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
– 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.
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!”