The Walk-in Clubs of MIT
Clubs and student groups are quite an integral part of any college student’s life. The clubs in MIT, appropriately, come in all shapes and types. Where, on one side, student projects like Formula Manipal and AeroMIT equip you with in-depth technical knowledge through an intensive hands-on approach, there are certain clubs which have a much more relaxed structure for self-improvement and enjoyment, helping you expand on your areas of interest. In this category fall these ‘walk-in’ clubs that do not require any membership fee and are open to the general public for participation. After all, the best things in life come free.
Movies Goers Club – The Movie Goers Club is one such group. Dedicated to the showcasing of classics and movies not getting mainstream releases, this club aims to provide students and movie buffs the opportunity to appreciate movies that they would not be able to watch at a theatre near them. A movie is usually screened every Saturday at 6 pm in the AC Seminar Hall. Classics like Citizen Kane, and Modern Times, and unorthodox films like The Man from Earth have been shown in the past. What one can expect when walking into one of the movies is to see a movie that may very well transport you into another dimension, if not warp your world view for some time. This is also one of the few clubs whose events first years can attend during the interaction ban.
Linux Users Group – The Linux Users Group is a collection of computer hobbyists who strive to take their programming and developing skills to the next level. Dedicated to furthering the cause of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software), this club obviously doesn’t require membership fees. The group is for anyone who is decently comfortable with coding, and is seeking a close community of like-minded developers for mutual help, or learning something new. Regular meetings are held where the seniors nudge the fledglings through guided tutorials to learn app-dev or web-dev, while contributing to open source software. Another prominent aspect to the club’s activities is also helping members to crack GSoC, or the Google Summer of Code.
The Psych Club – The Psych Club is focused on studying the human mind and its behaviour. Along with the process of self-learning, the team is in correspondence with trained psychologists to conduct their psychology related events. As a part of the group, one can expect to learn about themselves and how to understand others. The body language workshop is one such project they undertake. The Psych club even conducts social experiments, which aids in the better understanding of the general college goer.
Blank 101 – College is where you learn. But you don’t learn everything as part of your academics. You can’t possibly learn about espionage if your discipline is Mechanical Engineering. For the budding sleuth, we have Blank 101. Students acquire basic knowledge on non-academic topics. The topics discussed range from dreams to money management, stock markets and astronomy to world wars. The amount and quality of the knowledge dispensed is mind-expanding, and the events are a must attend for all who want to explore some unconventional topic.
Talk it out – Talk it out is an open forum which discusses socially relevant issues which the youth needs to be aware of. Some of the discussions they have previously hosted include Religion v Reason, Caste v Love and Judging by Numbers. Students get to ‘talk it out’, lose stage fear and in the process become more aware of what’s affecting our society. They also have guest speakers over to give a much mature and a clear point of view. In general, they have about 3 – 4 discussions per semester with the venue always being the staircase in front of the Innovation Centre.