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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Interviewed: A catch up with the Karate kids

By: Team PenTastic

[By Sudipta Das and Abhipsa Mishra] So for one it was her passion and the other wanted to give it a try. Whatever it was, they have made us swell up with pride by imprinting their recognition in the national level. Sonali Hansda and Mamata Naik are the new Karate superstars of our college!!! Here is a small chitchat we had with them:

SUDIPTA: So Mamata, let me start with you. What would you like to say about your entry into this society stated ‘Not so cool for girls’ field?
MAMATA: Well to be frank, I knew it from way beginning that I had sports and athletics running in my veins. Ever since I was a kid, some magical force drew me towards sports. Studies were never my cup of tea. So the stepping stone was me registering myself for the kickboxing classes earlier when I was in school. Sadly I had to drop the same due to some inevitable personal problems. But I always had that zeal and pertinacity inside me and was determined enough to start afresh. So yes…I am here!!!
ABHIPSA: Karate is a little ‘Out of the Box’ form to opt as a profession of sports. Sonali, what’s your take on this?
SONALI: I was really curious about the martial arts when I heard some of my friends joining the Shaolin Martial Arts  Academy near Sum Hospital. So it would not be wrong to assert that my inquisitiveness and thirst to make an identity that led me here. Coming to the fact that people consider Karate a weird choice to opt for, it certainly isn’t as it is all their bigoted mind set and nothing else. Everything is odd if it never gets a chance to be nurtured.
SUDIPTA: Was there any kind of opposition or parental pressure?
SONALI: No, there is nothing as such but yes some financial problems do arise at times as we have to pay for the travelling and all stuff by ourselves.
MAMATA: Seriously I am not as propitious as  Sonali in this case. Its unfortunate that parents clearly said a no as response when I expressed my desire to join the academy. So I went to Hyderabad for participating in national level by lying to my parents about it being a study tour. I myself feel dejected that what I am doing is wrong but I have high aspirations for this and I will do whatever it takes. I was bound to lie as money is a priority which I will be needing for food,travel and accommodation. Sponsorship is given only to technically sound players by companies.
ABHIPSA: Tell me about your academy and achievements.
MAMATA: The academy is named as the Shaolin Martial Arts Academy India which basically monitors  in Karate, Wushu and Weapons training. It is open for both boys and girls and Himanshu Bhusan Das is the man behind the idea. It is evident from his teaching techniques that he possesses finest skills in this field. I learn Wushu and Karate both, having got a gold in Wushu in state level, gold in national level Karate- Kata(to show the postures) and a silver in national level  Karate fight. The national level Wushu in which I have been selected will be held on 25th January in Ranchi.
SONALI: He is also very friendly. His utmost priority is giving individual attention to the weaknesses of the admitted students and make them learn the tricks to score points easily and effortlessly. Also we are given a slight idea about body flexibility and gymnasium. Well my current interest is Karate in which I bagged the silver and gold for Kata and fight respectively. In national level  I got silver in both.
SUDIPTA: How did the college support you both?
MAMATA: There was literally ‘ZERO’ cooperation from college when we were selected for national level. Obviously we wanted to go officially to contest in national level (convenient for consideration of attendance,classes and labs)  but such lengthy and tiresome procedure to get the paperwork signed made us extremely frustrated. We even approached some crucial members of the Student Union but in vain. All we got was unclear response and since there was not much time in hand, we left for Hyderabad without any financial aid.
SONALI: Self-defence, especially for women, is of utmost importance in the kind of world we live in today. In a country like India, where the cases of gender violence is on rise, self- defence has become a bare necessity more than ever. The women in India are vulnerable to rape, molestation, eve-teasing etc. So the women should be aware of the strategies to be adopted under different adverse circumstances. In this direction our college must take some initiatives.

SUDIPTA: Tell us something about your training and fitness schedule.
MAMATA: We normally wake up at 5 in the morning and head towards the academy by 6. Practice goes upto 8:30 if college classes are there otherwise we can continue up to the time we want to. Himanshu sir is there to assist us for maximum 4 hours and then we do it by ourselves where our seniors at the academy help a lot.
SONALI: We are expected to eat healthy and bade goodbye to all the junks. Sadly we get oily breakfast often in hostel(laughs).
ABHIPSA: Who was your inspiration?
MAMATA: Don’t know. “Ragon me tha shayad”!!!!
SONALI: Mamata is one of my biggest inspirations!!! My elder sister supports me too whenever I lose hope.
SUDIPTA: So what are your future plans?
SONALI: I would like to continue with Karate. I also intend to start Wushu soon. My life  underwent significant changes after all this. Earlier classmates did not use to talk much, but now they feel my presence (smiles).
MAMATA: I have faced many hurdles in the journey so far and I am well aware that there is much more to come. I want to open a school where girls would  learn the Martial Arts free of cost and concentrate on academics too. I would like to request all the parents out there reading this article that please interact with your children, try to understand what they are good at and invest in same. Believe ,me it matters, that support from parents matters(being a little emotional). I do not want any girl to go through what I experienced. I want this wonderful art to be learnt by all. It enhances your personality surely, makes you confident too. So yes, its my dream to open such a school where every girl learns to be brave enough knock down anyone who abuses her.
ABHIPSA: Wow!! That is such a phenomenal thought to have. We hope you both good luck for your future and once again congrats!!! SUDIPTA: Thank you for making all girls proud!! All the very best for your future.

Monday, 23 January 2017

ASCEND 2.0: The Technical Exhibition of CET

By: Team PenTastic

Covered by Priyam Gupta and Pritiparna Panda.

Interview by Sumeet Sourav Das

It was time for the second edition of the annual technical exhibition of CET, Bhubaneshwar and so the stage was all set to kickstart the aptly named, ASCEND 2.0 on the 20th of January,2017. Let us walk into the glimpses of the event and unfold it further.

The crowd, being an amalgamation of the college students and quite a few excited faces of the participating school children, CET was all set to welcome fresh faces all the way from schools such as DAV, KIIT International and Mothers Public School. There couldn’t have been a better start to the event than the National Anthem followed by the auspicious lighting of the lamp by the principal and chief guests. Then, the members of the club Arpeggio added the much needed rhythm to the event by presenting a welcome song in honour of the dignitaries on the dais. The event was hosted by Miss Shirin Sonali and Mr. Siddharth Mishra.

The first one to address the audience was our very own respected Principal sir, Dr. Prashanta Kumar Patra. He welcomed and acknowledged the presence of his own teacher, Professor (Dr.) RV Raja Kumar (Director, IIT Bhubaneshwar) and his student Mr. Ronak Samantray (Co-founder, Nowfloats).
Next was a speech by Professor (Dr.) RV Raja Kumar who spoke of his innovations as a director, and in enabling to better the lives of students in the rural regions of Andhra Pradesh through the medium of education. He spoke on various other topics like demonetisation and Make In India campaign.
The next chief guest on stage was Dr. Debanik Roy, Research Scientist, Chartered Engineers Institution, India and chief programme coordinator at the BRNS and BRNS secretariat of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre.
Next to come up on the stage was Mr. Ronak Samantray, who was his own cheery self and managed to amuse and inspire the crowd simultaneously with his energetic aura that the young minds could very well connect to. He urged young minds to be in perpetual search for a passion and not rest until one finds and falls in love with it.
The vote of thanks was presented by our very own Prof (Dr.) P K Satapathy sir who thanked all the chief guests for their inspirational talk and for gracing the occasion with their presence. He appreciated the coordinating team for all their efforts which was hugely responsible for the success of the event.

Smart Wheelchair by MPS

The audience were then directed to exhibition arena where the models and projects had been put up for demonstration. The theme was "Solutions for Smart City."

The school teams were quite innovative and showed tremendous talent. A very innovative way to improve sanitation and waste management was presented in the form of a model named “WASTE-FI” by the students of DAV, Unit-8. The technology had the tech savvy potential to prove instrumental in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. It consisted of a large vessel for collecting wastes, which on receiving a bulky amount of waste triggered a signal and generated a password that could be used for getting connected to the internet. It would not only clean up the mess but also invite more people to set up such plants. Another group from Mothers Public School had proposed the idea of a wheel chair that could capture the eye movement of the disabled and did not require the dependence of the user on another person for movement.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, the Star of the Show

Even students from CET were no less in putting up their ideas and gathering appreciation. One of the most eye catching exhibits by Ronauk Maharana and A. Pravin Kumar was an unmanned aerial vehicle that worked on battery and hence, did not need any fuel. Supported by a radio transmitter, it had potential use in the surveillance system and would create a bench mark for the military system and promote security system for the country. Another group, Aishwarya Patra and team, had designed a software program built on Python that had easy accessibility due to its offline feature. It aimed at last moment practice session for the students after a lesson.

After a gruelling task, the winners were announced. The names of the winners are as follows:

School Teams

Waste to Health and Swacch Apt by Aman Ku Sahoo, Naisargik and Priyabrat Biswal from DAV, Unit-8
Runners Up:
Smart Wheelchair by Nirmal Mahapatra and Sailesh Mohanty from Mother's Public School

Consolation Prizes:
Smart Lighting by Ahaana Paikray and Pratikshya Mohapatra from St Joseph's High School
Anurup Das, Ayush Bindhani and Siddhant Mohanty from KIIT International School
Swadhin Ku Sahoo, Sarthak Pattnaik and Bedatroyee Mandal from KIIT International School

Whereas in the college level, the undisputed winners were Ronauk Maharana and A. Pravin Kumar for their commendable project on the unmanned aerial vehicle. A hearty congratulations to all the deserving winners!!

Felicitation of the winners!!

This event was a mega success and also laid the groundwork for Perception. It would not have been possible without the constant efforts and perseverance of the extremely capable members of the Technical Society like Mr. Nitish Kumar Jha- Technical Secretary, Mr. Debashis Mishra- Technical Convenor and Mr. Md Imran- Technical Convenor. They were ably supported by the other coordinators and members of the Student Union and guided by the Faculty Coordinator of the Technical Society, Prof (Dr.) Sudhansu Sekhar Sahoo. Cheers to the team and the participants, and we sign off with the hope that this initiative to ignite the technical side of the young people continues in a bigger and better way!!

We also managed to catch up with one of the esteemed chief guests of this programme, Dr. Debanik Roy. Here is a tete-a-tete with the man himself, interviewed by Sumeet Sourav Das!

The maverick himself, Mr. Debanik Roy

Sumeet Sourav: So,today we have with us Dr.Debanik Roy,the Chief Programme Coordinator at Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences (BRNS)-BARC. Good evening sir. Can you please let us know more about your work and contributions at BARC?
Dr. Roy: See I work in areas of Robotics and Automation at BARC.I have joined there in the year 1999.Right now I am heading the Research Comittee at BRNS which is concerned with funding various Research projects conducted by students from all over India.Besides,our department undertakes the projects mainly based on the burning problems in various social and technical fields in our country.

Sumeet Sourav: Is there any recent project that you're working on?
Dr. Roy: Yes,my specialisation is in Robotic grip development.So currently I am working on developing the firmware that can improve Robotic grasping mechanism.

Sumeet Sourav: Sir do you think nuclear energy can solve the energy crisis in India in a better way than wind and solar energy??
Dr. Roy: Yes, definitely.Even though solar and wind energy have got potential,they cannot be applied on a larger scale.By using nuclear energy,big cities and clusters of villages can be powered.But that is not possible in case of solar or wind energy.Besides,there has not been a lot of R&D work done yet on those fronts.And last but not the least, nuclear energy is a green energy source.

Sumeet Sourav: Sir, people are talking everywhere as 'Eventually robots are going to take over the world and humans are going to be pushed out.Do you support this notion?
Dr. Roy: No, not at all.The thought that the humans will be pushed out of the system is entirely wrong.What I think is that this process will push the humans to be more and more creative.In a way,they are pushing the humans to achieve their higher self. Robots can do the mechanised works,but they can never replaced on the emotional aspect which is the essence of being a human.

Sumeet Sourav: Does CET have the potential to be one of the Premier institutes of the country?
Dr. Roy: You just need to have the belief within yourself and you've got to push yourself harder.That is all that I can say.

Sumeet Sourav: Any last words for the students of our college.
Dr.Roy: I have heard a lot of students complaining about lack of scope and stuff.These are words of a pessimist.At the end of the day,your passion for a thing matters more than anything else.

Sumeet Sourav: Sir,thank you so much for your valuable time.The things that you've said will surely motivate the students to pursue their passion.It has been an honour on my part to do an interview of a person of your stature.

Dr. Roy: The pleasure is all mine.Thank you.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Athletic Meet 2k17: The trailer to Engineer's Cup!

By: Team PenTastic
Covered by: Aishwarya Pradhan

The two day long Athletic Meet 2k17 started with great vigour and excitement on January 18. It was the trailer of the grand extravaganza "Engineer's Cup", and it took the entire college by storm. The students of CET gathered in the field to witness this battle for supremacy, and to establish the contenders for the "Engineer's Cup." The event was an incredible success, organized by the Athletic Society, which has two extremely capable people at the helm of affairs, Sports Secretary Himesh Chachra and Sports Convenor Anisha Sahu. They were ably supported by the other members of the society and guided by the Faculty Coordinator of the Athletic Society, Dr. Madhab Chandra Tripathy.

On the first day, the track events of 200 m and 400 m categories were conducted. The track events were conducted in two phases ‘heats’ and ‘finale’.The field events saw the maximum enthusiasm and participation as the students thronged the field under the warm winter sun. The field events conducted on the first day were Shot Put and Long Jump for both boys and girls and Discus throw for girls. The second day concluded with the finale for all the track events and javelin throw. In the 100 m category Ronit Mohanty bagged the first prize and Manas Ranjan Rath and Md. Moshin finished second and third positions respectively. Subhasmita Sahoo, Sanjeeta Behera and Swarna Prabha Panigrahi emerged as the winners in the 100 m girls categories. Ronit Mohanty stole the first rank again in 200 m category. Tattwadarshi Guru and Biswajit Mahali grabbed runner’s up and second runner’s up in 200 m track event. Sonali Hansda emerged as the winner 200 m and 400 m track event and third in 800 m race. Mamata Naik and Shreeyanka were second and third in 200 m girls category. Akankshya Punji and Shreeyanka bagged second and third in 400 m girls category. Runulipsa Barik and Mamata Naik finished first and second in 800 m girls category. Whereas in 800 m boys category Suresh Kumar Tudu, Tapas Kumar Naik and Tattwadarshi Guru emerged as winners.

With huge turnout for the field events, there was cut throat competition. The crowd cheering away and people at the stands encouraging the participants created a good fun filled competitive atmosphere for the events. In Shot Put, Tanmay Jena and Mamata Naik came first in boys and girls categories respectively. Narendra Panda and Nirmal Jally were first and second runners up in boys category. R. Majhi and Pooja Agarwal bagged second and third in girls shot put.
In Javelin, Jajneshwar Das And Sanjeeta Behera emerged as winners. Siddhant Hembrom and Debashish Behera ranked second and third in Boys javelin. Rupulipsa Barik and Anisha Sahu won the first and second runners up in Girls Javelin. Parakh Tripathy and Nancy Rani Purty ranked one in Long jump. Jyoti Ranjan Nayak and Suresh Kumar Tudu  won the second and third positions in Boys Long Jump. Sanjeeta Behera and Kritishree Pradhan were first and second runners up in girls long jump. In discus throw, Rupulipsa Barik and Tanmay Jena won the first place. Pupul Kumar Dalbehera and Arpan Vishal gave a tough fight to be placed second and third respectively in discus throw. In girls category of discus throw, Anisha Sahu and Sonali Hansda emerged as second and third place holders.

The closing ceremony was a lively event too. The Athletic Society together with NSS conducted a fun event of musical chairs for the students to raise funds for charity, thus ending the saga on a high note.The organizers made sure that this event becomes a huge blockbuster, so that it could act as a prelude for the Engineer's Cup. Stay tuned for more awesomeness in the upcoming weeks!! 

Thursday, 19 January 2017

A Broken Jigsaw Puzzle

By: Team PenTastic
By Pratyasha Ray(2nd year, I&E)

Why is it that I call myself a broken jigsaw puzzle?

Is it because I think I am too complicated to understand and solve?
Or is it because..
Ah, forget it.
Let me just tell you.

It’s solely because I am fragile.
I can break any moment. Even if you’ve tried to put me together I will still break without any guarantees.
I will not fit most of the time, you’ll take time to understand where I stand.
Everyone thinks I am easy to solve and understand, yet they take time to really figure out what I am.

I am a collection of broken pieces put together,but give no guarantee,that I will stay like that.
Have you ever noticed how jigsaw puzzles never really blend where they’ve been placed? I am like that.
I never completely blend,my cracks speak out loud.
They speak of my difficultly that you pretend to ignore.

They speak of whom I am.

I am, a broken jigsaw puzzle.
That you think you can solve.
Ha, you can’t!

Wednesday, 18 January 2017


By: Team PenTastic

Interviewed By: Shirin Sonali

Sagarika Nath, who completed her Electrical Engineering degree from the College of Engineering and Technology, Bhubaneswar in 2008, qualified the UPSC exam with flying colors. She secured a rank of 199 in the UPSC 2015, and was one of the only 26 to qualify from Odisha, and managed to bag a seat in the prestigious IPS.

Despite her busy schedule, she took out time for a telephonic interview with our correspondent Shirin Sonali, where we got a glimpse into Miss Nath’s life at the IPS training centre, and also her life before achieving success. On being asked about her experience at Mussourie, where she is undergoing her foundation course, she replied that it has just been amazing. The foundation course goes on for 3 months, and it is common for the whole batch of 378 students presently enrolled there. She says that in the successive week, they would be embarking on an exciting trip to the Himalayas. They get to participate in a lot of extra-curricular activities like these such as archery, shooting, horse riding, river-rafting, cooking, baking, etc. and it has been a hectic and exciting ride so far.

When asked about her experience at CET, she replied that it was much different from her present situation. Then, they had hostel outside the college, and buses were their best means of transport. Miss it and come late to class, and you had to face some serious repercussions from the teacher taking their first class, who was none other than our very own Biswajit Sir! There were no extra-curricular activities back then except during Xtasy, the college’s annual fest; CET has come a long way since then. However, she emphasized on the fact that it is our schools and colleges which set the platform from where one goes to the next stage. It is where the strongest foundations are built.

The Lady Herself!!!!

UPSC is a totally different kind of exam, a marathon you can say, which challenges your practical and people management skills, how you solve problems and handle situations, she says. There were numerous struggles that she faced during her preparation, even though her family was very supportive throughout. There were subjects like Geography, History, Art & Culture, which were totally different from the subjects she was accustomed to, but nevertheless if you prepare smartly, nothing is impossible, according to her. Her favourite amongst these was International Relations, which gave her quite an insight into how people think and imagine, why people react the way they do, and about different cultures inside and outside our country, which was way different from her most-liked subject in college, control systems.

She has been a state and national level Karate champion, holding a black belt in the same. She is an athlete, having participated in sports such as swimming, roller skates and table-tennis. Apart from these, she also composes poems, and is a major travel freak and getting into IPS has given wind to her dreams as she has already been to quite a few places as a part of its curriculum.

To the ones who want to get into the same line as her, she advises that the earlier one starts, the better it is for them, as the exam doesn’t need a vast preparation, but rather a smart and efficient preparation. She says that the biggest problem students face is that they don’t get a proper platform to start from, and in Odisha, getting proper guidelines had been quite difficult. The ones preparing need to have a proper direction, and for whatever energy they put in, they will get equivalent result. She suggests that they should go through different blogs giving guidelines regarding the same, and maybe go to Delhi to get a good number of ideas and preparation tips from the institutes which help students get ready for UPSC exams.

She says that there must be quite many people who want to prepare for UPSC from CET, and are guaranteed to garner good results. Her message to us CETians is “Never give up on your dreams, and your path will automatically unfold before you”.

We wish her all the best for her great journey ahead. Our college is really proud to have a gem like her as its student!