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Sunday, 24 April 2016

Cetadieu 2k16: The Cetadel Farewell

By: Team PenTastic
By Shirin Sonali and Shrika Agarwal


The entrance!!


We define farewell as a goodbye or a parting compliment, but the Cetadel farewell was much more than just that. We didn't just say goodbye to our 4th year seniors, but to a rich potpourri and repository of thinkers, writers, speakers and believers. The Cetadel farewell 2k16 - a portentous, exceedingly amazing and prodigious event was bedecked by the seniors who have been the mainstay of the literary club for the past 4 years. The event was also graced by Minakshi Sir who is currently the Faculty in Charge of Cetadel.

The event was literally "kicked off" by Anirban Pati (the balloon kick entrance!), who gave us a rather emotional speech, throwing light on his 4 year journey in CET, as a student and Cetadel member. This was followed by an equally sweet speech by Tanuja Patnaik and by Anubhav Routray, who gave us an "awesomely technical" speech, as said by Arghya Patnaik!! This was followed by a video tribute to our beloved 4th year seniors by the 3rd years. Delicious food packets from Mio Amore were distributed and everyone ended up licking their fingers.




Then there was the cutting of the cake with the icing "CETARDS @ HEARTS". A new vigour was induced into everyone with the announcement of the surprise fun event. So each 4th year senior had to burst a balloon, and do whatever was written on the chit inside the balloon. It wasn't as easy as it sounds! They had to burst it without using their hands, which everyone opted to do with their feet, and the tasks given were, as you would call it, "ek se badhkar ek"! Everyone sportingly took their tasks and completed it. It was too much fun as the tasks included doing the steps of Gangnam Style, singing Baby Doll in Odia, do the Paa wala dance and many more exciting ones. After this humorous event, the rest of the seniors shared their feelings, followed by a truth question for each of them. The truth questions was really difficult for some to answer whereas some gave their answers in seconds. Meanwhile Shirts were presented to all our beloved seniors where they had to write about each other. This was a memorable gift which they would cherish forever.

Now it was time for the juniors to shed light on their thoughts and feelings about the seniors. M.Soundarya of first year shared her feelings which captured everyone's hearts. Yogesh Kumar from 2nd year also shared his thoughts which pleased everyone. Then it was the chance of our 3rd years to share their experiences till now and tell all of us that how they would carry the name of the club even further.

The Cetadel Family <3


The shirts were still being filled and even the juniors wrote their feelings about all the lovable seniors. As every event is incomplete without a photo session, so we clicked a lot of pictures throughout the event, thanks to Aishwarya Kumar Das who was our photographer for the day. A token of appreciation and remembrance was presented to each of the seniors and the farewell ended on a jolly note with everyone biding them their last but not the least goodbye and wishing them good luck for their future endeavors. Though they will be taking their departure from us shortly but their memory will be engraved in our hearts forever.


Thursday, 21 April 2016

The Unsung heroes of Xtasy 2K16

By: Team PenTastic

Interviewed by: Anshuman Ray & Pooja Pattnaik

It was nothing short of a revelation when we interviewed these two fine gentlemen who know about this college more than any student worth one's salt. Yet there wasn't any sense of entitlement or conceitedness when they shared their experience of managing Xtasy. For the first time in the history of this college, a star night happened in the campus. One might wonder what's there to brag about. But the same people have no idea about the incredible amount of red tape that comes with organizing such a huge fest. Mr Abhishek Khemka, The President of the student union and Mr Rajesh Ranjan Mohanty, The cultural secretary completely swayed us with their amazing amount of dedication and commitment they have towards this college. Excerpts from the interview:

Pooja : What were the major responsibilities as the President and Cultural Secretary and what were the teams which played  important roles in conducting the fest?

Abhishek: Since it is a huge socio-cultural fest of CET, a much bigger function than what we celebrated in the school days. So, for XTASY we had many different teams such as the Registration team, Hospitality team, PR Management  team, etc. I was in charge of the event management section. My responsibility was to manage the teams and maintain proper coordination between them.

Rajesh: My job was to handle the PR team and take care of the hospitality. Since we lack in having proper media contacts, this time we tried to create a good relationship with the media and sponsors so that in the future we can build up a better relation with organisations in order to get more support from sponsors.



Anshuman: What were the issues and hurdles you faced while organizing the fest?

Abhishek: The major issue that we faced is the ego related problem of some students. Many students want undue importance which at times creates a mess for the organizing and coordinating teams. Many people find the work allotted beneath them. Also managing the crowd becomes difficult if the crowd doesn't cooperate!

Rajesh: The main difficulty that I came across was handling the official work during Pre-XTASY time. I was really tensed as the system is so complicated and the process becomes extremely lengthy.  Although the college cooperates, there are a lot of limitations to that. It becomes such a huge headache that it's nothing short of arranging a marriage for a daughter. 

"Organizing a fest is nothing short of arranging marriage for a daughter"

Abhishek: The college authorities are prejudiced about the fact that the organizing committee students might be misusing the money which is utterly ridiculous and makes the money sanctioning process tedious and frustrating. First of all we need to prepare a proposal to be presented in a meeting which would be presided over by the PIC, student union along with the co-ordinators and clerks. The PIC has the power to grant upto ten thousand and it would all be recorded in a proceeding which would form the basis of another application to be written for more money. This would be approved by the Principal and the maximum amount which can be sanctioned is 1 lac. If we require any amount exceeding one lac, we need to furnish tenders in order to do that. Even if the amount is under one lac, we need to produce quotation for the amount to be sanctioned. For example if we require a computer system that costs 25000, we need to produce three quotations and the quotation with the lowest price is selected. Then we need to produce the bills by the respective shops and the bill processing takes around two months owing to which the shops quote a much higher price than the original price on purpose which adds to the inconvenience of students and college authorities alike.

Rajesh: Can you guess the how much time the pre-Xtasy work would have taken to be completed? I have been literally on my heels for three months.

Anshuman: It's been more than 34 years since the college was established. Shouldn't these processes be streamlined by now?

Abhishek: Nothing can be done about it. This is a government process.These process can be streamlined only when 1-2 exclusive clerks are allotted to the student affairs. We being the members of student union are doing the clerical work such as writing applications, arranging  meetings, producing bills etc and many other students and faculties are doing the same. The primary work of a student or a faculty is academics. No student or faculty of an institution should ever hold a file and do these clerical work as it's not a part of their job. There should be clerks allotted to student affairs, placement cell so that these places could function seamlessly and efficiently.

"We, being the members of student union are doing the clerical work such as writing applications, arranging  meetings, producing bills etc and many other students and faculties are doing the same."


Rajesh: Students partake in these activities as clerks don't work properly in this college and if it were only upto them, the pre-Xtasy work would have taken years to be completed. To avoid any hassles we had to take the responsibilities and bear the brunt of such work which brings down the level of our fest.


Pooja: But if we are talking about government colleges, NIT Rourkela also organizes it's fests which
are better than our college fest.. 

Rajesh: For organizing fests,in NIT, there is a Dean and a Students Welfare Team which includes at least five faculties members allotted to manage and handle all the work. Here in CET, we have no such facilities nor exclusive posts like Placement Official or Student Welfare Officials, etc.




Abhishek: The Professors who are given the responsibility of  taking classes have to do the extra work, due to which academics are hampered significantly. There is a dire need of additional posts to be created which streamline the entire process thus helping us meet the deadlines.

"Here in CET, we have no exclusive posts like Student Welfare Officer, Placement Officer etc."
Anshuman: When and how did you decide to call Darshan Rawal? 

Abhishek: We initially zeroed in on Armaan Malik. We tried really hard to make it happen. But then again the whole process of bringing him in took a lot of time. Since a star night would mean a lot of money and due to the mind-numbing tedious procedures, we missed the window. It was a huge kick in the gut.

Rajesh:  But since the file processing for approval in College took a very long time, by the time we could get the approval. Armaan Malik's Dates had been booked already. So we decided to contact Darshan Rawal through our event manager.


Pooja: How cooperative were the students and the teachers?


Abhishek: The students were very much cooperative and so were the teachers. But some problems are inevitable while one organizes a big fest!

Anshuman: There were rumours about Darshan Rawal leaving the concert in the middle. Was it true?

Abhishek: No, no such thing happened. He didn't end the show abruptly. In fact, before singing the last song, he mentioned that it was the last song for the day! It was some misunderstanding that gave people the wrong idea that he left the show abruptly. The show ended well and as per plan.

Anshuman: What should be the ideal budget to organise a big fest in CET?

Abhishek: Budget at present is completely okay.

Rajesh : If the budget is low, one will manage it with prudence and purpose. If a fest has a huge budget, the money is drained in fulfilling trivial matters, most of the work is outsourced and the organizers face serious shortages as money is either spent recklessly or is misused. When the budget is less, it's a great opportunity to showcase your managerial skills as you already have a tight budget and one needs to act with great pragmatism to deliver.

Abhishek: Even if the budget is high, what really matters is the number of sponsors you can bring to the table. We didn't have too many sponsors this time, but we made it a point to hype brand CET big-time. We have worked really hard to maintain a great relationship with the sponsors which would definitely yield results when the organizers approach them next time.


"When the budget is less, it's a great opportunity to showcase your managerial skills as you already have a tight budget and one needs to act with great pragmatism to deliver. "

Pooja: Since many girls were out in the night and the in-time was extended, how was the security system of the college?

Abhishek : Security was never an issue as this time, we made central registration mandatory for everyone. No one was allowed without an ID card and there were 25 police personnel in the first two days and 50 in the second. Apart from that, we had our own executive security and 60 SHIELD members spread across the college.

Rajesh : The thing with security is, if one doesn't feel secure in one's bone, even a level-Z security would fail miserably.

Anshuman : There is a general perception that whoever takes the post of president or cultural secretary, they do it for money. Is there any truth to the statement or is it just another preposterous assumption made by the students?

Abhishek : To be very frank, no one can swindle any money meant for the fest. What happens in reality is money is not utilized in many cases. We try our level best to spend the entire amount in organizing the fest with lot of accountability. It's entirely up to the person holding the post to utilize the money judiciously or erratically. Even after the fests are over, we are into purchasing of sound equipment for arpeggio and we have also furnished cultural room. Again after all the expenses, money is left and we always try to identify the areas where that amount can be spend for the development of the college. The bottom-line here is we are answerable to anyone who has any queries regarding budget and where did every penny go.



"It's entirely up to the person holding the post to utilize the money judiciously or erratically."

Pooja : What was unique about Xtasy-2016 ?
Rajesh : The centralized registration was unique and it made the process very smooth as students just had to register online and on producing the receipt and they would be issued an ID using which they can participate in any event. The art gallery and photo gallery were comparable to any major fest held across India. The prizes and certificates were distributed immediately after the completion of the event. These were the few unique aspects......

Rajesh bhai, with his trademark sheepish smile signaled us to ask another question. On knowing it was our last, he almost heaved a sign of relief and the friendly banter continued....


Thursday, 14 April 2016

Sannidhya 2K16

By: Team PenTastic




The Civil Engineering Society provides an exclusive and effective platform for learning, exploring, sharing and analysing various ideas and knowledge and invoke inquisitiveness and interest among the students for research and innovation in the field of Civil Engineering and also intends to create opportunities for students to enrich and discover their potential by guiding them towards new technologies and preparing them for out-of-the-box thinking to face the real world challenges. For these intents and purposes, the Civil Engineering Society instituted Sannidhya, the annual Civil Tech fest of CET.

Sannidhya is one of the most awaited events of our college every year. It is a three day extravaganza of talent, skills, learning and loads of fun, a huge prize money at stake, goodies to be won and participation certificates for all. Since its inception in 2004, Sannidhya has achieved great success in discovering new talent. The objective of Sannidhya is not only confined to the fest and celebrations; its objective is to welcome new ideas, innovations and build a network between the different aspects of civil engineering from different corners. It is exclusive for the students of Civil Engineering, but students of different branches can also participate in certain events.



Though the fest has been held every year for the past 10-15 years, this time it was held on a very large scale. The Civi Fest started with a Civil Engineering Department alumni meet on the 27th of March. It was marked with the guest talk by Dr. N.C Pal, the Executive Engineer of Water Resources, Government of Odisha, who is an alumni of the first batch of CET. The agenda was to improve departmental activities and placements.

Then the 3 day series of events began from the 29th of March. There was a plethora of technical and fun events, guest talks and workshops by eminent personalities.

The events were as follows:

CIVIQ




The flagship event of Sannidhya, it tested the knowledge and understanding of the contestants related to Civil Engineering. It had a variety of rounds giving a free rein to the minds of the participants. It was targeted to test the intellectual prowess of the teams. The coordinators were Vamshi Krishna, Abhisek Rout, Ashutosh Panda, Prasant Kanungo and Pratyush Swain. The winners of this quiz were as follows:

1st- Sambit Kumar Biswal, Sadasiba Behera, Sitikantha Satapathy
2nd- Sailesh Satapathy, Soumya Shankar Ray, Sushree Kiran Samal
3rd- Parakh Tripathy, Partha Sarathi Das, Aditya Swain

CONSTRUCTO




For many centuries, mankind has worked tirelessly to change their surrounding environment according to their needs. Modern technology is advancing at a faster rate than we can imagine. Bridges are one of the most thought out structures which require meticulous planning and execution. This event was all about making the perfect bridge, which would be designed in an efficient and cost effective way by following specific measurements, and can withstand the vagaries of nature as well as the wear and tear by vehicles.
The coordinators of this event were Srinibas, Ashirbad, Abhishek and Binoy.
The winners were:

1st- Suraj Kumar Muduli, Aman Kumar Sahoo, Abhisek Panigrahi
2nd- Sugyani Mahapatra, Sweeta Supriya Baisakh, Sudhir Nanda, Satyajyoti Acharya
3rd- Aditya Swain, Poonam Mahapatra, Prachi Patra, Bhagirathi Panda

ABHIVYAKTI




With great power comes great responsibility!! And it is the responsibility of the engineers to pick up issues, analyze the various parameters and provide optimum and feasible solutions to the problems. Abhivyakti was a case study competition which required the budding engineers to explore all possible solutions. A problem statement on a current technical issue was given and the problem had to be examined and the case had to be produced with facts, statistics, scenarios and illustrations. The coordinators were Raman, Ankita, Reshma, Bodhisatwa and Sailesh.
The winners were:

1st- Mitrabinda Das, Sitikantha Satapathy, Subhasish Prusty
2nd- Shivani Mishra, Preeti Pragyan Dash
3rd- Abhijeet Samantsinhar, Subham Ayush, Chandan Mallick
CONSILIUM




Urban planning is an indispensible part of our everyday lives. The buildings that we see around us requires a lot of methodical planning, so that the design can be futuristic and also acceptable to the public. In order for a city to be successfully constructed, certain elements of planning must be enacted. Consilium was the planning competition which required the participants to submit their designs and plans. The coordinators were Mitrabinda, Kiran, Shweta and Sthitapragyan.

The coveted prizes were bagged by:

1st- Chalcedoney Ichahgutu, Nancy Rani Purty, Jyotirani Pradhan, Ankita Tripathy
2nd- Bhagirathi Panda, Amrita Amrutayanee, Samparna Das, Sagyan Sonalika
3rd- Aditya Swain, Prachi Patra, Manas Kuanar, Subhadra Mohanty






SKETCH A TARGET
Sketch-a-target was an opportunity for those who wanted to discover the designer within. This was a software based designing competition. Every team had to design 3-D models using "Sketch Up", which is a simple and easy-to-use, 3-D modelling software, formerly owned by Google.
The coordinators were Sadasiba, Rakesh, Sitikantha and Sambit. 
The winners of this event were:

1st- Sunita Kisku and Krushna Chandra Das
2nd- Kushal Agarwal, Subhasish Prusty, Mitrabinda Das
3rd- Madhusmita Behera, Subhasmita Mishra

A-CAD-ME





AutoCAD software is a customizable 2D and 3D design, drafting environment and toolset. The software automates your design tasks, and it provides digital tools that let you create, view, manage, plot and reuse accurate, information-rich drawings.
a-CAD-mé was the AUTO-CAD workshop extending the opportunity to accurately model, analyze, and express physical systems on the computer and giving an overview of all the tools of AUTO-CAD software. The coordinators of this workshop were Payal, Bijaya, Roshan and Jagat.

AUCTION KINGS




The only thing you had to know before this event was-nothing!! It was a trading event which required no knowledge beforehand. It was all about managing money wisely. The coordinators were Ansuman, Subhashree, Sweety and Vijaylaxmi.
The winners were:

1st- Badri Narayan Mishra, Nikhil Patro, Abinash Panda
2nd- Tanmayee Mishra, Swagatika Sahu, Swetankita Subudhi

Apart from these, many fun events were held such as Matki Phod, Tug of War, Guess the Gesture, Bucket Ball and many more!!

This grand event would not have been possible without the generous efforts of the sponsors, which include the title sponsor Nalco, co-sponsors Rajashree Minerals and Chemicals, co-partners SMC and food and gifts partner Domino’s Pizza.

The Organizers!


Picture credits: CET Photofactory!!

Sunday, 10 April 2016

2016- The Saga Of Champions

By: Team PenTastic
[By:  Pratik Dash]

It was in the month of November 2015 when the selection process of the freshers and then the practices started.Out of the 600 freshers only 7 were selected and thus a team of 22 members was formed.

The team’s season started with SILICON CUP  in the month of January.Led by Pankaj Shukla bhaiya,we won the first match.But,the loss to Centurion in the next match and thus,knocked out of tournament,hurt the team very much.This pissed everyone off,Sadness,depression and regret surrounded the team.

But then rose to the occasion Amarnath bhai,Pankaj bhaiya and Bhabani bhai.They motivated the team and filled it with positivity..
Next was CET’s most awaited sports fest..THE ENGINEER’s cup…
IHM-being a moderate team,2 first years were given a chance to open the innings. JYOTI RANJAN showed that there is no less talents blossomin in the college.PRINCE bhaiya equally supported him.Great captaincy by BHABANI bhai,and disciplined bowling led to the win of 1st match.This team was now playing to win.Team had 22 match winners.By winning each match,team went into the finals easily.


Playing against NIT(bbsr),amidst hundreds of people,the excitement in the air was exceptionally high.
But ,contrasting the other matches,our batting crumbled…9 wickets down,9 runs from 2 0vers,still required.we thought it was gone.But,hang on!said SARTHAK bhaiya,as he hit 2 glorious boundaries and tied the match.The match was not yet over.

                                                

                                                              TWIST AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!

Sarthak bhaiya was dismissed,a brilliant catch and hence,a super over was all set.
The super over was a formality once the great AMAR bhai dismissed the most feared batsman of the tournament.It was time to lift the First trophy of the season.Bathing in showers of Cold drinks,we all celebrated to the fullest.



IGIT,UTSAAHAN-was calling up next and set out a team,led by AMAR bhai This time…
AMIT bhai’s blitering 57 from 21 against P.M.E.C led the team going and then this happened.Team moved into the finals.Hounderous sledging and disastrous comments were pouring down.Though we lost it narrowly,yet this trophy was a satisfying one.The first away trophy for this team.
Then it was the time for the NLU cup..High morale,huge confidence led the team to reach the final.Milan bhai’s and Amit bhai’s stay in the crease and then Somnath bhai and Amar bhai’s berserk hitting defeated the M.S.law college.Hence ,NLU was also conquered by us now.

3 cups from 4 tournaments.This was a changed ,pumped up,spirited,optimistic,and a united CET team playing.Playing to win,to gain pride,to become champions,enjoying the game.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Litreat 2K16!!

By: Team PenTastic
So after five days of pure fun and frolic,thanks to the spectacularly organised 'Momenti-Di-Vita',it was high time that the students pick up their pens and paper and get themselves involved in some serious stuff. But "Engineers" as we are,we can never get serious. Right?! Lo and behold,there comes the event 'Litreat' to our rescue.The chance to play with Words!!

Litreat is the annual three day literary fest organised by our very own Cetadel Society. The word lovers eagerly wait for the first week of April as the most sought after literary event of our college gets going during this time of the year.It is for all those who have a literary bent of mind and for all those who think that they can conquer the world with a pen in their hand and creativity in their mind.






TWIST IN THE TALE
(By Sumeet Sourav Das)

So this three day extravaganza begins with the first chapter being-'Twist in the Tale'. There was a huge turnout,seniors and juniors alike,who had come to attend the event despite having their regular classes.Waiting near the English Lab,which was incidentally the venue for the event,I could clearly sense the excitement among the participants evident from their low pitched buzzes.

Now the rules were simple enough. The participants had to write a funny story and give it an unconventional twist of their own. The participants were allowed to participate in teams of two or individually,as their wish may be. The topics assigned to the participants were "Donald Trump confesses love for Mamata Banerjee","I slipped and fell on a banana peel","Superman recruits Minions for comeback in Dawn of Justice sequel" and "And the unicorn pranced around in the sun kissed meadow", each being funnier than the other one. 


 The event started sharp at 12.30 with the battle cry "Your time starts now" by Anirban Sir. Thus began the period of crazy head scratching and vigorous nail biting as the participants were having a tough time deciding the topic. Then there were violent discussions among the team members about the plot,each one coming up with a better idea while the other member was suggesting a new one until finally both agree to make peace and proceed with a plot. Then came the phase of aggressive writing as they had to submit within the stipulated time of forty five minutes. Then there were also the lone rangers who were completely lost in their own world,perhaps trying to frame something extraordinary. Done and dusted,all the participants submitted their stories by 1.15. Pure adrenaline rush,my gosh! In the end, Subhashri Das from 1st year and Sidhant Sourav and Sameer Ranjan Das from 3rd year emerged as the joint winners, winning the cash prize worth Rs. 2k. While Tanuja Patnaik and Sagar Singh from 4th year and Amruta Kar and M.Soundarya from 1st year were adjudged as the joint runners up and they walked away with a prize money worth 1k!!!

All in all,it can be said that there could not have been a grander way to begin this literature spree. It surely proved to be the perfect foil for showcasing the immense writing skills and creativity that we CETizens possess. May be it provided a platform that can propel some to the same bracket as O.Henry or the great Saki himself. May be I am assuming a bit too much,I guess. But yeah, it is not bad to be optimistic!!



MELA QUIZ 
(By Baibaswata Jena)

The Quiz Masters, Anshuman and Santa

The human brain is a wonderful organ. It has made us the dominant species on this planet. It has an enormous capacity to store data. Facts get stored in our brain continuously. But,what distinguishes us from others is the ability to recall those snippets of information when required. This ability is the base for quizzing, a sport which concentrates on using your mental faculties to the fullest. It makes our thought process faster and allows us to utilise the best facets of our celebral abilities. And,apart from all these,it also allows us to show off the variegated knowledge that we accumulate.

Entertainment and sports are two factors that bring together enormous number of people and generate an insane amount of interest. To test the skills of some of those insane people, Cetquizzite and Cetadel conducted a sports-cum-entertainment quiz on 5.4.2016. The prelims for the quiz started at 12:30 in Room no-B-402, where the two QMs for the day, Santa Nibedita and Anshuman Panda, aroused quriousity and teased the intellect of the participants with a well-framed set of questions. Around 40 teams participated in the event. From this large group, 6 teams were selected to compete in the finals to be held on 6-4-2016.

The teams were:

Enarchi- Baibaswata Bijnana Jena and Mukti Swaroop Pradhan
Just Guessing- Ashutosh Mishra and Biswa Ranjan Mishra
Jhamma- Ankit Jena and Sourav Kar
Old Monks- Saswat Das Adhikary and Sarthak Nayak
The team of Ayush Gautam and Siddhant Mishra
The team of Sailesh Mishra and Subham Pal


Just guessing,eh?!




The finals of the Spent Quiz were held in room no-B-402. The six teams assembled in the room by 12:15 pm and the quiz started by 12:30 pm. The teams took their seats based on the numbers they picked as part of the lottery. The first and second rounds were simple pounce and bounce affairs with six questions each. The questions alternated between the two set genres. The team Enarchi comprising of Baibaswata Jena and Mukti Swaroop Pradhan took an early lead in the quiz and through the subsequent written and general rounds proceeded to build upon it. By the final round, they were well ahead of the pack and deservingly won the quiz with 135 points. Coming in as the runners-up was the team of Sailesh Mishra and Suvam Palo,who scored 55 points.
The questions were a delectable mix of sports, entertainment and the interlinking genres. The quiz was conducted quite well by the two QMs for the day, Santa Nibedita and Anshuman Panda. Our literary secretary, Anirban Pati took up the scoring duties and proved to be an adept hand.
Any competitive engagement throws up a single winner and the rest have to contend with thoughts of what could have been. But,a quiz is a win-win situation for everyone as at the end of the day, you go home with new facts and knowledge that enriches our thought process. So, we hope that more such events take place in the near future.

DEFEND THY CHARACTER
(By Nimisha Acharya)

There are many people we meet in our day to day lives, many characters we read about and many more personalities whom we see on screen. Among those, there are few who leave a lasting impression in our minds and their indelible mark on our hearts. And it was with great enthusiasm and alacrity that about 20 participants turned up at the English Communication Lab, to engage in a battle of words as they defended their favourite characters!!

 The stage was set and the participants came in one by one to speak about their beloved characters, which were as varied as it could get. There were superheroes, mythological characters, T.V characters, real life inspirations and, wait for it, serial killers and dogs in the midst!! From Batman to Joker, Karna to Arjun, Rabindranath Tagore to Mark Zuckerberg, each of the participants stood by their characters as they spoke for about 3 minutes and then faced a volley of questions from the judges and their fellow contestants. The event was judged by our very own Sanjeev Sir and Parinita Ma'am. They were extremely patient as the event went on for almost 3 hours!!



Each of the participants put their best foot forward. They also faced the rebuttals admirably, some of which were downright hilarious!! The ones defending the controversial characters like Hannibal Lecter, Joker and Karna were put in a tight spot. It was an extremely difficult decision for the judges to decide the best of the lot. Finally, the judges declared Sidhant Sourav as the winner, who defended Harvey Specter from the immensely popular T.V. series, Suits. And the runners-up was Sudhapadma Lenka who chose Gautam Buddha . Special mention to Sudhanshu Sekhar Satpathy who defended the King Khan, SRK!!

So that's all folks!! The three day literary spree comes to an end, with some amazing talent on display. We saw some wonderful writers, quizzers and orators and it was heartening to see such a huge turn out for all the three events. This entire Lit Fest wouldn't have been possible without the tireless efforts of the Literary Secretary Anirban Pati and the Literary Convenor Tanuja Patnaik. The coordinators Soumya Mukherjee, Apurva Mishra, Rakshya Subhangini, Pallavi Mohapatra and Dibyasha Mohanty did a fabulous job as well. We hope the CETizens had a great time and pop up in a bigger scale next year!!
 
The Team!! _/\_