Technology is ever-improving. With every tick of the clock, the mankind puts a step ahead to create wonders. Getting on with the progress is a vital responsibility of every engineering graduate; and that is what the techno-management fests are meant for.
SAMAVESH 2k18, the annual techno-management fest of VSSUT, Burla, which went live on the web at ‘samavesh2k18.org’, marked its advent on the 10th & 11th days of February, amidst frenzied excitement and vigour. With Apurwa Masook as the Coordinator, various clubs and societies organised several fun-filled activities & events and received overwhelming participations.
Where ‘Fly With VSLV ‘ had to trace an idea to develop an efficient and economic can-sized satellite (Picosat), that could be employed for a cause, along with the mighty VSLV, ‘Design & Thinking’ asked them to do the normal things abnormally– you had to make a paper boat, but with one hand only! ‘Peek-a-probe’ made the one, who could impress the social media with an innovation to solve an issue chosen, win; and ‘VSSUT Records’ scanned the bests in a series of fun events.
The Civil Engineering Department had its own aroma in the events it organised– Bridge Art is where you had to design a bridge with ice cream sticks and threads and CAD design expected the structure design of a problem statement.
Quizzing events were no behind. The Auto Quiz provided a delightful insight to the auto-lovers, whereas the advancements in business and technology were explored by the Business quiz and the Biz-Tech quiz. Electrical events also included a logo quiz, where one had to identify the firms related to electrical engineering from their logos. Go Electric and Who am I puzzled them for unique ripostes. Paper Presentation & Model Presentation hunted for the avant-gardes.
The SAE conducted four events– Auto Quiz, Sketch a Car, Get in Gear (to build a gear prototype based on the given data input) and Design-o-Mania (to design a CAD model and test it).
The Chemical Engineering Department stood strict with the world of Chemistry. The participants played Bingo with a chemical questionnaire in Chemingo and answered promptly in the first round to identify the provided chemicals in the second, in Chemical Breakdown.
You had to protect your egg along with a parachute after falling in Egg Parachute & a block of certain dimensions from an impact by a Truss-o-mech and design a hydraulic crane to lift things like table tennis balls and Rubik’s cube in Arm of Achilles, if you were there in Mechanical events.
The Robotics Society came up to see who could cross their Death Valley, follow the line marked (in Lined It 4.0) and Capture the Flag after passing a terrain– all with robots.
Two workshops, one on Ethical Hacking, conducted by Mr. Harshit, a certified Gold-medallist hacker, in association with a cyber-crime consultant company from Ahmedabad and the other on Android App Development, conducted by Google Developer Group, Bhubaneswar, were organised.
Technology shall go in vain, if it doesn’t meet the market. The EDP Cell, through various events, promised to get it done away with. Ad-frek taught advertisement strategies and Corporate Bang paved the way to solve a certain financial issue. B-plan was an idea pitching event, while Crypto World showed a glimpse of how to invest with crypto-currencies.
Virtual gaming events, as always, had a special appeal– be them the mobile ones, viz. Mini Militia, Clash of Clans, Clash Royals and Ludo or the PC ones, viz. FIFA 18, Rocket League, CS Go and NFS. Fun events like Treasure Hunt boosted the adrenaline and Walk on Water augmented curiosity. A stand-up comedy session by the ‘Chain Jokers’ was much hilarious to tickle everyone’s belly.
The first evening witnessed the inaugural ceremony in the Open Air Theatre, with Shri Chetan Patel, National Coordinator of Honeybee, National Innovation Foundation-India as the Chief Guest, Er. Managovinda Mishra, Founder and MD, Nemhans Solutions as the Chief Speaker, Er. Emamul Haque, Board of Governors, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and other dignitaries. Er. Asheesh Padhy, Senior Vice President and Director, Reliance Power, joined the students as the Guest Speaker on the day which followed.
The evenings became even more soulful and vibrant, as the singers, instrumentalists and dancers showcased their remarkable dexterities on the stage that drove the audience to hum and sway, to which the moderate weather and cool breeze underpinned well. Where the musicians connected from the Bollywood to English, the dancers bridged the mythology to the modern era. SUM Musical Society from Sambalpur presented the theme music on MakerFest Odisha. Star performance by Harihar Das and the Sand Animation by the renowned sand artist Subal Maharana were among the special attractions.
The concluding evening witnessed the award ceremony and the dangerous yet dumbfounding bike stunts.
Campus decorated with garlands for lights, stalls with delicious food items and trees having been turned to event promotion hoardings– Samavesh has left out a never-fading impression on those who were a part of the grand rejoice.
A special gratefulness to UNESCO, for the partnership and the sponsors, MCL, Acer, NALCO, Imfa, Reliance Power, Kemppi, OMC, State Bank of India, OPGC and Raina Aqua, without whose support the fest would not have been such a success.