SPECTRUM 2013, IISc Fest is here on 16th-17th March along with AGON’13 i.e. an athletics meet for Students, Alumni, Staff, Faculty and their Children.
It is not like that IISc Fest is happening for the first time, but I guess this is another effort towards reviving it, which used to VIBRATIONS in 1990s and early 2000s. VIBRATIONS, an IISc Gymkhana event, used to be quite famous in that generation of Bangalore youth but lost its steam in 2005-06, not due to the lack of participation, but because of us, the IISc Students, who let it die.
MIDITHA 2010, a Kannada word for pulse, was organized by IISc Students’ Council, which drew a significant attention of media and youth of Bangalore. Though MIDITHA 2010 was sincere effort to revive IISc Fest, but we students’ failed to sustain and grow that came back to campus with it. We shifted our focus in other direction with SAMANWAY-2012: National students conference on ‘Connecting Science and Society’.
Now, we have SPECTRUM 2013 by IISc Gymkhana. The event is starting tomorrow, but I am not able to ascertain how is it going to be? I wish the SPECTRUM team, could put more efforts on publicising it with some creativity in it (may be involve a bit more of CPDM). If you are putting in such kind of efforts in organising then you should not be let down yourself just because of less efforts for publicity, which could be done easily in this era of social networking . At least there could be some updates about event on IISc Bangalore Facebook page in addition to IISc Gymkhana page. If CPDM guys can make a website for RIPPLES, then SPECTRUM could also have a website, which is the basic requirement for publicity nowadays (as I had suggested for Open Day also).
I am in dilemma, whether should I invite my friends from outside or not, as it is also not very clear from posters, etc whether outsiders are allowed or not. I feel, If it is IISc Fest, then other colleges could have been invited to witness if not for participation. IISc students should have been involved/active in promoting the event.
Gymkhana Managing Committee (GMC) posted the following, which makes it an Intra-IISc event:
Some important instructions are requested to be followed by the audience:
1. Please carry your ID CARD, Which is must.
2. DO not consume alcohol and enter, which is strictly prohibited.
4. DO not use spiked shoes
5. Cooperate with Security and volunteers on duty.
The SPECTRUM and MIDITHA looks quite contrasting events in terms of events, target audience and publicity. MIDITHA had plans for events, big names performing like Raghu Dixit, and a good publicity. On the other hand, SPECTRUM is starting slow by keeping it to the campus this time, hope the next edition is bigger and better planned, specially in publicity.
I hope the SPECTRUM will go on be another VIBRATIONS of IISc. I wish the name “VIBRATIONS” could have been retained, that would have helped in the promotion of event as Bangalore would connect to the VIBRATIONS easily.
The athletics meet is open for Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advance Scientific Research (JNCASR), National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Raman Research Institute (RRI), Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) and the hosts Indian Institute of Science (IISc).