous vote.
  • Bylaws to be reviewed annually when the new editor takes charge.


The Voices team would like to take this opportunity to thank Prof. N.V. Joshi (jointly at the Centre for Ecological Sciences (CES) and National Centre for Science Information (NCSI)) and Mr. Filbert Minj (at NCSI) for their support and help with hosting eVoices, the earlier online edition of Voices, on their servers.

We remain indebted for the same.


This is the beta version of Voices, the official IISc newsletter, in its latest avatar. In an attempt to reach and listen to our readers (especially our off-campus ones) better, we have migrated from our own website, linked below, to a commercial one here.

Do let us know what you think of the move, the layout, the existing content, the newer content or just about any old thing you think we or the IISc community at large should know about. To quote Dr. Frasier crane from the hit 90s sitcom ‘Frasier’,

“We’re listening.”