Monday, February 1, 2010

MNIT annual festival ends on a high note

JAIPUR: The three-day annual techno-cultural festival ‘Blitzschalag 10’ at Malviya National Institute of Technology (MNIT) concluded on Sunday with
a high voltage rock show ‘Ragna Rock’ with a sea of students dancing to sizzling tunes.
The festival saw a series of events related to technology, culture and finance that were designed in such a way that they provided an opportunity to engineering and management students to display their mental and artistic skills. According to the organisers, more than 5,000 students from over 60 engineering and management colleges participated in the events.
A workshop on ‘ethical hacking’ saw participation by a good number of students. A team of IT experts gave a presentation on the different forms of hacking and its increasing scope in the various sectors. “The most challenging part of our workshop was to create a difference between ethical hacking and malicious hacking,” said the speaker. The students were taught different ways of saving the websites and accounts from being hacked.While the workshop on hacking attracted the tech-savvy students, a short film contest was an ideal platform for the creative students.
Thirty-two teams prepared 32 short movies on a wide array of subjects.
‘The Absurd’, which shed light on the meaningless aspect of life, was adjudged the best. Another widely appreciated film ‘Guess What’ showed how a school student would take cigarettes in his bag and sell them.
The judges were amazed to learn that all movies were scripted, directed, shot and edited by the students themselves. In terms of participation, ‘Labyrinth’ — a LAN gaming contest wherein the students compete with each other in different mind boggling games including FIFA, NFS and Counter Strike on separate computer systems — was the most successful event with over 1,000 students taking part in it.
There was also a place for theatre and drama enthusiasts. ‘Dramebaaz Hoshiyaar’, a street play competition, turned out to be a tool for creating awareness on social issues. Different teams highlighted several social and student-related issues through their dramas.

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