The Sporting Fiesta: IIT Delhi 3rd in March-Past
As inter-IIT officially begins, we walk down the inauguration ceremony, and an amazing march-past by IIT Delhi.
Every year, since 1961, sports teams from all IITs line up to participate in the most prestigious celebration of all, the inter IIT championship. This year’s Inter IIT had to fill the void of the previous year’s event washed away by the floods. And the opening ceremony has said it loud and clear, ‘Brace yourselves, Inter IIT is here.’
The IITD contingent, along with its 22 sister IITs, lined up for the march-past ceremony in the athletics field. It was not just a showcase event, in fact it carried ten marks
per IIT and contributed to the overall score of a contingent competing for the General Championship. IIT Delhi, which started marching right after Bombay, maintained a great grip and coordination through the march. Even newer IITs like Palakkad and Dharwad, the latter of which only had a contingent four students strong, maintained their posture as they walked by the main stage, saluting the Chief Guest, Mr. KK Sharma.
As the march-past ended, the contingent leaders, including our very own General Secretary of BSA, Ishan Tyagi, were called down to the stage for an oath taking ceremony, followed by inspiring words from Dr. AR Harish, the chairperson of the 51st edition of Inter-IIT, and IIT Kanpur’s Dean of Student Affairs. The Guest of Honor, Devendra Jhajharia followed. The javelin throw athlete and two time Paralympics gold medalist took the stage by storm, talking about himself and revealing his motivation. He further added that if he, with his disabilities, could achieve this, then we have the world at our feet.
Mr. KK Sharma, a designate officer to Ministry of Human Resource Development, and the ceremony’s chief guest, followed Professor Ajit Chaturvedi, Deputy Director of IIT Kanpur, and furthe
r inspired the students. Later, Varun Bhati, bronze medalist at Rio Paralympics in Para-jumping joined the guests, and went on to further inspire students. ‘I always wanted to be at IIT, I finally am’ he exclaimed as he filled the crowd with energy.
Soon, Enthrall Group, the India’s Got Talent Semi-Finalists, entertained us with their amazing performance, and the results of March-Past were declared. IIT Kanpur led the track, as IIT Delhi attained the third rank. We were asked to join Indian Ocean at Open Air Theatre, as the inauguration ceremony finally came to a close.