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Ecophoria 2014:

Of Economics and Euphoria Ecophoria, the annual Economics festival of Kamala Nehru College was organised on 24th March. Designed to cover every aspect of Economics, this fest had a lot to offer. The event began with an inaugural lecture by Prof. Subhashis Gangopadhyaya, Research Director at India Development Foundation (IDF) - a privately funded, non-profit research foundation. After inaugurating the Department magazine Ecocentric 2013-14, Dr. Gangopadhyaya proceeded to deliver a highly informative lecture centred around the Theorems of Welfare, explained through the concepts of Game Theory. Listening to him was certainly a treat for all the budding economists. This year, the festival was aimed at increasing awareness and directing focus towards important economic issues. Quiz pro was won by he team of Abhishek Mishra from Hans Raj College and Siddharth Sahoo from PGDAV. The team of Gokul S. from ARSD and Balasubramanyam from Hans Raj College finished second and Om Prakash and Manu Abbi from DSE were the third best quizzing team.

Anushka Sibbal and Aditya Anand from Ramjas College was adjudged the winner for their B-Plan titled Transcreations, which was about providing employment opportunities to transgender, who are otherwise not allowed to participate in the job market. The Paper Presentation event saw Ashima and Arushi from LSR bagging the first position with their paper on Tapering of Quantitative Easing and its Impact on BRIC Nations. Neha Thureja from Gargi College finished second in the event. ArgueEcon, the Turncoat competition saw the participants defend and oppose the motion: THBT India’s approach to Patent Regulation will stifle Pharmaceutical Innovation. They were allotted a 2+2+1 speaking time to do so. Aishwarya Shekhar from KNC, Anupama from Gargi College and Samuel from St. Stephen’s won the top spots at the competition.

Planathon, the Mock Planning Commission saw a total of 9 teams develop policies and plans for 3 sectors – agriculture, health and power & energy. The participants were given a predetermined budget and apprised of the current economic scenario and were subsequently expected to devise resource allocations in an equitable, inclusive and sustainable manner, alongside being economically sound and financially viable. Prachi and Naina from KNC, Utkrisht and Samuel from CVS and St. Stephen’s respectively and Aishwarya and Aakansksha from KNC were awarded for proposing the most efficient and innovative plan from each sector.

Several informal events like Minute To Win It, Economic Talkies (Movie Making competition), AdMad and Treasure Hunt were also conducted, adding to the fun quotient at the fest. A lifesize monopoly game, named Game of Thrones, was another informal event. In teams of two, the contestants had to endeavor to make the maximum net profit. “I take immense pride in what my team has achieved this year at Ecophoria. With massive participation from top colleges, the event was a big success; a thoroughly enriching and memorable experience”, said Tushita Yadav, President of the Economic Association of the college.

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HIS EXPERIENCE ON THE ANTARCTIC PENINSULA Shreyak Mahajan, a final year student of Mechanical and Automation engineering at Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology, recently undertook a once in a lifetime expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula as Tetra Pak’s Youth Ambassador. He accompanied Sir Robert Brown, the first person to walk to both the North and the South Pole. DU Beat correspondent Brij Pahwa recently sat down to talk to him about this memorable experience, and what he took away from it. Brij : Hello, Shreyak! First of all congratulations for your lifechanging expedition and for making the country proud. Shreyak : Thank you! I was overwhelmed by the experience. Brij : Before we discuss your journey, I would like to ask you how you bagged such an opportunity! Shreyak : You would have probably heard of the organizations, TERI and Tetra Pak. These two have been working hard to encourage youth leaders and through them, the youth of this country to think about the environmental concerns of our day and age. So they have this youth program known as LEADearthSHIP, wherein they provide fellowships to 24 people all across India. And I got a chance to be one of them! Brij : How did you get the chance to head towards the Antarctic Peninsula? Shreyak : Well, the other part of the LEADearthSHIP programme was to select a Youth Ambassador for the year 2014-15 who would then join Sir Robert Swan, for the International Antarctic Expedition. This year, I was selected for the same along with 6 other people from different walks of life. Brij : And when did this expedition start and what was

the goal of the same? Shreyak : We departed for Antarctica on the 8th of March. The goal behind this expedition was to sensitize students and corporates (who went on the journey) about the environmental concerns and sustainability. This program is known as ‘Leadership on the Edge’ and is managed by Robert Swan’s organisation ‘2041’. The main focus is on enhancing leadership skills, personal development and teamwork. And of course, the emphasis is to motivate us to start local environmental programs when we go back to our own countries. Brij : Tell us more about your experience in the Antarctic Peninsula. Shreyak : Everyday was a new and unique experience. And being in such a demanding environment, when you explore the ecosystem and wildlife of the place, go hiking up glaciers, move around in the sea and inland lakes, it is infact challenging and life-transforming. Brij : Sounds interesting. And what was your routine in Antarctica like? Shreyak : We were briefed at the start of each new day. The clothes required, wind conditions, gears required and so on. Sometimes, we went on the Zodiacs (inflatable boats) and moved around the peninsula. Brij : Any unique experience that you’d like to share? Shreyak : So, one day we were riding on a Zodiac when a Humpback Whale started encircling our boat and literally snorted on us while doing the same. Well, how many people can say that they have been snorted on by a whale? (laughs) And there was this other unique experience where I saw a Leopard Seal kill a Penguin! Brij : Any scary moments from

the trip? An avalanche, perhaps? Shreyak : Yes! There were avalanches but not of the level that can be considered dangerous. Brij : When someone goes on such an adventurous expedition, one also incurs some psychological changes apart from physical. Anything of that sort? Shreyak : When we were hiking up the glaciers, we became so exhausted that we couldn’t even see what was ahead of us. At that moment, when you can’t see the person in front of you, still you know that your life depends on that person ( everyone is tied by a rope ), you learn something. You learn how people have the capability of affecting you; in this case your life or death. Brij : That’s quite a thoughtful remark, Shreyak. Now, that we have talked about your expedition and your experience, I’d like to ask you, apart from taking up such global initiatives, what else do you enjoy working on? Shreyak : Well, before this, I have worked on 2 United Nations programs dedicated to the sector of education namely, UNSCD and UNDDD. Apart from that, I love playing basketball. Brij : Thank you Shreyak for sharing your life changing experience with us. To wrap up, is there a message you’d like to pass on to our readers? Shreyak : Make a commitment towards solving any problem and see it through. If possible empower others by working with them towards your vision allowing them to take it to new heights. I would also recommend that people choose a single relevant project that can impact a local community. Such projects can provide us with global solutions. Brij Mohan Pahwa

HARDY SANDHU ATTRACTS CROWD AT REVERIE ‘14, THE ANNUAL CULTURAL FEST OF CVS The 2-day cultural festival of College of Vocational Studies concluded amidst drizzling rain in the evening of 28th March with Hardy Sandhu performing on a makeshift platform as showers restricted the use of electrical equipment on the main stage. The first day of the festival began with an English debate event. Teams debated the topic, ‘The result of the coming elections rest in the hands of the youth’. Arvind and Anuj won the 1st and the 2nd position respectively. Karil was awarded the Best Interjector prize. All winning participants were from the host team. The debate was followed by rangoli and poster-making competitions

held in classrooms. After a short delay, The Thespian, the street-play and most awaited event of the day, commenced at 1:00pm. It was organised by Dramanomics, the dramatics society of CVS. The event saw participation of 7 colleges, each college putting on display a social issue of the country. The plays had a strong impact on the audience, judges and participants as many of them were left weeping. Shivaji College, which performed a play depicting the ill-treatment and abandonment of the old in our society, was adjudged the best play of the evening. Gargi College and Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce were

The second day of the fest began with a Hindi debate on the topic, ‘Bharat se bhrashtachar hatana asambhav hain’. Soon after the debate, the main stage was taken over by rock bands for the Battle of Bands, which was won by Kazaryth. the 2nd and 3rd prize winners respectively. Manthan, the fashion society of CVS organised a fashion competition which was won by the team from Maitreyi College. The award for best costume went to Tarini Singh and best model went to Samiksha Jain, both from Lady Irwin College, whose team was carrying the Cleopatra look.

The weather had become overcast as the musicians of CVS played and growled to the tunes of the Metallica and AC/ DC, entertaining the crowd that was waiting for Hardy Sandhu’s performance, but as the evening progressed, it started raining and Hardy’s performance was delayed. Finally, the rain subsided and Hardy performed on a makeshift platform near

the Student’s Desk instead of the main stage as it was wet and could not accommodate electrical equipment. Students, undeterred by heat on the first day and rain on the second, cheered at the Center Stage area of the college where the main stage was put up as well as other venues of various events. Members of the students’ and cultural unions, who were majorly responsible for putting the festival together, could be seen running around with handheld-transceivers (walkytalkies) throughout the fest. Ishan Ganbhir

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