With the recent development in sports (read NFL and NCL) in NSIT, it hardly came as a surprise when a Sports fest- Utkarsh was announced to be held concur-rently with Moksha. The Covener, Priyank Mandal( COE, Class of 2011) says, ―It all started when we were buoyed by the National Sports Meet at Gwalior. The thought of giving something of the same magnitude back to our college led to the birth of Utkarsh‖. The word ―Utkarsh, which means ―to rise up‖ was coined by the Convener, Akshay Anand(ECE, Class of 2011) who saw this sporting event as a medium for students to gain more exposure and to accelerate the growth of their athletic abilities. Like every new initiative, this too wasn‘t a walk in the park. The sponsors were hard to come by and the sporting facilities were inadequate for an event of this level. However, tenacity on the part of Team Utkarsh and support from the Sports Administration, particularly, Mr. Praveen Saroha (Director, Physical Education) gave way to NSIT‘s inaugural Sports fest. The high-light of the three day event was the pulsating T20 Cricket tournament contested among 12 teams, with Ramalal Anand College as the winners and DCE as the runners up. Some of the other sports included in the fest were chess, carom-board, arm wrestling, football, table-tennis and basketball (NSIT won the men‘s event while USS College won the women‘s).
The Conveners were satisfied with the way the events transpired and were in awe of the enthusiastic 1st year volunteers who were the soul of this extravaganza. They were also pleased to see NSITians coming in large numbers to support their team in every sport with brimming enthusiasm. Let‘s hope that this institution created is here to stay, and is carried forward in the coming years as well.
The annual sports week of NSIT was held on 24th and 25th February, 2011. In a first of sorts, the event was sponsored by Pepsi and Adidas and graced by Mr. Aakash Chopra (Former India Test Cricketer) who pre-sided over as the chief guest. It saw participation of about 3600 students competing for 120 gold medals. While in the branch category, COE was the branch winner with MPAE as the runners-up, in the individual category, Ajay Dabas was declared as the Best Athlete and awarded a cash prize of Rs.2500/-. The new addi-tions to this year‘s sports week were ―matka race‖ for the female faculty and staff and a Faculty vs. Staff cricket match, which saw the Staff emerging as the winners.
With a lucky draw competition by Mawana Sugars, refreshments by Pepsi and kits by Adidas, the level of Sports Week has definitely risen this time round.
When Anshul Kumar Jain (IT, Class of 2011) interviewed Mr.Chopra, here‘s what he had to say.
Akash Chopra On his ouster from the Indian side
I regret not playing for the country as it is as an honor to represent your nation at International level, however, I still love the game and want to be associated with it in some way or other.
I had heard it as a reputed engineering college and seeing this event, I can say that it is coming up in sports as well. I hope this trend continues and sports are given more pro-motion in the future.
Enthusiastic audience and participants after events