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NERDZ 2003 - A Report 

Department of Computer Science accounts its credibility and its standing on the shoulders of its competitive and hard working students. The Department organized “NERDZ 2003” on 17th and 18th January and it was a grand success. Twenty-four institutions from in and around Delhi actively participated in all events with tremendous vigor and enthusiasm. The festival was a congregation of the budding IT professionals. This IT saturnalia spread over 2 days was an eclectic mix of various technical and cultural events.  

To understand the magnitude of change existing in the ever evolving IT industry, a Technical Seminar, Erudition - A platform for the interaction between the academia and the industry was organized on 17th January 2003, with Mr. R. R. Shah, Secretary, Ministry of Communication and IT, as the Chief Guest. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Shah threw light on the active involvement of the Indian Government in harnessing the benefits of IT for the common people, including e-governance, bridging the digital divide, providing bandwidth to every school and college in India, and more so for the e-commerce activities in the country. 

Eminent people from the industry spoke about the latest trends in IT. Mr. Rahul Thapan, Director, Education Services, Tata Infotech, spoke about the avenues in the IT and IT Enabled sectors. Mr. Pavan Vaish, Senior Vice President and Co-Founder, Daksh and Mr. Suren Singh Raseily, Vice President, NIIT gave an interesting account of the Business Processing and Outsourcing Industry and its prospects, which go far beyond the call centers. Mr. Parvinder Singh, Head, Education services, Sun Microsystems spoke of the excellent growth opportunities for the upcoming service providers in the present day scenario. 

Linux, a remarkable development in the computer industry, illustrates how free software can evolve, grow and become an attractive alternative to commercial software packages. To have a practical insight into the active dimensions of Linux implementation, a Linux Workshop was organized on 18th January 2003 with Mr. Sachin Dabir, Chief Enterprise Officer, Red Hat India presiding the workshop. Mr. Dabir, accompanied by Mr. Amit Goel, Head, Linux User Group demonstrated the installation of Red Hat Linux with the simplicity of a layman. Sushil Chandra Tripathi, Secretary, Higher and Secondary Education, Govt. of India, was the Guest of Honor for the occasion. 

Various technical and cultural events like On The Spot Programming, Web Designing, Shell Programming, Singing Competition, Quiz and Dumb Charade, Ad Mad Show lent a competitive and vibrant essence to the festival. ‘A picture speaks more than all the words can say’, justifying this statement was a painting exhibition called Perceptions, which was held on the occasion. The distinguished panel of judges comprised of Dr. Lipika De, IIT Delhi, Mr. Shahabuddin, Senior Manager, NASSCOM, Mr. Rajeev K. Kalra, CEO Samtech, Mr. Narayan Murthy, Technical Consultant, Rational Software. 

Among the various institutions/universities participating in the festival were Institute of Communication and Informatics University of Delhi, IIT Roorkee, Banasthali Vidyapith, Bhartiya Vidyapith College of Engineering, Aligarh Muslim University, AMITY, Fore School of Management, Jamia Millia Islamia, BanarsiDas Chandiwala Institute of Information Technology, IMT Ghaziabad, Advance Institute of Management, Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management, Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, College of Business Studies, Maharaja Surajmal Institute of Technology , Indian Institute of Technology And Management, Graduate School of Business Administration. 

The highlights of the festival which drew large scale participation from the visiting universities were the technical events like On the Spot Programming, Web Designing, Shell Programming, Over Night Programming, Mega Quiz, Unique Software Idea.  

Mr. Zafar Ali Naqvi, Chairman, Minorities Commission, Delhi, was the Chief Guest for the prize distribution ceremony. The winning teams were given cash prizes and certificates. Among the winning teams AMITY made a clean sweep with winning three technical events, viz., On the Spot Programming, Shell Programming, Over Night Programming. IMT Ghaziabad took the first prize for Unique Software Idea while Fore School of Management won the Mega Quiz Event and Aligarh Muslim University were the winners of Web Designing.


Mr. Ashok Chakradhar and other renowned Kavis entertained the crowd with their witty and rib tickling recitations in the HASYA KAVI SAMELLAN on 17TH evening. Renowned ghazal singer Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan performed in SHAM-E-GAZAL, on  18TH evening, giving a musical end to the festival. 

Messages from the Honorable President Of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the respected Chief Minister of Delhi, Mrs. Shiela Dixit and Chairman, Minorities Commission, Delhi, Mr. Zafar Ali Naqvi, boosted the morale of the students and faculty of Department of Computer Science and wished them luck for their future endeavors. 


Messages for NERDZ 2003  

“The president is hopeful that the festival will serve as an excellent opportunity for the students of Information Technology from various colleges and professionals from various industries to interact and ignite the minds of the brightest IT brains.”

                                                                                   Press Secretary to the President 


“In these days of IT driven economy and the vast potentials for Indian Youth as specialist in this field, it is highly relevant that efforts are made to facilitate the convergence of students from across the country at a forum where they can exchange their views and further hone their skills.”

                                                                                                            Ms. Shiela Dixit
Chief Minister, Delhi

“With revolution in the field of Information Technology all over the world and global competition, it has become necessary for all concerned to make conscious efforts to meet the future challenges. As a result of untiring efforts made by our people, India has emerged as a leading player in the field of Information Technology and Jamia Hamdard is one of the centers of excellence, which is contributing its share in the development of the nation in various fields including Information Technology. The credit goes to Late Janab Hakeem Abdul Hameed whose dream of creating an academic Institution in the field of specialized skills has come true.”

                                                                                    Prof. Rita Verma
Minister Of State for
Human Resource Development
Govt. of India

“I am of firm belief and faith that the IT saturnalia would serve as an excellent medium of interaction among students from different colleges and professionals from leading industries.”

                                                                                    Mr. Arjun Charan Sethi
Minister of Water Resources
Govt. of  India

The IT Festival will provide an opportunity to interact to IT students and  professionals together on a single platform. I am sure all the participants will immensely benefit from this event. 

Mr. Zafar Ali Naqvi
Delhi Minorities Commission
Govt. of India