ReVERB 2016 Report

Reverb’16 was all set to take the hierarchy of the successful fest ahead after almost 3 months of careful planning and hard work by the students and faculty of Symbiosis Institute of Technology. The theme this year was “Empire Earth” which was portrayed beautifully on the campus. The three day fest which was scheduled from 18th to 20th February’16 kicked off on 17th of February’16 at the amphitheatre of the college and was declared open by Dr. T. P. Singh (Director Sir) along with Dr. Akshay Malhotra (Dy. Director Sir). The ceremony was a joyous event witnessing the participation of several students from the college along with a faculty fashion show. This Reverb had an artist line up like never before and so the event was followed by the Battle of the Bands’ prelims which was judged and headlined by Vh1 fame Vice Versa and Sid Coutto.

The day 1 stared with Octave (Singing Competition) which saw a huge participation. This was followed by Bust a Move (Dancing Competition) which was judged by renowned bollywood choreographer Savio Barnes along with Danny Fernandes and Kunjan Jani. Other events which took place on this day were the very successful MUN, Street Beats, Futsal and Fashion Show. The pronite was the most awaited event of the day.  Youtube sensation The Indian Jam Project fascinated the audience by their spectacular performance followed by “Ahhaa” presents Aditya Gadhvi (Oscar nominee 2014) and his band. The day was covered by Vh1 Music Diaries. The day 2 covered a number of events which included Beat Boxing, Man vs Food, Gully Cricket, Minute to win it, Dizzy sports and much appreciated Murder Mystery. Miss India presents Campus Princess was an extraordinary platform for girls to showcase their talents and was judged by Mr. India Rohit Khandelwal. The day ended with Battle of the Bands judged and headlined by Raagalogik who gave a tribute to A.R. Rehman. The last performance of this day was by Nh7 fame Fuzz Culture. The day 3 was much awaited as we had events like Clash of SITians scheduled for the day. This day had the finals for Mr. and Miss. SIT where Akshay Dang and Simran Chauhan were adjourned Mr. and Miss. SIT respectively. This day saw some tremendous performances on the stage in the event Tamasha. NCPA artists Kopal Theatre raised the bar of the fest. This was followed by NHC presents Console Wars. The last event was “Deepak Vacuum Technologies” presents the DJ night where sunburn artists Progressive Brothers made the crowd groove. The 2 days were covered by Mtv Campus Diaries hosted by Krissann Barretto. This is how Reverb 2016 ended with smiles on everyone’s faces.

Reverb 2016 had Idea as its title sponsor, Swiggy as food delivery partner and PETA as social cause partner. Reverb was associated with Sakal Times, 9XM, 9XO, Radio City and Mtv Campus Diaries. The promotion for the fest involved the performance by the flashmob troop at Seasons Mall and also promos on the national channel 9XO. Thus, Reverb 2016 was a huge success with the essence of the fest reverberating and the crowd waiting in anticipation about-us-the-institute what the next year has in store for them.

-Unnati Shrivastava
Cultural Secretary (Reverb 2016)

ReVERB 2015 Report

After a very successful Reverb 2014, Reverb 2015 was ready to make SIT proud again. This year the theme of Reverb was "Carnival" and we tied up with CRY (Child Rights and You) to contribute a little for child welfare. It was not a one man's effort; it was the effort of the whole Reverb team of students and teachers that made Reverb successful. The title sponsor of Reverb 2015 was JBl and the fest was powered by The Times of India in association with VH1. Right from participating in Happy Streets organized by The Times of India to gaining publicity through Flash Mobs, the students left no stone unturned. The response from the students was overwhelming. It was the first time when we used a little advanced technical support, which was well received by artists and students alike.

The inauguration of Reverb was on 18th February 2015, and was graced by the presence of a Bollywood actor, Mr Amit Purohit, the ambassador of CRY. Day 1 i.e. February 19, 2015 gave us the best singers from the singing competition “Octave" and best dancers from the dancing competition "Footloose". The opening night was by Mumbai based band Daira, who stole our heart by their Bollywood Progressive rock. On Day 2 , February 20, 2015 we had our marquee event "Battle of the Bands" which was judged and headlined by famous metal band "Abraxas". It was followed by "Fashion Show" which was judged by renowned Fashion Choreographer Mr. Sandeep Dharma and Fine Couture Footwear Designer Ms.Nidhi Bhandari. The last day of the fest, 21 February 2015 had events like Mr and Miss SIT where Mr Chirag Barot and Ms.Shalinipriya Singh became Mr and Ms SIT respectively. This was then followed by Clash of SITians where CS-IT department secured the first place. The Best Department trophy was bagged by Electronics and Telecommunication department. The famous event StuPa was also organized on this day. The closing night was by The Dirty Code, a renowned DJ.

The fest was covered by Doordarshan, Akashwani and The Times of India, and the response was amazing, even from the students of other colleges. None of it would have been possible without the collective efforts of students, facutly, members of the staff and honourable Director Sir and Deputy Director Sir.

Anushka Saxena
Cultural Secretary
Reverb 2015

ReVERB 2014 Report

The organizing committee for REVERB 2014 comprised of about-us-the-institute 320 enthusiastic and hardworking members from all the four years. And the theme followed was “Angels and Demons” which the design team managed to portray very beautifully on the walls as well as the props. Our vision at the very beginning was to make REVERB a platform for people especially of our college to showcase their extra ordinary talent and get rid of their inhibitions and come forth and participate. And I must say what an overwhelming participation we  observed!
REVERB was scheduled from 7th of March 2014 to 9th of March 2014 with the inaugural ceremony being held on 6th of March 2014.
The inauguration ceremony started with a Faculty V/s Student Friendly Cricket Match followed by the blessings and the good wishes our honorable Director Sir, Dr. T.P.Singh Sir and Deputy Director Sir, Dr. Akshay Malhotra Sir and our faculty members. This ceremony was a huge success as it witnessed the performances from students as well faculty members performing with the orchestra. 
The first day of REVERB had eliminations of Vocal Adrenaline as well as Personality Contest and covered highlighted events such as BUST A MOVE ( DANCE) and the DJ Night (presented by NH7) in which the most happening DJ in town, DJ NUCLEYA made SIT groove to his tunes (literally) !

The second day had in store many events like Treasure Hunt, Man VS Food, Extempobate and Gully Cricket in the day time. In the evening, the most awaited event of REVERB, the Battle of the Bands took place which had a participation of 8 bands which were local as well as outstation. This event was headlined by the Most famous Band of Pune, DARK HELM. DARK HELM made the entire SIT Head-bang with them that evening. After Battle of the Bands and all the head banging came the most sought- after event of REVERB, The Fashion Show which was judged by Mr. Sugat Das from PEARL  ACADEMY.
With creativity oozing out of every design and elegance dripping of every models moves, this year’s  REVERB proved  to be a completely fashionable extravaganza. 

The last day of the fest, had many highlighted events lined up such as the Finals for Vocal Adrenaline and Personality Contest (OH! This contest gave us our MR SIT  and MISS SIT for the very first time) followed by  the much awaited CLASH OF SITITANS wherein all the four departments competed against each other for the best department trophy by performing various tasks and proving to be an all rounder, The Mechanical Department took away the trophy for the best department for the year 2014. Finally, the night ended with two amazing bands- Natural Volume and Rang performing for us in our Musical Night. These two bands pumped up the crowd to whole new level of energy.
And,this is how REVERB 2014 ended up with a blast! And everybody went with smiles on their faces be it artists, participants, winners, students or faculty.

-Divya Thanasekaran
Cultural Secretary (Reverb 2014)

ReVERB 2012 Report

Reverb – Mayan Mysteries was flagged off on the 15th of February, 2012, after almost 3 months of careful planning and hard work by the faculty and students of Symbiosis Institute of Technology. The opening ceremony was held at the Symbiosis International University’s Auditorium at the Lavale Hill Top Campus, with the guest of honor being Mr AdilAman, a renowned theatre personality, who along with Dr. T.P. Singh, Director SIT, declared the event open. The ceremony was a colourful one with a fusion dance perform as well as the launch of the first ever college newsletter.

Once the festivities started, the stage was set for the first competitive event “Natrang”, which was an open Dramatics Event. The audience experienced a host of emotions, and lauded the performances one after the other. And while this wonderful show went on, various other events took place across the campus. LAN Gaming was an adrenaline charged event with participants sweating it out in the virtual world. The Treasure Hunt went one step further with its clues and mysteries hidden across not just the campus, but the whole of Pune city. And then, to end the successful day of celebrating talent, the Pro Nite with performances from the bands Blakc and Something Relevant, left the crowds feeling high.

If first day was about-us-the-institute culture and fun, the second day belonged to the Technical skills and knowledge as students from across the city participated in the 4 major technical events. The ENTC department held “ProeliumSapienta” , a unique challenge for those proficient in the electronics domain. Department of Civil Engineering hosted “CapoMastro”, an event to test the capability to design buildings and architecture. Mechanical Engineering students organised the Junkyard Wars event named “Iron Lion Zion”, whereas Department of Computer Science held the “Codurance” event, a coding competition which tested the endurance of participants. After the intense competitions during the day, the evening was taken over by enchanting dance performances in the group and solo dance competitions, a magical display of culture and talent.

Day three kept the momentum going with the mini –sports events like Box Cricket, Pool, Ring Football and Blind Volley. The scorching sun was nothing but a backdrop for the extremely motivated participants. Back indoors, the creative and literary events went on, with the Creative Writing and Photography Events, where imagination painted some beautiful scenes with pictures and words. As the sun set, the stage was ready to host a musical extravaganza. First was the solo singing competition, “Vocal Adrenaline”, where the melodious voices won over the audience’s heart. And once the singing concluded, it was time for some hard core metal music with the blaring drums and the screaming guitars in the Battle of the Bands event, “Mosh”. The crowd cheered and “headbanged” to no end, a memorable sight for everyone present. The final day, saw some offbeat events steal the limelight, with “SuperChef” the cookery competition,” Man v/s Food” the eating competition and “Mock Stock”, a simulation trading competition. The high noon got pretty intense with heated arguments during the debate, termed “Rebuttal”. There was also a bit in store for the artistic minds, with shoe and face painting competitions. The final roll of events began with the Short Film Making event, followed by one last magnificent display of fashion in “Your Way on the Runway”. Once the curtains were drawn on the final event, and the organizing team had taken their bows, it was time to let your hair down and dance through the DJ Nite. While the events formed the centre of attraction, there were factors without which the fest would have been a pale shadow of what it was. Our sponsors, led by Venkys India Ltd. , provided the resources to pull off the event. Notable contributions by ITC, MTV, Radio City, Inorbit Mall, Spykar and many others were critical in making the Reverb a success. In addition, the various food and game stalls kept the atmosphere alive throughout the day. Last but by no means the least, the support from students, faculty, staff and administration of SIT was phenomenal in every way, and Reverb was nothing but a tribute to all of them.

By RohanSood,
Cultural Secretary,
Reverb 2012

ReVERB 2011 Report

In continuation with the 75th birth anniversary celebrations of the founder of Symbiosis, and Chancellor, Symbiosis International University, Padmashri Dr. S.B. Majumdar, a cultural festival “REVERB “ was organized in Symbiosis Institute of Technology on 16th ,17th and 18th of March 2011. It aimed at bringing out remarkable and unseen talent among the students not only in the cultural activities but also in managing the event.

The onset of the festival was with the inaugural ceremony in the auditorium at the hill top of Lavale campus, where Dr. S.B. Majumdar, was the guest of honour. At the venue, in the morning, after long preparations, students from SIT along with staff members were ready and upbeat, welcoming the Divine Chancellor. He was felicitated by the Director of SIT, Dr. T.P. Singh, with a sword specially crafted in the workshop of SIT, as a token of gratitude for gracing the occasion. He addressed the students and staff of Symbiosis with his insightful inaugural address. After the inauguration a magnificent movie show was organized screening the long and rigorous preparative work done by the students’ of SIT. The inauguration was followed by cultural dance of Maharashtra,”Lavani” and several other cultural events like drama etc, setting the tone for the day.

SIT had a lot of colour and glitter all around reflecting the festive mood and the theme of the event “Streets”. The walls and lanes of the campus were richly colored with graffiti. In addition to this several other ornamental items made the surrounding breathtaking. All the students were elated and enthusiastic about-us-the-institute the three daylong event.

Reverb witnessed the participation of various colleges from in and around Pune and showcased about-us-the-institute 20 events spread over three days. Each of the participating colleges was at its competitive best.

All three days of the event were equally fun filled. For the first day the event which attracted attention was few minutes to fame and fashion show in which the students participated with gusto. The second day battle of bands drew attention of the crowd wooing the audience with their thunderous and rocking performances. The inter college dance competition was the centre of attraction for the third day which made everybody enjoy thoroughly and dance to the music. The other prominent events in Reverb were singing, creative writing debate, treasure hunt etc.

The fest marked its end by a valedictory function in the amphitheater where the entire team of Dil, Dosti, Dance from channel [V] D3 was the chief guest. They fascinated the audience with their mind blowing and awesome performances.

Reverb 2011 was a perfect blend of the creativity and managerial skills of the students which was speckled all over the event. With all the successful programs and large participation of the crowds in various activities the event proved to be an astounding one.

Governance is "the process of decision-making and the process by which decisions are implemented (or not implemented)". The concept of "Good Governance" often emerges as a model to compare ineffective economies or political bodies with those which are viable. Symbiosis Institute of Technology observed Good Governance Day on 24th December 2014, to celebrate the birth anniversary of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. A programme was organized on this day where the students and the faculty members presented their views on Good Governance.

Various points put up by students included the qualities sought from Good Governance and application of the same through electronic media. Some characteristics of Good Governance brought to light by the students were accountability, transparency, abiding by the rules, responsiveness, efficiency and effectiveness.

Students presenting their views on Good Governance

Further, faculty members presented their views adding to the understanding of Good Governance. This session was particularly interesting to the audience as the faculty included a lot of real life examples from their lives to support their views. Various examples quoted were of the difference in functioning of governments offices since the inclusion of e-governance. Another example citied was from the life of a retired army officer who spoke about-us-the-institute how his seniors had influenced him to practice Good Governance through participation.

The speeches by the faculty members were then followed by the addresses by the Deputy Director, Dr. Akshay Malhotra and the Director of the institute, Dr. T. P. Singh.

Deputy Director, Dr. Akshay Malhotra at Good Governance Day

Director, Dr. T.P. Singh at Good Governance Day

Both the Director and the Deputy Director discussed various systems used in the institute for evaluation and assessment, and their working as per the guidelines of Good Governance. The event was an eye opener for many in understanding the functioning of government. It helped the students understand the value of Good Governance and its influence in daily lives. The function concluded by a vote of thanks.

A programme was organised on the occasion of "Rashtriya Ekta Diwas", which marks the Birth Anniversary of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel on 5th November 2014 in Symbiosis Institute of Technology.

The programme began by a welcome address. A documentary on the life of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel and his contribution to freedom struggle was featured.

An elocution competition was also conducted where the students spoke on several topics like Unity- Past, Present and Future, Unity-Strength or Weakness and Could Peace be achieved without War?

Elocution competition being conducted and judged

Several faculty members also shared their views on Sardar Patel, Unity, Freedom and Peace.

views being presented by faculty members

This was then followed by a speech by the Deputy Director, Dr. Akshay Malhotra who emphasised on working smarter.

The Director of the institute, Dr. T.P. Singh, gave a motivational speech on the occasion. He tried to evolve in the audience the spirit of unity and urged to support the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi in his venture.

He also awarded the winners of the elocution competition.

The event concluded by taking a pledge for unity and peace of the country and the National Anthem.

Report on Shikshit Bharat, Saksham Bharat programme in SIT

A group discussion for the students was organised in Symbiosis Institute of Technology, Pune on “Shikshit Bharat, Saksham Bharat”, on the occasion of International Students Day, 17.11.2014 at 3:30pm in the Seminar Hall .

The main topic of discussion was the student’s take on the Indian education system, what is expected by them and what can be done to resolve the problems faced by the students. The students felt that Indian education is mainly based on rote learning and the students lack the basic understanding of a particular topic. Education doesn’t just comprise of studies and theory, general mental health and psychologythe society is also a part of education. Education is a pathway to make yourself independent, giving you the knowledge of right and wrong. Education makes one capable of taking decisions.

The speakers said that the drawbacks of the Indian education system and the mentality of the people in India is that all the streams of education are not considered equally. If a student scores well, he is pressured to take up science as a subject by the society. Freedom of choice is restricted, resulting in low performance in higher education. Also, many students don’t study to excel and to gain knowledge, but to score marks. Indian education system in short needs to incorporate skill based learning in its curriculum, and mugging up should be slowly eradicated. Questions should be such that have some real meaning, and can be encountered and related in everyday lives. Unrealistic education will only go vain. Competition amongst the students leads to high pressure to excel. This causes deterioration in mental and physical health. Education should be such that it collaborates mental and physical wellness. One of the students pointed out that with the advancement of technology, the curriculum has become vast. Everything of importance is not always possible to be included in the curriculum. Hence customization of the courses should be an option, where a student can study a variety of topics of his/her interest

Another problem, as was said, is the focus of the educational institutions. Passing the students is the main goal of the institutions rather than giving them core knowledge of the subjects. Teachers teach students not the concepts but how to pass the exams. Hence students also feel mugging is easier than understanding a topic. However, in the long run, mugging up fails. The concepts which are rote-learned fade away. Institutes must ensure that their syllabus and curriculum is such that engages the students in activities that make them aware that mugging up doesn’t help and a proper understanding of the subject is needed.

The course and syllabus, the students said, were very important. Not realizing, these concepts are applied in day to day lives. Hence, a practical knowledge of the subjects along with theoretical knowledge is very important. Another hindrance to a detailed curriculum mentioned was time. Practical’s with videos and field trips and theory, etc are not possible to be covered in the given stipulated time of the course. Teachers don’t want the blame to leave out concepts and hence they cover up the course without giving proper in depth knowledge of the subject. To come up with a solution to all these problems, the suggestion given was to draw a venn diagram to find a common solution for the learning-teaching problems. Teachers should make their lectures interactive and more interesting by adding visual elements while teaching. A balance between pictures, videos and theory should be maintained. Education system of India should develop. Many universities abroad offer diversity in subjects that can be chosen while studying. The education system of India should adopt such ideas to create more interest in students to pursue higher studies.

As a whole, there should be a mentality change in the people of India, to accept all branches as equals. Students must get to choose their field of interest without any external pressure. The notion that students who take up science get paid better than other branches is wrong. People who are good at their job and who work hard excel, irrespective of their field of study. Interests should be independent of the salary earned in that field. Emphasis should be given on project based learning, and internships should be encouraged.

The speakers said that, the major change should be in the ideology of students and parents, and even the society as a whole. Studying should be done for knowledge, not for marks. Society must reward students for their skills in order to discourage students to study just to score well.

The Director of Symbiosis Institute of Technology, Dr. T. P. Singh, said that in order to change the Indian Education System and to bring prestige to the Indian Education System, India on the whole has to change, from the mentality of the people to the infrastructure, everything has to be altered in order to attract students from all over the world. The discussion concluded by saying that the students must understand what they are studying, and have the ability to practically apply what we learn. Doing something that interests them, will not only make people open minded, but make them a better human being at the end.Trusting one self, believing in what you have and knowing your instincts is very important. More important is to know how to apply this to our daily lives. Making optimum use of resources at hand and doing what the students are best at irrespective of expecting to be rewarded, will ultimately cause a drastic shift in the mentality of the Indian Education System. The programme concluded by a vote of thanks.

Just like every splendorous event has a sequel, this year too, the students of SIT celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi with great zeal and zest. The cultural programme took place at the SIU Auditorium on 24th of September, 2015. The audience was given a grand reception with drum-beats as they entered the auditorium.

The programme kicked off with a Musical Aarti, segmented by a soulful prayer by girls followed by an upbeat and energetic performance by boys of First and Second Year. A drama by the Second and First year students which threaded four stories of Lord Ganesha's life and the lessons we can imbibe from them touched many chords. Two dynamic dance renditions of Lord Ganesha's win over the wrongful had the crowds tapping their feet.

Swachh Bharat Campaing was held at Symbiosis Institute of Technology on 2nd October 2014.

The students and teachers came together to spread the word of cleanliness and helped clean India by doing their bit.

The event started with an encouraging and motivating address by the Director, Dr T.P. Singh Sir, on how we must respect our mother land and take pride in keeping our country clean

A cleanliness drive was organised as a part of event and both students and teachers actively participated in it.

Extempore and Poster Making competitions were also organized by V@rSITy-care club. At the Poster making event both students and teachers showed equal enthusiasm to draw out their ideas on a “Clean India”.

At the end of the event some bright ideas on cleanliness were drawn really well on paper.

In the Extempore competition students were shown a particular pictorial representation related to cleanliness. The students then utilised their creativity skills and shared what they understood from the picture.

The programme concluded with a vote of thanks for all.

The 150th birth anniversary of Pandit Motilal Nehru was celebrated in Symbiosis Institute of Technology (SIT), Gram Lavale , Pune on 28/12/2012.

Dr. Dipika Jaspal introducing Shri Motilal Nehru

The session started with an introduction of Shri Motilal Nehru by Dr. Dipika Jaspal, faculty of Applied Science. Introduction was then followed by a video clipping of Smt. Sonia Gandhi addressing people on his birth anniversary.

Video clipping of Smt. Sonia Gandhi

Some of the faculty members expressed their views on Shri Motilal Nehru which included Dr. Akshay Malhotra, Deputy Director, SIT, HOD Electronics and Telecommunication, Dr. Narayan Pisharoty,

Dr. Akshay Malhotra speaking on Motilal Nehru

HOD Applied Science, Prof. S.P. Shettar , and Faculty Mechanical department Dr. Abhijit Bhattacharya. Dr. Malhotra expressed his views saying that we should inculcate the values that Shri Motilal Nehru followed in his life. Dr. Narayan Pisharoty read notes by M. O. Mathai who was the private secretary of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, son of Pandit Motilal Nehru. Prof. S.P. Shettar told incidences from Motilal Nehru’s life which reflected his virtues. Dr. Abhijit Bahttacharya described Anand Bahvan, the house which was owned by Shri Motilal Nehru and which served as the ancestral home of Nehru Gandhi Family which now is a museum. The program concluded by National Anthem by faculty and staff of SIT.

Dr. Narayan Pishroty reading notes by M. O. Mathai

Prof. S.P.Shettar narrating Motilal Nehru's real life stories

Dr. Abhijit Bahattacharya talking about-us-the-institute Anand Bhavan

SIT students dance group “Sole to Soul” is winning accolades consistently in various competitions

    Soul to sole has participated in various events till now in 2018 and the position secured were,
  1. SIMC (fest o comm) - 3rd position
  2. SIMS (Orion) - 3rd position
  3. SSBF (Synopia) - 2nd position

The group members are :-

Sagar samrat - Final year,Civil

Ruben Reji - Third year,IT

Ravi Kiran - Third year, Mechanical

Devasya Dave - Second year,CS

Amisha kuwarbi - Second year

Bhavika sharma - First year, ENTC 

Anushka Dixit - First year, ENTC