The occasion of Diwali saw the students busying themselves with hundreds of diyas and huge boxes of crackers. The celebration in college started off with Lakshmi and Ganesh Puja in the auditorium, following which sweets were distributed among the students.
The otherwise deserted Rajpath lit up as hundreds of earthen lamps were set alight by the students, along both sides of the road. As the Puja ended and more students began to gather near the centre circle, the bursting of crackers sparked off and soon after, the college came alive as the light and sound of the crackers lit up the whole place. A few scared ones could be seen shrieking and running behind others to save their own skins.
The spotlight, though, was stolen by the Ragam logo, which was made with the earthen lamps. Diwali, though an instant relief to the Tathva hangover, created more hype for Ragam and left the students restless.
However, the excessive smoke due to the bursting of crackers remains the main concern. After celebrating a Green Tathva not so long ago, it feels hypocritical to have contributed so much to air pollution. The correspondent hopes that a safer Diwali will be celebrated in the subsequent years.
Sparring bots, shooting rockets, quizzing whizzes, raving nights…Tathva’17 had it all. With a whopping registration of 9k+ students, Tathva took innovations to the next level, only this time we witnessed a blend of technology with nature (Never mind the truckloads of garbage that came with it). The crowshits of Rajpath were for once replaced by ‘ice golas’ and ice-cream scoops. Roaring motors from Wheels, swaying dancers from the flash mob, and food stalls teeming with outsiders and college committee ‘workaholics’ (*cough*) alike, the life in Rajpath was incredible. Three days of grandeur coupled with two nites of Shirley Setia and Teri Miko (whose zealous performances need no further description) made for one helluva Tathva. Here’s a shout-out to the third years and all the committees for their grand success. And kudos to TKM College of Engineering for winning the best college title. Before signing off, Tathva also dropped the next bomb – the Ragam ’18 teaser. If you haven’t seen it already, do it right now. Trust the crows, this one’s too good to miss.
With the Thunderous roars of the Chendamelam began the much awaited SAC Onam 2017. With the second and fourth year boys being inseparable because of a mix up at the tailor’s which resulted in them wearing the same yellow kurtas and the third year boys having emptied Barbie’s wardrobe and flaunting bright pink kurtas, it was Absolut mayhem. The procession to the LH and back to the campus was a sight to behold as the ladies in their neriyath sarees joined the already colourful boys who were led by the fourth years. The insanely talented Chendamelam crew kept the crowd alive with their pwoli beats and the inhuman stunts, one of which was the formation of a human pyramid with the drummer right on the top making the crowd go wild. Refreshments like “coconut water” were passed around which let the crowd beat the heat and kept the energy “High“. Back at the Centre Circle, the tons of firecrackers, color bombs and certain other factors contributed to the smoke filled filters to those cameramen trying to capture the colorful mood in frames. The “Tiny Tots” of the college volunteered to provide entertainment in the form of dances and songs while the seniors were feasting on the Onasadhya after having partied in the procession. The dying energy was brought back up later in the evening with games like the inter year vadamvali where seniors continued to show their might and eventually brought the celebrations to a conclusion.
Bile juice on the Rajpath, Facebook profile picture changes and embarrassing yet memorable (if you remember anything at all that is) memories are some of the few after effects of one of the most wonderful Onam celebrations conducted on campus.
The student community of NITC was occupied with campaigning for elections in the past few weeks. Pamphlets were distributed, posters were put up and manifestos were circulated. The candidates contesting for the Students’ Affairs Council post of Hostel Affairs Secretary were Benjaram Tarun Reddy and Madineni Chaitanya Kumar . Mukesh Prasad and Shashank Tiwari contested for the post of Sports Secretary. The nominees presented their case at Meet the Candidate programme. Despite the thundering showers, students turned up in huge numbers to vote. People waited with bated breath at the Centre Circle for the results to be announced. Chaitanya Kumar and Shashank Tiwari emerged victorious with a vast majority, sparking wild celebrations amongst their supporters. Ben John Babu, Athil K M and Vishnu T were unanimously appointed the General Secretary, Academic Secretary and Cultural Secretary respectively of the Student Affairs Council. The position of Joint Secretary is to be occupied by Nasreen Basheer and Anjana P Soman has been appointed the Chief Student Editor.
May the New Council take on their responsibilities with great vigor.
On the 14th of this month, the Literary and Debating Club conducted its first Conclave for the academic year. The heavy rains thankfully did not manage to hinder the event, although the venue had to be shifted to the CHED Seminar hall from the usual ELHC pits. ‘Censorship in a Democracy’, being one of the timeless topics for heated discussions, was the talk of the day. The Conclave witnessed an overwhelmingly enthusiastic crowd involving in healthy interactions with the panel. There was an impressive voluntary turn out among first years who also actively participated in the discussion. Agreements and dissents hung in the air alike until they blended into a fruitful negotiation of mutual understanding towards the end of one and a half hours.
After the doors to their beloved LH Amul night café were closed forever last year, the tenants of the LH found themselves with no place to quench their late/mid-night food pangs from. This year however, the girls are at peace again, thanks to the LH mini canteen. As abrupt and out-of-the-blue as every new thing in college, the LH mini canteen came into existence from nothing. Much relief came to the feminists of the college as the privileges of not-so-mess-like food aren’t confined to the boys anymore.
A sizeable canteen with no compromise on hygiene(well!), the canteen is known amongst the girls to serve a decent variety of dishes. The all-time quick bites like bread-omelette and chicken rolls, to filling items like fried rice (arguably better than what is offered at the Mini canteen) and special dosas are a must-try in this LH canteen. The swanky canteen is filled with in-house crowds past mess hours. Inmates decide to visit the canteen to take a break and chill-out with the “good stuff”- Oreo shake. The fried chicken served in the canteen is one thing the girls are sure (and well, happy) that the guys are missing out on (Pssshht..). Sometimes the sour after taste the noodles leave behind might leave them flinching, but the LH mini canteen is as beloved and irreplaceable to the girls as was their former Amul night café. Why should boys have all the fun!?
Sugar, spice and everything nice; these were the ingredients chosen to create the perfect Chaturti Night.
But, the ever so meticulous(lol) wardens of the NITC LH may have accidentally mixed up permissions to create the infamous ‘First Year LH Chaturti Scenes’. Decked up first years, eagerly waiting for their first college event were sent back from the OAT, furious and frustrated. But mixed up permissions and strict security couldn’t stop them from having a hell of a good time. With speakers on full blast and a seemingly perfect dance floor in front of the ‘ever rising’ LH gate, the girls had an amazing Chaturti celebration of their own (jeez ladies!), until the curfew had well been past. Soon thereafter, a petition was signed in light of the series of unfortunate LH events. To know more about the petition and to get first hand coverage of all the college happenings, keep in track of the crow!
The Nalanda Library, a long forgotten dream, has finally emerged from hibernation when the court ordered for the reopening of its reading room.
Despite not receiving any official statements regarding this, word on the street is that an inauguration has already been done to go by the court’s ruling. Before you breathe that sigh of disbelief, our sources also tell us that repair works are under way, to be completed before a formal inauguration. The news does seem convincing considering the fact that there were building materials being unloaded and workers pacing around Nalanda, since the commencement of the semester. Those of you trespassers of this part of campus will have to look for new places for your activities, no matter what they may be.
Let’s hope that this ambitious dream of ours, does not die out as many other things do, in our campus.
Mother Ganges and her sisters, with the passage of time are reaching the verge of being lifeless. Saving our minds from the daunting thoughts of a dry future, Rally for Rivers, in association with Tathva ’17, reached NITC spreading awareness about our drying perennial rivers and to gain our support to revitalize the lifelines of our country.
It’s not a protest, it’s not an agitation, but a campaign to save our Dying Rivers.
Vighna Harta – Ganesha visited our campus on the 25th of August and brought along a much needed change of atmosphere after yet another one of those depressing T1s. The Open Air Theatre was draped with traditional decor and graced with the idol of Lord Ganesha, all thanks to the second and third years. The celebration started off with the sthaapna and was followed by maha aarti. Students mesmerized the crowds with their songs and dance performances. The devotees were offering flowers to the deity when it began to rain cats and dogs but that didn’t stop them from grooving to bollywood party music (admit it, we all secretly do love them). In the midst of all the action, some modaks offered to the Lord went missing, and it still remains a mystery whether this was the work of some devotee or Ganesha himself (the perfect crime – huehuehuehue!!). After having the yummy prasad, collecting free gifts from The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and having one hell of a party night, everyone went back to their rooms, drenched and happy; while Ganapati and his little mouse (a lot like this correspondent) kept watch.
It was the spirit of inclusiveness that held together the myriad cultures, religions, language groups and their opinions as a single nation state for so long and this spirit has been under attack many a times in the last 70 years. The cold blooded murder of Gauri Lankesh is one such incident.
After Dabholkar, Pansare and Kalburgi, it was Gauri who was selected by the communal forces as their next victim. When almost all media houses cry in unison for the corporate and the cow, Lankesh’s tabloid voiced against the oppressive saffron brigade. And she had to pay the price, in blood.
What matters is not the change our words make, but to keep on speaking. It is upon us to try and carry on what Gauri and her comrades began. It is with this idea that some students of NITC decided to mourn her death and protest her murder.
Posters were stuck, pamphlets were distributed and the centre circle witnessed a whole day of silent demonstration after which a public meeting was convened, which was attended by students and faculties to discuss on the ideals of democracy and the growth of fascism. The need for such communities in these troubled times, was stressed throughout the discussion.
For running and grinding on fresh fruits and ice creams, our beloved Juicy has finally ran out of juice. Yes, they’ve gone out of business. It used to be the one of the most happening spots of mini canteen (considering we had only three other options) where students used to hangout, celebrate and freshen themselves up with a cold glass of juice but “poof” just like that it’s gone. Well they still have Amul and Milma but it will never be the same.
Sure not everyone shares the same opinion. We have reports that some tasted apple juice even when they ordered a chocolate shake. So what if they don’t wash the blender after each use? Think about it, do you actually care if the glasses are cleaned in water collected in a bucket? Yeah we miss it. But just maybe it’s high time we get a decent new shop? What do you think that should come in it’s place? Hopefully the SAC will listen to our requests. So with thirst in our throats and sadness in our hearts, we bid Juicy adieu. Adios mate!
The Master of Whispers brings us the news of a rather interesting situation. His little birds report seeing a phenomenon unfamiliar to the land of the king’s road. Jugs of lime are being sneaked in the closed attic of the S.A.C room, where the secs of all the different clubs are seen together, bursting out with discussion and laughter. Word is that they’re preparing for the possibility of clubbing their armies, and fighting battles together despite all strength and number. After all, an order from the little blue shepherd can never be ignored. The anticipation on this is building, while a decision is yet to be made.
As the campus placements are en-route, many find themselves questioning where the road through the Forest of Trials leads to – the stairway to heaven, or the highway to hell? The promises of a brighter future comes along with great stress and bleak visions of what-is of the days to come. For that sharp turn in their life, will they craftily maneuver through or lose control? Let’s wish the seniors good fortune for this placement season and keep our fingers crossed for our own time yet to come.
The college finally broke its humdrum routine and got into a festive mood on the day of Rakshabandhan, which was celebrated for the first time in college. A large crowd, including first years and mostly girls, gathered near the Centre Circle, waiting to tie rakhis to their ‘brothers’ and fighting for the yellow helium balloons that were being distributed. The event kicked off with the organisers welcoming and cheering the over-enthusiastic crowd, after which girls could be seen running behind boys to tie rakhis;
many were even spotted hiding with multiple rakhis on their wrists. The occasion ended on a sweet note with students going back (some sad, others happy) with pedas to munch on.
On the 31st of July, 2017 the Student Affairs Council held a condolence gathering at the ATM circle to mourn the deaths of three members of the NITC family. Members of the SAC and the Student Guidance Cell (SGC) spoke to the students about the recent deaths and the steps that one can take towards preventing such incidents in the future. The idea of implementing a Peer Support Group, comprising of students who would work towards helping their peers out of issues they face was also discussed. The meeting was concluded with a candle march and a saplings planted in memory of the departed. One
must always remember that the NITC family is always present for one another in times of needs and hardships, we always stand together and work to keep the candle burning.
There’s nothing more unusual than an auditorium jam-packed with new gen students sitting spell-bound, through a three hour long, Carnatic vocal concert. Such was the spectacle put together by Bombay Jayashri and troupe, in association with NITC own chapter of the famous SPICMACAY. Truly a woman of wits, the whole session was made stellar by her soothing aalapanas and shrewd ripostes, leaving us wanting for more.
Ever wanted to indulge in a conversation with someone where you don’t have to beat around the bush and the reality of things could be discussed, with no bounds on language or content?
Kaapikoottam is a positive space where you can discuss ideas and experiences; all those interested are welcome. It is, in essence an open platform for people to come together and have casual group discussions.
Be on the lookout for the next Kaapikkootam – to chat, discuss, learn and connect.
Yes, it’s that time of the year again.
Odd semesters mean Tathva , but better it’s the time we welcome our beloved *cough cough* juniors into our midsts. They come in as little infants with minimal knowledge of what’s happening around and wait to be slapped with the stamp of being a NITC-ian. Of course, the seniors like always, take the high road and do their best to make them feel the comfortable and secure despite the curtiy cages they’re put on.
So once again, we’d like to unofficially welcome the first years into our college. Giddy-up, you’ve got a long year ahead.
When the country celebrated holi with bright colours, we at NITC had a different take on the festival. Sneharagam, the social initiative of Ragam happened this Monday at the Audi. Of all the five Sneharagams conducted so far, this one was the biggest and saw kids from 11 schools participating with enthusiasm and vigour.
It was a day entirely dedicated to those kids who are differently-abled than us. For most of us, it was an eye-opener; a day when we realised how lucky and fortunate we are. It was heart warming to see their smiles and the eagerness with which they performed on stage. A wide variety of performances like mime, mimicry, oppana, solo dances and solo songs were put up by the kids.
Everyone who worked for this noble cause deserves to be applauded. Let’s hope that this event continues to grow in the coming years and brings smiles to many more such kids.
Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode is proud to present, Echoes ’17, the annual cultural splurge full of fun and fiesta to be held from the 3rd-5th February, 2017. Echoes ‘16 witnessed a multitude of events intertwined with frolic and mirth in various aspects of the cultural palette comprising music, dance, fashion, art and theatre with participation from colleges nationwide and prized worth INR 5 lakh. With the Echoes brand growing over the years, it has now reached its pinnacle and epitomizes cultural extravagance in terms of staging and hosting some of the biggest Pro-Nites in South India with live performances by Sona Mahapatra, Agnee, Neeraj Sridhar, Aditi Singh Sharma, Nikhil D’Souza and many more. Campus Princess, the campus round of Miss India, powered by FBB, collaborated with Echoes ’16 to present the first ever Campus Princess in South India, which made Echoes win even more accolades than before.
With bigger hopes and better expectations, Echoes ’17 comes to you with the sweetest theme of the “Good Old 90s”, an era we all wish we can go back to, in sync with the 20th anniversary of the inception of IIM Kozhikode. Get clapping as KK headlines the Pro-Nite this year. The Pro-nite is followed by the heart pumping action of the main group dance event. Covering everything from literary to dance, Echoes aims to give you a chance to have fun and showcase your talents at the same time. Catch some of our very own take over the stage and rake in a few prizes. The grandeur of Echoes ‘17 will be supplemented by the countless nostalgic memoirs, heartwarming sentiments and surprises galore as this year’s carte du jour reveals the sizzling array of events planned and scheduled with the implicit promise of ‘creating memories‘.
No more running back to hostels by 7 and no more unfinished conversations. Thats right, no more 7:00 pm curfew for girls!
For years, the members of the SAC and students of the college have been trying hard for the extension of girls’ curfew till 9 and this year they’ve finally succeeded. This provision has been in effect since the 23rd of January and has proved its necessity to plenty. Dear first years, it is a pity but your curfew remains the same (yes, the unlucky 7), and senior girls, with freedom comes great responsibility. Here are a few points you may want to keep in mind to stay out of trouble:
- Carry Your ID card at all times.
- Beyond 7pm, the girls are allowed to be on campus only in certain areas such as the Mini canteen, library, study room, labs, etc. Note: It’s been observed that the study room caters to the needs of academically curious couples and mini canteen to the friend circles.
- The Main Gate is the only accessible gate for the girls after 7.
- If you’re staying back in campus after 7, make sure you have signed out in the movement register meant for this purpose in hostel and collect the token from the main gate while returning from campus.
- Getting out after 7pm from the hostel is possible only if a token from the ladies hostel is issued which has to be presented at the Main gate for your entry into campus.
Piece of advice: The power is yours now but use this facility carefully to avoid its revocation. At the same time, have fun girls!
Read the official statement here!
Watching movies is the most resorted leisurely activity when we are bored out of our skulls by our rip-roaring college life. And to watch a critically acclaimed movie about the social issues pertinent to our society, not just satiates that universal appeal of entertainment but also arouses the long gone conscience in people. NITC Chalchithra Samithi took a commendable initiative by giving an opportunity to the spectators to witness the grim realities and drudgeries of our society through Indian Cinema. Movies such as Masaan and Born into Brothels were not just a feast for the art lovers, but managed to touch the sensitive cords of all of it’s viewers. The documentary “Born into Brothels”, presented by the Chalchithra Samithi in association with the Literary and Debating Club inspired its audience to a great extent and was the perfect spark for the right discussion. The documentary screening and discussion took place at the Raman Lecture Hall in the Physics Department at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, the 3rd of November. The event set an excellent pedestal for the people to put forth their views on one of the most sensitive topics of our country, Prostitution. Myriad measures were discussed to curb the malignant practice.
The most wonderfully laid-out plans can prove fruitless if implementation is inefficient; something we’ve often struggled with in India. And NITC Chalchithra Samithi caters this need to put in place sensitisation and awareness amongst the folks and the importance to weaken the sting of social stigmatisation through its manoeuvre.
Note: Movie screening followed by a discussion takes place on most Wednesdays or Thursdays at the Raman Lecture Hall. Contact LnD 2nd year Albert Bonnie for more information.
Greasing the right palms is something the citizens of our nation have become accustomed to. Even though it is frowned upon by society, some see it as a necessary evil. To bring about awareness, the Central Vigilance Commission conducted the Vigilance Awareness Week from October 31st to November 5th. An elocution competition, a lecture and a pledge were the highlights of this week. Publicity for this event was low even though there was a very conspicuous banner at the main gate informing NITCians about it. Being NITCians we definitely read the banner and missed the elocution competition which had cash prizes worth ₹10,000 because we were obviously, obviously too busy.
The festive bug that’s bitten most of the country by now is all set to make its presence felt at our very own campus. This weekend, the students of NITC are geared to celebrate the return of Lord Rama. With the bright phuljhadis, the roaring phatakas and colourful sweetmeats, this carnival is one you wouldn’t want to miss. While the Telugu folks will be kick starting the celebrations in the morning, the Northies will ensure it carries on till late evening. It is also the first festival that them homesick first years will get to witness in all its glory, as the persistent seniors managed to obtain permissions for both, girls and boys. Wish you a safe and prosperous Diwali, dear students!
On the last night of Tathva, after the amazing performance by ‘When Chai Met Toast’, the Ragam ’17 teaser was released by the General Secretary Hanz M Antony. As memories of the last Ragam came flooding into our minds, the teaser captivated us with the lively music and colourful visuals. With promises of a bigger and even better Ragam than last time, the teaser sure did live upto everyone’s expectations. The intrigued first years got a sneak peek into the biggest cultural fest of South India. The release of the Ragam teaser at the end of Tathva continued the cycle which the college has been following since its inception as an institute of national importance.
The countdown to Tathva ’16 has never been closer. With 4 days to go, the campus is lit up and all set to come alive. With headlining acts for the Pro Nites being the sizzling DJ Siana, When Chai Met Toast with their mellifluous music and of course Ash King, bringing Bollywood all the way down south to Calicut. Of course if you’re not keen on the party side of it, Tathva offers a plethora of tech-centered events and even other general events that’ll keep you begging for the three day bonanza to never come to an end. If you haven’t gotten yourself registered yet, we suggest you keep a look out on the the official Tathva website and register now!
On a side note, the official Tathva app is loaded up and is just waiting for the trigger to be pulled. Expect it’s release sometime this week. The annual Road To Tathva Treasure Hunt for the first years is a highlight for a junior-senior interaction and this year will hopefully be the same. Since most engineering students are well prepped by coaching centers, it wouldn’t be fair if we didn’t give a bonus hint to our avid readers. Revise the names of the campus hotspots and familiarize yourselves with all of Tathva’s event names. Watch out as your seniors gift you with nerve-wracking ‘tasks’ as you play your way to the final clue.
Finally and probably most importantly, PAD and INFRA. With Friday fast approaching, it is trivial to know that there is an enormous amount of work to be done. If the junior boys are still unaware of your committees, do remember there is just one for you; INFRA. For the girls, if not for PAD, your primary objective will be to show up for the stalls. We hope you do realize how essential your work and time will be for the forthcoming days and expect utmost cooperation in carrying out our duties. Gear up and get set, the ‘Tathva feel’ is about to kick in.
People tend to assume that sports to an engineering geek would translate to codeathons and robo-wrestling. A look at NITC’s legion of sports teams, is a clear contrast to this picture perfect definition of the average nerd’s interests. Like every semester, this semester too saw scores of tryouts for the now well settled first years. After strenuously running around the campus their seniors managed to procure the necessary permissions that allowed them to be a part of this. “We had to run around a lot to get permission for the girls. We realised the physical education department hadn’t taken the hostel permissions for the girls to be out on the day of the tryouts. The chief warden told us we were too late when we went to him, but we didn’t stop. In the end the girls had their basketball tryouts. It was an hour late but it still happened” quoted a basketball veteran of the second year. There was a massive turnout for Basketball, Volleyball and Badminton, not to forget NITC’S youngest – the Kho-Kho team. “We had to select 3 people out of the 30 that turned up, the process was grueling – splitting them into teams and assessing them. But now its all done. The practises have begun and we’re having a good time” piped a member from the volleyball team.
Maveli‘s entry was followed by a galore of firecrackers(which was only aimed at taking away your ability to listen to the beat of the ‘chenda melam‘). With all the students dancing and hopping together, the parading Maveli reached the Ladies Hostel where he finally felt revitalized thanks to the serene sight of white and gold up ahead. Among other complaints, Maveli also expressed his frustration at a handsome boy stealing his limelight right at the entrance to the LH. Maveli claims to have lost 5 kilos of body fat on his walk, unfortunately it refuses to show on him and hence we cannot confirm such baseless claims.
While fourth years adorned their dark and dull black Kurtas , the third years and second years opted for a brighter and happier turquoise and orange kurtas respectively. The ladies had their own uniformity as the fourth years were dolled in an eyepleasing gang of ‘set mundu sarees‘ while the other years dressed in pretty sarees and kurtis. A grand sadhya, a beautiful environment harming showcase of firecrackers and the upbeat chenda melam clearly made a statement. Yet another reason for the fourth years to savor their memories and use the hashtag #Onelasttime.
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The Tathva 16 official website launch took place at the Bhaskara Hall on the 22nd of September. A successful event all in all but the scheming coders tricked all those in the room with the simple illusion of an offline launch. Although they were all sharing appreciation and hearty congratulations, the actual page went online only much later.