Sunday, October 2, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Rules And Regulations :
1. Topic will be given on the spot.
2. Involves writing in English and Bengali.
3. Maximum word limit is 350.
4. Pages will be provided by the Virtuoso 2 Committee.
5. Participants need not mention their name or any information other than the registration Id in their response sheet.
6. Results will be published after 7 days of the competition i.e. on 6/3/2011 in our blogspot [www.pandulipi-scintilla.blogspot.com]
Rules And Regulations :
Topic of the quiz is -“LITERATURE”.
1. There will be 2 phases [ prelims and finals ] in the competition.
2. Prelims will be written and among them the best teams will be selected for the final round.
3. Decision of the quiz co-ordinators will be the final.
4.Arguments against their decisions will lead to disqualification.
5.There are 5 rounds [ dry round 1 , dry round 2 , audio , visual and pic-clause ]
Monday, February 21, 2011
1. ITS INDIVIDUAL EVENT.
2.TIME DURATION IS 4(FOUR) MINUTES FOR EACH PARTICIPANTS .
3.NO CHANGE OF TOPIC IS ALLOWED ONCE CHIT IS CHOSEN.
4. PARTICIPANTS CANNOT USE ANY DOCUMENTS OR PAPER WITH THEM WHILE COMPETITION IS GOING ON.
5. COMMITTEE HOLDS EVERY RIGHT TO CANCEL PARTICIPATION TO PARTICIPANTS FOR MISBEHAVING.
6. JUDGES DECISION ARE FINAL .
7. AUDIENCE CAN ASK QUESTION BUT RELEVANT FROM TOPIC
Saturday, February 19, 2011
- Each Team comprises of 2 ( for and against ) members.
- Team can have students of two different colleges.
- Each member can speak for 4 mins ( 3 mins - views + 1min - rebut ).
- The order of speakers will be done by lottery after registration.
- A team performs together with the speaker for the motion speaking first followed by against speaker.
- The first team will get there opportunity to rebut at the end of the competition i.e. they will be allotted 2 mins at the completion of other participants.
- The competition involves only one round.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
COMPETITIONS : 1. CREATIVE WRITING [ENGLISH AND BENGALI]
2. DEBATE [TEAM OF 2 MEMBERS]
3. PRESS CONFERENCE
4. LITERATURE QUIZ [TEAM OF 2 MEMBERS]
Rules and regulations along with the topic of Debate will be uploaded on 19/02/2011
PRIZE MONEY WORTH INR 8,000 TO BE WON !
COME , LEARN AND ENRICH !
Friday, December 31, 2010
How often do you find a college so variant of a college, an engineering college rather?
Well, some might say ‘rarely’. But, the fact is ‘more often than not’. Yes, as a matter of fact.
Welcome to ‘Jalpaiguri Government Engineering College’. The JGEC. The JGEC with its share of
shabby buildings, unruly crowd(read students),horrible canteen food, terrible hostels, insanitary
washrooms, mooing cows, oh! the beautiful pastures , bawdy loners, skimmed internet fanatics ,
scourge faculty and geeky losers . Over a decade, this facade. We stand now here at JGEC!
But suddenly there is a breath of fresh air. If recent acclaims are to be believed we are resurgent.
As in India, we are a progressive culture. And, this institute of ours is no exception. The World Bank
much impressed by the proceedings is up with huge funds. Big bucks indeed! All they want is to
improve the technical education scenario. And, oblivious of the logistics and developments at the root level the funds are flowing in. They, the authorities claim to have started various infrastructure improvement and college development projects. Going by their verbatim, ‘ College would be a deemed university by-2012’.But is it? Are they serious? Do we see even an iota of their highlighted endeavour?
Well, the answers to these are obvious. A big fat ‘No’
Now, coming to why is the administration falling short of keeping its promises. There isn’t a static
state so far the activities are concerned. But the approach isn’t a holistic one.
All we see is a lethargic facelift for the sake of development. The roads are being broadened((Oh!really?) , walls whitewashed and fields fenced ( remember those are the pastures for the mooing cows, so may be they need some kind of protection! ). The honourable decision making body takes pleasure in doing that. And they smirk oozing with complacency .But, is this really a necessary step? Don’t we need to prioritize mending the lacklusture image of our college? Or, simply sort out the dearth of faculty and logistics at par national standards if not international. So why not work keeping pace with times. Something that the administration just doesn’t seem to understand.
It is always easier said than done. But we need to take vital steps to ensure that we aren’t left
behind as ‘The third world IIT’.We need to figure out the shortcomings, accept the failures and make peace with our ‘not so glittery’ past. Just keep pushing, yes, the battle is uphill. But we do need to see what’s waiting is at the other side of this hill. We will then see the JGEC, the JGEC with its share of shabby buildings, unruly crowd(read students),horrible canteen food, terrible hostels, insanitary
washrooms, mooing cows, beautiful pastures and swampy puddles , bawdy loners, skimmed
internet fanatics ,scourge faculty and geeky losers but also with mighty standards.
Standards that would speak volumes .So, don’t let the authorities shrug, just wipe off the smugness!
Friday, December 24, 2010
What I am about to put in words in the next few paragraphs , may not necessarily be exactly what you would call a modern development of science, but I believe it to be the essence of innovation.
Today, high-rises crop up around us at an abominable speed. Humankind seems to have a difficulty in satiating its soaring ambition to reach greater and even greater heights. Well, long live our so called civilization, and our so called humanity; A hundred stories above you, and a million sad stories in one thousand minds around you, but I’d rather not go out of topic.
The thing is, today we cannot imagine a metropolitan city without skyscrapers. We wonder at their immense heights, and often do we admire their architecture. But trust me, they were as complicated and cumbersome as they look, until a certain person came into the limelight and revolutionized the entire idea of their construction.
Fazlur Rahman Khan was born in Shibchar, Dhaka Division, Bangladesh on 3rd April,
Khan was employed by a firm called Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, in 1955 and he started working as an engineer for the first time at
What makes Fazlur Rahman Khan such a remarkable persona in the civil engineering society is his innovation and research in the field of multistoried buildings (Pardon me, for henceforth, I am compelled to move on to more technical terms). By the 1960’s, Multistoried buildings were already very popular and they seemed to be a plausible solution to the ever growing population of the world. But an engineer must consider ten other possibilities, besides aesthetic and social reasons, before he would build something as immense as a skyscraper. For example, one of the major problems with very tall buildings lies in the lateral forces they are subjected to. These may be wind forces, earthquake forces, possible sudden loads, and it is only obvious that for the building to be safe, it must be able to sustain such loads effectively.
As I have already stated, by the 1960’s, skyscrapers had already made a successful entrance into the construction sector. One of the most notable skyscrapers built in the 1931 was the
Khan’s theory was based on the fact, that for any tall building, the entire wall perimeter of the structure is used to simulate a thin walled equivalent tube structure. This thin external wall (the word thin not in its usual meaning, of course) is informally referred to as the “skin” of the building. Such buildings tend to be much more efficient, economical, have reduced penalty for taller heights, and increased resistance to lateral forces. Khan further divided his tube structure into three categories, and some of the greatest buildings of the latter part of the 20th century followed suit of his theory.
The first category, the framed tube structure, the very first one Khan is known to have implemented into a real design, was an instant success. In such a structure, three, four or more, frames were joined at their edges to form a vertical tube like structure. Each of the concerned frames is cantilevered from the foundation towards the top. The remaining periphery of the structure is formed by exterior columns aligned along the extern of the building. These columns are further inter-connected, as well as with the frames. As such, any lateral load, such as earthquake or wind load is resisted by the structure as one single unit. Such buildings, thus, are automatically much more efficient from seismic point of view. In addition to this, the tubular structure is quite stable, hence eliminating the need for interior columns and shear walls. This enables more usable floor space. Another wonderful aspect of such buildings lies in the fact that, in spite of the extern of the building being occupied by columns, about 50% of the perimeter is available for openings such as windows and doors. For larger openings, the exterior column setup requires some minor modification. Possibly, the most notable Framed Tube Structure, (though not designed by Khan himself), was the World Trade Centre.
The Tube and X-Bracing structure was a modification of the framed tube structure. Here, exterior columns are more spaced apart, but are interconnected by cross bracings (X- Shaped truss like members). In such buildings, the so called skin (the thin walled extern) of the tubular structures becomes vivid as an integral part of the structure itself. Here, nearly all the lateral loads are transferred to the exterior columns, thus almost eliminating the need for interior columns in the building. Such a tubular system enables the building to stand upright during earthquakes and wind-storms. Also, X-Braced tube structures have more available allowance for openings. The John Hancock centre in
The final and most important variation was the bundled tube structure. It is not only the most economically efficient type of structure among the three, but also the most versatile type for its allowances of architectural essence. Tubes no longer needed to be box like, since in such structures, bundles of exterior columns (interconnected as well as intra-connected), could take any possible shape at the extern. The most notable building of this type is the
From then on, the influence of Khan’s tubular structure spread around the world like wildfire. Some of the most notable structures in the entire world followed along his lines of design. These include the World Trade Centre, Petronas Twin Towers, Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), Jin Mao Building, Onterie Centre, One Magnificent Mile, Citigroup Centre, Bank of China Tower, and the Burj Khalifa (which is currently the tallest building in the World).
Khan continued his wizardry in the field of structural engineering in the subsequent years. The first “Sky Lobby” was also designed by Khan. Buildings with sky lobbies at that time include the WTC,
Fazlur Rahman Khan was as versatile a human being as he was an engineer. After an early death on
It is only fitting and respectable, that I conclude my article with one of the sayings of Fazlur R. Khan himself,
“The technical man must not be lost in his own technology; he must be able to appreciate life, and life is an art, drama, music,
And most importantly, people”
Dr. Fazlur Rahman Khan was honored by U.S. President Barack Obama in his speech at Cairo,