This article is in response to all the people who find the existence of cultural clubs in a technical, engineering college irrelevant. This article is also a pat on the back to all the people who recognized the actual lack of a tech culture on campus and have commendably managed to overcome the inertia of established ways and are have a certain momentum going. Psst, this article is also for people who can appreciate physics puns.
Also, Caution: This article is for people who can begin to understand the concept of balance. And for people who possess the patience to read through it completely and then rationally analyze an opinion. If not, there exists a high risk of getting offended.
Firstly, I’m going to address the opinion wave that’s been circling the air that a college with the words Technology and Science in its title should not see active participation in Art fields like writing, debating, language learning, and cooking even. So, in this heavily opinion centered article, I will throw in a fact, just for your amusement. To get a degree from the Institute, yes, the very science-technology oriented Institute of ours, one needs to take up at least three Humanities courses which include Linguistics, Philosophy and everything in between. No sir, don’t remember them as those freebie-blow off classes that you can conveniently take lite and just up your CGPA with lesser efforts. But subtly recognize the very fact that they exist. Why? Maybe because the official people who are fully qualified to determine what an education system is supposed be like in one of the top schools of the country, thought that learning outside the defined curve was a necessary part of the curriculum itself. So the said argument made about the irrelevance is completely moot. If the courseware found it essential enough to have it included, then there is absolutely no scope for questioning the existence of clubs which offer opportunities for further creative development in these fields. Lawyered.
Also, informal training in debating and writing also helps one make such pretentious arguments when one wants to make a point. And use words like ‘Lawyered’.
Secondly, I’m going to address the situation on the other side of things.
*recognizes that Atmos is coming*
Were you ever accidentally made to hang out with an acquaintance who you’ve smiled at 32 times and said a broken and polite ‘Hi’ 14 of those times and now you don’t know what else to say? Worry no more! The Small Talk Starter Kit comes with a Frontier themed additional question you get to ask them. “Hey, what are you doing for Atmos?”
I personally shudder while at the receiving end of this question. Having an artist-y background all my life, it’s almost embarrassing to not possess the prerequisite skill-sets to do leave a significant mark on our very own techno-management fest. But that’s what needs to change.
Yes, I acknowledge that ours is comparatively a newer campus and any sort of substantial campus culture that should come to exist, requires immense and consistent efforts and intent from the student population.
And yes, to make a critical observation, the tech culture on campus has taken off this year with a considerable number of people with various backgrounds and interests, willing to give it the required impulse. Effectively, the status of tech culture has transitioned from scarce existence to having a skeletal structure. Now, all it needs is security from participation and involvement to conclusively form the flesh and skin to this skeleton. We need people to learn new things and explore. We need more people who do things. Yes, technical stuff! Just because I write, doesn’t mean I don’t believe in the acute need for a better and thriving tech culture. It’s definitely something that defines the college itself.
*dramatic transition to my closing statement*
Read my previous sentence very carefully. A great tech culture is definitely something that defines our campus, but the definition of being a Bitsian is not limited to just that.
We’re here to break out of the societal rut that the rest of the nation is caught in. We’re here to select the ingredients available all around us and concoct our own identities before we leave these walls. The recipe is still ours. Technical and Creative cultures form the contrasting entities, the Yin and the Yang, of the Bitsian blood that runs through us.
Defining our identities itself, will imply restricting it.
So, run that marathon, build a quadcopter, code sleeplessly, write a poem while watching the sunrise (and trying not to get bit by snakes), take that salsa workshop, and discuss Interstellar.
We’re here for a while now. The least we can do is have an open mind.
Whether it be Atmos or Pearl or Arena. Go for it. Learn something new. Make it yours. Because, it is yours, you know.
This campus culture can only run on Bitsian blood; blood that can not only innovate, but achieve and lead.