A briefing about the Jiteshraj Scholarship for Promising Freshmen as part of the Orientation programme was conducted on 7th August in Barn Hall. The scholarship is provided in the name of the late Jitheshraj Periaswamy, a remarkable CSE student who left a mark on NITT with his work ethic.
Lakshmi S, a 2014 architecture graduate and one of this year’s mentors for the program, spoke initially about the scholarship and later answered questions about the criteria and requisites for qualification.
Dr. M. Venkata Kirthiga introduced the Alumni Cell to the freshers. She talked about how the Alumni Cell serves as a bridge between the current students and the alumni. She then invited alumni – Mr. Karthikayan and Mr. Srinivasan (Batch of 1969) to give a glimpse of the college during 1969. The Dean of Student Welfare, Dr. Samson Matthew felicitated them both after their speeches.
As the ceremony drew to a close, the eight finalists for the year 2017-2018 were introduced. Each of them was invited to the stage and presented with a certificate of appreciation. Ms. Sivaranjani, one of the mentors, announced Ms. Swedha Sankaranarayanan as the winner. She was awarded with a cheque of fifty thousand rupees by Dr. Samson Matthew. Ms. Sivaranjani then concluded the event by giving the vote of thanks.
More information about the scholarship, including the presentation used at the programme, can be found at the scholarship’s official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/jrscholarshipnitt/ or the official website http://www.jrscholarship.org/
On the evening of August 9, the first years’ exclusive Freshers’ Night was held in the Barn Hall. The event was graced by the presence of Dr. Samson Mathew, Dean of Student Welfare, Dr. K. Jerome, Associate Dean of Student Welfare and the ex-Core members of Aaveg.
Dr. Samson Matthew spoke a few words on the occasion, providing motivation for the students and told them about making the most of all the facilities available at NITT.
This was followed by an introduction of the new core of Aaveg for this year by the chairman of the previous core, Bhargava Mangalagiri.
The night progressed further with the start of the Fresher’s Talent Hunt, wherein the chosen 8 came onto the stage and showed their talents, which ranged from oration to playing the acoustic guitar and answered all the questions by the judges, from the Aaveg core of 2017, with poise and charm.
The winner of Fresher’s Face, Vishnu Dhinakaran, and the winners of Talent Hunt, Rishikesh and Sree Varsha, were awarded.
The evening ended with a food feast, followed by the DJ Night.
TEDxNITTrichy organized its annual conference on August 11, 2018 at the Barn Hall. The event started with a talk by the Curator of the event Mayank, followed by a socializing session where the attendants conversed with each other on a wide range of topics. Each table designed a pattern with thread on a thermocol board, with the theme being ‘strings’. Food historian and first speaker for the day Mrs. Chitrita Banerji then spoke of the cultural and emotional aspects and experiences related to food.
Following this were talks from Ms. Nidhi Gupta from the Takshashila Institution about the whys and hows of changes in our society and cyber criminologist Mr. K. Jaishankar, who analogised the Internet with Trishanku’s heaven and theatre artist Mr. Piyush Agarwal who spoke extensively about his experiences in the field of theatre.
Post lunch, Mr. Arun Krishnamurthy gave a passionate speech about the flow of rivers such as Cauvery, reinforcing the need to save our rivers. Mrs. Srimonti Sarkar gave a scientific talk on Giardia, a stomach bug which defied normal cellular mechanism. After a short break, footballer Sangeetha, who represented the country in the Glasgow Football World Cup for Homeless Children detailed her inspiring journey from being a girl in the slum to representing India at a global event. The conference was adjourned with Ms. Lasya giving the Vote of Thanks.
Straight Outta School
‘Straight Outta School’ was conducted this week by Balls by Picasso, the literary and debate club of NIT Trichy, on 13th and 14th of August at A2 hall. This event was primarily aimed at getting the incoming freshers to know more about English literary events that take place in various college cultural fests. On day 1, “What’s the good word”, a word games event and a debate competition was conducted. On day 2, Dumb Charades and Quiz were conducted.
Photos courtesy of Pixelbug, NIT Trichy
Report by Shiwang Singh, Manu Aatitya, Ipsita Panda, Sai Sudhir, Anirudh Ramanathan