What is a PoR at IIT Madras?

‘PoR’ stands for - Position of Responsibility.

Positions of Responsibility (PoRs) at the IIT Madras signify affiliations with various clubs, events, sports, cultural activities, or technical initiatives, wherein students undertake responsibilities and initiatives for the benefit of interested participants. PoR teams generally have a corporate hierarchical structure, dividing fundamental duties incumbent upon PoR holders.

The decision to undertake a PoR arises for multiple reasons, each contributing significantly to the overall development of students within the university ecosystem:

  1. PoRs empower individuals to make decisions and improve activities, events, and outreach programs, building strong connections and inspiring leadership roles.
  2. PoRs give a structured way to manage time effectively, balancing academics and interests while gaining essential skills for personal and professional growth.
  3. PoRs offer new perspectives and practical learning, enhancing soft skills like communication, teamwork, and leadership, which are crucial for IITians’ development.

PoRs are generally regarded as avenues to learn valuable skills such as management, problem-solving, leadership, and are also considered to be the best places to network and connect with fellow students and alumni.

Examples of PoRs in IIT Madras -

  1. Administrative Positions: Roles such as Speaker, Head of Secretariat, General Secretary, or Department Secretary in the Student Council, or positions in Election Commission or SECC.
  2. Club or Department Organisation Bodies: Being a part of a technical club, cultural club, or departmental association - such as Sangam Clubs or CFI.
  3. Fest Coordinators: Organising annual fests or events like Saarang, Shaastra, or other cultural festivals.
  4. Literary Positions: Being part of the editorial board or a correspondent of the college magazine - The Fifth Estate, Article 19 or Investment Etc.
  5. Research or Technical Project Coordinators: Coordinating research projects, technical competitions, or hackathons, such as CFI or TechSoc.
  6. Entrepreneurship Cell: Being a head, manager, or associate manager in E-Cell verticals, such as Startup Services, or Corporate Relations, etc.
  7. Student Mentorship Roles: Being a mentor to juniors, organising workshops, or conducting peer-to-peer learning sessions - Saathi Mentor or Buddy Mentor.