Student Club Spotlight: Indian Club

Student Club Spotlight: Indian Club

Tanay, Vice President of the Indian Club, shares the highlights of Club life, including LOTS of festivals!

We chatted with Tanay to discover what it means to be a member of the Indian Club, how the club helped him to feel more connected with other students and the highlights of club life!

What does it mean to be a member of the Indian Student Society, especially when you’re living away from home?

It feels like a privilege! As Indians, our parents teach us to take our culture with us wherever we go in life.  

So, to come to a multi-cultural country like Australia, it’s given me so much pleasure to be able to represent the Indian culture here through my work with the Club.

The motivation I have for running this club each day is to give students the same feeling that they had when they were in their home country, and not feel lonely when they come here.  

We’re all like a family, we do all the festivals that we celebrate back home (maybe even more)!

The thing I'm really happy about is that RMIT and the RMIT Student Union have always supported us and have always been part of our festivals. It gives us so much motivation and happiness.  

Why did you decide to join the Club?

I arrived in 2020, during COVID. Uni was online and it was difficult to make friends. The Indian Students Club was the place where I felt connected to my people. 

Back home in India I used to run events, it was my hobby, so I joined the club and went to a few events where I met different students from the University.

I started as a volunteer events coordinator with the Club and currently, I’m the vice president of the Club. 

Tanay Shah - Vice president of RMIT Indian Club, smiling with the Indian flag Tanay Shah - Vice President of the RMIT Indian Club
What are some of the highlights of Club life? What activities do you run?
We run all our events irrespective of caste or religion. We come from one nation, which is India.  

There are 29 states in India, and a lot of different festivals so we try to celebrate every festival that we’re aware of. 

And we’re always open to students who want to share their ideas for festivals and celebrations! 

The other highlight of the Club is the community we’ve built. We started with 10 people and have grown to more than 200 people. Our goal is to become the biggest social club at RMIT.

All my events for the Indian community are my favourite, but if we think on a larger platform, Independence Day is our largest event because it’s celebrated by all the religions in India and it’s probably one of my favourites, it’s so inclusive.  

More information:

Find out more and join the Indian Club, via the Indian Club RUSU landing page

24 October 2022


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