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Multi-percussion & Saxophone at Campus (27.12.2012)

December 28, 2012

So Bimal Patel presented a very logical and structured view of where School of Architecture and CEPT stand, and where they need to reach…

By his own admission, just data and facts can be quite boring. But if there are only a few people who can structure the shambles that the system is right now, he is one of them.

Mr. Patel talked about pros and cons of depending on government grants, and about the quota system that enters the equation as a result. How they plan to phase this out. Elaborated about consultancy set up that the school used to have. (and now has moved out of the campus at least. I saw an advertisement looking for a director for the Section 25 company they are planning to form for taking up consultancy. I remember thinking ‘finally someone is looking at the tangle of CRDC!’) He touched upon resources, finances, publications, preservation of drawings, and other things on the periphery of academics, but equally important. As a whole, he managed to capture all that the institution needs to work on, and a possible direction. I stand convinced, this is the man for playing the many tunes that need to be played, outside of pure academics.

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Evening was for music. Excellent performance if you could ignore the informality of the basement and kids running about and people coming and going from the venue as casually as they do at the canteen. Far fewer people than expected. So much for all the formality of emails and registration process. Really, I hoped to see more in terms of exhibition when compared to the SA25 exhibition when the resources were scant and the momentum much mellower. Now there are more people to push it, more money, and this event has been under consideration for two years!

Stage for rockshow is under preparation at the campus. Slowly more alumni are arriving. Many were out on batch dinners, or on nostalgic visit to their favourite hangouts as this evening was relaxed. Things are beginning to look brighter, even if slowly.

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