The inaugural ceremony for TAPMI Atharva 2014 kicked off today on 31st January, 2014. Starting in 1986, TAPMI Atharva enters its 27th year launching itself in a new avatar with plethora of events. It transcends new heights with more than 1200 participants from over 60 institutes and not just across the country but also internationally. TAPMI Atharva 2013-14 has “Transcending Boundaries” as its theme which signifies the growing trend in the world to obviate the boundaries between people, countries and thoughts.
The chief guest for the event was Ms Anita Tripathy, President InVentiv Health and TAPMI Director Dr RC Natarajan. The ceremony began with lighting of the lamp, rendering of invocation and guests occupying the stage seats. Dr RC Natarajan addressed the gathering. Welcoming the gathering the director remarked that one event that makes TAPMI proud and distinguishes the flagship event Atharva of TAPMI from events of other B-schools is Quiz on the Beach (QOTB). He asked the students to enjoy the two days and said such events give important opportunity to meet counterparts of other B-Schools. He extended warm wishes for the next two days.
Vinni Chowdhary, Convener of Atharva 2014 introduced the event TAPMI Atharva 2014 and present an overview. Ms Vinni highlighted the key developments this year of the event. Run for a Cause, a prelude to TAPMI Atharva was conducted on 26th January 2014. TAPMI Atharva continues its tradition to support a noble cause every year by conducting its “Run for a cause” marathon and this time it associated it with MARD(Men Against Rape and Discrimination). MARD is an initiative by noted Indian Director and Actor Mr Farhan Akhtar. The foundation is involved in spreading awareness among Indian youth to stand up against the incidents of rape and gender discrimination happening across the country. MARD works to bring about a change in the mindset and thereby bringing about a sustainable change in society. The marathon helped in spreading awareness about protection of women and their rights. The proceedings from the event would go to “Magic Bus India” an NGO associated with MARD.
Atharva’s flagship event “Quiz on the beach” enters its 11th year and promises to give a unique quizzing experience to all avid quizzers. QOTB is the most widespread college quizzing event in this country. This year it has taken a step ahead by conducting preliminary rounds in Chennai along with Bangalore and Mumbai. QOTB 2014 also had an international online round in sync with overall theme of Atharva of transcending the boundaries. The finals of the event will be hosted by Dr Navin Jayakumar at Kaup Beach on 1st February.
Vinni concluded that TAPMI Atharva 2014 continues to deliver what it has always promised- “an intellectual and challenging environment” for the participants coupled with an element of fun and social responsibility and extended warm welcome to all.
The chief guest Ms Anita Tripathy, encouraged the students to always strive for excellence and extended warm wishes. Dr RC Natarajan then declared the commencement of Atharva 2014.
The ceremony concluded with Mr Neeraj Vishnu Mundayur, Co-convener of Atharva 2014 rendering the Vote of thanks. Inaugural ceremony was followed by Polemic, the socio-corporate debate.