General Secretary Technology ’14 – A Review of all the First Proposals

Five candidates are contesting for this post, each having 3 proposals. The aim of publishing the entire set of first proposals of all 5 is to bring about better comparison among the candidates and help you, the voter, to make an informed choice. The name of each candidate links to his profile. We have stated each proposal and its synopsis, both strictly based on material the candidate sent us, while the critical analyses are our personal views. If any candidate or non-contesting person wishes to reply, he/she is welcome to do so here or by sending us an email at thescholarsavenue@gmail.com.  May the best candidates get elected.

 

Shobhit Goel

Proposal: To initiate a winter orientation cum training camp (OCTC) along with regular weekend workshops for the preparation of the Inter IIT Tech Meet.

Synopsis: The OCTC will improve all-round technical skills of students and inculcate a feeling of team spirit, all with an aim towards performing better in the annual inter-IIT Tech meet. The camp will comprise secretaries and general secretaries of technology, along with professors to train students for each event. Workshops are scheduled in Oct – Nov and the camp in Dec.

Critical Analysis: Given the skyrocketing number of students in KGP, one needs to first conduct a filtration process to decide who will form the inter-IIT contingent. This, according to the candidate, will be based on performance in open-IIT tech events, which don’t exist as of now. Even if they are introduced (refer to next proposal), they will take place at the beginning of the autumn semester, whereas the events to be held in the next inter-IIT tech meet will be finalised in October. Professors undoubtedly will be able to provide guidance to the students, but their academic and administrative commitments have not been taken into account. A positive reply from a professor was required to lend some credence to this proposal.

 

Abhay Srivastava

Proposal: To introduce a Puzzle Club in IIT Kharagpur.

Synopsis: The Puzzle Club would consist of 10 freshers and 8 2nd years who will be responsible for conducting its various activities. The club would invite company representatives and alumni to conduct interactive seminars on puzzle solving. Weekly problem sets (and solutions eventually) would be released and an annual general aptitude competition would be organised.

Critical Analysis: Proposal’s interesting. It’s true that puzzles and general aptitude play a pretty big part during placements and competitive exams. However, simply giving people puzzles to solve on a weekly basis makes this more of a hobby club rather than one actually aimed at distinctly bettering puzzle solving skills. It is critical that the weekly puzzles are original and unique and not simply replicated from the internet, or else students would rather prefer solving from the leisure of their rooms using their laptops. Seminars and sessions dedicated to lateral thinking and logical reasoning would be great measures aimed at betterment. These have been mentioned in the proposal as being conducted by alumni, but alumni email replies have not been included. What have been included are email replies from company executives, who seem quite supportive and enthusiastic.

 

M. Siddharth

Proposal: To introduce a data analytics event in the Technology GC and form a Data Analytics club under the Gymkhana eventually; to promote the culture of data analytics in the Institute

Synopsis: The event would take place in collaboration with analytics firms over a span of 10 days at the conclusion of which teams have to submit a report and give a presentation. The proposed data analytics club will be mentored by a professor and managed by student Governors. The club will promote participation in competitions (like those held by www.kaggle.com) and conduct workshops.

Critical Analysis: The vision of the proposal – ‘Data analytics is one of the most fast-trending and sought after fields in both the corporate and the technological sector’ – is fairly accurate. Details on the GC event and objectives and selection procedure of the club have been nicely elaborated and we believe the potential for such a club to help students is big. However, the functioning of the club requires further scrutiny and, of course, more details. The projected benefits of the club have been overestimated, particularly regarding promotion of entrepreneurship. A start-up in this field demands more than just exposure to that domain. Lastly, it appears as though the introduction of the event and club are coupled and it would be more beneficial if the latter is introduced first to ensure that the proposed benefits are achieved.

 

Raja Ambrish

Proposal: To introduce an e-brochure for increasing awareness about Technology General Championship among Post Graduate, Research scholar & First Year students.

Synopsis: The brochure will be mailed through Vice President’s mailer and will also be shared on the social media pages. It will contain event descriptions, basic rules and a collection of resources from where students can acquire the basic skills to participate. It will also contain information about Inter IIT Tech meet.

Critical Analysis: The candidate already has a hard copy of the brochure ready. While this is to be commended, the shallow nature of this proposal leaves a lot to be desired. Firstly, such a thing can be done within a day and there is no follow-up mechanism to ensure that people actually read the brochure and gain something from it, let alone be encouraged to participate in technical events. Secondly, the rules of an event are communicated to all participants well in advance, and as such we fail to see the need for such details. To summarise, this seems like something the vice-president would suddenly do on a particular afternoon, and not a proposal.

 

Anupam Pedarla

Proposal: To introduce ‘Student Competitions Club’ under the Gymkhana.

Synopsis: This club categorises the various competitions into 4 categories – Coding, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence, Case Study, and B-Plan & Marketing, and would assign 8-10 students advisors and a professor in charge for each category. The club will conduct open house sessions and launch an online portal where details of related competitions as well as study material, sample problem statements, etc. would be updated.

Critical Analysis: The first thing which strikes you is – aren’t there already student bodies for almost all these activities? The answer is yes – the CS department Code Club, KRAIG and the B-Club were initiated by students to excel in these activities. These student groups, like every other, have online forums to discuss activities and feature seniors who have been-there-done-that guiding juniors. While the scope of the proposal is huge and very beneficial to a typical student, the author is forced to raise the question – ‘why a new club?’ Although the candidate should be commended for contacting several people, both students and professors, from very relevant backgrounds in connection with this proposal, it would have been interesting to know their responses.

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