Candidate Proposal Reviews – Harsh Bhardwaj ll G.Sec Technology

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You can find his proposals here.

You can find his 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.Organize workshops and events aimed at better preparing the students sitting down for placements by familiarising them with data analytics, finance and consulting concepts and preparing them for the quantitative tests taken by the visiting companies.
Originality : KDAG and B-Club already conduct workshops although fewer in number. The proposal only attempts to bring them under a framework. Case study competitions were proposed numerous times before by candidates and we’ve failed to see them materialize.

Need and impact : The number of companies offering profiles on these skills is on the rise. Workshops can help orient students for the placements and help in better information dissipation on the opportunities and skill set. Harsh’s proposal to compile a Casebook for the cause of consulting interviews is especially promising, considering how students have limited insight into interview procedures.

Feasibility : It’s not clear from the proposal who are going to conduct the workshops. Assuming the workshops are majorly going to be conducted by students who are members of B-Club and KDAG, we doubt the amount of information from the industry they can bring to the table. Without expert involvement, the easily accessible MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) might shadow the benefits of any workshops. Also, we wonder about the feasibility of holding such sessions over time, without clashing with other events and being accessible by everyone who’d wish to take part.
 

2.Provide an impetus to the coding culture in Kharagpur by including a competitive coding event in the General Championship.
Originality : TSA fails to understand why competitive coding is not already a part of the Technology GC while some obscure events are already part of GC.  But the above proposal seems ambiguous when they compare it with Code.Fun.Do because the latter is essentially a development hackathon while coding competitions involve solving algorithm challenges in short time frames. We hope the candidate will clear it up soon enough.
Need and impact : KGP has a really strong bunch of competitive coding enthusiasts who has been performing outstandingly well in competitions including ACM ICPC. A lot of students have been taking interest in such competitions too, across departments. An event in GC would be a worthy means to acknowledge their skill and effort.
Feasibility : The event is fairly easy to organize and conduct with the association from professors or companies willing to set questions. The ranking is hassle-free and the results are objective. Unless the executive is resistant to change, it should be smooth-sailing getting this event up and running.

 

3.Organize an International Summit on the lines of SAARC with participation from SAARC nation students meets during Kshitij.
Originality : There have been various proposals in the past aimed at expanding the horizon of Kshitij and partnering with various foreign universities. There was, interestingly, a proposal framed in the exact same sentences as above by the General Secretary Technology for 2012, Abhishek Sharma, which did not get fulfilled due to its rather ambitious nature and its practicability. A project of such magnitude does not seem to be thoroughly researched enough to be implemented during the next Kshitij. We don’t think the proposals wins on originality front because as of now it’s ill formed.

Feasibility : This seems like a rather ambitious idea considering the fact that candidates usually fail to carry out even much simpler proposals. While drawing comparisons with big names like SAARC, one must keep in mind the complexities involved in fixing up such conferences. And this must also involve definite in-person meetings between representatives of each country involved. It is unclear from the proposal, the details of establishing contact with foreign universities, the participant selection process, details on the team which will organize a conference of such big magnitude. Kshitij presently brings in participation from all over India in events designed to kindle the technological flames within every student. The aim of the conference does not seem to coincide with the present situation and aim of Kshitij. Further, the cost involved in the transportation of the feeble number of participants from other countries does not justify the promotion of Kshitij in other countries.

Need and Impact: International acclaim is a blessing for every and any fest. Further, this kind of a conference will put our institution in the international frame. But this proposal does not seem researched enough or proposed well enough to be implemented to see the ends it wish to. Rather, this looks like a hastily made proposal and the voter might be left with the intuition that this wouldn’t be seen through.

 

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