College means different things to different people, each with their own way of looking at life. If to some, college means doing the best that you can, to others college makes you mature and gives you strength and character. To many, college is their world, life and dreams. It is the place where they learn to live and grow as individuals, ready to take on the challenges of the future. Campus life brings them face to face with different cultures and a place where they can make friends for life. In other words, college unlocks the doors to success and gives students an added edge. At Manav Rachna International University, college means all of these things to our students as they find expression through a colourful ensemble of events. A steady stream of seminars, workshops, symposiums, exhibitions, cultural meets and competitions ensures there is never a dull moment. The events focus as much on academics as on cultural, religious, entertainment and sports activities with a view to creating well integrated personalities who would become responsible citizens of the country.
Here is a look at some of the most happening events at MRIU where the buzz is always at an all-time high:
HT City Fresh on Campus
The HT City Fresh event, organized at the MRIU campus had all the ingredients of a youth event. The students were euphoric when the HT City team organized their fresher’s party as part of the event. While some freshers clad in their cool casuals jived to regional music, others were seen swaying to Bollywood 90s numbers. The most sought-after event ‘Veet Be the Diva Contest’ had a bevy of 15 beautiful freshers competing for the crown. Chestha Kapoor, a fresher from the Bachelor of Journalism course, won the coveted title following a rigorous round of ramp walk, talent and Q&A sessions. The hunt for the coolest fresher in the boy’s category saw Lokesh Rajput, a fresher from Nutrition and Dietetics, walking away with the title. DJ Sumit Sethi’s entertaining banter added zest to the show.
Clean & Clear Delhi Times Fresh Face
Delhi Times’ Fresh Face has been a hugely successful and popular youth activity from The Times of India. This event is stated to be the biggest college activity of the year. It was organized at the MRIU Campus extending a common platform for freshers to showcase their talent. This was one event which was full of dance, drama and dhamaka. If the boys of MRIU won hearts with their music, the girls grabbed the limelight with their talent and confidence. Emcee Maddy ensured the excitement ran high. The event had some showstoppers, like Lokesh Rajput for instance, who was a charmer from the word ‘go’. There was Sarita Solanki, who was cheered on by her friends every time she took to the stage. Sarita was declared the winner among girls while Aditya Mohan Chanana became the winner among boys. Fresh face Divya Solanki’s oozing confidence saw her as the 1st Runner Up while Juhi Kanojia became the Fresh Face 2nd Runner Up. Dance was Shubham Nayar’s main USP and it made him the 1st Runner Up followed closely by Harsh Vardhan who was declared the 2nd Runner Up among boys. Thanks to the event, the winners grabbed the limelight and were hugely popular among the students.
FET student Aditya became one of the lucky contestants among the 16 boys and girls who competed in the finals of the Clean & Clear Delhi Times Fresh Face 2013. This glam group went through a fun makeover session when Amjad Habib and his team gave them a cool look at his salon.
Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) hosts Anti Cracker Rally
As part of its anti-cracker initiative, FMS launched a three-day campaign to ensure a cracker free Diwali. Aimed at creating awareness on environmental concerns, the students of FMS spread their message through peaceful processions and nukkad nataks organized at different venues. The young enthusiasts walked through the MRIU campus, schools and prominent market places of Faridabad to propagate the message of an eco-friendly Diwali. In the grand finale, the campaign’s anti-cracker rally was flagged off by Dr. Prashant Bhalla, Honorable President MREI, who was the Chief Guest on the occasion.
Maha Mrityunjaya Yajna ushers in the New Year and the formal launch of DOPBIIC
The New Year commenced on an auspicious note for Manav Rachna Educational Institutions with the Purnahuti being held within the Campus on January 1, 2014. The Purnahuti followed by the Bhandara, was the final culmination of the Maha Mriyunjaya Yajna that was organized from December 26, 2013. Manav Rachna Educational Institutions (MREI) has been organizing the Maha Mrityunjaya Yajna every year to seek the divine blessings for overall peace, prosperity and progress of all members of the MREI family. It also marked the formal inauguration and launch of the Dr.O.P Bhalla Innovation & Incubation Centre (DOPBIIC), a nodal body for promoting research and innovation activities at Manav Rachna.
Corporate Cricket Challenge
Cricket was clearly the flavour of the season as the 7th Manav Rachna Corporate Cricket Challenge 2014 got off to a colourful start with Dr. Prashant Bhalla, President MREI, inaugurating the event. With 21 corporates like Maruti Suzuki-Gurgaon, TCS-Noida, JCB-Faridabad, NDTV-New Delhi, RBS Bank-Delhi, Tulip Telecom-Delhi, Indian Oil-Faridabad, Adidas-Gurgaon, Jagran Group-Noida, Honda Car-Greater Noida, Fortis Hospital-Faridabad, Aaj Tak-Delhi, Asian Hospital-Faridabad, Accenture Services Pvt Ltd-Gurgaon taking part in the T-20 Challenge, the tournament was packed with excitement and loads of sporting spirit.
Later in the year, Manav Rachna Educational Institutions paid a ‘Soulful Homage & Tribute to the Legendary Dr O.P. Bhalla’ by hosting the ‘Dr O.P. Bhalla Memorial Cup’. It commemorated the First Founder’s Day with the culmination of the 7th Manav Rachna Corporate Cricket Challenge 2014 final match which was played on 29 March, 2014. Sh. Yashpal Sharma (Former test cricketer and Member of the 1983 World Cup Winning Team) was the chief guest on the momentous occasion. The finalists Adidas and TCS put in their best cricketing talent and skills before Adidas won the coveted trophy.
Sh. Yashpal Sharma addressed an enthusiastic crowd of eager students and Faculty with words that left everyone spellbound.
Ideacracy II @ MRIU
The Faculty of International Programmes organised ‘Ideacracy-II’-2014 at MRIU on January 23, 2014. The event invited ideas from students of all departments and the faculty members to showcase their creative talent through different ideas. They were given an unlimited horizon to showcase any idea they wanted to. The event began on a patriotic note with Priyanka Verma, a Faculty member singing vande mataram in her melodious voice. Students performed folk dances and nukkad natak preaching against corruption; the spectators watched with a lot of interest. There was a poster making competition where the students made posters on just any subject: there was no theme or topic given to them. There was also an essay competition, a garden stall where articles made by the students were on display and on sale. Also Vipul Agarwal, a student of FIP shared his hobby collection of stamps and coins with those who visited the event. The eating joints put up by the Hotel Management Department sold delicious items like doughnuts, kathi rolls and chaat. The live band ‘Broken Sticks’ of Manav Rachna Music Society played to entertain the crowds.
Republic Day Cultural Extravaganza
The concept of our country, its culture, freedom and history formed the crux of the 65th Republic Day celebrations at Manav Rachna Educational Institutions (MREI). It was a delightful mix of music, dance, nukkad natak, quiz, essay writing and face painting sessions. The programme went back in time to the pre-Independence era with songs like ‘Ai watan’ being sung by Sruti of Manav Rachna Dental College (MRDC) and Vinay Kumar of Faculty of Engineering & Technology (FET), Manav Rachna International University (MRIU). Students were quick to clap and cheer to the beats of the songs, their interest never dipping. A fusion dance performance by students of the Faculty of Engineering & Technology (FET), Faculty of Applied Science (FAS) and Faculty of International Programme (FIP), Manav Rachna International University, set feet tapping. With chants of ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’ and ‘Vande Mataram’ rising through the air, the Republic day celebrations was full of patriotic fervour.
Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) at Surajkund Crafts Mela
As part of its CSR initiative, FMS joined hands with Haryana Tourism for organizing the day to day operations at the Surajkund Crafts Mela. Students from MBA and Hotel management disciplines were provided a training capsule before the Mela. The young ladies and gentlemen were put on to various areas of duty. Visitors were guided at the entry by the students, who were also available for assistance at various important locations all through the grounds. Students were also working with media personnel to ensure proper media coverage of the event through various communication channels (print, radio, television, internet).
First Alumni Meet
Manav Rachna Educational Institutions (MREI) initiated ‘a new beginning of old relations’ by hosting its first ever Mega Sports and Cultural Alumni Carnival for its former students and passouts. To foster a spirit of fellowship among the former students of the institutions, MREI organized the Mega Sports And Cultural Alumni Carnival on 8th March 2014. What followed was a festive, fun filled evening, full of laughter and stimulating entertainment.
Since Sports has always been an indispensable part of the curriculum at all our institutions, it was only natural to include cricket, volleyball and basket ball matches as part of the alumni day celebrations. The Alumni won in all their ‘friendly encounters’ with the College Sports team, making them feel on top of the world. The matches gave them a great sense of belonging and made them relive the good old times in college.
For many of the alumni, the carnival was one of the most emotional days in their lives. Prashant Chawla, a 2011 mechanical engineering passout and an actor in Colors’ ‘Madhubala’ serial, for instance, had come along with his parents all the way from Mumbai to participate in the cricket match at the event. He scored an unbeaten 50 runs to help his team to victory.
A photo session involving all the dignitaries, Faculty and alumni made for beautiful memories. Most of the alumni were happy to “catch up with their old friends”, thanking their institution for helping them make a “smooth transition” into the corporate world. Live band singer Padamjeet Sherawat belted out popular Bollywood hits and engaged the alumni in a meaningful banter on stage. The gala night wrapped up with a sumptuous dinner and promises of more such alumni carnivals in future.
Treasure Hunt: Testing Wit and Learning
Manav Rachna Adventure Society conducted its first ever ‘Treasure Hunt’ event with a view to testing students’ wits, learning and their powers of observation. Around 250 participants comprising 50 teams with 5 members in each became a part of this event. The Hunt was put together by a team of 16 students from various Faculty and institutions of Manav Rachna. The event was flagged off by Professor I.K. Kilam in the Basket Ball court opposite ‘E-Block’, where the teams were handed over their first clues following which 50 teams dispersed to 25 different locations. The teams were given tasks (performed under the supervision of volunteers) and 1 of every 2 teams was eliminated. From there on, clues were handed over after each task to the teams by the volunteers.
Documenting Women in Real and Reel Life
Faculty of Media Studies in association with Phoenix Infralab held a National Documentary Film Festival Creative Cut II on Women’s Issues to markInternational Women’s Day (8 March 2014). The aim was to focus upon women-centric issues and create awareness through documentary films as a tool. Eminent women who were the special invitees on the occasion had their say on a wide range of women-centric issues. Meenakshi Lekhi (BJP Spokesperson and chief guest at the event) said, “We do not want a man versus woman society in today’s world since injustice against women is a common cause for which we should all raise a voice.” Speaking on the subject of women’s empowerment, Guest of honour Jaya Jaitley (Chairperson, Dastkari Haat Samiti), lamented the plight of women and called for women to stand on their own feet rather than ask for Reservation to secure their position in society.
Ek Mutthi Daan: Hope for the Hungry
As part of ‘A Soulful Homage and Tribute to The Legendary Dr. O P Bhalla’, FMS organized the ‘Ek Mutthi Daan’ campaign. Inspiration towards this program was drawn from the life and times of Founder Chancellor of Manav Rachna International University – Dr. O P Bhalla who undertook various activities for societal upliftment. In a humble attempt to further Dr. Bhalla’s vision, FMS started the ‘Ek Mutthi Daan’ campaign on March 28, 2014. Chief patron of MREI, Mrs Satya Bhalla inaugurated the campaign by donating the first handful of rice towards the ‘Ek Mutthi Daan’. Speaking to the gathering, Mrs Satya Bhalla said that if we keep making small efforts for the society, incremental change is sure to make a lasting positive impact. Dr N.C. Wadhwa, Vice Chancellor, MRIU, said that such socially relevant campaigns are a fulfillment of the dreams and projects envisioned by Founder Visionary Dr O.P. Bhalla. Through this campaign, FMS urged everyone in the MRIU campus to donate just a handful of rice. The rice collected during this campaign was donated to the Missionaries of Charity. Students, faculty and staff of FMS gave a head start to the campaign by contributing generously.
Vote for a Better India
A special seminar to awaken students of Manav Rachna towards the importance of India’s democracy was held at the campus, urging them to vote and exercise their fundamental right.
Realising the general apathy towards voting, the seminar called upon students to vote for a better India. An effective slide presentation pointed out the fact that only 54 per cent of our population are aware of the need to vote. It highlighted the importance of voting in a democracy where unless the youth votes, they have no right to complain. Their vote is important to change the destiny of the nation.
Thereafter, students were asked to take the Voter’s Pledge and say “I will Vote” in unison. District officials from Faridabad also addressed the gathering and said that the youth should vote to enhance electoral participation.
Art, Science & Technology Exhibition
Manav Rachna Educational Institutions (MREI) commemorated the First Founder’s Day and birth anniversary of Founder Visionary Dr O.P. Bhalla on April 4 through a wide spectrum of activities. The Art, Science & Technology Exhibition was one such soulful homage in the bouquet of its multifarious tributes. To actualize the dreams and vision of our Founding Father, MREI hosted this unique Exhibition on April 2 and 3, 2014 in the run up to the First Founder’s Day being observed on April 4. The Exhibition which was a perfect amalgam of the three divergent fields of Art, Science and Technology was meant to stimulate and hone students’ imaginations and skills. On display were Conceptual project models on Green technology, Biotechnology and Civil Engineering; working projects of Computer Science, Electronics & Communication, Automobile, Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering. Hundreds of school students from Delhi-NCR poured into the campus to witness the innovative items and gain exposure through workshops and working models in myriad fields.
Founder’s Day: Paying a Soulful Homage
April 4, 2014 will go down in the memory of Manav Rachna Educational Institutions (MREI) as a significant milestone, to be cherished and remembered for years to come. After paying “A Soulful Homage and Tribute to the Legendary Dr O.P. Bhalla’ through month long activities, camps and causes closest to the Visionary’s heart, it was time to re-affirm Manav Rachna’s commitment to carry forward his legacy and realize his dreams for the future.
Keeping pace with MREI’s goal of promoting quality education, the auspicious occasion witnessed the inauguration of the Dr. O.P. Bhalla Central Library by his Holiness Swami Satyamitranand Girii Maharaj. A blood donation camp was conducted simultaneously within the campus. To commemorate the life and times of Dr O.P. Bhalla, the release of the documentary reflecting his life and achievements rekindled old memories among those who knew him closely. As it was rightly said, “The story of Dr O.P. Bhalla is the story of inspiration.” His was the legacy that inspired us to do more, learn more and dream more.
The day also marked the declaration of the installation of the Dr O.P. Bhalla Chair for Research and Innovation (which would be headed by an eminent scientist to promote cutting edge technology) and the launching of the Dr O.P. Bhalla Foundation (which would be headed by Mrs Satya Bhalla and Director, Faculty of Management Studies, MRIU, Dr Chavi Sharma to bring about a transformation in the lives of the needy and the underprivileged).
The birth anniversary also felicitated MREI’s distinguished Alumni and students with awards and citations. While Miss Asia Pacific World 2013 Srishti Rana, an alumni of the Bachelor of Journalism Course at Manav Rachna International University, received the first Dr O.P. Bhalla Pinnacle Alumnus Excellence Award and cash presentation of Rs 2 lakh 51,000; Table tennis ace Ankita Das who represented India in the 2012 Summer Olympics was awarded with the Dr O.P. Bhalla Award of Excellence in the field of Sports while actor-model Mahima Bakshi received the same honours for excellence in Art and Culture. There were others too like H.K. Batra who was feted for acquiring worldwide acclaim for quality food products; Nitika Pawar, IAS, for bringing glory to her alma mater by exemplary Career Achievements and Abhimanyue Bhagat for his extraordinary achievements in Design, Development and Entrepreneurship.
Remembering the Legend: Statue Unveiling Ceremony
The memory of Founder Visionary Dr O.P. Bhalla will live on forever in the hearts of the Manav Rachna family. On the auspicious occasion of the Statue Unveiling ceremony of Dr. O.P. Bhalla, a large congregation of senior dignitaries, eminent industrialists, academicians and well known personalities from various walks of life in the Delhi-NCR region had gathered together at the Campus to witness what was a cardinal event. The occasion—18th April, 2014–was solemn and spiritual all at the same time, evoking memories of a Legend who was unmatched in vision and foresight.
The Statue of Dr O.P. Bhalla—a colossal and magnificent artwork in bronze—created by Kolkata sculptor Gautam Pal, was unveiled by world renowned religious Guru, His Holiness Shri Morari Bapuji whose spiritual presence infused the auspicious occasion with an ethereal touch. The Statue of Founder Visionary in a sitting posture, spoke of a father figure, ever ready to guide tomorrow’s leaders. It is a true reflection of what he was to the Manav Rachna family: a beacon of hope and inspiration, who made Quality Education his life’s mission and goal. The site of the statue symbolizes the heart of the campus, and rightly so, for the campus is not just a brick and mortar edifice, but an embodiment of the Founder Visionary’s heart and soul.It was therefore all the more meaningful when Mrs Satya Bhalla (Chief Patron, MREI) graced the momentous occasion along with Dr Prashant Bhalla (President MREI) and Dr Amit Bhalla (Vice President, Manav Rachna Vidyanantariksha).
The 2nd Hostel Women Sports Meet
Manav Rachna has always upheld a sports-centric philosophy. It is an institution where sports and fitness is an integral part of the curriculum. Founder visionary Dr O.P. Bhalla firmly believed that a healthy mind resides in a healthy body. His idea of holistic education involved not just academic achievements, but sporting excellence where pupils imbibe the qualities of leadership, tolerance, sharing and team-spirit. It was with this aim in view that MREI organized the 2nd Hostel Women Sports Meet 2014 at the campus with the spotlight on women hostelites in particular. Chief Patron MREI, Mrs Satya Bhalla inaugurated the meet along with Vice Chancellor Manav Rachna International University Dr N.C. Wadhwa.
Manav Rachna Youth Parliament
A group of students from the Manav Rachna Literary Forum organized Manav Rachna Youth Parliament on 26 April, 2014. Nearly 20 students from the Manav Rachna Campus participated in this event which was inaugurated by Prof. I.K.Kilam, Dean-Students Welfare (Manav Rachna). The participants were judged by Rajat Saxena and Rajat Sinha (students of 6th sem FET, MRIU) who were designated as the co-chairs for the event. The Council of Chief Ministers and Administrators had a heated discussion on bills that included ‘The National Accredition Regulatory Authority for Higher Education Institutions Bill, 2010’, ‘The Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill, 2010’ and ‘The Foreign Educational Institutions Bill, 2010’. After some heated discussions on the bills, the judges declared Shuchi Tyagi (6IT,FET,MRIU) the winner of the event, Vinay Kumar Tolambia ( 6Mech., FET,MRIU) the Ist runner up and Vishnu Aditya Kashyap (6Mech.,FET,MRIU) the 2nd runner up of the event. Certificates to all and awards to the winners were given by Mr Praveen Rai, Assistant Professor, FET, MRIU.
Fever Jam @ MRIU
Hindustan Times organized Fever Jam, a Musical Talent Hunt at MRIU. Whole lot of Students of MRIU participated in this great event and got a vast exposure and showcased their talent to entire Delhi.
Fever Jam was an opportunity for MRIU students to witness and participate in the biggest and the most exciting fun filled music talent hunt across Delhi.
The music talent hunt across popular genres included:
- Band - English & Hindi.
- Solo-Vocals/Drums/Guitar/any other music instruments.
- Original Composition
This talent hunt brought together the budding musicians of all genres, college bands, solo musicians and singers to showcase their respective talent and it provided the winners an opportunity to record and play their first track on Fever 104 FM along with cash prize worth Rs 2 lakhs.The winner were shortlisted in two categories – Bands and Solo (Vocals only) in both Hindi and English. The Manav Rachna Band got selected for the Grand Finale of Fever Jam on September 30.
Faculty of Management Studies: Shouldering Civil Responsibilities
In its ongoing efforts to partner the community for a better, healthier and a more responsible society, Faculty of Management Studies, MRIU has been carrying out numerous activities. Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) launched ‘COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM’ in which the Institute has been reaching out to the community at large through a variety of activities. The Institute has plans to adopt some villages as a part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). In this context, Students and Faculty of FMS visited ‘Nachauli’ village in Faridabad and conducted a profiling of the residents of the village on demography as well as related issues like health, hygiene and education. In another initiative, the students and faculty members from FMS visited Bas Village in Sohna area of Gurgaon. This visit was aimed towards delivering an understanding regarding sustainable environmental management.
Times NiE Dance Mania
Times of India, Newspaper in Education (NIE) has had a long history of creating and institutionalizing mega inter-school events for the student community. These events have been conceived with the thought of inculcating the spirit of healthy competition amidst students on a large scale in a dynamic environment. The Times NIE Film Festival, Mr. & Ms. Elan – personality contest, Color Splash Painting Competition, Western Music Competition, Fundamental Quiz., Debate Competition, Annual Teacher’s & Principal’s seminars are some of the most popular NIE events etc. To add an element of innovation and excitement the Times NIE organized TIMES NIE DANCE MANIA at MRIU campus in association with Manav Rachna Academy of Performing Arts, which aimed to discover the creative dance team from schools of Delhi & NCR. The event reached out to children studying in over 120 leading schools of Delhi & NCR. The Grand Finale ended with award of exciting prizes in the group dance competition; there were prizes for the Best Cheering Teams as well. All in all, it was a memorable event for the student community.