A new academic year has begun and MICA is filled with new faces, new plans and hopes for 2014-15.
And we have our first student committee for this year! After a gruelling selection process which included speeches, voting and interviews, we are happy to present the MICA Council for Student Affairs!
The MICA Council for Student Affairs, 2014-15, (L-R): Abhisek, Bhupinder, Gunjan, Anu, Ellina, Aniruddh, Riaz
The MCSA is the officially recognised student body of MICA. All other committees come under the purview of the MCSA (it is also the only committee that cannot be dissolved!) and it liaises between the students and the administration. It has been in existence since MICA’s inception and consists of three members from PGP-2 and four from PGP-1. The selection process is completely democratic and members get elected by the students.
It all started in February, with the election of the Senior team: Aniruddh Chokse, Anu Radhakrishnan and Mohamed Riaz. The results of the Junior team elections were announced this morning, and the MCSA family is now complete.
PGP-1 has chosen Abhisek Patnaik, Bhupinder Kumar, Ellina Rath and Gunjan Batra to represent them.
Riaz, who was part of the Junior MCSA last year, says:
"The feeling of having completed a year as part of Junior MCSA and then becoming a member of the MCSA senior team has been both exhilarating and enlightening. I feel strengthened in my resolve because of the support of Anu and Aniruddh who share the dream and vision for MCSA.
Anu, Aniruddh and I want to strive hard in our journey ahead as members of the MCSA team, to sow little seeds of change that will help MICA evolve into a better ecosystem of success in the long term.
Today, as we introduce our junior team for the year 2014-15, I am pushed back into a vortex of nostalgia as I remember the day when our seniors had welcomed us into the junior team.
I can see the same feeling of achievement on the faces of our juniors, Abhisek, Gunjan, Bhupinder and Ellina.
I hope they have the same, or a better journey as the Junior MCSA team and end the year with a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
Someday in the future, when I come back to MICA, my alma mater, I wish to see the efforts of this team bear the fruits of success for the batches ahead.”
Welcoming the Junior Team!
Says the Junior MCSA:
"Becoming a part of the MCSA feels like winning a hurdles race! We consider it a huge honour and hope to fulfill all our responsibilities to the best of our ability.We hope that we grow and learn together as a batch and take the MICAn legacy forward."
All the best, MCSA 2014-15!
If there are 100 things to be done and you take care of 99, it’s for sure that everyone will ask about that 1 thing you missed.
- The most enthusiastic people who will do all the work will be the bachelors – just take care of their food and drink needs and they will do everything willingly.
- All Chief Guests begin by saying that they will just take a few minutes and admit they do not know the reason why they have been invited ; Yet the moment they are given the mike, it’s hard to get them to stop.
- When someone is speaking extempore, without a script in hand, it’s that much more difficult for him or her to know when to end.
- Regardless of how many people are running around doing multiple things, when the Director needs something everyone disappears into thin air.
- It’s good to draw a time schedule even - if in most times it doesn’t work.
- The most critical care you must exercise when hosting a foreign speaker is to be able to pronounce his or her name.
- There’s no better PR than a happy, satisfied, contented Conference participant.
- However much you order, stocks will always run out.
- A Conference name badge hanging from your neck is a funny thing; the moment a pretty female participant comes searching for you, its turns its back.
- The most unfortunate thing that can befall a speaker is to have his/her session slotted right after the luncheon break.
- If you have parallel sessions, where one is on the top floor and one on the ground, the chances are , everything else being equal, people are more likely to attend the one on the ground floor than take the stairs.
- Conference organising staff never get the chance to attend its sessions.
- It’s when a Conference organiser decides to attend a session that he/she will be most needed outside.
- The most difficult thing for a session Chair is to stop a speaker from speaking; the most difficult thing for a speaker is to stop speaking!
- A Conference ensures that every speaker gets applause – sometimes for what he/she has spoken, sometimes for the fact that he/she has stopped speaking.
- It’s wiser not to ask any questions to the panelist than to ask awkward questions.
- An audio-visual equipment works on its own moods.
- The AV guy will be hard to locate when the presentation stalls.
- Everyone knows when to dim the lights in a Hall except the person manning the switches.
- Even if you have exercised adequate care and taken everyone’s name while giving a vote-of-thanks, the moment you step down from the podium, the name of that one person you missed out will flash in your mind.
- Sometimes the less articulate, less educated, less verbose participant can convey more important, more interesting, more meaningful insights.
- Speakers who display a sense of humor get the loudest claps.
- Presenting a ‘khes’ (a garment worn around the neck) is a better idea than presenting a bouquet; at least it generates a few chuckles.
- One man’s ‘khes’ is another woman’s ‘dupatta’.
- A Conference which has more women participants than men has a good look; women generally are well turned-out in smart, colorful attires while the men turn up in staid, unattractive clothes.
- Every faculty who attends a Conference needs to be accompanied by a student or a research assistant; they come very handy for clicking pictures.
- Attending a Conference helps one to a) discover a new place ;b) network/meet up with new people/old friends ; c) present one’s research work – necessarily in that order.
- The attendance at the first day, first session of a Conference is in sharp inverse to that at the last day, last session.
- Flashing a Conference logo on one’s bag is not the same thing as flashing a, say, Louis Vuitton logo – even if Conference organisers may think otherwise.
- One of the perks that come with being a senior faculty is that all the women participants rush to have a picture taken with you.
- A Conference which goes off without too many heartbreaks and hassles is sufficient enough for you to forget all those tensions and headaches that preceded the Conference.
- Finally, a Conference is like a Big, Fat Indian Wedding – at the end everything falls into place and all ends well!
-Written by Sethu Iyer, Strategic Information Manager, MICA