Feb 5, 2013
Mental agility is a direct function of physical stamina, and the bright young minds who delve into the intricate depths of their -chosen fields should be given a chance to prove a point on the playground. The inaugural edition of the Research Scholars’ Premier League saw this idea being given a lease of life. A brainchild of Jose Gilbert, the Research Scholars’ representative, this cricket tournament saw an unprecedented response from the post-graduate students across all departments, and a total of 16 teams( some of them combinations of players from two departments) registered to battle it out over two successive weekends starting 29th December. The final showdown between the teams from Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science saw the latter, under the leadership of Debashis Ghosh, take the winner’s trophy on 6th January. The prizes were handed out by the Dean of Student Affairs, Prof. N.R.Mandal. This being the first edition of the event, there were the usual problems of fundraising, as pointed out by Indranil Hatai, General Secretary(Sports and Games), Technology Students’ Gymkhana.Each participating team was charged Rs. 500 as registration fee. The medals and trophies were sponsored by the Office of Alumni Affairs. The winners and the runners-up of this year have been given the responsibility of organising the second edition of the event. Buoyed by the enthusiastic response, Hatai tells us, ” It was heartening to see the research scholars marching out of the labs to the field”. Plans are also being made to organise similar tournaments in Football and badminton and to extend the scope of the tournaments to include all students at an inter departmental level.