Updated: Oct 28, 2020
Completed Manifesto Points
Increasing awareness among UG students: After the success of the tour of stalls, the sports secretaries, captains and vice-captains were mobilised at the hostel level with great efficiency. Floating forms and communicating the desired information to seniors in different sports allowed picking of talent for respective fields in a systematic and large scale manner. The increased outreach amongst freshers is most clearly shown with the well organised fresher’s tournament. On investigating with multiple people, by and large, the fresher’s tournament is seen as a success which allowed a much better glimpse into new talent than possible in previous years.
Creating a database of PG students and using this database to pitch them more effectively about various sport
Increase PG involvement through an inter-departmental sports championship and also conduct a fresher’s week.
Launching BSA website along with new features for convenience such as reimbursement forms, swimming application etc: Launching of the BSA website was delayed but achieved. Unexpected technical troubles are cited as the main reason for the delay. The layout and utility of the website are praiseworthy.
Fetching a detailed report from Sportech 19’ team for smooth conduction of Sportech 20’
Appointing a new team for coverage of Inter IIT, Inter Hostel and other tournaments: The content and design team of BSA for this year was exceptionally good, head and shoulders above the performance of previous years. The good work may very well act as a model for other boards to follow. This included a KYC (Know Your Contingent) series launched for the first time covering the various teams competing in Inter IIT in an enticing video series.
Providing pavilion gym with better and up to date equipment.
Making the NSO system more prompt with help of BSA executives, captains and vice-captains.
Equipping all the courts with storage boxes for proper storage and security of sports-related equipment near the field itself.
Making an anonymous feedback system that would make it easy for feedback to be given on anything straight to the BSA Deputy General.
Planning to build a women’s football team and women’s squash team to increase female participation in sports by providing more opportunities: There was significant success in establishing a women’s squash team. The football team, however, was not made. This was because Inter-IIT is seen as a big criteria to introduce a sport in the institute: without the incentive to compete in Inter-IIT, it is tough to whip up enthusiasm amongst the athletes for the sport. Krishna had good reason to believe that the motion by IIT Kharagpur to include women’s football in the next Inter-IIT would be passed by the council. The council, despite passing squash as a sport, did not pass football as several IIT’s complained of lack of infrastructure. Therefore plans for making a football team were scrapped.
Conducting non-conventional sports like kho-kho and kabaddi to render sports culture more exciting and increase participation: Organised as part of Sportech and added on to with many other sports like frisbee as part of this year’s informal events.
Increasing UG participation by conducting informal sessions with BSW mentors who are part of BSA as well: On the face of it, the work was not done as attested by multiple people. On inquiring with Krishna, extenuating circumstances were explained: the BSA tour of stalls was an unexpected success, and the captains and vice captains were effectively mobilised to gain knowledge of students already involved in sports. As such, seeing the success of the tour of stalls in particular, it was decided that involving the BSW in a greater capacity wasn’t required.
Ensuring dedicated coaches for every team and timely feedback through scheduled meetings and a review system: This point was not achieved as stated, as direct negative feedback of coaches from students was deemed too disrespectful. So to make up for this late realisation Krishna acted as a conduit between complainants and the required authorities to fill in a gap created by ignorance with regards to proper forms of redressal.
Ensure at least 2 practice matches in a month and 3 tournaments(per semester) for every team: This despite being a strong part of the manifesto was not achieved. There is no credible explanation from Krishna. The responsibility was apparently passed on to the sports officer, but that does not serve as a valid reason for non-performance.
Implementing the BSA calendar to spot important tournaments for each sport and pre-plan accordingly: This point was not achieved as stated. Krishna cited unexpected troubles from higher up as a reason for not being able to calendar internal events: external events were not calendared due to unfixed dates. It must be said that it was Krishna’s responsibility to be aware of the vagaries in fixing dates, and thus her fault if she included it in her manifesto. This point, thus, remains an unfulfilled commitment.
PG tournament Oorja and a freshers tournament were organized for the first time. Swimming pool slot booking portal was added to the BSA website for use of all campus residents and Nalanda Ground was converted into a Football ground. IIT Delhi participated in a Pan-IIT movement during the pandemic to increase health awareness. A significant initiative to increase social media outreach included interviews with all the team coaches.
A new chess team was formed for participation in Inter IIT 2019. Self defence classes were to be organized for girls after the conclusion of Minor II. All the infrastructure and registrations were in place, and the initiative couldn’t start due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A special juice stall in Kailash for the sports girls was established during the tenure to ensure good nutrition after a hard practice.
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Analysis by Vyomesh Tewari