PG Academic Affairs Council: Mid-Term Review
The Institute General Body Meets (GBMs) are conducted twice every year with the intent to provide all students a convenient mechanism to provide feedback and address concern to the student representatives responsible for various amenities on campus.
The PG Academic Affairs Council GBM is scheduled from 9:00pm tomorrow (1st November) at the IRCC Auditorium in SOM.
This review is split into three parts.
- The first summarizes the findings of a survey conducted among the student body.
- The second describes, in depth, the progress made on initiatives the council attempted / intended to push through.
- The third is an excerpt from the General Secretary leading the council.
Next, a brief summary of the advances in each sub-field has been provided. Please click on particular manifesto points to know more about the work done on each of them.
I: New Initiatives
|→||PhD Fellowship Increase|
This hike comes as a consequence of the national movement for stipend hike which was run by groups of students in several Indian institutes. The signature campaign organized in the IIT Bombay campus in the last week of July played a significant role in bringing about this hike. The PG Academic Affairs council collaborated with stakeholders from colleges across the country to build pressure on the Ministry of Science and Technology. The GSAA PG deserved due credit for having played a major role in this.
However, the MHRD is yet to approve the stipend hike for M.Tech. students.
|→||Preferential TA Allotment|
A pilot project for this will be tried out in few of the departments in the coming semester.
|→||Internships for PG students|
Talks have been going on with the placement cell and the GSAA PG is hopeful of making at least a few summer internships available during the coming summers.
|→||Automated M.Tech Project Allotment|
|→||Course Tagging for PGs|
|→||Fee Waiver for PhD students|
|→||English Classes for PG students|
Despite the number being large, the proposal is still under deliberation in the Dean AP office.
|→||Aakash Tablet Distribution|
|→||Night Canteen in Acad Area|
III: Workshops and Seminars
|→||Summer Software School|
|→||Research Scholar Discussion Group|
|→||PG Alumni Lecture Series|
GS Speaks: Shubham Badjate
When I took the charge of my responsibilities, I found that many key issues that PG students face are beyond the scope of institute administration. Some require the approval of entire IIT council, while others require that of the ministry. Unfortunately, neither has student representation. Hence, with help of like-minded students from different institutes, I decided to take these matters to relevant authorities. Fellowship hike of PhD students was one such issue which has been taken care by Ministry of Science and Technology. Necessary follow up is being done with MHRD for stipend of PhD and Masters students and few other issues.
Our other ongoing and future activities include Aakash tablet distribution, software workshops, six sigma workshop, industry institute interaction, departmental activities, PG internships, PG minors, late night tea canteen, PG alumni lecture series, RSAS for all departments combined, research media cell, research book portal, database of laboratories and instruments, PhD qualifier exam, web interface between the HRD minister and IITians to name a few. Please feel free to get in touch with me if you expect something more or want to contribute in any of our activity.
Do come to the GBM starting 9 PM on 1st Nov. at IRCC auditorium. Your views are important to us.