KIIT School of Management (KSOM), Bhubaneshwar organized its annual management fest- Kolosseum 2014, a two day event held on the 19th and 20th of December that brought together more than 800 students from all over the country. In keeping with the carnival season, its theme La Grande Fiesta had already created a lot of buzz. The festive atmosphere that the two days generated ensured that everyone had a gala time throughout the event.
The institute had left no stone unturned to ensure Kolosseum ‘14 to be a huge success. KSOM had chosen 46 members for the organizing committee. According to Kolosseum, faculty in charge, Prof. Biswajeet Patnaik, “The committee worked day and night for a few months in different areas including sponsorship, college participation and designing to ensure that the event was a smooth sailing. The fest gives students an opportunity to exhibit their talent to the outside world while having a great time too.”
After all, Kolosseum ‘14 was not only a celebration of culture and heritage but a platform for future management professionals to showcase their skills and acumen. Students from over 50 colleges in the country, including names like NIT Rourkela, NIT Jamshedpur, XIMB, Sri Sri University, NIRMA University, Gujarat, IIT Bhubaneshwar, BIMTECH, IIT BBSR, NIFT BBSR, SIBM, Pune vied for the top honours in various competitions. The fest also had industry presence from ones like Infosys, TCS, to name from a long list.
Some of the much talked about games and competitions at the event turned out to be La Vender; the sales game, Invertis; the stock game, Open Fyes; the Supply Chain game and Plan Maestro; the strategy game that tested participants to the fullest on different aspects of management. La Vista, the debating competition, was expectedly hotly contested while the B Quiz was hosted by renowned quizmaster Barry O’Brien. An event like Pixel Dust brought out participants’ creative side as they showcased their photography skills.
But of course, a college fest is not complete without those fun moments that set the mood for the gathering. With its carnival theme Kolosseum ‘14 had them in plenty even in the competition section, which had the War of Bands; a hugely popular event. The Masked Lingos was the street play competition, which displayed talents in abundance while the fashionistas put their best foot forward on the ramp for Walkaholic Carny. But the star attraction of the event was singer KK who had the audience swaying to his tunes.
KSOM won the first prize for the Rampwalk that got the team prize money of 12,000 INR. Resham Pattnaik from KSOM lifted the Treasure Hunt trophy while Arnab Chakrabarty, KSOM lifted the first prize for the Best HR Manager (HR Game). The team from XIMB, Bhubaneswar won the trophy for the best Strategist. The Corporate quiz had winners from TCS where Bhaskar Dutta and Abhishek Das bagged the first prize followed by the team from NIT, Rourkela. The first prize of The Debate went to Priyanka Gupta and Anmol Narang from Sri Sri University. Sameer Subudhi and Saurav Rath from KSOM won the first prize for the Photography event. Abhimanyu Mukherjee of KIIT School of Biotechnology won the first prize for Counter Strike along with Satyam Naik who was the winner of the NFS game.
When asked to one of the student organizers- Satwik, about his overall comments on the fest, he said- “After two and a half months of rigorous brainstorming, planning, scheduling and working, I want to thank all those who helped make this event a success. Eventually, Kolosseum 2014 turned out to be one of the most disciplined, well managed fests.”
The revelries continued throughout the two day event as the participants let their hair down and made merry. The camaraderie the event built amongst future professionals of the country meant purpose served for Kolosseum ‘14, which went on to make a lasting impression.