General Secretary Academic Affairs PG (GSAA-PG)
1. When and why did you decide to stand for GS?
Having been involved in the PG academic council in the last year, I saw a number of initiatives being taken for the betterment of research and academics at IIT Bombay. This motivated me to personally make a bigger contribution to the above cause by taking charge of affairs. I want to maximize the utilization of research potential of PG and RSs by: improving academic collaboration both internally and externally, enhancing visibility of research, improving research facilities and infrastructure available and companionship. Having been involved in many leadership roles throughout my academic carrier, I want to utilize my skills for the above cause and through the above methods.
2. What is the ideology behind your whole manifesto?
I want to see IIT Bombay as the leader in research and technology output in the whole of Asia within coming years. This drives me to go beyond my personal academic and research requirements and step up for my colleagues and fellow researchers to improve the current academic and research in IIT. I also envision IIT Bombay as the thought leader in economic and social well- being of the society by being at forefront of technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.
3. What is your take on making internship mandatory for PG students?
Theoretically, internships cannot be made mandatory for PG students as there may not be a need for an interaction with external bodies in some of the projects. However, it has been felt over the year, by a large majority of the PG student body that internships in the research organizations and relevant industries enable them to develop a broader perspective of their research and enhance manifolds the quality of their research output and increase their confidence in making their output relevant to not only academia but also to industries and the existing knowledge base.
Hence, even though they cannot be made mandatory, internships should be encouraged and supported by faculties, the administration and the student community.
4. Is there any one point from your manifesto that you would like to highlight?
I feel that showcasing of scientific research at IIT Bombay to the relevant academic and non-academic institutions and agencies respectively is utmost essential for the betterment of the opportunities available to the PG students including the RSs. This will also help us in disseminating of the research done to the society at large for its benefit because institutes like IIT Bombay form an integral and inseparable part in the growth of the social fabric.