“.... and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Very few institutes in India provide a healthy and constructive atmosphere for students to raise their concerns and voice their opinions. A definitive aspect of IIT Madras, however, that sets it apart from other colleges is the respect it accords to students’ voices—this has been institutionalised in the form of the Students Constitution. The student government operates at three levels: Institute level, Hostel level and Department level. Here is an overview of our student governance as a whole, including its components and functions. The Student Government Organs The Student Governance at IIT Madras has a legislative body. It comprises the Student Legislative Council (SLC), the Executive Council and the Student Ethics and Constitution Council.