Instead of wrestling with words and machines, 200 IIT students have been busy learning unarmed combat for a week. And all this for the institute's annual festival 'Rendezvous' that begins on Thursday.
This is the first time student volunteers have been chosen to be part of security during the cultural festival. So along with Delhi Police and IIT Security personnel, these students will be on guard while revellers watch the events during the festival.
"These male and female students have been trained in Kung Fu manoeuvres and other security aspects. They will form the innermost ring of security. The first two rings will be taken care of by Delhi Police and IIT Security," said Captain B.N. Yadav, IIT's security officer.
Pavan K. Varma, director general of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, will be the chief guest at Rendezvous, which will feature a number of debates, competitions, skits and cultural events.
There are three first-aid points within the campus and a doctor and an ambulance will be on standby in case of an emergency. Some vans have also been stationed to ferry people. Cigarettes, water bottles, umbrellas, perfume bottles, lighters and cameras will not be allowed at the venue.
Ritesh Aggarwal, a civil engineering student, said, "I am a student coordinator for the festival. We have been trained to frisk people and use fire extinguishers and metal detectors. Our training lasted for a week and we were taught some stunts in Kung Fu." These students will also be handed walkie talkie sets as a part of coordination.
Another student, Sudip Gupta said, "Although we were taught interesting physical manoeuvres, we have been directed not to manhandle anyone, unless absolutely necessary."
"Those students who are good in sports activities and have a sharp sense of observation were chosen for security," added Gupta. "We will be on duty for 16 to 18 hours until Sunday, the last day of the festival."