ECOMIUM Festival; Jan. 29-30, 2011 (JJ Photo)

IEEE at Jamia Holds its Annual Techno-Cultural Festival: ENCOMIUM

The student branch of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) at Jamia Millia Islamia held their annual techno-cultural festival, ENCOMIUM, on Jan. 29, 2011.

ECOMIUM Festival; Jan. 29-30, 2011 (JJ Photo)

The two day extravaganza was held in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology and saw a footfall count of over 5000 comprising of students, participants, and visitors. The festival was widely publicized in colleges all over India, as well on the Internet. The event had technical as well as cultural events, and each saw huge participation.

The year, 2011 had the tenth edition of ENCOMIUM and an Alumni meet also took place on the 30th of January. The Chief Guest for ENCOMIUM was Mr. Tarun Malik, associated with Microsoft.

This year’s festival was sponsored by K.R. Mangalam World School, NHPC Limited, Oglacs, Microsoft LIVE@edu, YOUTHV.COM, digit magazine, college khabar, Shikhar, B.A.D, TVS, Career launcher, Cafe Coffee Day etc.

“Rationale,” the technical paper presentation competition was conducted in two rounds, with only 7 qualifying for the Main round. The judges were Professor Pramod from DCE and Mr. S. Khan.

Participants came from IP University, Delhi College of Engineering among others. Aparajita Mehrotra, whose topic was on Bandpass Filters, from the Faculty of Engineering and Technology stood first in the event.

“Futsal,” the football event, was the most popular and saw eager participation and was conducted on both days, with a total of 24 teams registering for it.

“Shutterbug,” the photography contest had 25 participants, who had to submit 5 pictures of the College. The top spot was taken by Wasim Akram of the B.Arch Department, while a Cambridge school boy of the 9th standard stood in second.

The “Greentech Competition” saw participants from many colleges around the NCR Region, who had to present an idea for green and sustainable technology. The event also included a T-shirt competition with messages of a greener planet. It had 12 entries, which were judged by Professor S.S. Nabi and Mr. Kafeel Ahmad. Sameera Sinha, from Bangalore, won the event, her presentation being on Recycled concrete.

Meanwhile “Encopinion,” the debating event, had the speakers, 40 in all, speak on the topic of “Euthanasia: Should the right to die be granted?” judged by Dr. Sheema Aleem, of the Dept. of Psychology.

“Nukkad Natak,” the street play event, had participants present a short play to convey the messages of consumer awareness, juvenile justice, the role of media, the direction of youth among others. It saw 12 entries from various colleges like Hansraj, SRCC, Miranda House, Gargi, Amity University, Venkie, Jamia Millia Islamia etc.

The robotics and line follower event, “Encephalia,” had 50 entries, while the 1st prize for “RoboRoadies” was won by a student of Jamia Millia Islamia.

“Enigma,” the General Quiz contest saw a total of 80 entries, and had a written preliminary round followed by the Main Round, which included an audio-visual round. It was won by Parag Kulshrestha and Aquib Zaidi., also from Jamia Millia Islamia.

The business plan competition, “Enmetier,” saw innovative ideas implemented through presentations and was won by Md. Danish and Idrak Khan, from Jamia Millia Islamia who presented an idea of a toll free service which would provide service to diverse problems within half-an-hour. “Avanzare” had contestants test their programming skills with Java and Turbo/Borland C++.

Other cultural events were “Ad-mad,” “Treasure hunt” and “Encolympics,” where the participants battled it out on computer games, Need for speed and Counter Strike.

“Roadies,” tested endurance, team work and confidence as the contestants were judged in competitions of Tug of war, slow bike race, Riddle based biking event etc. It was won by Shamim, of the Dept. of Electrical engineering.

The event, “Who Dares Wins,” saw immense participation as people were picked out from the audience to dare for a task involving courage and willpower, providing entertainment to the others. It was followed by the Prize distribution ceremony, where the winners of both the days were provided with their certificates and medals.

The festival culminated with a Rock Show, held in the Open Air Theater, and was a Battle of the Bands competition, with a total of 9 bands, judged by Namah. The first prize for the event went to the rock band Colossal Figures.

In all, the festival, ENCOMIUM v10, saw huge success and provided everyone a great deal of excitement, enjoyment and a promise to deliver in the years to come.

Scenes From the Event


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About Muhammad Aarif Khan

Aarif Khan (class of 2013) is a staff writer at Jamia Journal, and a graduate student in the Department of Electronic Engineering. He can be reached via email at: maarifkhan[at]

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