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Fun and frolic abound at Festember’12

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The 38th edition of Festember, NIT-Tiruchi's flagship cultural event, was full of firsts: this was the first time over 50 events were conducted, the first time the event drew participation from 120 institutions around south India, and the first time the organisers pooled in Rs.18 lakhs as corporate sponsorship and Rs.20 lakh as in-kind sponsorship.

Wrapping up over three days of massive pro-shows, a variety of events and oodles of entertainment, Festember 2012's valedictory ceremony summed up the challenges faced, achievements made and plans for the next edition of the fest.

“Festember is NIT-Tiruchi's brand ambassador and this year's show has proved that the event has become more visible in the eyes of corporate sponsors, the student community and the internet,” said S.Sundarrajan, Director, NIT-Tiruchi. Commending the performance of the marketing team in particular, Mr.Sundarrajan said the team had raised by itself an amount equal to the college fund allocated for the event to meet overhead expenses. Referring to the newly constructed Open Air Theatre (OAT), the director also promised a permanent OAT at the college for future editions of Festember.

K. Sankaranarayanasammy, Convener, Festember 2012 thanked the BHEL fire brigade for their efforts in ensuring that the OAT was safe for the fireworks show that was held on day one of the event and for their constant monitoring of the temporary structure throughout the entire fest.

Incidentally, the torrential downpour that stalled the valedictory ceremony for about an hour, displayed the immediate actions taken by the brigade to evacuate the audience and to ensure the event continued at the venue without further hiccups.

Delivering his report, Ashwin Kumar, Cultural Secretary pointed out that the 120 participating colleges sent nearly 2,000 students to take part in the various events. “This year, by choosing a retro theme we wanted to reconstruct the past editions of Festember and that's why we called it Playback Time,” he added.

As yet another first, the organisers managed to bring to the show the man who coined the term Festember, through Skype: Kalyanaraman, who graduated from the institution way back in 1978, recalled how the college had held a contest to find an appropriate name for the event they launched in 1976. “I combined 'a festival in September' to come up with Festember, and it won me Rs.25 in those days,” said a beaming Kalyanaraman, who hoped the efforts put into organising an intercollegiate event like Festember at a time when there were no emails or mobile contact, were acknowledged “Everything was done via direct visits and postal contact and you could never be really sure of a response,” said Mr. Kalyanaraman, who organised Festember in 1978.

From drawing 25 to 30 colleges, Festember has grown over the years into a massive brand that sponsors, colleges and students recognise. Translating the event's brand value into actual figures were the members of the marketing team, headed by Sriram Manohar. “We received record levels of sponsorship from 60 corporate sponsors which includes brands like Nimbuzz, Coca Cola, Aircel, Canara Bank, Fabindia, Naturals, Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music and Flyerz Dance Company among others,” he said. To increase their visibility, the event also launched this year its corporate social responsibility activities through a green rally at Marina Beach, Chennai, and held an official curtain raiser.

While SASTRA University, the overall winners of Festember 2012 won the Ilayaraja rolling trophy, IIT Madras wound up as runners up. The final day of the fest drew to an entertaining close with three pro-shows by playback singer and actor, Andrea Jeremiah, carnatic rock band, Agam and playback singer, Suraj Jagan.


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Students benefit from book bank project

College textbooks prescribed for degree courses can burn a considerable hole in the budget of a student. The book bank project by Rockcity Welfare Association Tiruchi has come to the aid of more than 1,000 underprivileged students by loaning textbooks free of cost for the duration of their study.

Around 1,333 students from 12 colleges received textbooks for a three-year period at a recent event at Srimati Indira Gandhi College. Eligible students are recommended by principals and screened through an interview by members of the managing committee. Course books are loaned to selected applicants who are required to return them at the end of the year.

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Engineers race self-built remote controlled cars to prove mettle

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An improvised dirt track turned into a battleground as remote controlled cars built by mechanical engineering students picked up pace, throttled on obstacles deliberately set up to trap them and raced to the finish line. The remote control racing (RC) event was the highpoint of the national level technical symposium, MASS 2K12, hosted by the Mechanical Engineering Department and MESA (Mechanical Engineering Students’ association) of J.J.College of Engineering and Technology.

One of the few colleges in the region to host a RC race, student organizers said the event was a launch pad for propelling innovations.

The race tested the maneuvering abilities of students and the capacity of the cars to mount obstacles along the 400 metre track and come out of the ordeal with all wheels intact. In a dash for survival of the fittest, Sarath Uday and team from SRM University, Chennai, bagged the first prize of Rs.20,000 followed by Dinesh and team from Banari Amman Institute of Technology, Sathyamangalam.

Around 250 students representing 50 colleges in Tamil Nadu participated in various events including Theatrix- a short-film making contest with a focus on mechnanical ventures, aero-modelling, technical quiz, paper presentation and CAD modeling. A workshop on recent trends in non-destructive testing by Tiruchi Chapter of Indian Society of Non-destructive testing preceded the symposium. A mini vintage auto expo with eight bikes of various makes dating back to 1947 was part of the event.

Inaugurating the event, G. Jeyaprakash, general manager, SSTP, BHEL, dwelt on the harmful effects of carbon emissions. S. Sathyamoorthy, principal and V. Shanmuganathan, advisor, JJCET, spoke.



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Talent in classical and folk art forms to the fore [/URL]

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While school and college level contests incline to take the route of popular culture and western dance forms, the cultural fest at Kalai Kaveri College of Fine Arts turned out into a talent hunt to identify and encourage budding exponents in classical and folk art, music and dance.

Held over three days under two categories, ‘Classic Fe(a)st 2012’ for colleges, and ‘Thalir Vasantham’ for schools, the event which concluded on Saturday, provided impetus to traditional art forms. The line up of events included classical dance, classical vocal music, string and wind instruments, percussion instruments, folk song, folk dance. Light music contests provided a contemporary touch while rangoli and kolam were for the aesthetically inclined.

Participants from 12 colleges competed with Srimad Andavan Arts and Science College bagging the overall trophy. The competition for college students centred on the theme ‘perspective’. Students had to present their perspective of India, be it positive developments that have propelled India or impediments to progress. Around 140 students from 15 schools and 240 students from colleges contested, said organizers.


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Bands from the south light up Festember 2012 [/URL]

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A bhajan revamped with drum beats and bass guitars; covers of popular numbers that remained faithful to the originals for most part, while straying into interesting detours for finishing; and original song writing coupled with music that experimented with enough genres to bring forth a completely new composition: Tarangini, the light music contest at the NIT-T's Festember 2012 pitted 13 bands against each other for a night of music.

Held at the newly erected Open Air Theatre on the NIT-T campus,Tarangini was a kaleidoscope of performances that brought onto stage not just some great music, but also an intelligent understanding of its technicalities amongst youngsters.

Original compositions

Filtered on the basis of videos of their performances posted on Festember 2012's website,most of the thirteen bands that made it to the finals had an original composition to offer. Feeding the crowd's energy were popular film numbers like Dil se re, Masakali, Pettai Rap and Uyire among others.

While each team was allowed a maximum of 14 members on stage and one person off stage, most teams went with two vocalists at the most, one bass guitarist, one electronic guitarist, one person on the keyboard and one on the drums.

Traversing genres

The hosts provided the teams with basic instruments like a drum kit, keyboard and bass guitar, the teams were allowed to bring their own instruments as well. The night's music showed an increasing comfort in incorporating vernacular lyrics with an Indo-Western music combine. There was also a professional restraint in the performances in terms of sharing the stage with the entire team, rather than a particular overpowering performance - be it the vocals or the instrumentals.

The two winners of the night [COLOR="red"]were Octave, a private band (first place) and SASTRA Music Team from SASTRA University, Thanjavur (second place).

The judge for the evening was Eddie from ‘Blood Covenant’, a Chennai-based Christian Metal band, who also runs a school of music in collaboration with Alliance Française. This apart, Eddie is an integral part of the Exodus Movement which organises benefit concerts for musicians.

While the first prize included a cash prize of Rs.20, 000 and fully sponsored workshop by Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music, Chennai, the second place winners received Rs.10, 000 as cash prize and a 50 per cent reduction on a similar workshop with Swarnabhoomi.

Some of the other participating colleges were PSG Tech, Coimbatore, Madras Christian College, Chennai, Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai, Sacred Heart College, Cochin, and SRM College of Engineering, Chennai.


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Can Tiruchi’s educational institutions become tobacco-free?

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dangerous coexistence:Petty shop near an educational complex in the city

Any health campaign or awareness day including World Heart Day observed this month is incomplete without the ‘say no to tobacco’ slogan. Tobacco is identified as the most preventable cause of death in India, associated with a host of disorders, including cancer and heart disease. With the focus on preventing these diseases in children and youth, a resolution to declare educational institutions ‘tobacco free’ is picking up momentum in the city.

Recently various entities, including traders, NGOs, police, health and education department officials came together to sketch out possible strategies for declaring institutions in the district tobacco-free by December 2012. Keeping up with all–India initiatives of Tobacco Control Cell, implementation of Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of advertisement and regulation of trade and commerce, production, supply and distribution) Act, (COPTA), 2003 was discussed.

For an educational institution to be declared tobacco free, there must be no usage, storage or sales on the campus and most importantly within 100 yards of the campus, says E. Vidhubala, chief of Resource Centre for Tobacco Control (RCTC) at Adyar Cancer Institute, which supported the campaign in Chennai. This applies to schools, colleges, hostels, computer or tuition centres with children below 18 years of age.

While sales and consumption of tobacco exists on campuses, a greater concern is petty shops and vendors stocking cigarettes, pan masala and ghutka right outside school gates around the city. While some of these shops openly display them, others resort to clandestine means.

“As these petty shops also stock chips, carbonated drinks and snacks that draw school children and college students, they are easily exposed to tobacco from an early age,” says Dr.Arun Seschalam, coordinator, Comprehensive Cancer Care Network.

“Restricting access to tobacco is important as children get exposed in three ways: through parents who smoke or send children out to buy products, peer pressure and cinema or media,” says Cyril Alexander, coordinator, Children Against Tobacco, that uses children in villages as ‘no-tobacco’ advocates by educating them on health consequences through illustrated books and meetings with cancer patients. “The best age to prevent tobacco from becoming a lifetime habit is to intervene during the crucial stage which is just before college or final years of school,”

Political clout stands in the way of bringing violators to task, particularly tobacco vendors near campuses, admit health and educational officials.

Many heads of institutions are not aware of the provisions of the COPTA Act or the fact they are empowered under the law to levy fine on vendors selling within 100 yards. Some principals have voiced that complaints have been made to police who mediate with vendors instead of filing a case. Police on the other hand say that institutions are hesitant to file a written complaint. Traders must support institutions by refusing to sell tobacco products to those below 18 and should refrain from displaying them visibly, feel activists.

“Awareness to institutions and traders is being undertaken by block-level teams before the law is enforced,” says Dr.Mohan, Deputy Director (in-charge), Public Health, adding that making schools tobacco-free zones will be given priority.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 951090.ece


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Remote controlled cars race to the finish line

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An improvised dirt track turned into a battleground as remote controlled cars built by mechanical engineering students picked up pace, throttled on obstacles deliberately set up to trap them and raced to the finish line.

The remote control racing (RC) event was the highpoint of the national level technical symposium, MASS 2K12, hosted by the Mechanical Engineering Department and MESA (Mechanical Engineering Students’ association) of J.J.College of Engineering and Technology.

One of the few colleges in the region to host a RC race, student organizers said the event was a launch pad for propelling innovations.

The race tested the maneuvering abilities of students and the capacity of the cars to mount obstacles along the 400 metre track and come out of the ordeal with all wheels intact.

In a dash for survival of the fittest, Sarath Uday and team from SRM University, Chennai, bagged the first prize of Rs.20,000 followed by Dinesh and team from Banari Amman Institute of Technology, Sathyamangalam.

Around 250 students representing 50 colleges in Tamil Nadu participated in various events including Theatrix- a short-film making contest with a focus on mechnanical ventures, aero-modelling, technical quiz, paper presentation and CAD modeling.

A workshop on recent trends in non-destructive testing by Tiruchi Chapter of Indian Society of Non-destructive testing preceded the symposium.

A mini vintage auto expo with eight bikes of various makes dating back to 1947 was part of the event. Inaugurating the event, G. Jeyaprakash, general manager, SSTP, BHEL, dwelt on the harmful effects of carbon emissions. S. Sathyamoorthy, principal and V. Shanmuganathan, advisor, JJCET, spoke.


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Gautham Menon to advise NIT-T students on performing arts

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National Institute of Technology – Tiruchi (NIT-T) has enlisted ace director Gautham Vasudev Menon as Advisor of the Department of Performing Arts proposed to start from the next academic year.

NIT-T Director S. Sundarrajan announced this at the commencement of Festember 2012, which ranks among India’s top- notch cultural festivals in educational institutions, in the presence of Mr. Menon, at the end of an interaction the latter had with students after delivering the inaugural address. Mr. Menon said he was looking forward to sharing his expertise with students.

Festember has symbolised the excellence of NIT-T students in extra-curricular activities since its inception in 1975. After Festember was adjudged the best cultural event by the State government in 2005, new benchmarks were being set every year, Dr. Sundarrajan said. He explained how they were capable of converting challenges into opportunities. A major advantage of NIT-T students is the composite culture they come across in the campus owing to the presence of students from all over the country, said Dr. Sundarrajan.

Recalling his student days at Mookambigai College of Engineering in neighbouring Pudukottai district where he graduated in Mechanical Engineering, Mr. Menon felt honoured to inaugurate the event in which he yearned in vain to participate while in college.

“That’s the irony in life. I could not take part in any event in Festember, and today I am the chief guest,” he said. Seeking to clear misconceptions about the dynamics of film industry, Mr. Menon came out with candid replies during the interaction much to the students’ delight.

“It is in college that one gathers confidence as the mind is open to ideologies. Unlike in the past, the world has opened up today. Make the most of the opportunities you have now,” he said.

Mr. Menon handed over to Dr. Sundarrajan first copies of Pixel, a magazine on photographs brought out by the newly-started Photography Club, and the Festember edition of Feeds, the campus magazine, in the presence of event convenor Shakaranarayasamy, and Dean – Student Welfare Ramprasad.

Staff advisors Parthiban and Ramesh said the uniqueness of this year’s edition of Festember was in its social reach. President of Students’ Association Gaurav Kumar and Festember 2012 overall coordinator Dinesh Kumar promised a memorable experience for participants.


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Virtual classroom service to power learning at NIT

TRICHY: NIT-Trichy will soon adopt a virtual classroom system, and students can henceforth listen to lectures of scientists from Defence Research and Development Laboratory in Hyderabad through an uninterrupted line, said B Venkatraman, dean, research and consultancy, NIT. The DRDL already has a strong network with a number of self-financing academic institutions in the region such as Periyar Maniammai Deemed University, and Saastra University, and now NIT will join the mainstream via the National Mission on Education. The BSNL and NIC are coordinating with NIT-T to provide a dedicated link (up to 40 megabytes per second) to get higher quality video and audio. The NIT plans to record all lectures to create a knowledge bank that would in future be open to people too.

The NIT-T has already availed itself of financial assistance totalling Rs 30 lakh for procurement of hardware and e-classroom infrastructure so that quality video lectures may be delivered online as well as through streaming servers. "The infrastructure is already in place, and classes will commence from October 15," Venkatraman said.

Owing to the online system, NIT-T faculty will also offer a course to DRDL scientists on "Material Processing for High Technology Programs." This course will be spread over three to six months and for a duration of 90 hours. As a result of this, NIT-T will offer "missiles programme", an elective subject, to students from 2013 academic year. The DRDL scientists will take classes to NIT-T students through video conferencing. Interestingly, NIT-T's industrial partners like BHEL will also handle classes for DRDL scientists in this fashion.

Talking about the virtues of the knowledge module that would bring change in the paradigms of learning and talent nurturing, he said this system would share quality teachers to all students spread over different parts of the country. Moreover, if there were 200 students for a particular subject, they could be bifurcated into groups and made to sit at two different classrooms for the purpose of learning. "Since the dedicated internet service would give us quality video and audio, all lectures would be recorded, and this would in future facilitate opportunities for placing the right talent at the right place," Venkatraman said.


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