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1500 students ride on Wheels fervour

- Shilpa Rao to take stage on last day

Wheels-2014 drove into Telco Club on Thursday with skits, paintings, songs and comics.

The 27th edition of the mega inter-school fest, organised by the Graduate Engineer Trainee (GET) club, saw participation of 1,500 students from 60 schools.

The GET club comprises young techies from Tata Motors, TML Drivelines, Tata Power, Tata Cummins Ltd and Tata Hitachi Construction Machinery. Earlier, the competition had revved up with a marathon on January 19 that was flagged off by A.B. Lall, plant head of Jamshedpur unit of Tata Motors.

On Thursday, around 400 students from 22 cradles took part in ABCD (Anybody Can Draw), western vocals, comic-making workshops, creative writing, spellathon, fusion singing and painting contest.

“We have been organising this contest for the last 27 years for schoolgoers. Since Tatas are known for their ethics, it is our duty to carry the tradition forward. Through Wheels, we want children to learn something new,” said Adnan Rahim, a graduate trainee with Tata Motors.

The theme for Wheels 2014 is Celebrating Indianness, where youngsters get an opportunity to express their opinions through a number of activities including debate, painting, dance, photography, skit, football, movie-making, mehendi.

The GET club has introduced skit contest Rangmanch, which is on the lines of nukkad natak, and is aimed at spreading awareness on contemporary social issues.

The Clash of the Bands will also see college students from outside Jamshedpur strum strings and win hearts.

The awaited moment of the cultural extravaganza, however, will come when Jamshedpur girl Shilpa Rao, acclaimed singer of Manmarziya fame, takes to the stage during the closing ceremony.