GS Cultural Affairs: Manifesto Review

**Click on individual manifesto points to get a more descriptive understanding.

Events in red are those that haven’t been started or there has been no satisfactory development in this regard.
Events in blue are those that have been initiated but not completed, or there have been some developments in this regard.
Events in green are those that have been completed as described in the manifesto, or have seen satisfactory developments.

Reaching Out

Cult 101

A platform for beginners interested in specific cultural genres, aimed at providing mentoring and an opportunity to perform.

Lukkha Weekend

Organize a weekend full of low preparation cross-genre events along with an informal arena to boost participation and interaction among students.

Cult Explore

Conduct an array of workshops/sessions to provide students with exposure towards unique and unexplored art forms and a new flavour of cultural.

In the Spotlight

Institute Music Album

Propose to provide opportunities to institute bands to record tracks at subsidized rates and create a compilation of selected OCs played in Goonj and BOTB.

Inter-IIT Sports

Showcase cultural performances by institute students during the inauguration ceremony.

Roots platform

Conduct platform performances by students before renowned artists in the festival.

Retain The Heritage

IIT Bombay Cultural Portfolio

Online brochure exhibiting the cultural legacy of the institute.

Institute Magazines

Online publication of entries received for English Writing magazine, Spandan, Fotomagazin, Scriptbook and Artbook.

Online Ventures

Buy and Sell Portal

Create an online portal to facilitate buying and selling of used books and instruments.

Online Payment Gateway

Simplify the payment procedure for cultural classes through an online payment portal.

Consolidation and Augmentation


Showcase Event focusing on the linguistic and geographic diversity of the institute students and residents, incorporating cultural performances by international students as well.

NSO Culturals

Propose to expand of the wings of NSO Culturals to Dance, Debate and Film-making.

Choose Your Fest

Propose to extend selective allocation of contingent in various genres and provide opportunities to participate in desired college festivals best suited for their genre.

Cultural Hub

Ensure a 24x7 accessible DC++ hub containing archives (photographs, videos, tutorials) of all genres is updated regularly.

Infrastructural Improvements

Technical Projects

Float STAB projects for construction of equipments like Stabilizer, LED series etc.


Drums, Board games, Clay modelling instruments, Studio Lights, Mics

Discount Stalls

For music instruments; ‘Books by Weight’ Expo; Camera accessories and repairs.

Follow Ups

Social Initiative

Extend support to NGOs in addressing social issues through institute performances on public platforms, donations from institute performances and workshops for the unprivileged.

New Clubs

Establish ‘Design Club’ and ‘Quiz Club’ to build a focussed approach towards these genres; and ensure proper functioning of ‘Lifestyle Club’ catering to Fashion, Cuisine and Cinema.

Cult Appreciation

Conduct appreciation workshops/screenings of renowned cultural works and organize cultural outings at places like Prithvi Theatre, Kalaghoda, NCPA, Art Galleries.

Cultural App and Brower Extension

Event publicity, dissemination of information and reminders for subscribed genres/events through an application/browser extension.



Proposed rules to be compiled into a GC Rule Book with immediate rule updates/clarifications to concerned hostel representatives.

GC Guide

Provide previous years’ entries and preparatory material via the cultural website.


Production of newspaper rolls to be outsourced to avoid undue workload on students.


Convey the profiles of distinguished judges for GCs and PAF well in advance.

Web and Publicity

Beyond the gates

Workshops, Cultural Fests and showcases outside IIT Bombay will be publicized.

Cult Critique

An online portal for feedback and suggestions on events and performance of the council.

ICC Designers

Set up a team of designers specifically dedicated for print and digital media as per the requirements of the council and various cultural clubs.

Cultural Courses

Publicize relevant Studio Projects, IDC and HSS courses via online social media.

All the aforementioned points have been completed so to say, though it’s hard to determine any impact or the level of effort put in to complete, as these haven’t been recorded or consolidated in any manner. The design team has been established as mentioned under the Follow Ups sections.

Post Graduates | Freshmen

Fresher’s Night

An Entertainment Night consisting of Informal Party Games, Personality Hunt and a DJ Night organised as the concluding event of Freshiezza Phase One


Conduct a PAF orientation along with Cult Orientation to tap the nascent zeal.

PG Cultural Mela

Organize cultural events within PG hostels to boost participation and interaction.

PG Trip

Conduct a leisure trip to provide an opportunity for PGs to socialize and interact.

PG Cult League

Retain the two legged-structure of PG Cult League and hold regular workshops in PG hostels to promote learning and exposure towards various genres.

Highs and Lows

    Some things that didn’t work out so well –

  • JAM GC – It had been the topic of discussion for a long time across the institute
  • A crowded Cult Calendar – Multiple long weekends and fewer working days ultimately caused removal of many events from the calendar from the last year – Speaking Arts Festival, LIT fest, Ad GC, Photography GC-II, Stand Up Comedy GC
    Things that did work out well –

  • Roots – It has quite a large scale and also caters specifically to the classical and folk traditions
  • Design Club
  • Prom Night – This new initiative (though originally a point on Institute Dance Secy manifesto) was expanded to much more than a Dance session, and it was well executed and well received
  • Muskaan – The social initiative is a welcome step
  • Approval of Theatre and Sound Recording Room