Dhanbad’s BIT-Sindri chose to spread the write message on conservation on Sunday.
The tech cradle kick-started Fiesta-2012, the annual festival of its literary society, on the theme “Grow Green Grow Healthy”.
“Our society was established way back in 1984. Each year, we work on different themes. Last year, our theme was ‘Save Water, Save Earth and Save Life’. This time, we are going green,” final-year BTech student Isha Apurva told The Telegraph.
The daylong revelry, which saw more than 200 students from across the state take part, however kicked off with numbers, not words.
A mathematics quiz at the cradle’s Deshpande Auditorium was held this morning, in which 12 students, divided into six teams — four from BIT-Sindri and one each from NIFFT-Ranchi and Sindri College — pitted their number crunching skills against each other during the three rounds.
Its preliminary selections were held on March 31.
“The final bunch of students who made the cut to the finals of the event were chosen on the basis of a written round,” said BTech final-year student Gaurava Kumar Singh.
After numbers, came ensembles.
The math quiz was followed by Crème de la Crème, in which BTech second-year students scorched the ramp, depicting the attire of various states of the country.
They then took part in an X-factor round, to vie for the crown of the best sophomore.
The X-factor round, which was held at the Open Air Theatre of the institute, also tested the compatibility of the participants with their respective partners through a series of informal activities, such as singing and dancing.
The Crème de la Crème event was followed by a super branch contest during which two students from all the 10 branches of the cradle tried to outsmart each other in a host of technical quizzes, slide shows and dance contests.
Students also spread awareness on issues such as AIDS, corruption and dowry deaths during a skit contest.
The action then shifted over to the singing contest, Raag, in which techies melodiously exercised their vocal chords to croon folk songs in their native language. Each contestant was given four minutes for their songs, during which they were judged by Dhanbad-based classical music expert Minakshi Tanti and the cradle’s electrical engineering department professor Rekha Jha, who were aided by some students.
Later on, three groups of students also made an online presentation of various software programmes that had been developed by them at the event titled Technosoft.
The software programmes were designed for better management of library records. Department of computer science engineering head R.K. Srivastava and professor Amar Prakash of electrical and communication engineering judged the entries.