While I am a strong believer that IISc students are indifferent to the happenings around, my interactions with faculty members over the years are making me believe that faculty are no different. And let me not talk of exceptions here.
Looks to me that the instructions coming from the administration and the divisional chairmen to the departmental chairmen is making the chairmen showcase their department for the Open Day. This, combined with faculty apathy, is resulting in close to zero or restricted to the self efforts from the faculty members. In CSA department, I see nobody except the chairman working for Open Day. And I hear the same about many other departments on campus. The lab demonstrations and posters are left to the students. Chairmen, joining hands with students, are running the show.
In fact, since classes are suspended, I am unsure whether faculty are considering this as a paid holiday! I heard a faculty member saying, “There will be a lot of crowd, we should keep the [room] doors closed.”. I am sure Open Day is going to disturb their research output.
One of my colleagues pointed out, one MGMT faculty member has arranged a PhD thesis defence on Open Day. I learnt that he was right: check out this broadcast.
This post is not to crib about faculty apathy, but rather to hint them that students can do wonders if only faculty provide some support. Not all students are self-driven. If students can create a stormy fire, faculty are knobs to start and stop it. And it is easier to turn the knob rather than to create a storm. I am not the first one saying this, but I feel disheartened to see a lot of student talent (especially non-academic) going waste only to not have found enough encouragement.
IISc is a place of talent. No wonder we see several cultural bodies on campus. Not all of us rejoin academics for career. Some of us do go into alternate paths. It would be beautiful to see students’ talents being nurtured and harnessed in this wonderous institute. I am sure students, when become alumni, would cherish faculty members equally as they do about this green campus.