Student Leader Interview - Yogesh Kumar from Ramanujan College

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1) Tell us about your role and responsibilities at college.

As the President of Sanskriti, History society and an active member of Tark, Debating society I have to switch between multiple roles at once. In Sanskriti my work ranges from holding meetings, engaging in organising events with work ranging from top to bottom strata, assigning work to everyone, and making dialogue within the society members as well as with our teachers. I ensure effective cooperation and coordination among other office bearers, decide on the thematic agendas in every meeting, lead the society in the prescribed agenda and make sure every member is engaged in the work procedure right down to the last strata.

As a member of Tark, I try to participate in as many competitions as i can. At tark, we have bonds with each and every member which go way beyond a conventional society's atmosphere. We listen, talk and debate with each other every now and then.

Tark, lets me be an opinionated loner while Sanskriti challenges me to be the best version of myself, as i have too many people looking upto me.

2) What’s it like to juggle between a leadership role and normal college life?

It can be tricky sometimes. But Nothing is difficult when you have the right people around you. I am blessed with supportive teachers, understanding friends and a very dependable team. They all make it possible for me to enjoy every aspect of my college life as well as filling up my responsibilities. Having said that, your responsibilities become a part of your college life over a time period. You have to be passionate enough to enjoy each second of your work.

3) Do you enjoy the kind of influence you hold at such a young age?

It is a well packaged deal. You enjoy the influence but you also had to deal with responsibilities and accountability. Your juniors look upto you and you need to put in extra effort in everything you do. You try to be an example for them and it has its moments of highs and lows.

4) What’s your message for parents to allow children to do things besides academics?

Parents don't just need to encourage their kids to do extra curricular activities but also need to learn when to lift their veil of surveillance. They need to let kids spend time with their friends, experience the world on their own and deal with it. Academics will teach you the life experience of others but your own life lessons are always learned outside the books.

5) What did you do in your current role that makes you feel really proud of yourself?

The Democratisation of Election procedure for selecting office bearers and establishing the work hierarchy within the society have to be on the top. Earlier, our teachers used to decide on the posts. But as society expanded, a need for a comprehensive system and a hierarchy of work was felt. I pushed for reforms, to hold elections for every posts, demarcation of responsibilities of every post, and setting up a working hierarchy. I ensured everyone gets their work done and give them possible feedbacks too. Ensuring effective communication among office bearers is another thing. On a more tangible note, I also organised a 6 day out station tour to Jodhpur & Jaisalmer.

6) What’s your message to encourage students to do internships and attend conferences?

Do it. They make you aware about the needs of the market and what your market value is. Hard realities like these need to be learnt from, first handedly and with passion.
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