Candidate Proposal Reviews – Aiswarya Palavajjhala ll G.Sec Social & Cultural




You can find her proposals here.

You can find her SOP here.

*All proposal reviews are based on TSA’s assessment of the proposal document provided by the candidate. We crosscheck all facts mentioned in the proposal and give feedback around three parameters : 

  1. Need & Impact of the proposals; we attempt to assess the value of the proposal for the students.
  2. Feasibility; whether the proposal ever see the light of day or not.
  3. Originality; if the proposal been implemented before in some form or another.
The views mentioned in the proposal critiques below are TSA’s alone and are meant for a more holistic sharing of information about the candidates and their ideas. This, we believe, will lead to fairer and more impactful selection of candidates for the various positions of responsibility.*
1. Social Cup in the GC
Many previous candidates have proposed measures aimed at encouraging students to carry out social work to help the community. Incorporating this into GC events, however, is new and this incentive could prove effective in promoting social work.
The social case study event seems feasible, as we had remarked when critiquing a similar proposal from Krishna Patil. Aiswarya seems to have done more groundwork in this regard and has listed 5 NGOs and the representatives she had contacted. The other event, Shikharpan however looks poorly thought out. This would be a year long event where each hall will be allotted a school to teach, and their efforts will be evaluated at the end of the year. Having students compete to out teach each other when actual kids’ education is at stake makes this reporter uncomfortable. It’s hard to imagine halls taking this up in the right spirit, and not narrowly focusing only on the points the event will carry; conceivably, halls that think they have no shot at a medal might just let it go. Also, the evaluation of such an event could be contentious.
The social case study event could be a valuable opportunity for students to pick up new skills. If the Shikharpan event goes as planned, it could help improve the quality of education in the schools around campus, but some misgivings remain about whether it can be executed well (see feasibility).
2. Central Dramatics Equipment Repository
This appears to be a fresh proposal. Efforts to streamline the GCs, such as Institute transport have been proposed (and implemented) before, but we couldn’t find anything addressing this specific issue.
Aiswarya has provided the exact cost and quantity of the various items she has proposed to purchase (Babies, spots,flicker lights, smoke machine,collar mics, and hand mics).
This would level the playing field with respect to the dramatics events, which many halls would benefit from. Besides, numerous societies and student groups (including TSA) have often found it difficult to find this sort of equipment when needed; this proposal would help. This is of course only if damages to the equipment and disputes over who can use it and when are avoided.
3. Culinary Arts Fest during spring fest
Shreyas Mahajan had proposed this in 2011, but it has not been implemented.
Seems simple enough. The event will feature a variety of local cuisine, along with a famous chef (should be easy to find, right?).
This could be an interesting experience. However, representing enough cuisines might be a challenge; this might end up being a little stall in a corner with momos.

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