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Rise, Run, Reach: Spree 2014 Sporting Extravaganza
Rise, Run, Reach: Spree 2014 Sporting Extravaganza
Matthew Foschini, the 23 year old Australian footballer currently playing in the I-league for Salgaonkar Football Club urged the students to be passionate about what they would like to do in their lives and wished them good luck at the opening ceremony of Spree 2014. This sporting extravaganza, the annual national sports festival of BITS Goa, and one of the largest sports festivals in our country kicked off at the campus cricket grounds on 6th March. The Opening ceremony was marked by the lighting of Spree torch , fantastic display of fire crackers and an amazing laser show.
With its inspiring theme Rise, Run and Reach, the festival include events from all the major sports such as Cricket, Football, Basketball, Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton, Volleyball, Chess and Carom. With state of the art badminton and tennis courts, a BCCI maintained cricket ground and a football pitch maintained by Salgaocar FC, BITS Goa has all the necessary facilities to hold a sports festival of the magnitude of Spree. Apart from these conventional competitions, Spree also boasts of a wide variety of offbeat and special events such as Tug of War, 3v3 (volleyball), 3BA (basketball), Anti-Chess as well as Body Building. The theme for Spree 2014 is ‘Rise. Run. Reach’, something which truly captures the motto and goal of every sportsperson.
Spree 2014 has recorded more than 18000 registrations from colleges all over India. 70 different colleges are set to take the field at Spree. These include VIT, MNIT Jaipur, MIT Manipal, IIM Indore, Motilal Nehru College Delhi, IIIT Gwalior and NMIMS Mumbai, to name just a few.
A number of exciting events and special nights have been lined up as a part of Spree. These include an LED Laser and light show, a freestyle football performance as well as a workshop organized by footballers from the Freestlye Football Federation (F3), a stunt biking performance by a team from Throttlerz, and finally, a DJ Night with Goa’s leading Club DJ – DJ Claudio.
Over the years, Spree has supported numerous social causes and initiatives. This year, through Act to Inspire, Spree 2014 is associating with a number of notable NGOs such as CRY, PETA as well as YSF (Yuvraj Singh Foundation). CRY will be setting up a World Kiosk on campus to gain support for their social cause – ‘Vote for Child Rights’. A variety of other campaigns have also been initiated as a part of Act to Inspire such as a Beach Cleanup Drive, a Tree Plantation Drive, Goa half marathon as well as a Cancer Awareness Campaign. By having such a wide variety of events and initiatives, Spree hopes to make its humble contributions to uplifting society in a number of different ways.
Spree 2014 is more than just an ordinary sports festival. With such a wide set of events and initiatives, Spree 2014 is sure to keep everyone involved and entertained, and live up to its reputation of being one of India’s leading sports festivals.
tiNai Ecofilm festival, organised by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
The two day Ecofilm festival, tiNai Ecofilm Festival (TEFF) 2014 was held at BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa campus on the 31 January and 1 February, 2014. Twenty-two films whose themes centered around issues on ecological and environmental relevance were screened in the festival. Around two hundred students from Colleges in and around Goa and fifty delegates from India and abroad participated in the festival by attending lectures, workshops, discussions and watching films.
Surviving Progress directed by Canadian filmmaker Mathieu Roy and produced by Martin Scorcesese was the inaugural film of TEFF 2014. Four films from the seventy entries, won awards. The films Have you seen the Arana? (Best Eco-documentary Feature); City's Edge (Best Short Eco-documentary); In God's Land (Eco-documentary Feature - Runner-up) and Timbaktu (Short Eco-documentary - Runner Up) were given Rs.20, 000 and Rs.10, 000 as cash awards along with certificates and trophies.
Eminent Social and Environmental Scientist, Padma Bhushan and Padma Sri awardee, Prof. Madhav Gadgil delivered a lecture on the role of teachers and students of Goa in environment monitoring leading to preservation. He was also a part of the panel discussion titled, ‘Can development be Ecocentric?’ along with Professors, Activists and Filmmakers.
Alongside screening films, four workshops, three lectures, one lecture-cum-demonstration and a panel discussion were also organized as part of TEFF 2014. The festival concluded with the screening of four award-winning films of TEFF 2014.
Founders Day 2014
The 63rd Founder’s Day was celebrated on 4th February 2014 with a grand concert by Oscar nominated Carnatic singer Bombay Jayashri Ramnath. The concert was organized by Srutilaya-- the Indian Classical Music and Dance Society of BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus. The Chief Guest for the event was renowned musician Pandit Dinkar Panshikar, ex-Director, Kala Academy Goa.
The event started off with a bewitching Bharatanatyam performance by BITS alumnus Anand Satheendran. It was followed by a captivating two-hour concert by Smt. Jayashri where she sang a wide variety of kirtanas and thillanas ragas like Abheri, Sindhubhairavi and others, many times inviting applause from the audience. She was accompanied by Ms. Chaitrra and Ms. Shweta (vocal support), Mr. H N Bhaskar (violin), Mr. Anirudh Athreya (kanjira) and Mr. Sairam (mridangam). The audience also witnessed some amazing violin, mridangam and kanjira solos and were also spellbound by the beautiful jugalbandi betweent the instrumentalists.
In his address to the audience after the conclusion of the performance, Pandit Panshikar prasied the students and called the performance "scintillating". The Director, Prof. K.E Raman, in his address, wished to see more of Smt. Jayashri's concerts at BITS Pilani. The Chief Guest and all the performers were presented with ponnadais (golden brocaded shawls) and Smt. Jayashri herself was presented with a beautiful portrait of her drawn by Miss Pravinya Reddy. The event concluded with Rajat Mishra delivering the vote of thanks.
INDO- UK INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON ADVANCED MATERIALS AND THEIR APPLICATIONS IN NANOTECHNOLOGY
Eligible candidates must have 1st class M.Sc./M.E./M.Tech (Microbiology/Medical Microbiology/Molecular Microbiology)/Chemistry/Biochemistry. Candidates with good knowledge and experience in water or diagnostic Microbiology/Biosensors/Surface chemistry will be preferred. Selected candidates will be offered Rs.16,000/- p.m. fellowship (consolidated).
Interested and eligible candidates should send their Curriculum vitae by e-mail within two weeks to the following (Latest by March 22, 2014)
Dr. Sunil Bhand Dr. Utpal Roy
Department of Chemistry Department of Biological Sciences
BITS, Pilani-KK Birla Goa Campus BITS, Pilani-KK Birla Goa Campus
Tel: 0832 2580332 (office) Tel: 0832 2580303 (office)
Principal Investigator: Dr. Narendra Nath Ghosh
Broad area of research: Nanostructuted materials, advanced catalysts and organic reactions.
Duration of the project: 3 yrs
Position Available: 1 JRF or 1 SRF (Depending upon qualification of the candidate)
Last date of application: 30th March 2014.
Address to Apply: Interested candidates should apply directly to the PI (Dr. Narendra Nath Ghosh) with copy of their C.V. and research experience of the project by email: email@example.com
For JRF@12000/- pm plus HRA/MA: Possessing MSc / BE or B Tech (Chemical, Materials Science or related area) or equivalent degree with minimum 55% marks (but desirable 60% marks) and passing of NET/ GATE test. Age Maximum 28 Yrs.
For SRF@14000/- pm plus HRA/MA: Possessing (i) MSc / BE or B Tech (Chemical, Materials Science or related area) or equivalent and at least 2 years of post MSc/ BE or B Tech research/ teaching experience, (ii) ME/ M.Tech (Applied Chemistry, Chemical, Materials Science or related area), (iii) M. Pharma or equivalent. Age limit maximum 30 yrs.
Selected candidate will get a chance to apply for PhD degree at BITS Pilani, KK Birla Goa Campus (rules of PhD program for BITS Pilani are applicable).
About Principal Investigator: Dr. Narendra Nath Ghosh, Associate Professor of Chemistry at BITS Pilani, KK Birla Goa Campus, has received his MSc (1994) and PhD (1999) in Chemistry from IIT Kharagpur. He is former Post doctoral fellow of Univ. of Delaware (USA), Univ. of Tennessee- Knoxville (USA), University of Kentucky- Lexington (USA) and Visiting Research Professor of Drexel University (USA). His area of research interests are (i) Synthesis of nanostructured materials, (ii) advanced catalysis, (iii) polymer- ceramic nanocomposites. As of 2013 Dr. Ghosh and his colleagues have published more than 70 research papers in international journals, book chapters and international conference proceedings. He is associate editor of two International journals and reviewer of more than 30 international journals. Under his guidance 3 students have received PhD degree and two are pursuing their PhD program. Dr Ghosh is Principal investigator of number of sponsored research projects sponsored by DRDO, DST, BRNS, DST-UKIERI (Indo UN project), Royal Academy of Engineering, UK etc. He collaborates with the scientists from various reputed national universities and research organizations as well as international universities. For details please visit: http://universe.bits-pilani.ac.in/goa/nghosh/profile
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