The Tech GC by now has a history of intense rivalry and innovation. Winning it in this jubilee year added to the prospective glory, setting the stage for a memorable competition.
As in the past, Ad Design kick-started the proceedings this year. While the Halls had been used to working on problem statements involving hypothetical or futuristic products that required a stretch of imagination and a creative bent of mind, conjuring up ads for an insipid one like cement was new and, politely, a different kind of challenge. The stormy debates and controversies regarding the results were indicators of the nature of the weather to come. The event was held too late in the autumn semester; dates overall were skewed and hectic, with all major events crammed into one decisive week of the Spring semester. One reason for the delay was the rescheduling of Product Design, an event associated with other changes in conduct. It was made a closed event, the problem statement arrived from outside the institute, et cetera. The aftertaste has been one of mismanagement, and the format could revert next year. LLR had established themselves at the top at this point. The results of Chemical Innovation followed, and Azad announced that they were there to stay.
It is now the 1st of April. In one of the highs of the GC, novel creations were on display at Hardware Modelling. The dispute at this event related to the validity of technology used by some Halls, questions that would not die down till the end. One does not expect the Tech GC to carry forth without intense competition, and Nehru declared its intentions to fight on with a convincing win in Open Soft, whose problem was about creating a ‘Voice-activated file browsing’ software. Math Olympiad and a Case Study on QR codes were the focus of attention as the GC, like a spark on a wick, sped closer to completion as the week rushed by. MS worked consistently through the events to join the league of halls in contention to lift the trophy.
It all came down to the last day – the two quizzes. They were more interesting and well-fought this year, which added to the drama. Nehru kept themselves alive in the competition by winning the Tech quiz, followed closely by three teams tied for the silver position. Points consideration being uppermost meant that LLR walked out of a tie-breaker and ended up sharing points. The Biz quiz yet again saw a close finish with only a couple of points separating the top teams. Chaos ensued even after the quizzes. An earlier mistake in correction meant that Azad now won the Maths Olympiad, and SN got silver in Case Study. But after all the dust settled, Azad’s efforts fell short by 10 points, with the trophy eventually going to LLR thus culminating this year’s General Championships.