EDITORIAL: A COGNITIVE OVERDRIVE

BITS Goa witnessed the 13th edition of Quark, ‘Cognitive Overdrive’, from 1st Feb 2019 to 3rd Feb 2019. The three days were packed with events, guest lectures, workshops and Aurora nights. Though most of the fests signify a break from academic work for an average BITSian after the first year, the months of hard work that goes into making the fest was visible, more so as it had to follow skepticism of the administration after the events of the last two fests. The substantial losses inccurred by fest committees of the preceding two fests and the controversies that surrounded...

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CSA Elections 2019 : Devashish Rane, Sports Secretary

  DoJMA – So, this is the second year of the Sports Secretary post. How much impact do you think the post has made so far?   Devashish – My predecessor assumed a managerial role. He definitely eased the registration of all the teams for tournaments. The tournaments held were of a proper standard. He also brought in a lot of new things and made some lasting changes.   DoJMA – When you spoke to the team captains, were there any major revelations or concerns that were expressed?   Devashish – Yes, most sports team captain told me of their problems. There were a lot of issues raised- for example, the tennis court has tar surrounding it on which it is easy to slip and injure yourself.   DoJMA – You said you’d make an athletics club. So what exactly is an athletics club? We don’t have a running track, for one. So how are you planning on implementing that?   Devashish – The athletics club already exists unofficially. It’s something that Aashutosh Joshi (the previous sports secretary) had started. I think my job is to see (it) through and make it happen. Right now, it’s not official. There’s no funding whatsoever. Athletics club … they don’t practice on campus. They’ve found a facility in Vasco where they’ve gotten cheap rates and that’s where they plan to go three...

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CSA Elections 2019: Rohit Sawa, GenSec Candidate

Click Here to check out Rohit’s SOP and make an informed choice! DoJMA: Why do you think people should vote for you? Like why you and why not someone else? Rohit Sawa: I believe that not only proper communication but also proper groundwork is needed to hold such an important post. A person like me who has done proper research is eligible to hold this post. I have come across various issues of the campus and I have proper plans to resolve them. Along with that I also have various new reforms and initiatives that is very necessary for...

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CSA Elections 2019: Parth Deshpande, GenSec Candidate

Click Here to check out Parth’s SOP and make an informed choice! DoJMA: Hey Parth! I hope you are doing well! So let’s start with you telling us why you have applied for the post of the General Secretary?   Parth: I feel that a strong CSA is important for the proper functioning of our campus.  Since CSA represents the students, its strength will ensure that students’ grieviances are dealt with. I feel that I can be a mediator and fulfill my duties if given a chance.     DoJMA:  Why do you think you’ll be a strong GenSec?...

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CSA Elections 2019: Aseem Juneja, GenSec Candidate

Click Here to check out Aseem’s SOP and make an informed choice. DoJMA : What makes you the perfect man for the job? Aseem : Nothing is perfect. A good Gen-Sec according to me is someone who can take up responsibilities despite knowing the fact that people will blame him later on for every small complaint. I feel, being HR of DH-2, that I have a certain understanding of the workings of CSA which would thus help me in my tenure. DoJMA : What do you think is the single best thing that you are proposing as compared to...

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CSA Elections 2019: Aanak Sengupta, Treasurer Candidate

Click Here to check out Aanak’s SOP and make an informed choice. DoJMA: Why do you think that you are qualified to be the treasurer? Aanak: I have been interested in the financial workings of the college since last year. I have been seeing the way the departments and clubs function and I believe that it can happen more efficiently. There are places where we, as a student body, can improve. Every student pays Rs.450, out of which Rs.225 goes to the Student Aid Fund and the rest to the CSA fund. The entire budget is not utilised all...

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CSA Elections 2019: Avi Chauhan, Vice President Candidate

Click Here to check out Avi’s SOP and make the right choice. DoJMA: Please explain your motivation behind bringing a cycle vendor to campus. What groundwork have you done for the same? Avi: I’ve spoken to this company called Pahiya, and they are willing to come to campus. With respect to the safety of the students, I cannot guarantee this. I believe that BITSians are mature enough to take responsibility of their own safety. Moreover, there is no safe means of traveling from here to say, Zari. There isn’t even a footpath. In theory, there are equal chances of...

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CSA Elections 2019: Dhruv Kaluskar, President Candidate

Click here to read Dhruv’s SOP and get a better understanding of this interview. 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...

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CSA Reviews 2019: Mukund Rathi, General Secretary

Mukund Rathi won a tightly contested Gen-sec election and he promised to improve the campus experience for students. With an agenda including points such as the installation of washing machines in each hostels, he promised plenty. DoJMA caught up with him at the end of his tenure to find out how much has been delivered on the promises he made in his agenda. DoJMA:  Coming on to washing machines, this was the key point in your campaign. what happened to that idea? MR: I tried to contact the IFB for the same, but they weren’t ready to give warranty...

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CSA Reviews 2019: Ayush Gupta, Treasurer

The Treasurer for the year 2018-19, Ayush Gupta, was elected late as NOTA had received the highest number of votes in the Treasurer elections which happened in April. In his tenure, a few of his promises were kept. However, he failed to implement certain policies which, according to him, could not be realized due to the dependencies involved. Read the full interview below: DoJMA: The first point in your agenda stated that you will put up the budget on CSA Times as soon as possible. Why hasn’t this been done yet? Ayush Gupta: In the first semester, the budgets...

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CSA Reviews 2019: Aashutosh Joshi , Sports Secretary

As the election season approaches and new applicants prepare to contest for the various posts of CSA and the current office holders reach the end of their tenure, DoJMA talked to Aashutosh Joshi about his experience as Sports Secretary of BITS Goa, the additional challenges he faced as the first holder of this position in BITS Goa, and how he went about to fulfill the promises he made in his agenda. Being a sportsman himself might have given him a visible advantage while carrying out his duties. Even so, there are promises that remain unfulfilled due to budget constraints...

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CSA Reviews 2019: Ashutosh Tripathi, Vice-President

Ashutosh Tripathi scored a massive victory last year to become the Vice President of BITS Goa for the year 2018-19. While majority of his promises never saw the light of day, some (such as the vending machines) are still being worked upon and we might see them happening soon. DoJMA caught up with our Vice President to analyse and discuss his work on his agenda. Read on for a comprehensive dissection of the SOP and their progress.   DoJMA: How did you like your tenure? Ashutosh: It was challenging. Very challenging, in fact. When I was contesting for this...

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CSA Review 2019: Mohnish Wadhwa, President

DoJMA interviewed the current President of BITS Goa, Mohnish Wadhwa, towards the end of his tenure; and an interaction with him revealed the milestones achieved by him with respect to his agenda and the reasons for some of his agenda points not being delivered. He spoke of the inventory management scheme for unclaimed T-Shirts, apparently hindered, at times, by the unreported cases of T-Shirt deficits and hoardings. The eagerly awaited re-commencement of the A-Z Laundromat service, outside AH7, is tentatively scheduled to be towards the end of April, said the President. He talked of the new services that have...

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BITZFeed: 8 Kinds of People in the Library

The library. The place where most BITSians love to go to, whether it’s to study, read or laze around in the lounge. But every person who has visited the library at least once would have noticed that there are different breeds of people in the library. We, at DoJMA, have performed extensive research to figure out the different kinds of people in the library and have classified them into the following categories. The Scholars:  No, we’re not talking about the fake ones who show just before the exams and sit in the library till 2 am. We’re talking about...

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Calling the shots-on controlling the litter

Our campus boasts of lush green avenues and bright, starry nights. It houses beautiful architecture and infrastructure, coexisting with the tranquility of nature – a kaleidoscopic blend of a modern society and a primitive one. It has been called one of the most beautiful campuses of the country more than once, and it is definitely worthy of the title. Beautiful indeed; but only as long as it isn’t occupied by ignorant, irresponsible humans who so easily turn a blind eye to the beauty that they are surrounded with. DoJMA brings to you a series of pictures captured over a...

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Placement Stories : Mahesh Hada’s journey to UBER, San Francisco

DoJMA: Which companies did you apply to and from which companies did you receive interview calls? Mahesh: I had received a Pre Placement Offer from Goldman Sachs, Technology division after my summer internship, so I was eligible for only one dream company which offers 1.5 times the total compensation offered by Goldman Sachs,as per Placement Unit rules,. Hence I applied only for Uber (both international and domestic profiles). For an internship, I had applied for most of the companies like Uber, Nutanix, D.E. Shaw and Goldman Sachs. DoJMA: What were the factors that you had considered while shortlisting companies...

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DoJMA Recommends: ARTY/ALPHA 9

To those familiar with electronic music, Artem Stolyarov is no stranger. An incredibly versatile artist, his impressive discography over the years has something for every occasion and music taste. Be it euphoric, energetic progressive house-influenced hooks as ARTY or warm, deep, emotional progressive trance as ALPHA 9, the man has won the hearts of fans and fellow producers alike with his unique, multifaceted sound. Supported since the earliest stages of his career by legends like Armin van Buuren, Avicii, Above and Beyond and Paul van Dyk, the 29 year old has been a dominant force in the scene for...

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One Wall to TRUMP them all

In what comes as another headline capturing move, the U.S. president has been trying to lay the cornerstone for the U.S-Mexico border. The situation in the States has been a very precarious one in the recent past and in the present, with the Federal shutdown of the government between December 22, 2018 and January 25, 2019 and the national emergency declared by Trump on the 21st of February. DoJMA presents to you a gist of the happenings about the Wall that has divided the opinions of the Americans.   The situation in brief: Since a long time, the Mexicans...

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In Conversation with Raghu Ram | Y’Clave 2018 | Waves 2018

During Waves 2018, we got a chance to talk to Mr. Raghu Ram who was representing Arre in Y’Clave 2018 panel. We talked about his journey, his political views and how reality TV affect audience in general. Watch his interview here:      DoJMA: Sir, you have pursued a very successful career in reality TV but before that you have also tried your hand in stand up comedy and music. Do you have any regrets about the direction your career has taken? Do you think you would have been more satisfied with stand up comedy or music? Raghu: I...

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In conversation with Gaurav Kapoor | Waves 2018

During Waves 2018, we got a chance to interview Gaurav Kapoor, the comedian, known for many of his stand up performance videos on Youtube and his Amazon special titled Hahakaar . He talks about how he deals with hecklers, the role of online streaming services in comedy scenario of India and more. DoJMA: When should we take comedy seriously and when should we not? Gaurav Kapoor: One should never take comedy seriously. It is just for fun. Nobody can set a bar on jokes. You might get offended due to a joke whereas some other guy may get offended...

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