Arnav

The Campaign:

Ex-VP, Arnav’s Proposals:

  1. Building of an e-resource platform for students to share class notes of previous semesters, examination papers and resources for career enhancement
  2. Establishment of a core marketing team of students in SRIC so that students can earn handsome stipends by working on industry sponsored projects within the insti
  3. Increasing student involvement in TnP: having 2 reps from each dept (1 UG, 1 PG) for dept-specific needs
  4. Extend the facility of online complaints regarding maintenance, water supply, electricity and LAN related problems to the students
  5. Making IIT Kharagpur a centre for CAT
  6. Introducing competing mess system
  7. Inducting students in the library committee so that more money is devoted to books required by students
  8. Setting up a career options cell which will conduct regular seminars on various career option like IAS, GRE, GMAT, FRM, NCFM, Actuarial sciences etc. In conjunction with the e-resources portal this cell will act as the first source of study material
  9. Setting up a committee of students under CELC to conduct random checks on in-campus restaurants.

The contestant, Ankit Singh Tawar’s Proposals

  1. Introduce fresher counseling: fresher orientation, parents’ orientation and student mentor allocation.
  2. Establish AIESEC chapter in IIT Kharagpur: offers leadership positions and opportunities for students and recent graduates to live and work in another country.Establish a network of battery operated buses covering all halls, departments and major points in the campus.Extend the daily timings of the reference section of Central Library to 3 am starting from a week ahead of exams till the end of exams.
  3. Create an IT Student Support Group: gymkhana activities, online maintenance complaint, document student projects, streamline registration process, etc.
  4. Establish a Food Quality and Hygiene Monitoring Committee to define standards, conduct random checks on hall messes, canteens, and restaurants in the campus to maintain quality.

Arnav – Follow Up:

Arnav’s Proposals:

1. Building of an e-resource platform for students to share class notes of previous semesters, examination papers and resources for career enhancement

Availability of question papers through the library was facilitated and is being used by students since Arnav’s tenure (http://10.17.250.202:8080/dspace/ – No proxy). Arnav tells us that class notes of previous semesters were collected and handed over to Intinno, a Kgp based web 2.0 learning startup. (We invite information and opinions from readers regarding Intinno’s contribution in this regard)

2. Establishment of a core marketing team of students in SRIC so that students can earn handsome stipends by working on industry sponsored projects within the insti.

This proposal was shelved due to constraints of time.

3. Increasing student involvement in TnP: having 2 reps from each dept (1 UG, 1 PG) for dept-specific needs.

Department representatives were not nominated during Arnav’s tenure.  However, he says that he passed on the idea to Shubham Matah. UG representatives for various departments have been appointed during Shubham Matah’s tenure.

4. Extend the facility of online complaints regarding maintenance, water supply, electricity and LAN related problems to the students

All the student maintenance complaints can be logged in by General Secretary (Maintenance) of each hall at the following portal http://noticeboard.iitkgp.ernet.in/complaints/ . All maintenance general secretaries were allotted an employee code to register complaints on behalf of their hall residents.

5. Making IIT Kharagpur a centre for CAT

The proposal was not followed up due to lack of time and difficulty in implementation.

6. Introducing competing mess system

Competing mess system was proposed keeping in mind the private mess system at MMM. Students could choose which mess they’d register for given the option of two messes at MMM. However, MMM mess became a HMC mess during Arnav’s tenure and a “competing” system driven by students’ choice was not be set up. However, many other hall messes were privatized. See more in “Work beyond proposals”.

7. Inducting students in the library committee so that more money is devoted to books required by students

Students could not be inducted in the library committee due to official impediments. However, the UG rep, Ashish Nawaal worked closely with the committee on myriad fronts. The library had a major overhaul and many changes were introduced. See more in “Work beyond proposals”.

8. Setting up a career options cell which will conduct regular seminars on various career option like IAS, GRE, GMAT, FRM, NCFM, Actuarial sciences etc. In conjunction with the e-resources portal this cell will act as the first source of study material.

While a separate career options cell was not set up, Communiqué was inducted as a Gymkhana society to formalise conduction of seminars and to increase awareness regarding alternate career options. Communiqué conducted workshops on Actuarial sciences.

9. Setting up a committee of students under CELC to conduct random checks on in-campus restaurants.

Could not be achieved during the tenure but Arnav sent a written CELC proposal to the current DOSA Prof Shouvik Bhattacharya at the end of his tenure. Subsequently, students have been working with the CELC and a restaurant monitoring committee has been formed. Shubham matah and the present UG Rep, Prabhat have the details of the mandate and working of the committee. (How effective the committee has been with its random checks on the restaurants is information that is not yet in the public domain.)

Arnav’s work beyond proposals (in his own words):

“At the very outset I’d like to mention that role of VP can not be restricted to execution of proposals that he/she sets out at the beginning of the tenure. As I kept learning and understanding our systems and their inadequacies, I often had to change my focus and priorities. Unpopular administrative decisions and sensitive issues like the 11 P.M ban on movement of students, illumination boycott and the BC Roy hospital fiasco often required me to divert my attention and energy. Ensuring decent placements during the global meltdown and crisis also posed a formidable problem to the placecomm team. For the benfit of the readers, here I list down some initiatives I undertook apart from those mentioned in my proposal list. However, before I list them down, I would like to extend my thanks to Ashish Nawal, Pulkit Anand, the placement committee, the alumni cell, hall presidents and SSMs who worked tirelessly for the benefit of the student community.”

1. Library: I and then UG rep (Ashish Nawaal) were in constant touch with the Library authorities and were successful in initiating various changes. Library timings were extended to 12 in the night, students were allowed to take in personal books for study at all times, induction of paid student volunteering in the library and availability of past question papers in electronic form.

2. Initiated sweeping contracts across all hostels and oversaw implementation.

3. Alumni Cell setup was formalized with an active website ( http://www.alumnet.iitkgp.ernet.in/login/ ) and student team with a well spelt mandate and goals beyond just organizing the alumni meet.

4.  Contacted and persuaded CCD to open an outlet in the campus. Presented the idea to the administration and oversaw the signing of the formal agreement between IIT Kgp and CCD.

5. Reworked the Gymkhana budget to allot specific grants for each society to participate in intercollegiate and national competitions.

6. Three student reps were introduced in HMC: 1 Hall President, 1 G Sec (mess) and 1 G sec (maint) to increase student involvement. Saurav Dutta ( Nehru HP) and G Secs from RK and LLR were the respective representatives. (However, we are unaware of the efficacy of this move or the continuity of this initiative during Shuham Matah’s tenure)

7. The PR Chair ( Pulkit Anand) and Kingshuk Bairagi designed and launched the gymkhana website to improve information flow amongst students, to highlight students initiatives and achievements. (Currently there exists no website for the gymkhana on institute’s domain. However, GymK site has been hosted on a local server which remains unknown to most of the campus students: http://10.106.10.1/gym/ )

8. Introduced bus service between the campus and the railway station at the start of vacations and the reopening of the institute.

9. Changed the prevalent system of payment of hall’s electricity bill to a fixed amount payable per semester, in effect significantly reducing the amount paid by hostels towards electricity consumption.

7 Comments

  1. TheMonsterMind says:

    Arnav has been the best VP ever (at least among VPs of last three years) and his over performance set high standards for Shubham Matah, who probably had other priorities and could not even perform up to the minimum basic level expected from any Gymkhana Office Bearer.

  2. Editor says:

    Arnav’s followup will be added here by tonight (12th March 2010).

  3. hello says:

    Interestingly, if you read Arnav’s follow-up, it mentions that majority of Arnav’s proposals were accomplished during Matah’s tenure !

  4. Politick says:

    @hello: To the contrary, I see only proposals # 1 and 4 were “truly” accomplished. But his work beyond proposals is what is truly laudable I guess.
    @ScholsAve: When can we have Matah’s word on his work so far? Coz arnav and KK have had their say.

  5. Politick says:

    @Hello: I see only Arnav’s Prpoosals #3 and 9 that were taken up by Matah of which #3 was also only partially completed. I think you are being biased. give facts their due.

  6. another kgp guy says:

    #9 has also been completed by Matah. I remember Schols Ave reported about it in an article in its last edition.

  7. Bharat says:

    Now this is one guy who seriously stood apart from the usual notions and actually contributed beyond realms.. the team of ugrep-pr chair with the then tnp etc was excellent.. and i d rate an 8.5/10 on his tenure.

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