IIIT-Allahabad commemorated its 14th Foundation day on Monday, August 12th with festivities and celebrations. For the first time, this event was held in the newly inaugurated, state of the art auditorium of the institute – which was filled to capacity with over 1000 students from IIIT-Allahabad and RGIT-Amethi.
The event commenced with the traditional lighting of the lamp by the Hon’ble Director Dr. MD Tiwari, Head of the cultural affairs Dr. R.C. Tripathi and the former Cultural Head Dr. Anurika Vaish.
A rendition of the Saraswati vandana was followed by scholarship distribution to 253 students from IIIT-Allahabad and RGIIT-Amethi. 182 students in B. Tech discipline from IIIT-A secured and 50 students from RGIT-Amethi were awarded scholarships on Merit cum Means basis and Merit-incentive categories.
In the annual academic performance category, 48 scholarships to B.Tech- IT and 24 scholarships to B.Tech-EC discipline were awarded to the meritorious students. The MBA and MS division secured 18 scholarships while the maiden batch of the Bio-Medical Engineering secured 6 performance awards with Ms. Mehul Agrawal being the overall topper for the first year.
The scholarship awards were followed by non-competitive musical and dramatic performances by the second year students. These included a skit welcoming the incoming first semester students – by the second year students which clearly hit all the right notes as evident by the wild applause and laughter from the audience.

The medley dance performance by the trio of Ms. Soumya Sharma, Bhartendu and Prakhar brought the students to their feet. A singing performance by Saurabh Chaturvedi was received an equally boisterous response from the audience.

These competitive events were preceded by a speech by CMO Dr. R Dayal on International Youth Day. Dr. Dayal impressed upon the students, the immense responsibility that they carry on their shoulders and their contribution towards improving the overall environment.
Competitive events started with a “Mushaira”, anchored by Vatsal Mishra which highlighted some original and reflective Urdu couplets by Satish Singh, Anil Yadav and Sonali – among others. This event was planned by “Sarasva” – the literary club of IIIT-A under the able leadership of Divyanshu Ojha.
Two skits by B.Tech 1st year and M.Tech 1st year students, based on the themes- Parent-Child relationships and Reality shows were not only admired, but greeted with enthusiastic applauses and supporting comments from the audience. The skits were prepared and staged by RangTarangini, the dramatics club, under the guidance of Ankur Shukla.
Vartul, Shubham, Chandresh, and the duo of Aishwarya and Tulika kept the audience spell bound by their musical performances. These performances were presented by “Virtuosi” – the Music club of IIIT-A and its head, Saurabh Chaturvedi, who is also a reputed vocalist.
In Dance, a troupe of 6 students from 1st year performed on
“Light of Lenesia” and “Dheem ta re” and another troupe consisting of performers from M.Tech and MBA performed on various songs, under a medley. The performances were planned, practiced and staged under the able supervision of Ushma-the Dance Club, under President Ayush Varshney.

A video clip highlighting the various events planned for “Effervescence” – the institute fest was also screened for the audience. This screening also marked the official launch of the complimentary website for this event. The website is supported by the Technical club – led by Gopal Shivhare.
The competitive events ended with awards distribution to the winners of the cultural events and the winners of the various Sports tournaments held throughout the last year by Spirit- the sports club. Former office bearers of all the clubs were also felicitated on this occasion.
The overall event was planned and by the Program Management and Publicity Club – headed by Akshay Chaturvedi.

The event concluded with Dr. R.C. Tripathi delivering a note of thanks to all the students, staff and faculty members of the institute.