Laying down the bricks of change: HMC 5.0
As the new semester rolls onto the academic year, the hall management committee held the HMC meeting with all the wardens and secretaries of the hostels duly on 19th January, 2017. The following is a summary of the minutes discussed in the meeting:
Words of appreciation for the previous chief warden
The meeting was presided over by Prof. Animesh Biswas, Director, who begun by welcoming the new chief warden Prof. M.R. Barik and recognising the valuable contributions of the previous chief warden Prof. Saroj Kumar Patel. Starting from student friendly decisions like THE conversion of double rooms to single ones in Homi Bhabha Hall of Residence, to promoting cleanliness of hostels in order to advocate noble causes like ‘Green Diwali’, all the important decisions taken by Prof. Saroj Kumar Patel were highly appreciated -starting the HMC on a positive note.
Celebration of Saraswati Puja
Like every year, this year there will be a centralised celebration of Saraswati Puja in the campus on 1st February at the east side of the Sachin Tendulkar Cricket Stadium. Participation of students of all backgrounds in this puja fostering a secular bond among the students would be highly appreciated. Also, various responsibilities in order to accomplish this puja successfully were allotted to the hall representatives.
Centralised Hall Day
After the successful implementation of a centralised and unified garden feast, the prospective of a centralised hall day was discussed. This decision will not only reduce trespassing of students into other halls foundation day for sake of food but also help to curtail down the cost as a whole. However, the conclusion was kept impending and would be decided upon the declaration of new SAC constitution.
Reduction in activities
A plan to reduce the number of hall cultural activities to one per semester was discussed upon. The reduction of the unnecessary cultural activities will not only help in maintaining a healthy budget but also reduce the damage caused to the academics. The director suggested that the hall day and foundation day of each hall ought to be merged.
Advancing the start of spring semester
A proposal was made to advance the start date of spring semester: so that the early closure saves the student from the harsh summers. However, the topic was left for discussion in the senate meeting.
Different committees were formed so as to work on the date, menu, and other concerns of the Grand Farewell. It was confirmed that the winners for the Best Garden, Best Kitchen and Best Clean Hall will be decided from January-February, 2017. In order to have well-organized activities, a committee was constructed to manage inter-hall and intra-hall activities. Fitting of curtains in halls, using of gas cylinders in the hall mess, and the restrictions posed by the rules regarding conduct and discipline manual- like those preventing students from organizing group activities(except academic and scientific) without prior permission, or being absent from the hall premises without intimating the respective warden, or consumption of any kind narcotics or alcohol.
With newer prospects being brought up, and valuable lessons learnt from previous semesters, the council members have gained a multitude of ideas for improvement and development. We hope their implementation follows as promptly as the schedule suggests.