Staff Reporter

GUNTUR: Pomp and gaiety marked the decennial celebrations of Vignan’s Engineering College on Friday.

It also marks the beginning of the annual three-day National Youth Festival `Vignan Mahotsav -2007,’ The youth festival being held, on the same dates every year for the past seven years attracts 12,000 students from India’s top-most engineering and management colleges to fight it out in several competitions that range from sports to cultural events.

Competitions on mock GATE and GRE tests were the most popular with more than a 1,000 students taking part in each of them and more than 70 per cent of them faring better than expected and fair enough to get into their desired higher education institutions, said Vignan Educational Institutions Chairman Lavu Rathaiah at a press conference here.

Srikanth Surampudi, Head of Human Resources in TCS and Bhuvana Chandra, the eminent lyricist from Telugu film Industry were the guests. The TCS HR head said that he was overcome by nostalgia and was reminded of his happy college life when he stepped into the Vignan Campus. Amidst loud cheer, Mr. Srikanth gave the good news to Vignan students that he and his team would return on January 10 to present the offer letters to 90 students selected for TCS.

Bhuvana Chandra dwelling on the changing trends of music in the Telugu film industry said that gone were the days when music directors used to compose tune to songs, “today we see the reverse phenomenon.” The convener of Vignan Mahotsav outlined the broad objective of the competitions while listing out the events. The programme concluded with prize distribution to the Utsav winners and some cultural programmes. Students from BITS Pilani, Goa and others landed in the city to take part in the festival.