Department fests


Econvista, the National Students Symposium of the Economics department of Lady Shri Ram College for Women concluded last week on 25th January, Saturday. The Symposium was subtitled India at the Crossroads, and took place on the 24th and the 25th of January, with some fantastic guest lectures taking place as a prelude to the same. These included lectures by eminent personalities like Isher Judge Alhuwalia (Chairperson, ICRIER) Ashok Gulati (Chairperson, Commission of Agriculture Costs and Prices) and Smita Mitra (UN Women). Dr. Isher Judge Alhuwalia was also the Chief Guest of the event. The theme that the symposium followed this year was Political Economy in the wake of the coming National general election and to reflect how economics is invariably linked with politics.

The flagship events of Econvista this year were the Eco Trials, Dr. Saroj Gupta Memorial Paper Presentation, The Economist, The Policy Dilemma, Eco Journalism, Eco-Know-me and Eco Matters. The interaticve, informal events were called Thinkonomics, Economystery and The Animated Economy. The prestigious Dr. Saroj Gupta Memorial Paper Presentation was won by Sambodhi Sarkar of St. Stephens College for his paper titled “The real estate sector in India: Curbing black money flows and increasing tax revenues”. The second position was bagged by the team from IIT Kanpur and the third position went to the LSR team.

Possibly the most distinctive feature of Econvista, however, was the record response that the event received. Says Charvi Kain, the President of the Department of Economics, LSR, ‘’ This year, we have seven outstation contingents participating in Econvista, making it a truly remarkable national event.’’

The final day at St. Stephen’s National Science Fest started off with a conventional debate. Organised by the Debating Society, the motion for the NSF Debate was, “This house will allow parents to choose the genetic composition of their kids”. The event witnessed participation from a total of nine teams, with Hindu College emerging as the best team.

The winning team comprised of Vibhor Mathur and Nomaan Hassan. Nomaan’s argument against the motion, also won him the title of the Best Speaker of the debate.

The adjudicating panel for the event comprised of Riya Sharma, Midhandeep Jain and Mehvish Rathor – all experienced debaters of the Stephen’s clan. One of the adjudicators says, “Some really astounding ideas came up, such as how tolerance for diversity is a perhaps a very trivial part of human culture – which certainly does make a lot of sense if you can defend it well. The debate surely had some interesting moments.”

Winners of the Treasure hunt.

The closing event for the National Science Fest was a culmination a ride ranging from different corners of Stephen’s through the Treasure Hunt. Parichay Mazumdar, Maitreyee Rudola, Ayushi Kathayat and Sadiah Zahoor of St. Stephen’s College emerged as the winning team in the same.

The organising committee also announced the results for Competition of Young Scientists and Enthusiasts (CYSAE), a multidisciplinary competition held on the previous day. From six teams that went into the finals, St. Stephen’s College emerged as the winner, with a team from IIT Delhi settling for the second position. The winning team from St. Stephen’s College comprised of Nishchaiy Suri, Shreya Arya and Ojasvi Khare.

The Hindi Sahitya Sabha, the oldest society of Shri Ram College of Commerce is organizing its annual national fest “Spandan 2014” from 27th to 30th January’14.

The fest embarks its history by collaborating with the National Archives of India to organize an exhibition of manuscripts. It also brings in attraction for participants with competition prizes up to Rs. 6 lakhs.

The event will begin with an inauguration ceremony followed by events: an extempore ‘Gagar Me Saagar’ and ‘Khajane ki Khoj’, a treasure hunt to find out how spontaneous and reflexive one can act.

Day 2 will consist of ‘Kahaani Buno’, a story telling competition, ‘Samuhik Paricharcha”, a group discussion and a poetry writing competition titled, “Kalam Se Pratiyogita”.

Akshay Singhania, President Hindi Sahitya Sabha says, “We have themed our events to explore the talent of youth by giving them the opportunity to put forward their ideas and expressions.”

The events scheduled for day 3 are “Vaad Vivad Pratiyogita”, a conventional debate competition and a team competition of “Antakshri”.

On the last day, 30th January’14 the society will unleash one of the most awaited events “Kavi Hun Main” providing a platform for unrecognized poets to exhibit their talent. The fest will conclude with the prize distribution ceremony for the winners and participants of the various competitions.

Event Schedule:

Day 1

10 a.m. : Inauguration Ceremony
12 p.m. : An Extempore -“Gagar Me Saagar”
3 p.m. : Treasure Hunt “Khajane Ki Khoj”

Day 2

10 a.m. : “Kahaani Buno” – Story Telling Competition
12 p.m. : “Samuhik Paricharcha” – Group Discussion
3 p.m. : “Kalam Se Pratiyogita” – Poetry Writing Competition

Day 3

“Vaad Vivad Pratiyogita” – Debate

Day 4

“Kavi Hun Main”

Simulation, the annual Statistics department fest of Sri Venkateshwara College, gave a welcoming break to the students from the mundane classroom lectures and the biting chill of the stubborn Delhi weather. Held on 23-24 January, this year’s Simulation saw quite a buzz with multiple events spanning the two days.


The fest was officially inaugurated on the 23rd of January by T.R Mohanty, the deputy director general of the Central Statistical Organisation at 11 AM. After a brief address by the chief guest, a special Career launcher session was held. In the latter half of the day, students participated in a Treasure hunt that had them run in and out of the campus. For those preferring to sit and solve classic newspaper puzzles instead of running about in the cold, a Sudoku competition was held parallel to the treasure hunting competition. Abhinav from Ram Lal Anand emerged as the winner in the same. Half an hour later, a Quiz competition was held alongside a trailer making competition. Adding more fun to the event schedule, the day ended with the game of dumb charades.


The fest extended to the next day, the 24th of January. Math lovers found their palates satisfactorily catered to as the second day began with a competitive event called Human Calculator. Participants were expected to solve a series of long and complicated mathematical problems without the use of external aids. A fun session of Antakshari later helped cool off the steaming brain cells. Vritti Palli and Arpit from Statistics(H) IIIrd Year at  SVC won the competition.

This was followed by a three legged Obstacle Race, where tripping and blaming your own partner is a must (12:25 PM), Ad Mad, an event where budding salesmen attempted to win the favour judges for their products and Beg, borrow or Steal, a conspicuous event that, I believe, is threateningly close to receiving a lawsuit by a popular reality show.

All said and done, Simulation has been a surprisingly fun chain of events generating much anticipation for the next year to come.

The National Science Fest will be organised by St. Stephen’s College on 24th, 25th and 26th January 2014. The event is being headed by the Students’ Union Society of the college, in collaboration with the Computer Science Society, Chemistry Society, Electronics Society, Photography Society, Environment Society, Debating Society and Quiz Club. The fest aims at offering a mix of competitive and academic activities. These range from a paper presentation to a treasure hunt.

Mrittunjoy Guha Majumdar, Senior Secretary for NSF, says, “This year we present yet another edition of the Stephanian scientific extravaganza with many more electrifying events and a lot more enthusiasm to make this event memorable.”

First day brings an interdisciplinary triathlon of events with Debugging Electronicz, Paper Presentations and a Science Quiz. This trail of events continues to the second day with CYSAE (Competition for Young Scientists and Enthusiasts) and the Scientifik Exhibition.

Amal Jahan, General Secretary says, “We are expecting an overwhelming response given the trend that has been set for the past few years. Enormous energy and effort has been invested in planning NSF’14 to make it an interesting and exciting affair.”

The fest promises to pose ultimate challenges for the electronics enthusiasts with events like, “Debugging Electronicz” followed by the NSF talks where revered veterans like Dr. Prasanta Panigrahi and Dr. Patrick Dasgupta will talk about interesting topics such as Black Hole evaporation and Quantum Dots. The new twist to this year’s NSF is for the explorers with a scientific bent of mind with events like the Treasure Hunt.

For those consummate in rhetoric, Day 3 schedules the NSF Debate, with the motion “Whether parents should be allowed to choose the genetic composition of their kids!”

NSF ’14 is expected to conclude with the ‘Scientifik Exhibition’ wherein participants will be presenting posters and models on the topic “Innovative Practices for Conservation of Natural Resources”, which will be judged for the top spot by Dr. Kinkini Dasgupta, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.

List of Events:

Day 1: 24th January, 2014

  •  Opening Ceremony
  • NSF Talks
  1. “Black hole evaporation and information loss problem” by Dr. Patrick Dasgupta
  2. “The Fascinating World of Chemistry” by Dr. Subho Mozumdar
  • NSF Science Quiz
  • Debugging Electronicz
  • Paper Presentation

Day 2: 25th January, 2014

  • CYSAE (Competition for Young Scientists and Enthusiasts)
  • Scientifik Exhibition
  • NSF Talks
  1. “Small Waves are Making Big Waves: Wavelets in Action” by Dr. Prasanta Panigrahi
  2. “From Quantum Mechanics to Quantum Dots” by Dr. Sameer Sapra
  • Absurd Theory
  • Kapture Photography and Digital Imaging Event

Day 3: 26th January, 2014

  • NSF Debate
  • Treasure Hunt

For more information, you can visit www.nsf2014.wordpress.com or write to [email protected]

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