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TechTatva’20—Arcus

Qriosity
Shreyash Rout | Staff Writer

Qriosity was held on the second and third days of TechTatva 2020 under the category Arcus. It was a quizzing event with two rounds, testing the participants’ knowledge of basic geology and structure. The former consisted of a form with thirty-five multiple-choice questions, to be solved in twenty minutes, based on civil engineering and various geographical aspects of India. The platform used for both the rounds was Typeform.

Those qualifying for the finals were subjected to a rapid-fire round with forty fill-in-the-blank and multiple-choice questions. Each correct answer was awarded one point. The quizzes of both rounds were relevant to all—not limited to those studying civil engineering. “There were more participants than we had expected, and the competition between them was very tough,” said Rithu Maria, an Event Head, on seeing the turnout. All in all, the event promised a good test of general knowledge to participants, regardless of their academic pursuits.

Sustain-A-Build
Amulya Kollipara and Nilay Aundhe | Staff Writers

True to its name, Sustain-A-Build required participants to plan a building sustainably keeping a budget in mind. They had to consider all the building and land costs and ensure that they worked within the available finances. The event tested an individual’s potential in the management of real-estate and budget analysis.

In Round 1, the participants were given an initial budget of Rs 60 Crore. Then, they had to solve a quiz of twelve questions, with each correct answer resulting in an increment of Rs 5 Crore. Effectively, the initial budget could be doubled if one solved everything correctly.

In Round 2, the participants had to create a detailed presentation of the budget of their commercial service, using the money won in the first round. The teams were given a choice of ten locations where they could build their service. They had to efficiently divide the labour and building costs and estimate the profit they would make in ten years of construction. They also had to make sure that their projects were eco-friendly and followed sustainable practices. After the presentation, the judges asked questions about their design and scored them accordingly.

This was a different experience overall. I’ve attended TechTatva before as a volunteer, and then as an organiser, and now as a Core Committee member. This year I miss interacting with people more. It used to be more fun when we had a break, and we used to go to the Cafeteria with our food tokens, discuss our events with others and then come back to our rooms only to rest and get back to work. Still, it was good this year too. Events were fun, and it all worked out well!” exclaimed Cherub Rai, a Core Committee member of Arcus. Regardless of the problems faced conducting this event online, the organisers and event heads put in every effort to make it a great success.

Faecal Sludge Management
Shreyash Rout | Staff Writer

Faecal Sludge Management was an event held on the third and fourth days of TechTatva 2020. This event was mainly based on sanitation problems in India and how we can tackle and eventually improve them. Participants had to make a presentation on MS Teams, regarding the topic, in a given format.

Professor Anil Dutt Vyas, esteemed faculty member of Manipal University, Jaipur, conducted an informative webinar on the first day of the event. Professor Vyas is the senior-most faculty member in the Department of Civil Engineering and the Deputy Director of MUJ, with more than twenty-eight years of teaching, research experience and consultancy in Asia and Africa. His presentation was very insightful, explaining various ways in which faecal sludge can be used for the betterment of society and the environment.

On the second day of the event, it was the participants’ turn to present their take on the topic. They also had to use one or two cities, from a given list, as case studies. They had to show improvised ways of waste disposal in India—a country that is gradually getting rid of open defecation.

The participants were judged by Professor Nausha Shetty, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, MIT, Manipal. After each presentation, Professor Shetty asked the presenters questions which were relevant to the marking scheme. Other participants could also ask questions pertaining to the topic. “All in all, we got the number of participants we had expected and the turnout, according to me, was great,” said Rehan Agrawal, one of the organisers. It was an enriching experience in terms of both research and management.

 

 

Alekhya
Balaji Ram | Staff Writer

TechTatva 2020’s architectural event Alekhya was the go-to event for many artists and civil engineering students. Garnering a lot of attention for its sheer free nature, it required participants to create something out of nothing with minimal regulations.

The participants were given an object related to nature, and they had to draw an architectural design resembling it. They were given free rein over their design—they could use any software they preferred or stick to the classic pen-and-paper. The participants were allotted a three-day window for submission, and the jury came to a decision based on an interview along with the quality of the finished article. The event differentiated itself from others by having the students rely on their creativity and engineering skills.

I’d like to say to every participant that they should just go out there and design the future that inspires them!” exclaimed Rohan Jhunjhunwala, a Core Committee member of Arcus. The participants were all thrilled to be a part of such a fantastic event, and they gained a lot of experience and knowledge from it.

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