DTU Times interviewed the newly-appointed DTU Cultural Council - Sanchit Gupta (Cultural Secretary), Harsh Rajput (Treasurer), Ankur Srivastava, Bhavya Akhoury, Nalin Nehra (Joint Cultural Secretaries) and Kunal Sehrawat (Joint Treasurer).
What all thought goes into organising an event and how do you measure its success?
Any event takes a concerted team effort to handle all the details. Assigning individual roles to all the members creates a system of accountability and also preventing tasks from falling to the wayside.
An event usually involves:
- Making an action plan
- Drafting a budget taking into account unforeseeable situations
- Getting permission and securing the venue
- Publicising the event and spreading the word amongst the target audience
It is extremely important to have some way of gauging event success to improvise and make sure that the next one is even better. We believe that the success of any event is directly proportional to the crowd that shows up. Personal feedback is another way. Also, it's not just the attendees’ level of satisfaction that determines event success, but also that of the sponsors because they are the backbone of the event.
What is the team’s vision for the current academic session to boost the cultural spirit in the campus?
We yearn to put together the best fest that DTU has ever seen!
We aim to organise as many cultural events as possible to keep the enthusiasm and zeal alive amongst the students throughout the year. The Freshers’ Week, organised in September, and Dandiya Night, organised in October, went quite smoothly and were individual successes. For now, we are exceedingly focused on Engifest 2020 as we yearn to put together the best fest that DTU has ever seen. At the same time, we are committed to organising various kinds of informal events preceding Engifest.
What are the setbacks or implementation failures that you have faced and how do you plan to get past them?
We all learn and grow from our mistakes and take the necessary measures to avoid them in the future. We always try to keep a back-up plan in case of any unforeseeable situations. For example, if we have to immediately change the location of the event due to any unavoidable reason, even the smallest of the detail needs to be taken care of. The benefit of having a great team is that you’ll not have to remember every single detail or do every little task by yourself. Checking the location and all the equipments before the event is extremely necessary.
What are your views about the work of various cultural societies in DTU and how can they be encouraged?
DTU is home to multifarious cultural societies which fuel the hidden talents in individuals and help them in becoming a better version of themselves by positively channeling their creativity. At the same time, these instill core values such as teamwork, leadership skills and dedication which sets the individuals apart from everyone around. We believe that these societies help in boosting the confidence of every individual and play a very important role in developing the personality of the students while teaching them how to have fun! Through the years, all the societies have done an amazing job and gained recognition wherever they have performed or even won. They’ve only added to the glory of DTU.
How would you justify the lack of representation of diversity in the Cultural Council? How does the present Cultural Council ensure that everybody's needs are looked after?
As far as diversity from the various branches is considered, people from any branch are allowed to apply for posts in the Cultural Council. One seat is reserved for female candidates to enable a fair representation.
The Cultural Council works to improve the cultural atmosphere of the university and works for all the students and not just a few people, hence, everything that needs to be done for improving fests and cultural events shall be taken into consideration given that it aligns with the ambit of the Cultural Council.
How do you intend to change the academics-oriented mindset of the students and encourage their participation in extracurricular activities?
Soft skills get little respect from some students, but it can be a catalyst to one's growth, not limited to their careers. Good communication skills also give you an edge in the various interviews and sets you apart from the other candidates. If we look at the work culture from a decade ago, employees showed very little participation in the generation of new ideas and just focused on their daily tasks. Today, along with your job description, you are also required to analyse and solve different problems, create new ways to do traditional tasks more effectively and efficiently, and prove to be a valuable asset to the company. Extracurricular activities equip an individual for the various hurdles that they might face in their professional life.