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SOCH ‘08

By Whyso Sirius On December - 14 - 2008 ADD COMMENTS

“It Is Your Kind Of Game. Play It On!” That is the kind of thought that triggered “SOCH ’08” into action, which was held over the last weekend at Loyola Academy (Degree). The event, which was the initiative of the Students of Honors, Insurance and Professionals Forum, better known as the S.H.I.P. Forum, of the Department of Commerce, was a two-day event organized on the picturesque campus of the college. The event saw the participation of nearly 24 colleges around the city, which included some of the top-notch commerce colleges like Badruka, Bhavan’s, Aurora’s, St. Francis and Little Flower (LFJC).

The theme of the event was “Prevention of AIDS”. To lay emphasis on this and to educate people about the dangers of AIDS, several street plays were enacted on the campus grounds, which was a splendid effort by the students of the college to bring forth awareness about several social evils and issues. The entrance fee to the fest was extremely nominal too; priced at Rs. 20 for a single day and Rs. 30 for 2 days which included Rs. 10 for a lucky draw. The fest started with an opening ceremony which was graced by Mr. Vepa Kamesam, the Managing Director of Institute of Insurance and Risk Management (IIRM).

The events held on the first day were mostly formal events. The first competition for the day was Case Study Analysis, in which all the participating teams were given a common case related to risk and disaster management, along with five questions to answer, in a span of 30 minutes. Each team had to present their analysis of the case for about 2-3 minutes by answering a question put to them by the jury. The event required all the teams to think on their toes and also to be able to find out-of-the-box applicable and practical solutions for seemingly impossible and incredibly tough situations. Soon after, the Business Quiz followed, where in multiple teams from different colleges competed with each other in the written elimination round, to reach the finals. the top six teams of the preliminary round battled it out through four rounds in the finals, with the team from Aurora Degree College emerging as the clear winner, followed closely by the teams from Bhavan’s and Badruka. Other events held on the first day were The Ultimate Survivor, which involved the quest to find the best CEO, through group discussions and other filtration processes, and Split Personality, which was an extempore session where a participant had to talk both, in favor of, and against a given topic within a time constraint of one minute.

The second day of the two-day fest was as exciting as or more than the first day. The first event held was Dalaal Street, which involved trading in a mock stock market set up. Trading went on vigorously for nearly 45 minutes with each of the teams working towards a common goal; to maximize their capital funds. Anirudh, a student of Bhavan’s Vivekananda College, who was one of the traders in the game, said, “ Every time I go to a theatre to watch a movie, I find these guys selling tickets in black, screaming ‘Balcony Balcony Balcony’(imitates them without stopping to take a breath). Today, in this game, I felt exactly like them while shouting, ‘Ranbaxy Ranbaxy Ranbaxy’ (in the same tone) while getting the other teams to buy my shares! It was great fun. I had a fabulous time!”

The next event lined up on Day Two was the Treasure Hunt, which had the maximum number of entries as compared to any other event. The clues had been scattered all across the college campus and the teams has to perform several tasks, a la Roadies style, en route their destination, i.e., the treasure. One of the teams from Badruka, which managed to win the treasure hunt, took away a cartload of prizes right from trophies and coffee mugs, to pen drives! The events of the second day and SOCH ’08 as a whole came to an end with the JAM (Just-A-Minute) Dance competition, with participants shaking a leg to the latest Hindi chartbusters at the nick of the moment. The event came to an official end with the closing ceremony, with an expression of the vote of thanks given by Ms. Agna, a lecturer of the college, and the trophy for the Best Participating College being awarded to Little Flower Junior College.

The highlight of the fest came when DJ Clive began working his magic on the music mixer! The resident DJ of Taj Banjara belted out one hit after another, making the crowd go crazy with excitement and dancing like in a trance!

The main sponsors of SOCH ’08 were IMS study circle, Virgin mobiles and Cognizant. The prizes given away to the winners of various events included Virgin mobile handsets and SIM cards, and IMS discount vouchers of up to 75% for CAT and ICET coaching. The media partners of the event were Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM and TV5.

The fest was entirely managed and organized by the students of the college. When asked about how it felt to organize an event of this magnitude, Ankur, a student of Loyola Academy and a member of the core organizing committee said , “I had lots of fun…It was a great feeling. The best part was that almost everyone who participated, had a blast and enjoyed participation. And moreover, the street plays (which covered relevant social issues) got an amazing response. It had an awesome impact!” At the end of the day, considering the fact that Loyola Academy isn’t located in a kind of place that one would want to call the-heart-of-the city, the response that SOCH ’08 evoked was pretty commendable. That itself, in more ways than one, speaks of its success story!

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