Urja 2018 is one of the biggest sports fest of North India, hosted by Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology. Being one of the prestigious college of the region,TIET planned and successfully organised this years’ inter college sports fest from 16-18 February 2018.
Urja comprises of many pre-fest events that are followed by the three main fest days which comprises of major sports competitions i.e Basketball, Cricket, Football, Badminton, Chess, Volleyball, Lawn Tennis, Table Tennis etc.
URJA’18 kicked off on 16th January 2018 with a Triathlon- followed by Orientation of Urja in the COS complex that carried the motives to make the people aware about the extravaganza. Gully cricket,Thapar Fitness League, Kite Flying, Futsal, Mess workers Cricket, NBA Jam and Faculty Cricket were the major highlights from the pre events. We had a large no of participation in all of our pre-events associating workers, students and faculty members.
Thapar Fitness League was one of its kind event which was held for the first time in TIET. It was a two day event with each day consisting of stages/hurdles that would test the participants physically. It was conducted in association with BHIMS organisation and 80+ students participated in the league to prove them the fittest among all.
Faculty cricket was the major pre event conducted under URJA as the faculty members showcase their skills and experience in sports field as well. It was a great experience for both the audience as well as the faculty. It was something which you don’t witness on frequent basis.
Kite flying was organised to provide the students a fun experience wherein they were provided with all the accessories required to fly a kite. It went amazingly good and people joined us in great numbers. Furthermore, the festival of kites, BASANT PANCHMI was around the steps which added to the excitement.
Gully Cricket was another highlight in which old school cricket was revived. The team comprised of both boys and girls and the enthusiasm shown by the students was overwhelming. This was something that forced everyone to go back to their good old days and enjoy the innocent cricket we all played.
THE FEST DAYS
After so many pre events and with everyone ready for the game to begin, there was no reason to stop!!
We had 700+ participants from 19 different colleges from all over north India namely
NIT JALANDHAR, NIT KURUKSHETRA, NSIT, NIT HAMIRPUR, CHITKARA UNIVERSITY, PEC, UIET CHANDIGARH, LPU, NIET, G.L. BAJAJ, VIPS, UIET CHANDIGARH, SLIET LONGOWAL, IPU DELHI, BANDA SINGH BAHADUR UNIVERSITY, RAYAT BHARA UNVIERSITY..
TIET’s team were victorious as they came out as the Overall Winners of the sports competition by the virtue of winning Basketball, Cricket, Football, Lawn Tennis, Table tennis and Chess tournaments.
URJA’18 was kick started with its opening ceremony which was held on 16th February. Dr. Maneek Kumar (Dean of Students Affairs,TIET) and the Head of Indian Oil,Patiala were invited as the Chief Guest for the same. The evening included March past by different teams, Bhangra performance and main attraction i.e the lantern show.
All the sports events were conducted efficiently according to the fixtures. Moreover, each team had the top players on and it was great to witness great sportsmanship from the players and support from the non participating students.
At any moment, no one can afford any problem with the health of any participant. The organising team of URJA’18 took care of this very efficiently as they provided refreshments to each player and officials after every match and in every sport.The refreshments included Fruits, Juices and RedBull. Proper medical facilities were also available in almost every field at the time of the game. Furthermore, all the teams were taken care of in the best possible manner. From food to hospitality, everything planned effectively which resulted in a happy stay for the participants.
URJA’18 definitely would not have be possible without the guidance of the THAPAR authorities and faculty advisors, DR. RAJESH PATHAK, DR. ANOOP VERMA, DR. AJAY KUMAR and DR. INDERVEER CHANA who were always there to mentor and help the organising team. Special mention for all the coaches and officials who were there to ensure the fair and proper conduction of their respective sport.
We would also like to express our gratitude to MR. LAKHBIR SINGH , Head of Sports department, TIET and RAJU BHAIYA for ensuring that all the sports equipments were provided to the teams. They were the driving forces behind the smooth conduct of the extravaganza.
The competition was quite interesting and the hunger to win in each team was amazing. But at the same time the sportsmanship shown by everybody was quite tremendous to watch. But one could easily feel the sense of competition that everyone had from the sledging we saw between the matches. Also there was proper coverage of the entire fest with photographers covering everything. Interviews of all the winners were taken and as the finals were nearing, the excitement was bound to grow considering the shot at being the Overall Champion.
Everything has its end and URJA’18 too had an end but a memorable one .With everything going in full flow, everything was set to have a grand end with the closing ceremony. The chief guest for the closing ceremony was DR. MANNEK KUMAR, DoSA ,TIET who congratulated everyone with his kind words and appreciated the efforts of the players as well as the organising team.
No one needs to think twice in saying URJA’18 was a huge success. The hard-work and the kind of teamwork, the organising team has shown is quite commendable. All thanks and congratulation to Overall Student Coordinator of Urja,18 Mr. Abhinav Bishnoi and his team from 4th year i.e Mr. Sagar Watts, Mr. Shubham Chauhan, Mr. Taranjot Kahlon, Mr. Shivam Gera, Mr. Kchaustubh Sharma, Mr. Manan Chawla, Mr. Aditya Parmar, Mr. Shubham Kushwaha, Mr. Shantanu Aggarwal and Mr. Arpit Jindal for making their last fest one of the best which TIET has ever experienced. Their leadership helped the juniors to learn a lot and experience something different.