Government Engineering College, Barton Hill, is back with its annual techno-cultural fete, Aagneya

Having enchanted the city’s student audience for the past five years with breathtaking pro-shows and innovative events, ‘Aagneya’, the annual national-level inter-college techno-cultural festival of Government Engineering College, Barton Hill, is back. The fete, which was the first to bring popular Indipop band Euphoria to Thiruvananthapuram in 2009, will be held on March 15, 16 and 17 at the Kanakakunnu Palace Grounds and Nishagandhi open-air auditorium.

“We have two pro-shows lined up for Aagneya this time around,” says Nanditha Sankar, a third year student of electronics and communication engineering and an event coordinator. “Ace singer/director/actor Vineeth Sreenivasan will be performing on March 16 (7 p.m.), while reputed singers Krish, Ranina Reddy and Suchith Suresan will steal the show on March 17 (7 p.m.),” she adds. The icing on Aagneya’s cake is the stunt show by internationally-acclaimed stunt riding team, Ghost Ryderz, set to be held on March 17.

Crowd-pullers from the previous editions of the fete, ‘Full Throttle’ and ‘Fuse Out’ (each comprising a mélange of dedicated events conducted by the Mechanical and Electrical and Electronics departments of the college respectively), are also back with a bang.

“‘Full Throttle’ will feature a full-fledged auto show and will also have Go-karting for racing enthusiasts, not to mention other mechanical-engineering related competitions,” says Azeem Sha, third year student of Mechanical Engineering and one among the coordinators of the fete.

‘Fuse Out’ tests the brains and brawns of all the ‘circuit-geeks’ out there. The event will also feature a project presentation and a technical exhibition too, says Vishnu Sreekumar, second year student of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and the event-in-charge.

The fest also offers its own set of uniquely-crafted competitions. “With a total of more than 40 contests, we have virtually an event for everyone,” says Nanditha. “Quizzes, personality contest, treasure hunt (online and offline), Choreo Video, rock shows, debate, gaming… you name it, we have it,” she says.The fete also offers contest for the technically-sound. Nanditha adds: “Being techies ourselves, we have brought out an elite set of events for like-minded folks such as Best Engineer, Technical Treasure Hunt and Android Application development, to name a few.”

If you thought Aagneya was entirely about the spirit of competition and fun alone, you are wrong. Organisers of the fete strive simultaneously to promote social causes through the event. “Last year, the fest was in news for its ‘Flash clean up drive’, which is still being emulated by other college fetes. This time, we are trying to raise awareness on AIDS. Having joined hands with the Kerala AIDS Control Society, we recently conducted a city-wide bike rally and campaign as a prelude to our event. Other events are also in the offing,” explains Nanditha.

Participation for Aagneya’s competitions is open to all college students. Pro-shows, exhibitions and stunt shows are open to all. Tickets for the pro shows will be available at the venue on all three days of the fete. For details, log on to www. aagneya.in or contact Nizam (9037197002).