In a league of their own

In a league of their own

Engineering students, like most other professional students, are often inundated with projects and assignments. In the process, they sometimes miss out the fun side of college life. But students of RV College of Engineering (RVCE) have a different story to tell. They are part of different clubs in the college and are often involved in their activities, despite their busy schedules.

Anirudh Kudva, an electrical engineering student, is the convenor of the ‘Renewable Energy Club’ at the college. “I’ve been a part of the club for two years now, and we have some ongoing projects under the club, which keeps us involved. We have a solar wind hybrid power system with six to seven students working on this project.”

He says that while the classes for his course are often theoretical, this club has helped him with practical knowledge. “While developing our prototype, we had to make quick and good decisions. The project helped us with skills like how to deal with juniors and closely interact with them about what they want,” he adds.

An individual is a member of the larger community around. Going on these lines, the ‘Rotaract’ club in the college does community services like ‘paper drives’ to professional development activities too. Apurv Parmar, a mechanical engineering student, who’s the joint secretary of the club, says, “It’s interesting how we have met different sorts of people and had various experiences. It’s a great chance to meet the local people, and learn about the place too.”

Apurv says that since not all students are from Karnataka, it’s a great opportunity for the students to meet new people, celebrate festivals with them and learn about their culture. “Our social skills have improved a lot after joining this club,” vouches Apurv.

Innovation is an engineer’s best trait. Varsha Shetty, an electrical engineering student, and a member of the Garuda club, says that prototypes of developing fuel-efficient cars, and activities related to the club have helped to get a fresh mind for studies often. “What you learn in the classroom is not always put into practice. When our product started working, we were joyous. All the work that we did for the project paid off,” says Varsha.

She also says that co-operation and an open mind for suggestions help in moulding a better personality.

Dinesh K Pai, a computer science engineering student, who was the chief editor of the magazine for the Raag youth club, a club which conducts cultural activities for hostellers, says that a lot was learnt during his experience with the team.

“Working with the magazine helped me explore my writing skills. Because of this,
I could break the monotony of the classes. The club also hosted ‘night football’ and ‘night cricket’, which was quite fun-filled for the students,” details Dinesh. He also adds that since sponsorship was required for the magazine, dealing with different organisations for it, helped to better the team’s communication and entrepreneurial skills.

Theatre, especially street plays, is a light yet powerful medium to explore, says Keshav K Ranga, a chemical engineering student, who’s the head of Circle of Acting RV (CARV). The work that goes into every performance is a huge stress-buster. Despite the different minds that come together at CARV, everyone’s contribution matters. We don’t impose anything on anyone and thus, everyone feels appreciated,” elaborates Keshav.

   Keshav says that this club, apart from being a great platform to showcase his talent, has also taught him to be inclusive.“Students, who might not interact with others, develop a strong bond through clubs like ours. Since there’s a lot for everyone to do, from lights to props to acting to direction, the club has opened up venues for many,” he sums up.

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