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Friday, 31 October 2014

Unity in our Comm'unity'!

By: Team PenTastic

By: Nimisha Acharya and Aayushi Jajodia

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, also known as the Iron Man of India was one of the unsung heroes of our freedom struggle. To commemorate his birth anniversary on 31st October, the government has declared this day as the National Unity Day or the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas. On this occasion, all the colleges and universities of the country have organized a series of programmes like poster making, debate and marathon. Similarly the NSS wing of our college, in collaboration with Cetadel conducted an oratory competition on the eve of his birth anniversary. The topic was “Unity, Safety and Security in Nation Building.”

The event was hosted by Subhrajit Kumar (3rd year) and coordinated by Biswaranjan Acharya (4th year). The judge was none other than Srimant sir, the coordinator of Cetadel. It saw an enthusiastic participation from many students from different branches, especially 1st years. The main purpose of this event was to make our students aware of what is going on in our country, as awareness is the first step to security. Questions were also asked about the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan as it is closely related with the work performed by the NSS. The audience had conflicting views regarding this. Some considered this as a good initiative while some others considered it as a voting ploy of Narendra Modi.

The oratory event lasted for about one and a half hours. Every student got 3 and half minutes to put forward their views. The participants were talented and confident enough and presented their ideas well. They spoke about unity in diversity, harmony among different religions, caste and creed, safety for women and children and security which are the main components for building a nation. They were judged on three main criteria: content, body language and cohesion.

The winners of this event were as follows:
1st prize – Abhijeet Tripathy (3rd year, CSE)
2nd prize – Samidha Ratho (2nd year, Electrical)
3rd prize – Debasish Sarangi and Vinayatosh Aman Panigrahi (1st year, Electrical)

The coordinators of NSS and Cetadel conducted the event smoothly and provided a great platform to the students to hone their oratory skills. Big thanks to them for organizing this event. And a special thanks to the CET Photofactory team – Prayas Abinash, Lipak Kumar Sahoo, K.K. Pal, Bishal Kumar Hembram, Aditya Kumar Singh and Prakash Kumar Tudu!!


“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

On the event of Sardar Vallabbhai Patel’s birthday, that is, the 31st of October, celebrated all over the country as “National Unity Day”, a small but effective marathon followed by a cleanliness drive took place. The whole event was organised by the NSS and it was preceded by an Oratory and a poster making competition, held in collaboration with the NSS in C.E.T., the previous day. The noble cause took place inspired by “The Swacchh Bharat Nirmaan Abhiyan”  proposed by the Hon Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi.
Pre- Event preparations started at around 7:30. About 70-80 students had volunteered up for the co-ordination work. An ambulance was summoned in case there was any medical emergency. The place was well-decorated and the posters of the poster-making competition were put up. It was also ensured that there were adequate supplies of glucose and biscuits available so as to make sure that none of the participants became dehydrated.

The enthusiastic bunch of people started turning up at 8:00 and the program kick-started at around 8:30 with the Principal of C.E.T., Sir S.P. Mohanty delivering a key speech emphasizing on the purpose of the meet.  After this, the Principal administered a “Rashtriya Ekta Diwas pledge” to all the people present there vowing to dedicate themselves to preserving the unity, integrity and security of the nation. This was followed by the ribbon-cutting ceremony which signified the inauguration of the event.  And, hence began the mini- marathon!

The turn-out was huge, as an average of about 350 students took part in this event. Amongst the list of participants were included some 8-10 eminent faculty members including the principal, himself. The marathon started from the college and through Naka Gate, the students reached Khandagiri. The marathon included a group of young enthusiasts who were running and another group of participants who “Walked For A Cause”, spreading awareness about the importance of cleanliness. The volunteers and the co-ordinators saw to it that traffic was not hindered. It was after reaching Khandagiri that, the winners of the marathon, as well as the previously held oratory and poster-making competitions were declared and commemorated. Here the cleanliness drive was implemented. Starting with the Khandagiri and Udaygiri caves, the procession took it upon themselves to clean the roadside as well as the tourist spot nearby. The whole process took up about one and a half hours in the end of which all the participants and workers were given food packets. The whole thing took place smoothly, and fortunately, the ambulance was not needed. The CET Photofactory team, the official photography club of CET, were actively involved throughout the event and were well effective in capturing the whole event in lens. The media was also present, and a live coverage of the whole event took place. At about 10:30, the students returned back to the college in the college bus.

And, this is how the program concluded. It was undoubtedly a very successful one. It sent a powerful message across its spectators today and that is “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”. We would look forward to more of such events happening in our college in the future.

Photos Courtesy: CET Photofactory

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Street foods of Bhubaneswar

By: Team PenTastic

The street food outlets are the best places to hang out at any time of the day.  The food is desi and desirable and yes, too hard to resist. Here I list down the most popular of the lot.

1. Gupchup

Spicy, savory crisp spheres filled with mashed potatoes and onions and tamarind soup, tickles the taste buds of on lookers. Easily available and affordable gupchup is the most sought after amongst the street delicacies.
BEST PLACE TO EAT: Though each vendor crafts it with a unique flavor, but the ones near R.D. College and Big Bazaar deserve special mention.

2. Dahi Bara

Yummy brown baras dipped in thick creamy yoghurt blended with rich tangy potato curry with onion, coriander and pepper toppings are extremely appetizing and irresistible.
BEST PLACE TO EAT: Tiffin stall near Ram mandir, unit 3.

3. Rolls:

Rolls comprise chunks of fried chicken, paneer cubes or mushroom mixed with roasted vegetables and onions rolled along butter bread. A rage among the foodies, hot steamy rolls are pure bliss.
BEST PLACE TO EAT: Roll Darbar, near Ravi Talkies has been serving delectable assortment of rolls for more than decades.

4. Chaat:

A plate of aromatic chaat is the most dramatic of all. Spicy yet sweet, hot and delicious, a vibrant mix of sliced pink onions, blood red tomatoes, bright green coriander and yellow papads is so tantalizing that the mere sight of it can set the hunger bells ringing. Papdi chat is the crunchier version of the usual one
BEST PLACE TO EAT: Near Inox, Shaheed Nagar

5. Chicken pakoda:

Roasted and fried chicken pieces served with grated onions, chilly and tomato sauce send non veg lovers to a trance. The meat is so soft and luscious that it melts your heart.
BEST PLACE TO EAT: Near Bapuji Nagar and Master Canteen

The hygiene and cleanliness of street foods are debatable but what’s a life spent resisting temptations! So go out with friends and indulge in the heavenly adventure of street foods!!!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Satyameva Jayate - A ball can change the world

By: Team PenTastic

[By: Nimisha Acharya]

The one show which has single handedly revolutionized Indian Television in recent times is none other than “Satyameva jayate”. The third season of the critically-acclaimed show began on the first Sunday of October. Hosted by Aamir Khan, the former seasons of the show saw the actor earnestly highlighting the harsh realities of the Indian society, such as honour killing, female foeticide, child sexual abuse, rape, domestic violence, untouchability, alcoholism and criminalisation of politics, among others. It is the one show which has dared to bring changes to the society where other TV shows promote regressive behavior.

It made a triumphant return to the small screen with the first episode titled as “A ball can change the world”. It saw Aamir take up the cause of sports in India with an aim to change the game. The episode talked about sports helping in rehabilitation of criminals and an opportunity for the people with lower economical backgrounds to make a career through sports. The episode told inspiring and interesting stories of people who bettered their lives because of sports.

Akhilesh Paul from Nagpur, went from a juvenile delinquent to teaching football to young children. A simple game earned Paul respect from the society, but mainly it helped him earn respect from his own. In 2010, he also captained India at the Homeless World Cup.

Gold medal winning wrestlers Geeta Kumari and Babita Kumari took the sport up after constant encouragement from their father. The sisters said that they completed their father’s wish of winning gold medals in wrestling. “If a woman can be India’s prime minister, there was no reason why she couldn’t be a wrestler,” the sisters’ father said.

A family of wrestlers shared the most heart touching story of a nine-year-old boy. Shubham Jaglan used to help the family by delivering milk in his village. He practiced golf in the fields and learned most of his shots from YouTube videos. He has been World Junior Champion and has won over 120 titles so far. Now the boy has the support of golfer Amit Luthra, which will help him achieve great laurels at an international stage.

Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal also made an appearance to share her story with the audience.
Aamir Khan spoke about the importance of children going out of the house and playing sports instead of staying indoors and engrossed in video games. ”It is so disturbing that they have forgotten how to play under harsh elements. Outdoor sports are also about socialising and realising the importance of team play. Besides, look at the violence in digital games,” Khan said.

“It's so sad to see the younger generation getting addicted to the video games. Schools are also to be blamed. Tell me, which school treats sports as an integral part of mainstream education?" he asked.

The numbers speak a harsh truth. India has won just 26 of the 12,796 Olympic medals awarded in the last 114 years. During the 2012 London Olympic Games, India did not win a single gold medal, although it got its best ever aggregate tally of six medals. That is, six out of 83 athletes won a medal. This so-called best performance in an Olympics so far, was behind countries such as Ethiopia, Latvia and Uganda. China with a population comparable to ours, won 88 medals. When you look at medals per population, India was last among the medal winners, standing at the 85th position. We had one medal for 207 million people. These numbers beg an obvious question: Why does the world's largest democracy not win enough medals in world sporting events?

Sports is one of the most neglected areas in our country. Parents who want their children to be doctors or engineers do not consider sports as a viable career option which results in the loss of many talents. With a population of over a billion, it is pitiable that we only excel in a sport which is played by only 12 nations. We get defeated by Germany, Australia and the likes in our “national game” hockey. We love football and cheer our hearts out for Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan because we do not have decent clubs and a lowly ranked national team. Our Asiads performance was below par. Despite the dismal scenario there are some who overcome the hurdles and manage to make a name for themselves. But it’s not just about being a sporting star and winning accolades. Sports teach us a variety of things like discipline, team work, sporting spirit, leadership qualities which are very essential in every sphere of life.
 It is not a simple or isolated solution that can magically create medals for the country or better the sporting culture and ethos. It will take concerted efforts towards better infrastructure, administration, financial security and incentives for athletes, accountability of the organizations involved and the creation of role models, so that Indians across the country are inspired to play, and play to win.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Knowing your Alumni: Mr. Samarjit Patnaik

By: shiny choudhury

[Interview as taken my Mr. Deepak Rath]

With his favorite quote “If I can’t run, I will walk. If I can’t walk, I will crawl. But I will reach my destination.” you can surely guess the will-power he possess and the reason why he inspires and motivates juniors like us.
Presenting you the most amiable alumni I have ever come across in my life Mr. Samarjit Patnaik .The interview soon turned into a chat have a look……

Deepak Rath: Good Afternoon Sir. My name is Deepak and I am a student of 2nd year in CET Bhubaneswar.
Samarjit Patnaik: Hi. Good afternoon. How are you?

Deepak Rath: Fine....Hello sir, Are you ready??
Samarjit Patnaik: Oh which branch? Are you making me nervous...? Last time I had an interview 2 yrs. back for GE... Don’t ask tough questions. Jokes apart we can start now...

Deepak Rath:Ha Ha.... instrumentation & electronics.... and yours is great electrical s right....
Samarjit Patnaik: It was Electrical only, I hope they have not changed the name to great Electrical now-a-days.

Deepak Rath: He He... Well, to ease the tension let’s start with your hobbies...
Samarjit Patnaik: Well It changes with time I believe, recently it been photography (not pro) and traveling. 

Deepak Rath: Egypt right....
Samarjit PatnaikYes on official trip... but rather we go out with friends any nearby places on weekends.

Deepak Rath: Trips re always memorable....We would really like to know Sir, what has been your greatest motivation in life…?
Samarjit Patnaik: I feel it is always try to learn new things from people or places or any job you are working. Sometimes you feel that you know a lot and you meet some people so modest and yet so successful that it makes you grounded once again.

Deepak Rath: Sir you will remain an inspiration for all of us in CET......
Samarjit PatnaikRather I believe the way you people are determined these days, you can achieve better heights.

Deepak Rath: Coming to heights.... you started with B Tech in CET then studied in IIT and finally got a Job GE so you had a dream career with dream job so did you ever see it coming?
Samarjit Patnaik: I didn't plan it that way, but it happened to be. I appeared for GATE exams without much prep although, and was not sure about joining IIT. But after getting a good score I was in IIT. While in IIT, I came to know about GE (really). Then I was lucky to be selected for GE on first day.

Deepak Rath: Ha Ha Lucky…. no doubt this shows your modesty....
Samarjit Patnaik: Yes in some way. GE didn't recruit any one from our previous batch and also from our next batch.. So we were only the fortunate ones those year

Deepak Rath: Every success story has dots which are connected by leads, your thoughts on how CET played its part in your success story.
Samarjit Patnaik: Yes, that is true. It’s from prof and alumnus mostly motivate you to go for higher studies and all. And from connecting the dots, I got into GE for my B.Tech project as GE being more focused on Controls and my Masters project was on automotive.So everything plays a role at right time.

Deepak Rath: Like you are a motivation for all of us....
IIT atmosphere..... Great suspense.... your thoughts on it.... How it is different from CET.....??
Samarjit Patnaik:  I would say IIT atmosphere is very charging. It’s more focused and you get an opportunity for everything. You would certainly feel that you can solve anything within a given time, otherwise you will be made to the (assignments) CET is growing at its own pace, it will still take some time. Most importantly connecting to the practical domain is very exciting!

Deepak Rath: Having a dream job suggest that you had lots of highlights in your resume. Please share some of them.....
Samarjit Patnaik: My resume is very simple, not much to brag about other than good CGPAs and a circuit design competition in URzza (still not sure how we won it)

Deepak Rath: Sir, it was a nice time interacting with you …… meet you soon at our winter meets!
Samarjit Patnaik: Yes, nice talking to you too.. By far the lengthiest interview I had that too coming out without a new job. Jokes apart feel free to contact any time for any thing

Deepak Rath: Okay thanks... you remain our mentor for upcoming years....Bye....
Samarjit Patnaik: Have a good day!

Saturday, 25 October 2014


By: Team PenTastic
By: Dibyasha Mohanty

You can sometimes fool all the people all the time.But mind it! It happens only in India. Our dailies vehemently bear out the fact that the four major issues that plague India are corruption, poverty, unemployment, and women’s safety. Yet I am of the view that the all-pervading and biggest problem with us is that we are in the continuous habit of giving undue importance to frivolous contentions. Temples built for Amitabh Bachchan and His Highness, Rajni Sir; film stars and cricketers are treated as gods. Salman Khan’s marriage is a national concern and Sachin’s retirement a national tragedy. All this despite the fact that we are short of young talents and medals in Olympics and Asians. Merely 31% of the people are employable out of every 1, 00,000 potent Indian bread-earners.


Our elections are more entertaining than movies with their wide range of spoofs and sophomoric word-plays of our politicians. No points  for guessing, that election promises are always made to be broken, ever since the advent of elections in India. But now it’s worse. The promises are based on reservations and communal vote-bank tactics rather than public welfare.
We are so uncomfortable with uncertainty that we make a chaos of it. Numerous scams(3G,Commonwealth, Adarsh,...) and much hue and cry over black money were however, meant to be shallow, humongous  bubbles only to burst away within our deep sea of indifference and deceptive tranquillity.
Arranged marriage is becoming obsolete, but arranged education is coming into being. Many decide to become engineers, due to parental and peer pressure despite the fact that around 75% of the engineering grads remain unemployed. There may not be a soldier per family but there’s surely an engineer; surprisingly our technical development is still in a rut.
Like a flock of gullible sheep we are lulled into a false sense of security by assurances of economic development.120-day deadlines are filled with foreign tours in the hope of investment rather than tangible development through boost to domestic small scale industries.

But chill, dude!’ Don’t take life too seriously. No one makes it out alive’. Silence is always golden and this persistent silence though once in a while distracted by Phailins and Hud-Huds, will not produce any Dabanggs. But it will bring back the sone ki chidia that those firangis shooed away.