Get to know the new team.
Saurabh Gandhi, Events Chair
In terms of related experience, I volunteered a bit last year for the Diwali
night etc. I am applying/contesting because I would like to get
involved and volunteer more.
Abhishek Sinha, Webmaster
I intend to increase the overall visibility of Sangam and its
wonderful events, within the Greater Boston Indian community in
general and MIT student community in particular, through a more
effective and pervasive online presence.
Karthik Gopalakrishnan, Publicity Chair
Spread awareness/information regarding the social/cultural activities
organized by Sangam to both the current members as well as the general MIT
community. Plan to do this via orientation sessions during the start of every
year, ticketing stalls before events, advertisements in MIT Tech, posters before
events, flyer distributions etc. Being more inclusive and engage with the other cultural communities in MIT,
Cambridge area by - mixers with Harvard, BU etc, mixer events with other
cultural clubs/organizations in MIT (similar to department
mixers). Effective use of online platforms- keeping the Fb page updated, monthly news
digests, sangam website.
Arijit Banerjee, Treasurer
I would love to extend my effort to serve the Indian community
at MIT. I have some experience in different leadership roles
while working for a company.
Sai Nishanth Dikkala, Cultural Chair
If elected, I will try my best to fulfill the responsibilities
of my post. Specifically,
. I would aim to improve community bonding among members of
Sangam and present a rich experience of Indian culture to all
. Will work in coordination with the remaining board members to
organize cultural events such as Diwali night, Holi social,
Apart from fulfilling the above said responsibilities, I will
also try to have the following new initiatives/events organized:
. Joint viewing of India's sports matches and/or Indian films
which have a high viewer interest.
. Dramatics event where teams create plays based on Indian
. Indian card games night.
Institute Lawn Tennis Secretary 2012-13, IIT Bombay
- Handled the affairs related to Tennis in the institute
including the organization of events year round and the
management and usage of an INR 80,000 budget.
Anil Shanbhag, Events Chair
If I become the events chair, in addition to having the main
events Sangam has every year like the Diwali Night, i will
introduce to new events to boost the interaction among the
- Outings: I think outings are a great way to build a community
feeling. One possible outing idea is to go to watch a movie, we
would have people signup and go together to watch a nice
- Smaller scale socials in the dorms: I would prepare a detailed
database containing information about where each member stays.
We can use this information to organize socials in each dorm.
For example, we can have a match screening:, for this I would
contact a member in Tang and a member in SidPac and delegate to
them the responsibility of screening the match.
- New students: In order to introduce new students joining MIT
to Sangam and remain active participants in it, I would like to
organize some events specifically targeted at them. Some
possible events ideas that I have in mind are: trip around
Boston city, kayaking and/or a freshmen dinner social at a
*good* Indian restaurant.
In addition, I will try to organize events jointly with other
bodies like the Indian student associations of other colleges in
Boston, MIT India, etc . Lastly, if I do get elected to the
executive board, I would help other members of the board and
ensure we have a great year at Sangam.
This is my first year at MIT. I completed my undergraduate at
- I served for a year as the manager of the web n coding club. I
managed of team of 5 to conduct 20+ events spread across the
year. I also built partnerships with Google Developer Group,
Mozilla and Codechef to get some amazing speaker, funding for
hackathons and free goodies. Many of the events had 150+
turnout. Also, being a part of the institute tech council, I
helped organize many of the institute wide events.
- I was the web and publicity secretary in the institute
cultural council. Developed and maintained the IITB cultural
webpage and all genres webpages. Created posters for many
events. As part of the council, helped in organizing institute
wide cultural events like PAF.
Krithika Ramchander, Vice President
1. Treasurer, Graduate Association of Mechanical Engineers
2. Events Coordinator, Shell
3. Member of editorial board in the Entrepreneurship Development
Having attended most of the events hosted by Sangam over the
past year, I would love to be a part of the board and help
organize these activities in the future. As I am the treasurer
of Graduate Association of Mechanical Engineers, I have gained
significant exposure into the overall functioning of such
organizations, the nature of events and activities planned and
how they are executed and of course, on how to seek funding to
ensure smooth functioning. I hope that the best practices I pick
on from there would help me contribute constructively to the
working of Sangam too.
Pritish Kamath, Cultural Chair
Having participated in several Sangam events, I believe that it
is a great platform for bringing Indian students closer and
bringing a bit of Indian culture along with it. As part of
Sangam, I will strive to cotinue the tradition of organizing
various social/cultural events like Diwali night, Independence
day, Republic day, etc.
- Some experience in organizing regular events in my lab.
- Perfomed at Sangam Diwali night, Independence day and Republic
Ranjitha Shivaram, President
Sangam is a wonderful platform that brings together Indian
students at MIT, while reaching out to the larger MIT community
through cultural and social events. Having been at MIT for a
year and having attended Sangam events as a participant, I am
really excited to get on the other side as an organizer. If
elected, I would: Carry forward and find ways to better Sangams signature
events like Diwali Night, Holi, Karaoke Night and so on. I will try
to involve the greater Boston community of students as well. Introduce 1 or 2 more hands-on events such as an Indian Games
night. Come up with events that can integrate parallel efforts on
campus that focus on India like the MIT India Reading group, MIT
Samskritam and this years Bollywood Dance workshop during IAP.
I love working in a team, something that I have learnt as
Publicity Chair at Tang Hall. I also got to know how things work
at MIT, like finding ways to fund events. I hope to make Sangam
bigger and better this time around!
Publicity Chair, Tang Hall at MIT (2014-2016)
Departmental Magazine Secretary and Editor, IIT Kharagpur