Candidate Proposal Reviews – Srikar Varma ll G.Sec Social & Cultural

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.*
Proposal I – Humor Club
The Humor Club will organise open mics and training workshops for stand up enthusiasts in the campus. Importantly, it will also hire external professional comedians (Kalkutta Komedians have been contacted) to promote comedy in the institute.
Need & Impact (3/5)
Who could say no to more laughter? Biswapati Sarkar, our own alumnus, has garnered considerable fame with his artistic pursuits. Srikar conducted a survey of 467 students to find out if his Humor Club idea is a seller. 66% were up for it while 11% are looking forward to actively participate in it if this proposal goes ahead. Statistical validity of these claims is questionable. The proposal was conceived primarily from the success of an open mic event “Live at Apollo 13” held in the campus recently.
The impact of the proposed Humor Club on the campus wasn’t explicitly mentioned in the provided document. It only hinted that KGPians are generally enthusiastic about comedy. Whether they would actively participate and support campus talent is still unclear.
Feasibility (2/5)
The proposal lacks a solid plan of implementation or a timeline for the various events. The organiser of “Live at Apollo 13”, Devashish Mulye informed us that discussions on how this whole thing will pan out are still pending, except that it will function somewhere along the lines of the extant Quiz Club. Primarily, the proposal seeks funds from the Gymkhana to help organise the workshops which doesn’t seem excessive, if at all necessary, as long as enough KGPians are onboard with the idea.
Ayudh Datta had a similar proposal regarding a humour fest during his campaign last year.
Proposal II –  Fresher’s Cultural Weekend
A two and a half day affair where fresher’s literary and performing arts’ abilities can be showcased. The various events conducted shall be judged by the governors of related societies.
Need & Impact (2/5)
Students interested in all the mentioned events usually take part in the societies that exist for the promotion of the very same events. Besides, open IIT events already provide first year students with a platform for their extra curricular talents. There appears to be no explicit need or purpose served here. Also, if past experience regarding the turnout at fresher’s dramatics, musical productions or open IIT events is any indication, the rest of the KGP community has not actively endorsed promotion of first year talent. A better move would have been to encourage audience participation in the open IIT format of events itself.
Two main hurdles we see in the conduction of the event include the busy schedules of the governors of the various societies as they hold their own introductory workshops and selections. Apart from that, there might be clashes with NSS and NSO time slots.
Variations of the ‘cultural weekend’ event have been proposed before and there’s nothing groundbreaking here.

Proposal III – Inclusion of New Events in GC
Solo Dramatics and Solo Dance categories to be included in the GC.
Need & Impact(1/5)
The proposal provided does not explain the motivations behind the inclusion of two new events.
This is feasible enough if all the halls agree on it.
Nothing new here.
Proposal IV – Adventure Complex During Spring Fest
Games such as Laser Tag, Paintball and Zorbing to be set up during spring fest. This will somehow help raise more sponsorship for the festival.
Need & Impact(3/5)
This wasn’t discussed in the proposal provided. The proposal itself appears to be rather frivolous and has limited impact for spring fest. At least the high schoolers among us can rejoice.
The candidate has not mentioned any plan of implementation, except that he needs a ‘lot of space’ to make this happen.
Might be new for spring fest, but these activities are organised by TaDS every once in a while.

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