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Vox Populi Vox Insti

Vox Populi Vox Insti

By The Fifth Estate
Vox Populi Vox Insti is the official podcast of The Fifth Estate, IIT Madras.
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The Editorial Board Round Table
In this episode Lakshya, the Podcast Host, speaks to our lovely editors Neha Anand, Neha Cherian, Jai Santhoshi, Rohini and the Executive Editor Shreethigha. They talk about all things T5E, how we work as a team, what goes on behind the scenes and debunk a few myths along the way. Listen to the full episode for all the tea and don't miss the game of True Confessions we have at the end! It was a fun episode to record, we hope you have fun listening to it too. Note: This episode was recorded in February, 2022.
April 11, 2022
PostScript Ep7 : Team Anveshak - Does this rover go to Mars?
After a not-so-brief hiatus, we bring to you a fresh episode of the Postscript series, this time with that one team in insti which lives and breathes robotics - Team Anveshak. Tune in to listen to Shubham Jain and Pavan narrate their amazing championship tales, give fundaes on building a Mars rover and share their hope of staying a "foRover team". And, as always, do not miss the rapid fire at the end!
February 16, 2022
Daily Lives Ep3 : The Wellness Centre
Since the onset of the pandemic, terms like mental health and wellness have been thrown around a lot, for reasons that are obvious to all.  In this episode of the Daily Lives Series, we catch hold of two Clinical Psychologists of the Wellness Centre, IITM and engage in a meaningful conversation with them about the types of issues they often see within the student community, how they deal with it, how we should look at the brighter side of things in life.  We also get an insight into the well structured mental health help system IITM has set up and how many students can take advantage of it. Listen until the end to find out how Jinna and Arun soothed the anxieties of the students while navigating through their own ups and downs. 
February 04, 2022
Daily Lives Ep2 : MBA Edition
MBA is one of the most coveted post graduate degrees for students of all backgrounds. It is no secret that for all its hype, MBA involves a lot of stress and extremely hectic schedules.  We decided to talk to two people who did their MBA from insti to find out what the real picture is. What all does an MBA at IITM offer? What is the student ecosystem for it? Join us as our guests Karan Jassal and Navneet Kaur fondly recollect their memories of insti and share their story with us. Listen and share!
October 22, 2021
PostScript Ep6 : Aquatics Team - The Madras Sharks
In this episode of PostScript, we talk to Dev Priya and Jai from the Madras Sharks - insti's celebrated aquatic sports team.  Despite the past two years without a pool, the team has kept their spirits alive. We ask them about what has kept the team going and how they plan to sustain their legacy. From fun inside stories to thrilling sagas of their victories at the inter IIT, join us to feel the adrenaline as they talk about their wins, defeats and once in a lifetime experiences. TIMESTAMPS: Intros - 0:55 Discovering Water Polo - 5:28 Value of a Peer Group - 7:28 2019 Women's Gold - 10:08 Swim-Team Bonding - 17:00 Weekend Practice Brunches - 18:39 The Sharks' Rep at Inter IIT 2019 - 19:56 Anti-Cheering - 21:15 Home Ground Inter IIT - 24:03 CGPA vs Inter IIT - 28:37 Team Traditions - 33:54 Taking Lite - 41:12 Rapid Fire - 44:32 Sound Effects from :
October 08, 2021
Hear it from the Secys
Your questions answered. Shout out to Unman Nibandhe (SGS 2021-2022) and Aman Kumar (SGS 2020-2021) for joining us on the podcast! Timestamps: 01:42 - Feasibility of reopening the campus 05:00 - Steps taken by the administration 07:10 - Prioritising the 2020 batches 18:25 - Update on the mess staff 27:50 - Making learning bearable 30:12 - Addressing backlog of labs 33:17 - Campus life without campus 38:24 - Holding on to the resolve 41:44 - Replies to The Mail
September 24, 2021
PostScript Ep5 : The Oratory Club - All the World's a Stage
No newbies to basking in the spotlight, the OG's of the Oratory Club, now graduates, Pranav and Rishabh join us to chat about all things insti, all things Oratory. They talk to us about getting into the oratory scene, trying almost everything insti has to offer, crazy mishaps, political correctness in oratory and much more. We also challenge them to a VPVI styled spin the yarn and a fun rapid fire at the end. Tune in to the sixth episode of Season 2 of Vox Populi Vox Insti and let us know what you think! Timestamps: 1:20  Put Intro 5:00 OC Traditions 8:30 The Roorkee Roulette 16:15 Teamwork in the club. 18:10 OC gets a new name? 18:50 Spin the yarn ft. OC gawds 22:55 Cancel or Censor? 27:45 On-stage cups, oop- 35:34 Rapid Fire 40:17 Saraswati, Godavari and Delusion 41:28 Why Lifestyle club deserves a podcast episode 41:40 Shout out to the Writing Club 43:05 Dear Juniors..
September 14, 2021
Daily Lives Ep1 : PhD Scholars of Insti
We rewind time back to when scholars were the only students on campus - and to a time before that as well. Insti is home to a very diverse set of students, and one of the many facets of our diversity comes from the different courses we all come here for. In the series we call Daily Lives, we take a sneak peek into the lives of some students who have different stories to tell from those of the UG junta. To kick off the series, we talk to Saad and Vijay, PhD students of IITM, who tell us what the life of an average (or not so average) PhD student at insti is like. Let us know what you think.
September 10, 2021
PostScript Ep4 : Team Avishkar - #LeapOntoTheLoop
In this episode, we catch up with Kishan and Neel of Team Avishkar. While we were all at home, the team was back at insti, on a mission to win the next Hyperloop challenge. Though they weren't ready to divulge details about their secret return to campus, we got them to spill a few other interesting stories. From meeting Elon Musk to driving door-less cars, to making insti and the nation proud by winning numerous accolades, these two have done it all. Tune in to listen to them talk about their incredible journey, mishaps, fundaes and more.  Time stamps 01:37 - Intros 02:38 - Why Avishkar?  03:40 - Team traditions ft. Idilis 11:27 - Sleeping on the floor in LA 13:22 - Near death experiences  14:43 - Meeting The Elon Musk 16:41 - Anything for the team 18:30 - Channelling Uri energy at SpaceEx 19:27 - Pic gone wrong (almost!)  24:01 - Avishkar a startup?  29:47 - Breaking locks to go to America 36:04 - Rapid Fire 38:56 - To, Juniors 39:54 - Bloopers Listen NOW!
August 27, 2021
PostScript Ep3: Madras Wolves - The Pack Survives
It's been well beyond a year off the football grounds for Sooraj and Midhun, yet nothing can dampen their spirits. Tune in to the third episode of our ongoing PostScript series to find us in conversation with these to-be-grads from one of Insti's most followed sports teams - the Madras Wolves. In this episode, we dig out an in-detail narration of the dramatic finals at Inter-IIT 2k19, some insider stories from the team, tales of sweet victories and frustrating red cards and yes, enviable memories of the campus. Stay with us till the end for fire (not-the-rapid-kind), fundaes and a few funny bloopers. Timestamps: 1:20 - Put Intro: United Fans Unite  8:00 - The Online year  9:45 - Favorite Wins  14:24 - Good times, Bad times 19:01 - IIT KGP and the Red Card 28:18 - Inter-IIT Memoirs 41:35 - The Rapid Fire 46:18 - Dear Juniors. 49:30 - Oops, the bloopers.
August 11, 2021
PostScript Ep2 : The Choreo Team - FreakWen(u)C
In the second episode of our ongoing PostScript Series, we engage in conversation with Akhil and Sharthak, graduating members of one of the most energetic cultural clubs at Insti, Choreo Club AKA FreakWen(u)C. Dive into the episode to know more about the team, the secret to their ultra-tight bond, their experience of winning Saarang’20 Choreo Nite and most importantly, for lesser-known, amusing deets about the crew.  As an added bonus to this episode, check out the Dead Student Society’s segment on Free Will to find out if you choosing to listen to this episode is really in your hands. Let us know what you feel by emailing us! Timestamps Who, What, Where - 00:18 Choreo Club in 3 words - 04:56 Enviable team traditions - 06:08 Unforgettable competitions - 06:33 Favorite performances - 13:09 Academics and Dance - 15:56 Rapid Fire Round - 19:43 For the Juniors - 23:25 Dead Students Society: Free Will - 24:04 Sound Effects from :
July 16, 2021
PostScript Ep1 : Raftar - Blood, Sweat, Gasoline
Introducing PostScript, a series where we invite some of the graduating members of Insti's teams to talk about their experiences, learnings and failures. For the first episode we have with us Raftar, Insti's celebrated formula racing team. They talk to us about their team, building a racing car, (not?) balancing acads along with it, going to Germany and winning Formula Bharat 2020. Listen till the end for the fun rapid fire, fundaes and of course, the bloopers. Sound Effects from:
July 05, 2021
Season 2 Teaser Trailer
We are back, after quite a long hiatus. Well, who am I kidding, we all needed a break. This time, more unsolicited fundaes, debatable thoughts, nutsy stories, piquant news, legendary cups and putting peace. In Insti, About Insti, Of Insti. Keep listening to 2021-22's Vox Populi Vox Insti, T5E's very own podcast. Now that you are here, make sure to hit that follow!
July 02, 2021
Offbeat #3: Pranjal
In the third part in our series titled "Offbeat", we speak to Pranjal Mehta, an alumnus of the 2019 batch of our institute and co-founder of the E-plane company. We ask him about what different parts of his institute life that influenced the start up, and he also talks about how his time at insti shaped this venture, in the tenth and final episode of the first season of the T5E Podcast.
May 11, 2021
Offbeat #2: Sreenath Srikrishnan
In this episode, as a part of our Offbeat series, we speak to Sreenath Srikrishnan, an alumnus of the 2020 batch from the Department of Biotechnology. We speak to him about his time in insti, and his experience founding IBLoT, a non profit to improve the Biotech space in India and bring together like minded people. Contact us with feedback, or inform us of potential guests, at
March 04, 2021
Offbeat #1: Zarin Shihab
In the first episode after our winter hiatus, we kickstart a new series entitled "Offbeat" where we speak to people across the institute who have tried out unconventional things during their time in institute and beyond. For this first episode in the series, we speak to Zarin Shihab, a alumna of the HS department and a professional actor. We speak to her about her career in the film industry, how insti shaped her experience, and some fun stories from her time here. We hope you enjoy the conversation, and we'd like to thank her for coming on! If you know someone who'd be a perfect fit for future episode, do get in touch with us at
February 12, 2021
What not to do in insti
In this special episode, the T5E Podcast team welcomes IITM's new batch of 2020, and tells them what they should not do when IITM reopens. One of the important "not-to-do's" is to not take anything your seniors say very seriously. Tune into listen as a bunch of seniors reminisce about their time in the institute, and for an additional segment of light bulb jokes.  The T5E's Freshie Toolkit can be found at Feedback can be sent at, or to
December 01, 2020
Assignment Overdue!!!
In this episode, we talk about how the modified evaluation methods of the semester have been impacting student's lives.  Finally, we speak with Prof. Jithin John Varghese, a faculty of the Chemical Engineering Department, and speak to him about how he has had to change how courses work this semester.
November 10, 2020
V for Virtual, part III
In the concluding part of V for Virtual, we first breakdown the mildly interesting news for the week and bid farewell to the graduating batch of 2020, who have now received, or are going to receive their degrees in the mail. We give them tips to follow the institute guidelines for shooting the graduation video. Find our very own sample at Finally, we speak with Ayush, the E Cell head, and Breasha, the institute sports secretary, about their vertical's respective ideas for the coming semester. This concludes this series, and we will be back again in a fortnight with a brand new episode. Interviews have been edited for clarity and brevity. Views expressed are those of the interviewees. Intro and Outro music from Swoosh Sound Effect from
October 18, 2020
V for Virtual, part II
In the second part of our series ‘V for Virtual’, where we explore how spaces in insti are adapting to virtual mode, we are joined by Tejas, the CFI head, and Mukund, the Co-Curricular Affairs Secretary, and we talk about how CFI and Shaastra are adapting and their plans for the academic year. Timestamps: 1:42 - Tejas' Interview 17:00 - Mukund's Interview Interviews have been edited for clarity and brevity. Views expressed are those of the interviewees.  Intro and Outro music from Swoosh Sound Effect from
October 04, 2020
V for Virtual, part I
In this episode, we introduce a new segment titled "Composite Time News", where we give a rundown of the interesting news of the week. For our main story, we talk about how spaces in the institute are going virtual for the coming semester, and how they are adapting. First, we speak to Vishnu Sanketh, Cultural Affairs Secretary (Literary Affairs), IIT Madras (2020-21) about the plans that the Saarang team has for the year. Next, we speak to Unnikrishnan, Events Core (2020-21) of Sangam,  on how cultural clubs are adapting to this situation, and their plans to engage interested students. This is the first in a series where we explore how insti space are adapting to the virtual mode. Part 2 will be out next week! Thanks for listening, do subscribe to us on the platform of your choice! Music from  Sound effects (Swoosh and Phone Ring) from Timestamps: 00:35-04:16 - Composite Time News. 04:30-06:25 - Virtual Spaces at IITM. 06:35-15:57 - Vishnu Sanketh talks about Saarang 2021. 16:12-27:03: - Unni talks about the plans of Sangam 2020-21. DISCLAIMER: The segment at the start of the episode entitled "Composite Time News" is intended to be humorous, and is not a reflection of real news. The T5E respects the diversity of people and ideas on campus and does not intend to offend any person and/or idea. Batteries are not included. 
September 20, 2020
In Her Shoes, part II
In this Part II of the bonus episode of Vox Populi Vox Insti, we have six amazing graduating women talking about their time in insti. In Part II (of II) of their highly engrossing conversation, Kowshika, Naomi, Niharika, Nikhita, Pravallika, and Ramya talk about expectations, gender roles and binaries, freshie experiences, solutions, and much more!  DISCLAIMER: The thoughts, opinions, and experiences mentioned in the podcast are personal to the individual(s) and should not be construed to be representative for the entire institute. We acknowledge and respect the diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and views that exist within the campus.
August 23, 2020
In Her Shoes, part I
In this bonus episode of Vox Populi Vox Insti, we have six amazing graduating women talking about their time in insti. In Part I (of II) of their highly engrossing conversation, Kowshika, Naomi, Niharika, Nikhita, Pravallika, and Ramya talk about careers, being a ‘Woman in STEM’, diversity quotas, PoRs, hostel wings, and much more! 'Swoosh' sound effect from and music from DISCLAIMER: The thoughts, opinions, and experiences mentioned in the podcast are personal to the individual(s) and should not be construed to be representative for the entire institute. Here at the T5E, we acknowledge and respect the diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and views that exist within the campus. Timestamps: 00:00 - In Her Shoes; Introductions. 04:30 - Career prospects 04:55 - Niharika on discovering the phrase ‘Women in STEM’ 08:45 - Nikhita on iGEM, and foreign conferences 1030 - Niharika on the same topic 11:40 - Nikhita on foreign internships 12:33 - Niharika on her experiences with foreign internships 15:44 - Ramya on the Women in STEM tag 18:57 - Corporate Diversity Quota in Internships and Placements 19:12 - Pravallika on how women’s efforts are trivialised 21:23 - Ramya on her placement experience, and ingrained sexism 25:08 - Niharika on her experience as a placement core 28:40 - Nikhita on insti mentors, male and female 29:59 - Niharika on peer groups 32:35 - More on peer groups 32:40 - Ramya’s experiences with her batchmates 35:30 - Naomi on friendships in her department 37:12 - Kowshika on friendships and bonding through sports 38:48 - Niharika on academics and wing sizes 40:55 - Ramya on cross HS-techie wings 41:34 - Kowshika on moving from shared to single rooms 42:19 - Niharika on wing sizes and why a wing stays together 43:44 - PoRs: Does having more women in the team, especially in leadership roles make a difference? 44:15 - Naomi on her experiences as SocSec and in Music club 48:44 - Kowshika on leading girls and putting together a team 50:18 - Ramya on her experiences in Evolve 54:48 - Pravallika on women in leadership roles 58:53 - Co-working spaces and their importance 59:16 - Pravallika on her campaigning experience 1:02:41 - Niharika on co-working spaces and her experience in the placement team 1:05:41 - Kowshika on availability of space in sports
August 22, 2020
The Semester that isn't
In this episode, Sai Guha and Saksham talk about the new semester, and the new normal that's going to be with us for a while. Later on, a special guest joins us for an interview to talk about her time in insti, her final semester, and more. Music from Disclaimer: This episode was recorded on 22nd July, and is based on the information available upto then. Check out the website
August 08, 2020
Social Life in Insti
Thanks for choosing to listen to the very first episode of our podcast. In this episode, we talk about social life at IITM.  Find out more at Music and sound effects from and Thanks for listening.
June 26, 2020
Teaser Trailer: Vox Populi Vox Insti
Introducing the T5E Podcast,” Vox Populi Vox Insti”. Coming June 2020. Find out more at Sound effects and music taken from and
June 19, 2020