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Students of KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, painted their campus red, and all other hues at the weeklong paintball event titled Lock ‘n’ Load. Organised by an ex-KIITian, Dhananjay, the adventurous competition is being held for the first time in the state. Paintball is an international sport in which players compete in teams or individually to eliminate their opponents by tagging them with capsule-sized gelatinous balloons containing water-soluble dye, referred to as paint ball. It is fired from a paintball gun. The thrilling war simulation game included various scenarios such as capturing a flag pitched in the middle of nowhere and hunting a treasure concealed in one of the dozen buildings in the area. Every day, it attracted a good number of participants, who were provided masks, goggles and costumes resembling army fatigues and gloves. A bunch of seniors regulated the game to ensure the safety of players and that none of the rules were violated. They eliminated a player marked with paint or a broken colour ball. The participants, who had to play within a demarcated area, hid in bunkers or behind barrels to avoid getting “hit”. The event, which began on April 5, is open to all batches of students of the university.

On a high

Celegance, the annual techno cultural festival of C.V. Raman Group of Institutions, Bhubaneswar, was a celebration of creativity and talent as students put their best foot forward to make the two-day event a roaring success. Dance, music and power-packed performances by rock bands from various colleges of the state gave a thrilling start to the show. Odia music industry gem Pranab Kishore Patnaik was present on the occasion. Several technical sessions and creative activities followed the event. Meritorious students and achievers were felicitated. Mohammed Asad Tanvir, a fourth-year chemical engineering student, was adjudged the best student for 2012-13. Earlier, director of the International Institute of Information Technology G.K. Nayak and president of the Raman Education Society S.C. Bhadra inaugurated the event. Chairman of the group Sanjib Kumar Rout addressed the gathering. Dean of students’ welfare Sruti Ranjan Mishra presented the annual report.

Toxin free

Students from various colleges took part in a foot-march organised under the auspices of the Milita Odisha Nisha Nibarana Abhijan on April 5 in Bhubaneswar. The awareness campaign, led by Gandhian leader Padma Charan Nayak, calls for an umbrella ban on sale of liquor and narcotics and enforcement of prohibition of liquor in the Directive Principles of State Policy. Along with several social activists, young boys and girls marched from Vani Vihar to Sishu Bhavan, raising the slogan “No Prohibition, No Vote”, demanding the political parties to take note of the campaign and enforce the law. They also spread awareness about the ill effects of intoxicants and liquor. The participants then headed to Koustav Engineering College in the city for a discussion titled “Why Prohibition?” The anti-liquor campaign had started from Baliapala in Balasore district on March 29. After moving through eight districts, it wound up at Ganjam district’s Hinjili.

Aero design

A group of engineering students of KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, have been selected to take part in the Aero Design West-2013 competition to be held in California from April 12 to 14. The SAE International is organising the competition in collaboration with organisations such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Lockheed Martin. According to the competition’s rules, the teams are required to design, fabricate and test radio-controlled aircrafts. It encompasses both theoretical and practical aspects of aircraft construction. The first team, KIIT Arihant, which is competing in the regular category, has 15 members. They have designed and built an aircraft from balsa wood, whose combined length, width and height is 225 inches, weight is less than three-and-a-half kilograms. It can carry a payload of around 10kg. Powered by an internal combustion engine, it can fly up to a height of 1,000ft at a speed of 120km per hour. The other group, which calls itself KIIT Aero, is competing in micro class. Their aircraft is powered by an electric motor. Both teams worked under the guidance of faculty advisor lsham Panigrahi.

Talent hunt

The annual Mahindra Igniters Quotient, a talent hunt competition for tech schools by automobile company Mahindra and Mahindra, was organised at the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, on April 3. The event allowed students to demonstrate their automotive talents, knowledge and share their passion with fellow auto enthusiasts on a single platform. They were taken on a tour of the history of Mahindra Automotive and Farm Equipment sector. A technical paper presentation contest and other activities followed the event. Winners of the contests got a direct entry to the Mahindra Igniters scheme, which represent the Mahindra Automotive and Farm Equipment Sector recruitment interviews, Flipkart vouchers and other goodies. Apart from NIT-Rourkela students, many from BIT-Mesra and VSS University of Technology, Burla, also took part in the event. The group of Apurv Keshav Kedia, Anand Amrit, Priyank Kumar, Ashirvad Jena and Prakash Kumar emerged winners in design quotient for creating a hovercraft. Anand won the first prize in the technical quotient category while the team of Swadheen Satyakam Mishra, Anshuman Mohapatra and Abhishek Giri were adjudged winner in the general quotient round. Santanu Kumar Sahoo, a final-year student of NIT-Rourkela, co-ordinated the event.