Student Leader Interview - Kartik Singhal from Netaji Subhas University of Technology

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1. Tell us more about your role and responsibilities at your college?

My I am currently the President for my College's Debating and Literary Society. We are one of the most operational society of our college with over 100+ members across 4 batches. NSUT's DebSoc is also very active in Delhi's Debating Circuit along with its national and international endeavors. My day to day role includes managing administration and financial responsibilities of my soc along with a great team of enthusiastic and talented debaters. Apart from this, we work towards organizing regular practices and meets for our team and activities for non-debsoc members. 

2. How can we encourage more young students such as yourself to take up leadership role?

My college, Netaji Subhas University of Technology has a really good culture of student led clubs. We have clubs for pretty much everything from Drama to Coding. In such an environment it is necessary for students to explore the various opportunities and find something that appeals to them. Once you find a group you like, then it is all about how much you wish to grow. It's necessary to take initiatives, make mistakes and more importantly have fun while doing so. If you push in efforts, positions and  incentives will come along the way naturally.

3. What have been your biggest challenges and learning from what you do?

My biggest learning would definitely be changes to my perceptions about working with a team and eventually being at a decision making position. As a fresher and a sophomore, we have a lot of freedom and learning experience as we work with our seniors and learn from them. But as a core member, you are more bound by the needs of your team rather than your individual performance. Working and making collective decisions with a team, that is inherently strong in arguments and has diverse points of views is challenging itself, no matter how much trivial the discussion is.

4. What are your career goals and how is what you are doing is going to help you with that?

I wish to pursue research in robotics and automation. Which is not currently inline with my current role. Although, being a member of DebSoc really helps you to develop soft skills, look for more unconventional practices and be more articulate with your thought process. Which is inherently necessary in no matter which field you want to work in.

5. What's your message to encourage students to do internships and attend conferences?

My message would be, simply take up opportunities. Even if you feel that you are not ready for it currently, enroll in something challenging and exciting. Expanding your knowledge of the world around you will help a lot and there is no better place and time for it than being a college student. Invest in yourself and your skills.

- Kartik Singhal

Interviewed by- Gurleen Kaur

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