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DoJMA: Why do you think you are a suitable candidate for the position?
Dhruv: I have worked in multiple clubs and departments, I have been part of technical clubs, sports clubs and also been an integral member of lots of departments, so I know how our campus is functioning, how administration works, and I want to bring about some changes.
DoJMA: You have stated many agendas, do you have any priority order for them?
Dhruv: I think that every point on my agenda is something I plan to do. Obviously some points like introducing a student body in PS-Division are very important and should be done as soon as possible. But there is no priority list I have thought of.
DoJMA: Some of the other points mentioned in your agenda like maintenance of hygiene of campus eateries, increasing network strength, less power cuts etc. are necessities rather than amenities, are they your priority?
Dhruv: I mentioned these things during my interaction with administration, these are the things for which students are paying. Administration told us how CSA can influence these factors, how the administration wants more of a dialogue between general body and students so that they can make the necessary changes as soon as possible.
DoJMA: Approval for Laundromat has been granted and work has also begun. If all the formalities and logistics for Laundromat are already taken care of, what exactly is it that you will do alongside the administration?
Dhruv: There have been cases in the past where everything was finalised but some issue popped up in the end and the plan was not executed properly. So even if construction has been started, I think looking over logistics and rates is important and also ensuring that the process is completed on time.
DoJMA: Ensuring the smoothness of the process, isn’t that the administration’s job?
Dhruv: President is a member of the Contracts Committee which looks after all contracts. Any issue that General Body faces regarding this can be directly communicated to contractor through CSA President. That is where I come in place to ensure that things are done and delivered on time.
DoJMA: How exactly do you plan to encourage technical clubs to showcase technical projects locally?
Dhruv: What I think is that we as BITSians don’t have much local presence in Goa. People in Goa are not aware about different projects upon which BITSians are working. I have already confirmed with Caculo Mall which is ready to showcase our projects in the mall. Through this I want to ensure that we are expanding our local presence and this will also help in pitching our potential sponsors. I have also been in talks with Goa Sci-Fi Festival – I also plan to encourage BITSians to conduct workshops there. BITSians can also go and teach at local schools.
DoJMA: How will presenting projects in Caculo Mall be beneficial to BITSians?
Dhruv: Positive image of BITS and awareness about projects happening in BITS will help students in bagging scholarship. Not just monetary sponsorships but getting help from localites will also become easy.
DoJMA: But don’t you think it will be more useful to use that energy to help them display the projects at exhibitions or other college fests?
Dhruv: Actually, I approached other colleges in Goa but it is not something I can depend on right now because I didn’t get a very positive response, but that is something I plan to do. There are two malls in Goa – Caculo mall and Mall de Goa and I feel that displaying the projects in these malls can have a good impact.
DoJMA: The quality of technical culture on the campus can also be judges by the fact that students prefer going home during Quark and are reluctant to take on technical projects. Do you think your efforts will be fruitful if students themselves aren’t enthusiastic about the same?
Dhruv: I disagree with this point. There are always a few students who are interested and a few who aren’t. I think that our technical clubs and the technical culture is improving every year. I plan to ensure that we can increase the outreach of these projects by collaborating with the academic association and using the power CSA has – like CSA times, integration with SWD etc, so that more students get involved and it has a good outcome.
DoJMA: You have mentioned in your agenda about a student crisis management team. Could you please elaborate?
Dhruv: The team will consist of the current CSA members and CSA extended. They will be trained under the Chief Security Officer, whom I’ve already talked to. They will know the protocol that has to be followed when a crisis arises – for example, if there is a fire in any hostel, or if a fight breaks out, or if there is any medical emergency on fest. CSA is the point of contact for any crises that students face. With this training I aim to ensure that all the students know the protocol, that they have contacts in local police stations and the local fire department. They will be the mediators between the security and the students during such a situation.
DoJMA: Do you think such a training should be provided to all the college students instead of only a select few?
Dhruv: I did think about this but doing that on such a large scale will take a lot of effort and these situations are rare. Instead of putting our energy in that, having this trained team of approachable people is more efficient.
DoJMA: CH7 and AH9 WiFi was supposed to start last year, and work finally started in February, but there seems to be no progress. How will you avoid such delays in your tenure?
Dhruv: When I asked the administration what the issue is, they gave multiple reasons from technical difficulties to construction issues. What the CSA can do is convey to the administration how necessary something is to the students. Regarding the WiFi I can say that when I was the hostel representative (AH9, 2017-2018), the administration did not consider it a necessity for the students. They felt that since the students have LAN, WiFi is just a luxury, which is wrong because other hostels do get WiFi. So making the administration understand that something is vital and hence action needs to be taken is what I will do if I get elected.
DoJMA: Why should students vote for you?
Dhruv: I believe that a strong CSA is something very necessary for a proper representation of all the student needs in front of the administration. Any student having any issue with the administration, the CSA will be their representatives. If I become the president, I can say that I will be a strong, unbiased and loud voice of all the students and I’ll be working for the best interest of the students. The students thus need to realise how important the CSA is and they should accordingly vote for the candidates they feel deserve the post.