Wirstchaft, the Economics Society of Motilal Nehru College hosted its annual Economics Fest, Ecoverve ‘16, on the 24th and 25th of February on a massive scale.
The fest was officially kicked off by the chief guest, DR Gautam Naresh, an honorary professor with Foundation for Public Economics and Policy Research, who gave a speech on urban issue and the financial management reforms in India. He was skeptical of the ‘smart city’ scheme introduced by the NDA Government. When asked about the policy of providing water for free till a certain limit, as exercised by the AAP Government, he said that it was okay, but only at a cost, that would have to be borne by people up the ladder. He also stated that Public Private Partnerships are the way forward for better public services. After the lecture and a ‘diya’ lighting ceremony, the events were started.
The two day fest consisted of intense challenges and concepts that touch the subject of economics intricately. Each event tested abilities either in management, business acumen or current affairs.
Events like Young Managers, tested knowledge, teamwork and sales ability of the team whereas, events like Negocio tested the teams, ability to make create a brand, promote and advertise a new product on the spot. The winning team of Young Managers consisted of Kanika, Pratibha and Puneet from ARSD, while close in second position came Rishabh and Nishant from ARSD again. The winning team in Negocio consisted of a cross college team – Sanyam Aggarwal, Meghna Gandhi and Ankur Maharishi, while the second position was grabbed by Shubham Kalra and Divyanshu from Sri Aurobindo College (Eve.).
Perhaps, the most creative event of fest, was Vertigo, where teams had to face multiple rounds, only to end in the sale of hard synthetic drugs like Cocaine, Heroin, Chrystal Methamphetamine etc. The winners in this event were Vishali Rawat and Himanshu Goyal from VIPS who came first, while Sonali Asri and Ashutosh from Motilal Nehru College bagged the second position.
Moot Point and Photonomics catered to a crowd, which enjoyed debates/group discussion and photography respectively. While Moot Point demanded the participants to discuss on issues like the Syrian War and Nationalism, participants of Photonomics were given the opportunity to click photographs pertaining to a topic. The winner of Moot point was Abhinav from IIMC while Ankur Maharishi from Shaheed Bhagat Singh College grabbed the second place. The winner of Photnomics was Sparsh Soni from Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Ritika Sakhuja from MLNC came second and Arif from Shivaji College came third.
Much like other departmental fests, Ecoverve also conducted Lights! Camera! Auction – an auctioning event. The winners were Vipul Dayma and Himanshu Modgil from MLNC, while close in second position was a cross college team consisting of Aayush, Ayushi and Nikunj. A Treasure Hunt event was also kept, which had three gruesome rounds. The winners were Satyam Gupta, Utkarsh Singh and Priti Kumar form MLNC, Prashant Thakur and Amit Yadav from ARSD grabbed the second place while Somveer Rawal and Nitish Yadav from MLNC bagged the third spot.
Sparkle Drive, a clothes donation campaign was also conducted in association with fulfilling dreams foundation in the college. Certain filler activites, like 7up-7 down and throwing the darts, was also conducted.
The event was a crowded with participants, and turned out to be a huge success. When asked about what he gained from organizing such a fest, the president of the society, Harshit Bansal, a third year student said, “The sponsorships we generated were remarkable, the participation was good and the team worked extremely hard. I just want to leave a legacy for the future position holders of the society and educate them to be diligent and determined whenever they organize an event of this stature, especially because it has the reputation of being the best in the college.”