Pune: The Information and Technology Department of Army Institute of Technology (AIT) won the ‘Aakriti 2018’ inter-departmental cultural festival held at AIT from August 20 to 22.
With over 1,000 participants from the computer, IT, ETNC, mechanical faculties of Army Institute of Technology, Pune held its three-day Aakriti 2018 cultural festival at Dighi campus. Though it was an interdepartmental college cultural festival, IT branch lifted the overall trophy for the fourth time in succession.
The event was organised by the secretaries of the cultural, debate, fine arts and magazine board under the stewardship of Professor Sushma Wadar.
The event was inaugurated by AIT Director Brigadier Abhay A Bhat (Retd), on August 20. Around 1,000 students from all the four branches of the college participated in over 25 events with great energy and passion, making the event an unforgettable occasion for all.
‘Rangoli Making’ set the ball rolling as the first event of Aakriti 2018. On the first day, various events like English debate and article writing helped the students bring out their vocational skills and on the spot thinking, followed by Hindi mono-acting and mute play, which brought out their creative sides.
The music competition marked the end of the maiden day with some of AIT’s finest musicians set the stage on fire with their breathtaking performances. There were many other events on the second and third day, which included ‘Street Plays’ based on social issues, GK quiz and many more. The themes for the street play was age-old habits for modern-day Indians, for pencil sketch, the theme was city lights, for poster making it was rape, for rangoli, the theme was unity in diversity. There were internal and external judges for all these competitions. From each branch of undergraduates, six students had to participate in one of the events.
The real show stoppers were dance events, folk dances and choreographed group dances, which were judged by Vaishali Ghatge, the renowned classical dancer and television personality. The events culminated with the prize distribution on August 22.
Since AIT conducts the inter-branch cultural competition, ‘Aakriti’, every year, the institute will be also celebrating its silver jubilee in February 2019 for which the theme will be ‘Engineers for Sustainable Development’.
Bhat said, “Aakriti is a Sanskrit word, which means ‘form’ or a ‘figure’. AIT is proud that its students display a complete ‘form’ or a personality, which is very important for tomorrow’s leaders of the society. The cultural festival Aakriti also provides the students with a great platform for creative expression, entertainment and unhindered joy of celebrations. Engineers of tomorrow need to imbibe qualities of creativity, originality, innovative thinking, effective expression and maintaining required ‘form’ for the final solution. Such qualities are best developed through such events and competitions while providing a welcome break from mundane academic routine.”