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10 reasons why the Poker Industry will skyrocket in India

Poker has picked up pace in earning revenues in the Indian market over the past 10 years. From a handful of legal off-shore casinos in Goa and student hostels to professionals catching up over weekends and poker apps on smartphones, lionization of poker has grown exponentially for its entertainment value as well the prospect of earning quick bucks. According to an Economic Times report, the current online poker industry is estimated to be at around $120 million, and it is gradually picking up. Just amidst this scintillating scenario where poker is gaining widespread recognition among the business magnates and also tending towards becoming the backbone of the online gaming society in India, here are 10 factors that have made their way to the limelight for boosting the trade to improve upon the shining hour:

  1. The virgin, the voluptuous-poker 2.jpg
    Both consumers and organizations hold a dualistic attitude towards product innovativeness. Consumers are known to hold an inherent tendency to approach (neophilia) and avoid (neophobia) new products at the same time. Newer trends have always faced challenges making their way into a conservationist market like India. But it is an undeniable fact that newer trendsetters have always appealed to the ever-curious Indian common mass. Starting from the concepts of affiliate marketing picking up steam to Indian taxi wars being brought a truce by the online cab booking apps, online hotel booking, food delivery services and even grocery shopping from home, the masses have whole-heartedly accepted trends that have made life easier, keeping aside the enticing rise in living standards they have entailed.
    Just in keeping with the above-stated market mentality and with the addition of the allurement of the chances of growing fat, Poker has in it the perfect kind of seduction that could mesmerize the colossal mass of the financial middle class wanting to step into the elite one by raking in the dough. Ever since Poker has been introduced to the Indian society by means of students who went to study abroad and picked the game or by the telecast of the World Poker Tour on Indian media in the early 2000s, it has remained very prospective to thrive the economy. All it lacked was an extensive boost from a platform that could provide it a wider outreach.
  1. Poker appeals to the intellect-
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    Indians have always been particularly lauding towards the highbrows and to that extent never miss out on a whetstone to sharpen their grey matter. India is a fascinating country and we Indians are normally famous for our outstanding work ethic and intellect. India’s 132.42 crores people have an exclusive zest for life which makes the poker industry seek new challenges and summit new peaks. This is maybe why more and more Indians these days, be it college students, young pros and even most of the normal public are now taking up poker to channelize their creativity & aptitude. Along with the aforementioned, poker also has the USP of providing a chance of making big money. So there is no doubt that poker, and particularly online poker, was tailor-made for the Indian youth population.
  2. Trade in poker as a profit-making model-
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    Regular players spend up to eight hours every day playing poker online, often making up to INR 10,000 within 15 minutes. Of course, they do lose money as well, but the initial wins make for a heady rush. It’s becoming increasingly common to hear of online players cashing out anywhere between INR 50,000 to over INR 1 lakh during tournaments. Aditya Agarwal made headlines in July 2015 when he won $96,445 at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, considered one of the biggest poker tournaments.  There are more than 50,000 people who play on homegrown online poker startups and several of these bootstrapped platforms make profits on annual revenues of at least INR 5 crore. Though it is difficult to estimate the size of India’s online poker industry, reports in 2015 pegged it at about $110-120 million. According to the Chief Financial Officer of Delta Corp, who bought Adda52 for INR 155 crore in a stockhand-cash deal in September 2015, Adda52 was a debt-free and cash-generating online poker startup that clocked revenues of INR 47 crore in the calendar year 2015 with core operational (EBITDA) margin of 30-35%.
    There are certain regulatory hurdles that the game has to overcome. But with gradual regulatory acceptance, and post-Delta’s acquisition of Adda52, more investors are eyeing the mostly bootstrapped online poker sector. “With increasing state-level acceptance and most profitable models in the space it’s a sector where investors can expect healthy returns,” said Alok Mittal, a founding board member at Indian Angel Network, who led the seed investment in Adda52. Venture capital and Angel Investor interests look promising in the poker space in India and are projected to soar by leaps and bounds in the very near future.
  1. Patronization from online platforms-
    poker 5.jpgDue to the largely unregulated nature of its gambling market, India doesn’t have a history of online poker. But the Facebook app Zynga Poker proved to be a masterstroke for the trade with casual card players who discovered a whole new game called Texas Hold’em. This was a natural progression for those who used to play ‘Flash‘ earlier. Plus, the intricacies and depth of Hold’em captured in Teen-Patti players and suddenly poker became the logical sport to choose. Way back in 2006, Teen-Patticropped up as an Indian poker variant, not too dissimilar from the British game three-card brag or the US home-game favourite, started to gather interest from players in India. Being one of the most popular card games of all times, it wasn’t long before it captured the strong attention of the Indian masses. With the advent of digitalization, many India-based digital companies also wanted to tap the popularity that poker had begun to enjoy among the masses. Thereby, many Indian gaming companies, in the recent past, began to develop online platforms for playing the card game. Online poker startups such as Adda52, Poker-Baazi and Spartan Poker started gaining fast popularity and generating mammoth turnovers.
    But there are certain legal issues that handicap the business. So the nation’s poker scene is simply doing what every other gambling community did when faced with a similar situation: it disregards unclear regulations and simply enjoys the game. India-based players tend to play on the most popular international poker networks. Those include PokerStars888poker, and PartyPoker. Poker operators are perfectly aware of the fact that neither the federal government nor state-level authorities are interested in going after individual Indian poker enthusiasts. Consequently, Indian players are free to join the best cash games and tournaments available on the internet. Moreover, as is almost always the case, authorities aren’t interested in going after individual players, especially if they use VPNs to connect to their favourite sites.
  1. State governments acknowledge poker as a fair trade-
    poker 6.jpgTo the persisting regulatory obstacles, playing professionals point out that when universities like Harvard and MIT include poker as a course, one understands that it has been recognized as a skill-based game on a global level and it’s only a matter of time before India acknowledges it too. Co-founder of PokerBaazi, Puneet Singh opines that the state governments too will be convinced in support of the game as the number of startups increases in this space. He’s hopeful to see a slow but gradual lenience in the regulatory issues surrounding the sport, where it’s not being viewed as a gambling sport but a skill-based game.
    Although it’s a coarse start, it’s not unconvincing. Karnataka, West Bengal and Nagaland have given a clear verdict, classifying poker as a skill-based game. The Karnataka High Court ruled that playing skill games like poker in recreational clubs is permitted and no license is required for the same. West Bengal excludes card games such as rummy, bridge and poker from the definition of gambling, although permission is required from district magistrates and commissioners for conducting competitions in public. In Goa, poker is permitted in casinos. Nagaland passed a law this year legalizing skill-based online games. With growing support from the jurisdiction, the trade would gain the full-fledged freedom to expand its business territories in the luscious market.
  2. A good gamble deals in hardcore management-
    poker 7.pngProfessor of strategic management at IIM Kozhikode, Deepak Dhayanithy sets an eye opener for those who dismiss poker as a hobby sport or a gambling game. The avant-garde teaches a class on competition strategy using the game of poker at the management institute. “you learn to read people, their body language, the subtle nonverbal clues, their motivations and how they react to specific circumstances. And lastly, it’s all about managing your resources — the chips,” says Dhayanithy.
    In poker, as in business and real life, one is constantly making choices and decisions amidst uncertainty. Cards are unknown to the player as are the opponents’ intentions and moves. Thereby, the game tries a player’s psychological stability and acuminates his decision-making abilities. Such an unconventional outlook towards poker and its practice in academics is sure to sow the seed of trust amongst the academically-based society. Also, as the educated mass takes to the game, one can be very sure it would spread among the average masses too, who look up to the former to standardize their channel of thoughts and perceptions.
  1. Western tastes of entertainment widely popularizing casinos among Gen Y- poker 8.jpgAlthough India has had an epical history of gambling sports, they were never practised in commercial entertainment hubs. With the advent of Westernization in India, recreational centres such as nightclubs, bars, pubs, discotheques have gathered immense publicity and widespread acceptance among the younger generations. Relying on the fact that the average age of Indians would be 25 by the year 2020, it becomes imperative that the tastes of Gen Y would burgeon and an irrefutable inclination towards a zoetic nightlife would give casinos a substantial heap space in the recreational market. An entity peculiar to the west would find solid ground in the subcontinent continuing at the present pace of scaling, and the day is not too far, given the legislature and administration approves of them, which isn’t unlikely either.
  2. Fan-base turning clientele-
    poker 10.jpgGiven that the sport involves monetary stake, it is more than apprehendable that the first ones to indulge in poker would be the business elites and of course the celebrities. Furthermore, celebrities are always coveted as the face of a brand. In a country like India where Bollywood superstars and Cricketers can manoeuvre emotions of the mass, credibility scales are high that once celebrities start endorsing the players in the poker market, it wouldn’t have to fish for clientage. The only thing that stands between are the laws governing the practice of the sport. Once that barrier loses its height, drawing public interests isn’t going to be a tough ask. And given the promising amendments and lenience getting associated with the upmarket trade, we can only imagine it to thrive the Indian market with flying colours.

 

  1. Fool’s gold shines no less-
    Gold prospector.The evergreen lustre in the scopes of making quick money is sure never to wither from the Indian society given its socio-economic conditions that crave for financial upliftment. Once it finds an undefeatable claim to fame through media and advertisements (for the common mass is hardly aware of the returns anyway), iconoclasts will abound. No matter whether the masses are educated of the strategies or not, given the vulnerability persisting in the present day, they would somewhere believe it to be a lucrative gamble. And once first-time investments start yielding, which is inevitable by mathematical probability, this practice would suffuse like a pandemic in the upcoming 10 years.
  2. Poker enhances skills and hence prove to be a worthy avocation to cultivate- poker 12.jpgDespite the prevailing negations involved, once the adult generation comes around to believe in the prospects that poker provides, while it continues to be practised in educational institutes as means to exemplify life and career strategies, its non-financial dimensions are sure to open up as well. Once they are inculcated in the good spirit, like those chess and other mind games, breaking down social taboos on poker would be just a matter of a few years. The very moment a second generation starts believing in its positive aspects, there should be no reason why the poker industry will not skyrocket in India in the next 10 years.

Written and edited by-
Ankan Chattopadhyay

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myWBUT proves paramount in KGEC

The Entrepreneurship Cell of KGEC in association with myWBUT recently conducted workshops on ‘Android Application Development’ and ‘Python Programming’.

The freshers engrossed in the session as Mr. Singh sails through the engaging lectures.
The freshers engrossed in the session as Mr Singh sails through the engaging lectures.

The workshop on Application Development was held on 15th of September, from 11am to 5pm – a 6hour long session with one hour of break. Students from various departments, especially 1st year, had joined this workshop. The coding part was mainly based on Java since Android OS is founded on LINUX. Although many were not fluent in Java, Mr. Nitish Singh had ensured that no one felt out of the place. He had a very simple approach to the topic, and almost every student was able to grasp the basics.

The workshop on Python was held 2 weeks later- 29th of September and had a similar schedule. Once again, Mr Singh turned it into a great success. This time too, a great bunch of freshers had attended this workshop. It could be assumed that no one had a prerequisite knowledge of Python. Hence, Singh covered the basics of Python throughout the workshop. In the end, he guaranteed that if one had followed him throughout the workshop, one would be able to learn the advanced codes by oneself.

Mr Nitish Singh conducting the session with his admirable adeptness.
Mr Nitish Singh conducting the session with his admirable adeptness.

The response from the 1st year students of KGEC was overwhelming. Besides, fees were less compared to the direct workshops of myWBUT and hence attracted students across all departments.

Written by-
Saptarshi Ghosh

Edited by-
Ankan Chattopadhyay

 

Recruitment Drive 2018

The Recruitment Drive for KGEC E Cell was a two-day affair conducted on the 24th and 25th of September, 2018. With over 100 responses recorded, the event was a success in itself.

 

While filling up the form for the Recruitment Drive, the participants had to list their domain of interest which included Content Writing, Web Development, Public/Corporate Relations, Graphic Designing, Photography, Event Management and Video Editing among others. The Recruitment Drive was conducted over a span of two and a half hours from 4:30 PM to 7 PM on both the days at MSB 107, 108. The Recruitment Drive usually consists of two rounds – firstly, a written exam and Group Discussion (GD) round and a Personal Interview (PI) Round in the second stage. The question set was not usual in its format with its tried and tested trio of Verbal Ability, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability but instead consisted of Case Studies and Brain Teasers. The question paper tested their presence of mind as well as their writing skills. Since turn-out in the first day was extremely dismal (due to several factors – one being that the participants had falsely hoped that the same question paper would be repeated the following day), the GD round was cut short and made into a one-on-one session. The “GD” consisted of relevant current affair topics and participants were marked on their fluency, body language, content and promptness. To the extreme pleasure of the members, the examinees did not disappoint.

The following day, that is, on the 25th they came to the room in droves and sat for their exam as well as their GD. The participation in this year 2018-19 was overwhelming with numerous responses recorded. With such a large participation number, we can only imagine the enthusiasm they have in joining the E Cell. Results will be out shortly and then the qualified students will get a chance to give their PI.

Written by-
Sanghamitra Biswas

Edited by-
Ankan Chattopadhyay

Freshers’ Orientation – Egnition 2018

Egnition 2018 was a freshers’ orientation programme directed to the sophomores of KGEC, conducted by KGEC E Cell. With a packed house of around 200 fresh faces of KGEC, it was a success in itself. Cutting back to the main highlights of the day, there were many interactive sessions such as those from myWBUT and the College’s very own startups – Originals

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Revealing the latest designs and scopes for internships, Sourabh Bhattachrya – CEO of Originals

– and MinDWebs. There were also different engaging events such as the TechQuiz and Ad-Preneur – designed to keep the deciduous loss of interest of the audience, occasionally a yawn or two – in check.

The day started off with lighting of the lamp ensued by invaluable words of inspiration by the dignitaries – Prof. Md. Iqbal Qureshi(Treasurer), Prof. Supriyo Banerjee(Secretary) and Dr. Santanu Das(Director). Although our Principal, reverend Dr. Sourabh Kr. Das couldn’t attend the event due to some urgent business, his messages were conveyed to us by the other speakers and the smooth headway of the proceedings made his support felt each and every moment throughout the day. Up next was an introductory speech by Ankan Chattopadhyay, who apart breaking the ice also had the additional responsibility of hosting the proceedings of the day. Immediately in succession was the session by myWBUT by Mr. Nitish Singh & Ms. Bijurika Saha.

Without going much into the technical aspects of entrepreneurship, Mr. Singh told the need for being an entrepreneur and risks associated with it. He talked about the importance of saving money even on days we have it in plenty. He threw light the importance of planning and even sacrificing a lot for entrepreneurship. Following this was a session with MinDWebs, where Abhinav Ghosh was the spokesperson who enlightened the house on internship opportunities in startups and research internships and also dictated means as to how the freshers could get their hands on them. These two brainstorming sessions led to recess. Half the day was done, with the more interesting half yet in the pipeline.

With a multitude of jobs in the IT sector and everyone listing coding as their passion, it is imperative to conduct a TechQuiz on the software and technology. Questions were prepared and the quiz was conducted by the quizzer duo – Ankan Chattopadhyay and Animesh Dutta, with Aniket Mondal as the scorer.

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Quizmaster Animesh Dutta hosting the Tech Quiz

The Originals team gave a presentation on their famous bio-enzyme T-shirts and their lucrative offer of 100% cashback on their first purchase only for the students of KGEC. Finally, to the most exciting event of the day the Ad-Preneur, the teams were given a time of 2 minutes each for their live demonstration or an ad as we know it. It was a showcase for their marketing as well as acting skills with each team having to sell a really weird made-up product such as time machine, super-hero costume and the like. The team that sold a pickle named Bhrasht-achaar stood first with an encore, with Invisible Cloaks and Magic Mushrooms coming in as a close second and third respectively.

 

The cell also conducted a question and answer session to collect the feedbacks of the attendees. Finally, the day ended with the prize distribution ceremony and a promise from the Joint Secretary (Abhranil Roy) and Additional Secretary (Raja Mishra) to come back bigger and better next time.

All in all, it was a session well conducted with loads of students cutting across all years in attendance. It was a friendly, interactive event with both seniors and juniors getting to know each other and of course, main-streaming the idea of entrepreneurship. With a sudden spurt in the number of likes in Facebook and other social networking sites, there can be no doubt on the enthusiasm of the freshers in joining the E Cell. But what remains to be seen is the same passion and dedication in the later months, when tests are taken, interns are hired and appointed and grade points are evaluated. Like William Shakespeare said, “We can alas only hope!”

Written by-
Sanghamitra Biswas

Edited by-
Ankan Chattopadhyay

 

Our Alumni

All outgoing members of the KGEC E-Cell Team with the faculty members.( From L-R Mr, Rahul Das, Mr. Rahul Shaw, Mr. Somnath Sinha, Dr. Santanu Das, Prof. Supriyo Banerjee, Prof. Iqbal Qureshi)

“When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.”  – Friedrich Nietzsche

The Entrepreneurship Cell of Kalyani Government Engineering College came into existence with the aim to promote start up culture among college students and help them find their true potential in the domain of entrepreneurship. KGEC E-Cell provides the structure, support and guidance to the students who are willing to utilize their ideas and passion for initiating new thinking. In the exciting enterprise of E-cell, the
contributions made by our alumni have been commendable.

 

In late 2014, the trio comprising Mr. Suvadeep Nandi Roy, Mr. Chandan Mukherjee and Mr. Aditya Roy Munka, three third year students of Kalyani Govt. Engineering College, founded the E-Cell in the college with 14-15 other pairs of hands in assistance. Mr. Chandan Mukherjee and Mr. Suvadeep Nandi Roy pioneered the bearing of the ensign of Joint Secretaries and Mr. Aditya Roy Munka, the manager of KGEC E-Cell. They were men on a mission. They initiated this never ending journey with the aim to do something new and beneficial for the college.

 

To address and acquaint the enthusiastic freshers with Entrepreneurship they organized various events, seminars and workshops. With the growth of E-Cell it was necessary for them to recruit new members. They conducted a screening test to select only the best and deserving candidates to shoulder the responsibilities of E-Cell. The assessment was not only to test their knowledge and intelligence but they also had to complete given tasks as an intern to prove their worth. In the fall of February of 2016, KGEC E-Cell organized its bellwether event, E-Summit 2016, which provided the students with a platform to express their ideas and also interact with quite a few corporate biggies present there to illuminate the stage with their knowledge, experiences and inspirations for students. E-Summit 2k16 opened new doors for their successors.

 

As the academic year 2015-16 drew to a close, the baton of mammoth responsibilities  passed on to the next Joint Secretaries Mr. Bajrang Saraf and Mr. SK Imran. Our alumni Mr. Prateek Paul was entitled to look into the department of Public Relationship and Sponsors for the events of E-Cell. With various institutions and organizations like IIM Kolkata, Dexterity Globals etc. and under other Government Programs they had organized many workshops and interactive sessions that would benefit the students. Their goal was to make E-Cell reachable in other colleges to encourage the entrepreneurship culture as whole. Egnition 2016 and E-Summit 2017 were two major events in that period. As a result of gaining hands-on experience at these, the skills and experience among then then members of E-Cell had amplified by leaps and bounds.

 

In the academic session of 2017-18, Mr. Somnath Sinha and Mr. Rahul Shaw were assigned with the responsibilities of Joint Secretaries of E-Cell. During their tenure, Mr. Rahul Das was appointed at the post of E-Cell’s Design and Multimedia head. All of them had been integral parts of E-Cell since almost the beginning of the journey. They had contributed a lot to the E-Cell, both as a member and as a head of respective domains. With their proficiency and the efficiency they had spearheaded the Cell to its new heights. It needs a special mention that in the first screening test of E-Cell, Mr. Somnath Sinha had come first. His decision making abilities, courage to make the impossible possible, experience and leadership qualities had played a huge part in making E-Cell what it is at present.

 

The objective of the aforementioned individuals had always been to provide the budding entrepreneurs a platform and guidance they require to successfully pursue their dreams with their innovative thinking. Under initiatives like Sankalp, they had organized various workshops on Web Development, Digital Marketing, Content Writing, Classes on Python, Designing etc. Events like Egnition and E-Summit continues to gather bounds of positive responses from students and faculty.

 

The contribution of our Alumni is what we reap the fruits of in the present day and would continue to do so in the days to come. Their toil shaped us and showed us the light to carry on this beautiful journey at KGEC, even when circumstances haven’t been desirable. They infused in us their verve and demeanor and thereby we feel the flame ablaze, the very flame our predecessors had set alight.

Written by-
Pushkal Guha Choudhury

Edited by-
Ankan Chattopadhyay

Engineering the Entrepreneur in KGEC-ians

OUR OBJECTIVES

Nowadays, most of the students of our college join a corporate sector (TCS, Amazon, IBM, etc.) to earn themselves a living. Clearly, the atmosphere at the office of a company is quite different from that at the classroom. Hence, it is of utmost importance that a KGEC-ian gets accustomed to corporate culture in his/her college days itself. This can be easily achieved if students engage themselves in various internship programs in these 4 years. KGEC E-Cell endeavours to help students in finding various internships and workshops in companies across different domains.

It is quite possible that a student of our college develops a thrilling idea in a particular field (machine learning, robotics, AI, or refrigeration) during the course of his curriculum. It is very decisive that the student gets an opportunity to work on his own idea, and discover more. Won’t it be too late if he completes his graduation first, and then moves on to research? Why not achieve that within these 4 years! Well, that is what Thomas Young, the great physicist did! KGEC E-Cell is there to make things plausible for aspiring students by providing him/her a platform where one can work on one’s own idea.

In today’s India, we all know that internships are crucial for engineering students. However, students find it difficult to get free internship programs, and often end up spending a hefty sum in the process! KGEC E-Cell is adamant to provide KGEC-ians with internships from various startup companies in and around Kolkata, for free.

“Opportunity knocks at every door, but once.”

Be it placements, internships, workshops, or training programs- engineers of India are always in dire need of opportunities. Sometimes, due to some inevitable circumstances one might be unable to utilize an opportunity. More than often, one ends up looking at the closed door than opening the other doors in life. KGEC E-Cell aims at showing the right path to the students of our college by providing them with various internships, training programs, and workshops from companies across different domains.

It has been already mentioned that KGEC-ians are bent on working on their own ideas. KGEC E-Cell avows to provide a platform to the students of KGEC where ideas in various fields can be shared regularly and effectively. Skills, both soft and hard, are truly decisive for an engineer to work in a corporate sector. Some of these skills required there aren’t included in our curriculum. It is the responsibility of the students themselves to acquire those skills in these 4 years. We have already launched the “SANKALP” program, where one can develop directed skills over a broad range of domains- Python, Digital Marketing, Designing & Photoshop, Web Development, Public Speaking, and Content Writing. We hope that with some active participation and enthusiasm from the student body, we’ll be able to achieve new heights in the very near future.

OUR PLANS FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-19

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  1. At least 5 workshops in different domains: Going ahead with our free workshop programme called SANKALP by our alumnus, in the 2018-19 session we further plan to diversify our programme by including various workshops in different fields from different companies based in and around Kolkata. One such recently concluded workshop was the IOT workshop, conducted by MyWBUT.
  2. Yearlong student-run classes for developing basic skills: In a country where 94% students are unemployable, developing basic skills is the need of the hour. Reshaping the set of skills we have is a must when it comes to landing a decent job. Keeping this in mind, there are various classes held by the members of E Cell on numerous topics such as content-writing, web development, public corporate relation, team management, group discussions, etc. to groom the students in soft skills.
  3. Internship opportunities and placement opportunities: With the E Cell currently in talks with wide range of companies and building the “startup database”, the benefits of joining the E Cell becomes manifold. E Cell members might also get an edge over others because of direct access to contacts, along with special mock HR interviews and mock placement sessions.
  4. Freshers’ orientation and a completely revamped E Summit: To grant opportunities to everyone in college, the E Cell has decided on an ‘Internship Fair’ in the days preceding the E Summit. The recruiters from various companies will try to hire potential candidates for various jobs.
  5. Exposure tours to several IITs and IIMs: Tours to various IITs and IIMs will give the members of E Cell the much-needed expertise to know about the prevailing market scenario necessary in launching a start-up. Also interaction with associates of such esteemed institutes would not only provide a remarkable chance of becoming a part of a network but it might also give one the chance get together his/her own dream team to convert “blueprints” into “business” and become the next big name in the market.
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Written by:
Sanghamitra Biswas
Saptarshi Ghosh

Edited by:
Ankan Chattopadhyay

KGEC E-Cell: Prize Distribution, Farewell and Felicitation and Investiture Ceremony 2017/18

Team KGEC E-Cell, 2017-18
“If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” – Paulo Coelho

All good things come to an end, with a greater purpose. While holding on to our cherished memories, the KGEC E Cell organized a combined event, that comprised Prize Distribution, Felicitation and Farewell and Investiture Ceremonies, on the 18th of May, 2018. It was a confluence of old memories with the new, unbridled enthusiasm – seniors were bid adieu, while the new interns were sworn in into the fold of the organization.

The first order of business of the day was to induct fresh blood into the E Cell. All of the faculty members, such as Dr. Santanu Das(director of KGEC E-Cell), Prof. Md. Iqbal Qureshi, (treasurer) and Prof. Supriyo Banerjee (Secretary) were present. It was a really exciting prospect – interns finally turning into provisional members after months of hard labor, with Mr. Aniket Mondal bagging the prize for Best Intern. Next, the permanent members were called forth, one by one, and awarded for their commendable contributions to the E-Cell in the academic year 2017-18. Special care was taken to felicitate the Joint Secretaries too. As the Joint Secretaries Mr. Somnath Sinha and Mr. Rahul Shaw stood tall before the room, the E-Cell acknowledged receipt of their invaluable contributions over the tenure of three years of their membership. In his speech, Mr. Somnath Sinha, said “I was a part of this E-Cell from my second year and have learned a lot and developed myself by remaining in touch with various activities and some helpful seniors who thoroughly guided me in every step. Being a core team member, it has always been my pleasure to run the activities and working with you people as a team.” His bald head delineating the three years of his experience, he added, “When we are small, our elders put us under various restrictions, which we view as obstacles. But, ultimately it is the brakes of a car that allow it to run fast”, thus hinting at how the faculty members of the Cell were the main driving force. Accompanying them was Mr. Rahul Das, one of the three seniormost student members who had nurtured the cell since its germination. The proceedings remained witness to a display of indelible nostalgia as the moments were captured in Polaroid.

Mr. Somnath Sinha speaks and enthralls the audience for one last time
Mr. Somnath Sinha speaks and enthralls the audience for one last time

Now it was time to announce the office for the coming academic year, and Dr. Santanu Das was called upon to undertake the task of filling in the big shoes vacated by the sinews of the cell. First in line was Mr. Raja Mishra(Additional Secretary, Public Relation Head), followed by Mr. Abhranil Roy and Ms. Komal Singh(Joint Secretaries). Subsequently, the other members of the core committee such as Mr. Subham Baunthiyal (Design Head), Mr. Sarbesh Kr. Sarkar (Web Technical Head), Mr, Saurav Kumar Singh (Content and Internal Communication Head) were also called up. Standing next to them were the members of the auxiliary committee- the conveners (Mr. Bikash Prajapati, Mr. Kiran Kumar Das, Mr. Animesh Dutta and Mr. Ankan Chattopadhyay). It was a solemn moment for them – standing like guards in a sentinel. The investiture ceremony instilled a sense of responsibility and diligence among the new recruits and refreshed the joviality of the old ones.

The entire session was coordinated by Mr. Abhranil Roy with Mr. Ankan Chattopadhyay assisting him and Prof. Supriyo Banerjee and Prof. Md. Iqbal Qureshi at the forefront. They asked members from all domains to work as a team and laid down the following targets –

All outgoing members of the KGEC E-Cell Team with the faculty members.( From L-R Mr, Rahul Das, Mr. Rahul Shaw, Mr. Somnath Sinha, Dr. Santanu Das, Prof. Supriyo Banerjee, Prof. Iqbal Qureshi)
All outgoing members of the KGEC E-Cell Team with the faculty members( From L-R Mr, Rahul Das, Mr. Rahul Shaw, Mr. Somnath Sinha, Dr. Santanu Das, Prof. Supriyo Banerjee, Prof. Iqbal Qureshi)
  • To establish an Incubation Center
  • To provide exclusive internships to the E Cell team and groom other college students for the same.
  • Increase coordination among different domains and reduction in time to get things done
  • The signing of MOU with various colleges and universities(IIT Bombay)

The two hours that followed from 4PM – 6PM were reflective of the close bonds that had forged among the members. Mr. Somnath Sinha and Mr. Rahul Shaw (outgoing Joint Secretaries) turned up for the occasion with more than just words. They charted a future course for our times ahead. Prof. Supriyo Banerjee, being a teacher to Mr. Somnath Sinha praised him by saying that the latter was his Guru too and commended his decision-making abilities. Hereon, Prof. Supriyo Banerjee took a chance to focus on the authoritative skills and its importance to the newly formed team. He then shared, “When doing a certain work, even I could not make a decision at a certain place. Somnath would then take over the situation telling that the team has the strength to do that job within a deadline. So, in this regard, he is superior to me”. He also humorously added, “It will be another challenge to the new E-cell team that at a point where I will fumble, your work will be to make the right decision at the right place”.

Core Committee and Auxiliary Committee for the academic year 2018-19
Core Committee and Auxiliary Committee for the academic year 2018-19

As the day drew to a close, the KGEC E Cell collectively felt a great sense of loss at the departure of three iconic members of the E Cell – Mr Somnath Sinha, Mr Rahul Das and Mr Rahul Shaw, who had been an indispensable part from the Cell’s inception, paving all throughout its way. At the same time, the members knew that mammoth responsibilities were now vested on able shoulders and the years of hard work and effort of the predecessors had finally borne fruit. It was, finally, a day of bittersweet endings.

Authors:

Abir Bhattacharya, Suvro Mukherjee, Sanghamitra Biswas

Editor:

Ankan Chattopadhyay

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Mr. Subham Baunthiyal felicitates Mr. Rahul Das
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Mr. Aniket Mondal awarded the Best Intern by Dr. Santanu Das(director)