FESTIVITIES AT Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad (IIIT-A) are in full swing with the start of the five-day cultural-cum-technical fiesta "Effervescence- MMVI".
The institute is holding a plethora of technical, managerial and cultural events with an overwhelming participation from students of the different universities and institutions.
This international-level carnival, filled with excitement, creativity and ingenuity would be further crowned with the appearance and participation of the renowned celebrity-bands such as "Bandit" and "Abbey".
The annual festival of the technical and cultural feats achieved by IIIT-A, in this short duration, is celebrated throughout the students' fraternity with participation from all over India and the world.
Every year "Effervescence" creates electrifying moments which sweeps the nation, especially Allahabad, off its feet. This IIIT-A fair, pilling on success stories and reminiscent of the immeasurable merriment of the previous years, is back with a bang; promising new events, new challenges and lots of fun.
The entertainment bonanza, Effervescence '06, consists of on-campus as well as on-line events.
The on-line events include Konqueror- the treasure hunting contest, Al-Khawarizm- the mega programming challenge, Segmentation Fault - the perplexing game of code-debugging, Platzen- the cryptography contest, Purplexuz- contest involving solutions to the brain teasers, and Gladiator- the Artificial Intelligence based programming challenge.
Mahesh Bansal from MNNIT, Allahabad won Segmentation Fault followed by Ashok Vijay of IIITM Gwalior. A team from National Technical University of Ukraine "KPI" proved to be the masters of Al Khawarizm. Konqueror was conquered by the dual team of Vikas Jethnani and Jaideep Singh Saluja from III-A.
Asmita Singh from MGMS College of Engineering and Technology, Noida, showed her mettle by winning Gladiator. Bhaskar Gupta of IIIT-A was runner up in this event. Pramod and Tarun from IIIT-A bagged the first and second positions respectively in Purplexuz. Platzen is scheduled to continue till Saturday evening.
The immense popularity of Effervescence may be judged by the enthusiasm exhibited by the student fraternity from various reputed institutions of the country who are actively participating in the contest.
On-line events have drawn participation from many institutes across India including IIT Mumbai, IIT Kanpur, IIT Roorkee, IIT Madras, IIIT- Hyderabad, MNNIT, Allahabad, IT-BHU, Delhi College of Engineering, St Stephen's Mumbai, Rai University Dehradun, IIITM Gwalior and National Technical University of Ukraine "KPI".
The technical events, conducted and co-ordinated, by the techno-giants of IIIT-A, included challenges and adventures filled with the programming and creativity excitement. Technical events also included the hacking challenge of Cold Fire, Stock Hunt – investment strategy game, Confondere – an obscure code contest, Stegolica- a contest which involved spotting the hidden message and Webkriti, exhibition of the web-designing dexterity.
Abhimanyu and Nikhil from IIIT-A won Stegolica. Sajan Karumanchi and Jagadish Putta from NIT Calicut were the runners up in this event.
Meanwhile, the Software Design Contest "Magnum Opus" had all the ingredients to enthrall the geeks and nerds. Anshul Sharma and Tarun Sharma of IIIT-A bagged the honours followed by a threesome of Bhaskar Gupta, Ankit Tandon
and Saurabh Pandey from IIIT-A. A special consolation prize was awarded to a young team from Boys High School Allahabad, comprising of Shikhar Bhatt, Pranjal Srivastava and Shubanshu Mishra.
The evening saw the action shift from technical to cultural events. First up was "Cognoscentia" IIIT-A's oldest and the most famous quiz, the battle ground of astute minds.
Excellently anchored by Mr. Pawandeep Singh and Prashanth Agarwal, the event captivated the audience. Five teams from IIIT-A and one from Banasthali Vidya Peeth vied for the honours.
The team of Vaibhav Rastogi, Vineet Upadhaya and Shubham Agarawal of IIIT-A were crowned as the quiz champs of 2006. The dramatics competition, "Innovation", which followed, witnessed various plays portraying a collage of different human emotions. The clear winner was "The Pirates Of the Cyberan", a spoof showcasing the lack of real knowledge in people who get a BTech degree but don't deserve it.
"Goonj ",a hard- hitting play portraying the problems of misguided youth were the runners-up. "Agar Aisa Hota To", a drama which showcased problems faced by women in an ingenious way by a reversal of roles between men and women, won the third prize.
Puneet from RGIIT-Amethi was voted as the best actor for his marvelous performance as "Maulana" in the comedy "Udaipur ki train". The results of the other events are still awaited.