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Techies can be lit freaks

books Updated: Apr 24, 2011 01:25 IST

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Studying engineering is a full-time occupation. With projects and exams, students hardly have time left for anything else. However, a group of 20 such students have formed a Technoliterati Society, with the aim of promoting literature on campus.

Formed six years ago, the literature society of Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology (IGIT) is crazy about novels. “We formed this society as we wanted to keep the spirit of literature alive in an absolutely tech-driven college,” says Yashna Sharma, president Technoliterati.

For students, the society is a welcome change from the all the tech-stuff that surrounds them. For the members, it’s a matter of pride. "We don’t have to prove our intellect. Getting membership in this society is proof enough of it," says 1st year student, Muskan Arora. "Even teachers treat us with respect," she adds.books

To be a part of the group, one needs to undergo two rigorous rounds of tests. Hopefuls need to display their creativity, and must be polished speakers. “Only those who are an avid readers or good writers apply. So the selection becomes comparatively easier,” says Sonal Teotia, General Secretary.

The society provides a platform to budding engineers to display their skills. “We organise reading sessions, writing contests, debates and online competitions. Members also get to participate in inter-college literature competitions,” says Samridhi Mittal, vice-president of the society.The group has won many inter-college accolades. “Thank God for small mercies like novels, we have a life,” says member Trishla.

Know the group

What makes them click: Passion for reading
Members: 20
President: Yashna Sharma
Biggest competitor: Other tech societies of the college
How to be a member: Anyone from the college can be a part of the group after clearing two rounds of auditions
Ideology of the group: Literature adds colour to life. It refreshes and refines and eventually defines you.