Another year passed, another set of memories to be cherished and yet another day whichwill be looked back at. Σnigma 2016 will certainly bring back a vivid picture of 19thFebruary whenthe Department of Mathematics, like every year, celebrated its annual academic meet.
The meet was full of enthralling eventsthat saw participation of students in large numbers from various colleges. There were chiefly 5 events, Integrating Minds, Mathematical Rangoli, Click-o-math, Twist in the Tale and the major attraction of the event, Sherlocked along with a brilliant performance by the LSR dancesociety team.
The day began with the inauguration lamp-lighting ceremony in presence of the principal Dr. Suman Sharma which was followed by the Integrating Minds debate competition. The debate followed a conventional format. Each team had 2 speakers - 1 for the motion and 1 against the motion. Each speaker was allowed a maximum of 4 minutes to speak on the topic, “Reality can only be proved mathematically”. Out of the 13 registrations and 7 confirmations, 6 teams showed up and participated on the day of the event. The colleges represented in the debate were LSR, Motilal Nehru, PGDAV, ARSD and College of Vocational Studies. The debate was judged by Ms. Wafa Hamid (English dept.) and Ms. Anjana Singh (Economics dept.). Anjali Pathak (for; CVS) and Shrey Jain (against; Motilal Nehru) won the best speaker award along with Devansh Choudhary (for; PGDAV) and Somya Bhatia (against; CVS) who won the award for 2nd best speakers.
At the same time, the Mathematical Rangoli art competition was being held in the exhibition hall which was beautifully decorated by the art committee of the department. The competition received an overwhelming response. The participants etched out awe-inspiring creative designs based on mathematical shapes and symbols. The rangolis were made using rangoli powder colours, rice, flowers and even waste materials (like bottle caps). The competition was judged by Dr. Asha Mathur (Retd. faculty, Mathematics dept.) and Ms. Uma Varsha Kakar (Mathematics Dept.). The rangoli Kaleidoscope of Harmony by Shubhra Aggarwal, Himani Niranjan and Rashi Chawla of Lady Shri Ram College was given the first prize. The second prize was bagged by Yasmeen Byrnes and Aastha from Lady Shri Ram College for their rangoli
The Click-o-Math photography competition saw some of the best 80 entries from various colleges in Delhi who exceptionally captured the math around them for the theme-Symmetry. Out of these, 55 entries were accepted and 20 were finally shortlisted. As a part of the event, the selected photographs along with the captions were put for exhibition in the Exhibition Hall. Ms. Neelam (Economics Dept.) along with some department faculties judged the photographs to chose the winner. As a part of the judgement process, the participants were invited to explain their respective captions, and how their photographs expressed the theme. Arvind Tomar from Shaheed Bhagat Singh College bagged the first prize of the event with the caption: “The most general law in nature is equity-the principle of balance and symmetry which guides the growth of forms along the lines of the greatest structural efficiency.” The event heads, Shaily Keshwani and Esther Darlong headed the event brilliantly.
Twist in the talewas a game which tested the multitasking abilities of its participants in the most ingenious way. It involved four riveting rounds of quirky yet simple tasks that the teams had to perform, while simultaneously answering questions on basic logical reasoning and elementary mathematics. Teams were awarded points for each correct answer and points were deducted for wrong answers. If the teams failed to complete the tasks, they were eliminated, while the teams with the highest points at the end of every round moved on to the next. The event began with the preliminary round, wherein teams of 2 had to balance a balloon between their heads and spin around in a circle while answering the questions.26 teams participated out of which 18 moved on to the next round; where 3 teams competed in a rib tickling face off, their goal was to burst the other teams' balloons while having their legs tied together to their teammates. The next round involved 6 teams untying multiple knots while being blindfolded, while the final round tested the participants' mental agility with tangrams. The event saw enthusiastic participation from students of many colleges, who all seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves throughout. .Event heads Sanskriti Agarwal and Bhavika Wadhawan competently compered the event. The winners of the event were Abhishek Tiwari from PGDAV college and Akash Srivastava from Deshabndhu. They were felicitated by Dr Mathur andMs. Kakkar, the accomplished senior faculty member of the department.
At the end, we had the most awaited treasure hunt competition, Sherlocked witnessed huge participation. The very coherent event heads- Ankita Tulshyan, Rajenki Das and Shruti Kaushal made sure that the event was well organized and a memorable experience for the budding detectives! It started at 2 in the afternoon. It was held in the Student Common Room. The enthusiasm in the participants was higher than the temperature of the burning Sun. The budding detectives were eager and charged. There was a lot of energy in the room to solve the murder mystery.
The first round was “The game is on”. A sheet was handed over to each of the thirty-two teams. The sheet consisted of brain-storming questions which they had to solve in an allotted time of twenty minutes. This round saw the participants trying to solve the questions with absolute precision. The music was being played in the background which would act as a clue for the detectives to reach closer to the murderer. The second round was “Where is the key”. Twenty teams out of thirty-two were selected on the basis of their percentile. The teams which had succeeded were given codified true and false questions. Both the options had a certain digit attached to them. The teams had to use those digits to find the right key. This round saw the budding detectives at their best wherein each one of them was trying hard to get the right combination of the digits. And hence, the right key!
The third round was “Tick-Tock”. Ten teams were further selected for this round. One of the team members was blindfolded and had to walk according to the instructions given by his/her team-mate. The instructions given by them were based on the mind-boggling riddles given to them. Our efficient volunteers were standing behind the blindfolded detective with a dagger in their hands! It was interesting to see the co-ordination between the team-mates as some of them got confused while some of them managed to decipher the clues. However, all of them enjoyed the round to the core!The fourth and final round was “Catch me if you can”. The participants were given two cases to solve. The first case had two puzzles. The second case had a crossword with a few encircled boxes. The encircled alphabets when re-arranged gave the word “Nescafe” which is one of the popular hangout places in the college. Curiosity and eagerness took over the budding detectives as they fought against time to solve the mysteries. “Team Anonymous” comprising of Samarth Gulyani and Ayush Agarwal from IIT Delhi bagged the prize and were declared the winners of “Sherlocked”!
All these events truly lived up to their names, and added to the wonderful repertoire of events that ENIGMA offers every year. We can proudly say that ENIGMA 2016 has not only been the highlight of all the events held this year but has also been the best Academic Meet that our department has had in the last few years.