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St. Xavier’s Hosts a biz fest in association with The Telegraph.

Students of Shri Shikshayatan College tackle Dias in Distress, an obstacle course that brought out the budding managers’ skills in strategy and teamwork. Pictures by Sanjoy Chattopadhyaya

Xaverians past and present slipped into business suits and brushed up on boardroom skills to battle it out with biz whizkids from across the country at the Xavier’s Management Convention 2011 on March 4 and 5, in association with The Telegraph. The management fest, organised by the college’s department of business administration, had Six Degrees of Separation as the theme.

Karthikeya Batra of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Delhi, sold his jute bags and calmed tempers before facing the judges for the final interview. All of this in a bid to win the best manager crown in the best manager competition Fayol’s Exemplar.

Students with a taste for the zany signed up for the ad-spoof competition Ad You Like It and the fun Q&A session Schrodinger’s Question. Those with a yen for buy-and-sell fought it out for the Best Manager tag. Other events included Confusion of Confusions, on the virtual stock market, Venetian Summer, a finance game, and the business plan competition, Res Nova.

While the more serious ones got down to play — or business, if you like — their friends were seen betting on them and garnering extra points for the team. “We have a betting system where students can bet on teams they expect to win in each event,” said Tanushree Sonthalia, one of the members of the Xavier’s Management Society.

The fest saw participation from 11 colleges across the country, including BCom, BBA and BBA Alumni of St. Xavier’s College, Loyola College, Chennai, Scottish Church College, Shri Shikshayatan College and Bhawanipur Gujarati Education Society College. The BBA students of St. Xavier’s College walked away with the overall winners trophy.

 

IEM’s robot rendezvous in association with t2

Number crunching, brainstorming, building robots — Festronix ’11, the Institute of Engineering and Management (IEM) fest organised in association with t2, had the best brains confronting a series of tech challenges on March 5 and 6.

The two-day engineering fest saw over 80 colleges from across the country taking part in events like I-Robot, Bits and Bytes, Math-Magic and Crysis. The Sector V campus saw its share of music and masti too, but the thrust was on brain-racking events that involved numerical puzzles and GK quizzes.

“Festronix is about bringing an intelligent crowd together and giving them an opportunity to explore their potential. We had general events like Q-Foria, Eye Candy and Crysis, too, that would interest anyone,” said Shoaib Khan, fest co-ordinator and a fourth-year student of IEM. To keep the mood light, a fun zone had been marked out, where RJs kept the crowd entertained with a music contest.

 

 

For even tough-nut techies, Minesweeper was one heck of a challenge. The contest: robots moving along the matrix grid had to detect metal objects. “Of all the robotics-related contests, this required the most advanced level of programming,” said fourth-year electronics student Rajeshwari Chatterjee. The host college bagged the winning trophy.

 

 

 

Electronics engineering students put in hours of research and had many trial-and-error sessions to create a highly sensitive automated robot for the Line Tracker event. The challenge was to make the robot move along the white line without going off track and knocking down any of the candles. “This is not something in our syllabus, so we had no textbook knowledge to fall back on. But it was exciting to come up with our own solutions,” said Satadip Mukherjee, a second-year student of IEM.

 

 

 

In Robocup Challenge, students had to direct their remote-controlled robots to the soccer goalpost, dodging and removing obstacles along the way. “All the teams have tried to add some special feature to their robots that would help them overcome the hurdles,” said Soumodipto Chatterjee of Techno India College.

 

 

Avenir, the tech fest at Netaji Subhash Engineering College, in association with t2, was a battle of words, wits and robots

Students with their bots negotiate inclined planes, alleys, sand pits, and obstacle blocks in the Terra Ranger event. (Bishwarup Dutta)

If you thought college fests were all about song, dance and fashion shows, think again. Avenir, the technology and environment fest of Netaji Subhash Engineering College, was all about mind games — and some hi-tech robotics.

Go Green was the fest message, as students went around sporting T-shirts asking “How big is your carbon footprint?”. There were over 23 events, including Sudoku, Chessmate, Encoding, Arithmos, Contrive, Excogitation (documentary making), Lenz’s Eye (photography), Dispute (debate), Ad Enacting and Gaming. The gaming contest was a huge hit with over 64 teams signing up for Counter Strike and another 100 or so for FIFA.

But the highlight of the fest in terms of high-voltage action proved to be the robotics events spread over three days. Terra Ranger was the relatively safe event as 52 teams manoeuvred robots through an obstacle course with inclined planes, alleys, sand pits, obstacle blocks and miniature ravines. “Highest points. Yes!” exulted Rajarshi Chakrabarti, a first-year student of the Future Institute of Engineering and Management, whose team managed a cool 756 points by finishing in record time. The secret of their success? “Too many video games,” they laughed.

Posters on the fest’s Go Green theme at the college. (Srinjoy Das)

Elsewhere, the battle had heated up with Robowarz. The event, that saw robots slugging it out in the playing arena, was dominated initially by BP Poddar’s heavy-duty robot that had a deadly cutter powered by a 6,000 RPM motor. During the knockout matches, it slashed its competition from the same college into shreds and robot parts apparently rocketed up to the second floor.

While many of the robots had shields and other defence mechanisms, all the BP Poddar bot had was that one attacking cutter (like Krishna’s sudarshan chakra, pointed out Sougata Chatterjee, a fourth-year student of NSEC who was moderating the contest).

No defence? “We don’t believe in defence. We just believe in attack,” grinned Amit Kumar, a second-year BP Poddar student. Words he and his team would soon regret as his team got pushed out by the home team’s bot.

“Our strategy was simple. Our robot was not too tall, so the cutter couldn’t damage it. It also had low RPM. So the strategy was to keep pushing steadily and drive the attacking bot out of the arena,” said Sougata. Talk about slow and steady winning the race!

Ad Enacting saw teams come up with ads for a product that would extract light energy and reuse it. “It was a hilarious event where products varied from a stun gun umbrella to light-producing hair gel,” said Tejesva Dugar, a third-year student of IT at NSEC.

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