Robofest 2017

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic


The International Robotic Competition – ROBOFEST 2017 was conducted in our college on the 9th of December. This fest which had laid its foundation in our college last year has considerably expanded this year from previously having around 42 participating teams to around 100 teams participating this time. The fest was conducted in our college by Novatech Robo in collaboration with Lawrence Technological University, Michigan, USA.The competition hosted events such as Bottle wrestling, Swacch Bharat game for both senior and junior categories. Other than these competitions there was a display of robotic advancements on the pathway of our college.

There was an exhibition of projects such as automated ambulances, smart mirrors, drones etc. It was these inanimate flying objects formally known as the DRONES that gathered a large and completely enthralled audience. Many schools, as well as colleges, visited these stalls exhibiting excellent projects. There were also lectures held by esteemed guests who educated the college students on the technological advancements and their researchers. The events which marked their beginning at 11:30 on Saturday morning concluded with a formal valedictory function at evening. Our chief guest for the day Professor Benny Sebastian, HOD of Electronics, Christ University along with our other honored guests addressed the gathering with a few words of encouragement and wisdom. The curtains fell with awarding the winners of all the wonderful events that were conducted. Overall, as the quote goes “A hard beginning maketh a good ending ” the program was successful and the results came out with flying colours.



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Mime Workshop

Mime is an art form that provides space to represent scenes from life, often in a ridiculous manner solely by body movements and expressions. We were given an opportunity by Pierian Spring – The English Literary Club; to learn this art form. It was a beautiful experience just learning the power of nonverbal communication and being able to express ourselves, our names and its meaning, instead of just spelling it out (using the spoken word), like most of us do. Mr. Anand, the resource person has always been encouraging of us and we couldn’t have asked for a more skilled and trained professional to guide us. The highlight of our experience was the performance we put up at the Christmas Celebration 2017. However, this workshop is aimed at not just the stage but has contributed towards awareness of oneself. It was a lot of fun.

– Lakshana Shankar (I HESP M)

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The Flipside

On 4th December, the students of Christ Junior College were abuzz with excitement in anticipation of ‘The Flipside’, an amalgamation of three short plays to be presented by the students of Pierian Spring, the English literary club of Christ Junior College in association with Theatre Light Stories.
Pierian Spring, the English literary club is a fraternity of vivacious students with a literary bend of mind and a flair for the performing arts. While the thrust is on theatre, public speaking and writing, Pierian Spring is committed towards helping students drop their inhibitions and claim the stage.
Theatre Light Stories is an organisation comprising seasoned stage veterans-Mr. Pradeep R, Mr. Nalin Kumar, Mr. Anirudh Mahesh and Ms. Varshini Vijay, who, via TLS attempted to bring theatre as an art from the distant stage to the crowd. They have in their repertoire productions including The Salesman, Goldfinch and 8 to 8. They have conducted theatre workshops for corporate offices and colleges and have garnered acclaim for their work at Darpan, the Christ University theatre fest. TLS, provides students with the opportunity to whet their skills in acting, directing, writing and producing under experienced mentors.
The Flipside, a novel production aimed at telling, through three very different plays, the other side of every predictable story-
Rainbow Cake, directed by Mr. Pradeep R was a love story, describing the courtship of an entrepreneur, hoping to start an Ayurveda centre and an aspiring globetrotter. While the dessert ‘rainbow cake’ brought them together, they landed up finding themselves at very different ends of the spectrum. Through a well-received, light-hearted performance, the play explored thoughtful ideas about the constancy of change and the difficulty of relinquishing the clinging past.
Mis-s-fortune, directed by Ms Varshini Vijay and scripted by Mr. Anirudh Mahesh was an introspective piece, challenging the conventional ideas of God and fate. It followed the encounter of a chronic blame-shifter with his creator and his one chance to read his scripted destiny.




Absolutely Positively Mental, was a humorous-cum-sinister psychodrama, written and directed by students, about the investigation that ensued in a mental asylum following the mysterious death of an inmate. A crowd-favourite, the audience was left doubled up with laughter by the uproarious performance of the actors.
The Flipside brought with it a draught of excitement and experience for budding thespians and an afternoon of well-curated entertainment for students.

– Neha Cherian (I HESP M)

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The Biz Quiz !

In collaboration with the Commerce Association Colossus, Sedes Minerva had conducted a Business Quiz. Hosted by Mr. Ramith Gopinath of Christ University, the quiz was considerably slow paced when compared to other quizzes conducted over the course of the academic year. This pace however did not prevent it from being an engaging quiz with challenging questions about companies, businesses and trade. There was quite a large turnout to the quiz. Although, some students were delayed due to the slow pace of the quiz, there were many who remained for longer out of interest in the subject and questions.

Both Sedes Minerva and Colossus would love to see similar and better turnout in future quizzes and would be honoured to welcome back Ramit Gopinath who was a great, entertaining quiz master.

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Communicare Workshop


Communicare – The Communication Workshop aimed at enabling students to communicate effectively by developing their competency in core communication areas. These include Presentation Skills, Public Speaking Skills, Compering Skills/ Emcee, Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution Skills, Thinking and Analytical Skills, Debating / Argumentative Skills, Discussion Skills Summary and Feedback Skills. This workshop organized by Pierian Spring has been of great help to most of us to adjust to a new place when we joined Christ Junior College. It has also helped us to make new friends and overcome the inability to adjust to a new environment. Most importantly it has enabled us to refine our communication skills. Through the Communicare workshop we have learned to speak impromptu and structure our thoughts before articulating it. The workshop has boosted our confidence and helped improve our overall personality.



– Anna (I PPES O)

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Session on Documentary-Making

Film making is the embodiment of cinematic art. A documentary film is a motion picture with its roots in reality. As a part of their next Current Affairs project, the students of I PU  Arts Sections had the rare opportunity to interact with the media studies students of Christ University on the art of documentary-making. Two documentaries on very different themes were screened for the benefit of the students and for them to appreciate the nuances of cinematography. A searching discussion on the importance of choosing concepts, finding source material and researching ensued. The technical aspects of the art were simplified and explained with suggestions on the use of cameras and audio recording. This was followed by an interactive session where students were given the opportunity to pitch their ideas for documentaries and invited to collaborate with their seniors. All in all, the session was as illuminating as it was instructive and offered students a new perspective on the art of film-making.






NehaCherian (I HESP M)

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ಕನ್ನಡ ರಸಪ್ರಶ್ನೆ ಸ್ಪರ್ಧೆ

     ಪ್ರೇರಣ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯು, ನಮ್ಮ ಕಾಲೇಜಿನ ಕ್ವಿಜ್ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯಾದ ಸೆಡೆಸ್ ಮಿನರ್ವದ ಸಹಯೋಗದೊಂದಿಗೆ ೩ ನವಂಬರ್ ೨೦೧೭ ರಂದು ನಮ್ಮ ಕನ್ನಡ ನಾಡು, ನುಡಿ, ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಕನ್ನಡ ರಸಪ್ರಶ್ನೆ  ಸ್ಪರ್ಧೆಯನ್ನು ಆಯೋಜಿಸಿತ್ತು.  ಈ ಸ್ಪರ್ಧೆಯನ್ನು ನಮ್ಮದೇ ಕಾಲೇಜಿನ ಹಳೆಯ ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿ ಮತ್ತು ಕಳೆದ ವರ್ಷದ ಪ್ರೇರಣ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯ ಪ್ರೆಸಿಡೆಂಟ್ ಆದ ತೇಜಸ್ ಕೆ.ವಿ. ರವರು ನಡೆಸಿಕೊಟ್ಟರು.  ಈ ಸ್ಪರ್ಧೆಗೆ ಎಲ್ಲ ವಿಭಾಗದ ವಿಧ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳಿಂದ ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯೆ ದೊರೆಯಿತು.

ಈ ಸ್ಪರ್ಧೆಗೆ ವಿಧ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳು ಇಬ್ಬಿಬ್ಬರ ತಂಡವನ್ನು ರಚಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಬೇಕಿತ್ತು.  ಸುಮಾರು ಇಪ್ಪತ್ತೈದಕ್ಕೂ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ತಂಡಗಳು ಸೇರಿದ್ದ ಕಾರಣ, ಸ್ಪರ್ಧೆಯ ಪೂರ್ವಭಾಗವಾಗಿ ಒಂದು ಲಿಖಿತ ಪರೀಕ್ಷೆಯನ್ನು ಏರ್ಪಡಿಸಲಾಗಿತ್ತು.  ಈ ಪರೀಕ್ಷೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯದ ಮೊದಲವುಗಳು, ಕನ್ನಡದ ಕವಿಗಳು, ನಮ್ಮ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಪ್ರಸಿದ್ಧ ಸ್ಥಳಗಳು ಮುಂತಾದವುಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಒಟ್ಟು ಹದಿನಾರು ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಗಳನ್ನೂ ಕೇಳಲಾಗಿತ್ತು.  ಈ ಪರೀಕ್ಷೆಯ ಫಲಿತಾಂಶದ ಅನುಸಾರ ಕೊನೆಯ ಹಂತದ ರಸಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಗೆ ಒಟ್ಟು ಐದು ತಂಡಗಳನ್ನು ಆಯ್ಕೆ ಮಾಡಲಾಯಿತು.

ಕೊನೆಯ ಹಂತದ ರಸಪ್ರಶ್ನೆ ಸ್ಪರ್ಧೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಒಟ್ಟು ಏಳು ಸುತ್ತುಗಳಿದ್ದವು.   ಪ್ರತೀ ಸುತ್ತಿನಲ್ಲೂ ಎಲ್ಲ ತಂಡಗಳಿಗೂ ಪ್ರತ್ಯೇಕವಾಗಿ ಬೇರೆ-ಬೇರೆ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಗಳನ್ನು ಕೇಳಲಾಗುತಿತ್ತು.  ಒಂದು ತಂಡವು ಉತ್ತರಿಸದ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಗಳು ಇನ್ನೊಂದು ತಂಡದಕ್ಕೆ ವರ್ಗಾವಣೆ ಆಗುತಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ.  ಪ್ರತಿ ಸರಿ ಉತ್ತರಕ್ಕೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚುವರಿ ಹತ್ತು ಅಂಕಗಳನ್ನು ನೀಡಲಾಗುತ್ತಿತ್ತು.  ಕೆಲವು ಸುತ್ತಿನಲ್ಲಿ ತಪ್ಪು ಉತ್ತರಗಳಿಗೆ ಋಣಾತ್ಮಕ ಅಂಕಗಳೂ ಇದ್ದವು.

ಒಂದು ಸುತ್ತಿನಲ್ಲಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ಹಲವು ಪ್ರಸಿದ್ಧ ಭವನಗಳ ಮತ್ತು ಪ್ರತಿಮೆಗಳ ಚಿತ್ರಗಳನ್ನು ತೆರೆಯ ಮೇಲೆ ಪ್ರದರ್ಶಿಸಲಾಗುತಿತ್ತು.  ಸ್ಪರ್ಧಿಗಳು ತಮ್ಮ ತಂಡಕ್ಕೆ ಪ್ರದರ್ಶಿಸಿದ ಚಿತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಭವನ, ಪ್ರತಿಮೆ, ಇತ್ಯಾದಿಗಳನ್ನು ಸರಿಯಾಗಿ ಗುರುತಿಸಬೇಕಿತು.  ಇನೊಂದು ಸುತ್ತಿನಲ್ಲಿ, ಒಂದಕ್ಕೊಂದು ಸಂಭಂದವಿರುವ ನಾಲ್ಕರಿಂದ ಐದು ಚಿತ್ರಗಳನ್ನು ಪ್ರದರ್ಶಿಸಲಾಗುತಿತ್ತು.  ಸ್ಪರ್ಧಿಗಳು ಆ ಚಿತ್ರಗಳಿಗಿರುವ ಸಂಭಂದವನ್ನು ಕಂಡುಹಿಡಿದು ಅದನ್ನು ಹೇಳಬೇಕ್ಕಿತು.  ಮತ್ತೊಂದು ಸುತ್ತು, ‘ಚಟ್ ಪಟ್ ಚಿನಕುರಳಿ’(rapid fire). ಈ ಸುತ್ತಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರತಿ ತಂಡಕ್ಕೂ ೧೫ ಸೆಕೆಂಡ್ ಸಮಯಾವಧಿ ನೀಡಲಾಗುತಿತ್ತು.  ನೀಡಿರುವ ಸಮಯಾವಧಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸ್ಪರ್ಧಿಗಳು ತಮ್ಮ ತಂಡಕ್ಕೆ ತೆರೆಯ ಮೇಲೆ  ಪ್ರದರ್ಶಿಸಿದ ಐದು ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ತಮಗೆ ಕಚಿತವಿರುವ ಉತ್ತರಗಳನ್ನು ಬೇಗನೆ ಉತ್ತರಿಸಬೇಕಿತ್ತು.  ಈ ಸುತಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರತಿ ತಪ್ಪು ಉತ್ತರಕ್ಕೆ ಐದು ಋಣಾತ್ಮಕ ಅಂಕಗಲಿದ್ದವು.  ಕೊನೆಯ ಸುತ್ತು ‘ಬಂಪರ್ ಸುತ್ತು’  ಎರಡು ಪದದ ಉತ್ತರವಿರುವ ಒಂದು ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಯನ್ನು ಕೇಳಲಾಗುತಿತ್ತು.  ನಂತರ ಒಂದಾದ ಮೇಲೆ ಒಂದರಂತೆ, ಎರಡೂ ಪದಕ್ಕೂ ಸಂಭಂದಿಸಿದಂತೆ ಮೂರು ಸುಳುಹನ್ನು ನೀಡಲಾಗುತಿತ್ತು.  ಈ ಸುತ್ತಿನ ನಿಯಮದ ಅನುಸಾರ, ಯಾವುದೇ ಸುಳುಹನ್ನು ತೆಗೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳದೆ ಸರಿ ಉತ್ತರ ನೀಡಿದರೆ ೨೦ ಅಂಕ.  ಒಂದೊಂದು ಹೆಚ್ಚುವರಿ  ಸುಳುಹುಗಳನ್ನು ತಗೆದುಕೊಂಡಂತೆಲ್ಲ ಸರಿ ಉತ್ತರಕ್ಕೆ ೨೦ರಲ್ಲಿ ೫ ಅಂಕಗಳು ಇಳಿಯುತ್ತ ಹೋಗುತಿತ್ತು.  ಇವು ರಸಪ್ರಶ್ನೆ ಸ್ಪರ್ಧೆಯ ಕೆಲವು ಸುತ್ತುಗಳ ವಿವರಣೆ.  ಸ್ಪರ್ಧೆಯ ಕೊನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ, ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಿದ ಐದು ತಂಡಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಅತಿ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಅಂಕಗಳನ್ನು ಗಳಿಸಿದ ಮೂರು ತಂಡಗಳನ್ನು ಪ್ರಥಮ, ದ್ವಿತೀಯ ಮತ್ತು ತೃತೀಯ ಸ್ಥಾನದ ವಿಜೇತರೆಂದು ಘೋಷಿಸಲಾಯಿತು.  ಮೂರು ತಂಡದ ವಿಜೆತರಿಗೂ ಪ್ರೇರಣ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯ ಮುಕ್ತಾಯ ಸಮಾರಂಭದಂದು ಪ್ರಮಾಣ ಪತ್ರವನ್ನು ನೀಡಿ ಅಭಿನಂದಿಸಲಾಯಿತು.

ಒಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ, ಈ ರಸಪ್ರಶ್ನೆ ಸ್ಪರ್ಧೆಯು ಹೊಸತಾದ ವಿಭಿನ್ನ ಸುತ್ತುಗಳಿಂದ ನೆರದಿದ್ದ ಎಲ್ಲ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರಿಗೂ ಮತ್ತು ಸ್ಪರ್ಧಿಗಳಿಗು ಬಹಳ ಆನಂದ ಮತ್ತು ಮನರಂಜನೆಯನ್ನು ನೀಡಿತು.  ಎಲ್ಲರು ಕನ್ನಡ ನಾಡು, ನುಡಿ, ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ, ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿ, ಚಿತ್ರರಂಗ, ಮುಂತಾದವುಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ನಮಗೆ ತಿಳಿಯದ ಹಲವು ವಿಷಯಗಳನ್ನು ತಿಳಿದುಕೊಂಡೆವು.  ಈ ಸ್ಪರ್ಧೆಗಾಗಿ ಬಹಳಷ್ಟು ಶ್ರಮಪಟ್ಟು, ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಗಳನ್ನು ಸಿದ್ಧಪಡಿಸಿ, ನಮಗಾಗಿ ಬಿಡುವು ಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡು ಬಂದು, ಈ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮವನ್ನು ಬಹಳ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿ ನಡೆಸಿಕೊಟ್ಟ ತೇಜಸ್. ಕೆ. ವಿ. ರವರಿಗೆ ನಾವೆಲ್ಲರೂ ಕೃತಜ್ಞರು.

  • ಹೇಮಂತ್. ವಿ.


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