Econvista, the Annual Students’ Symposium of the Economics Department of LSR, provided a platform for dialogue, discussion, debate and application on the theme “Emerging Economies – Trade, Stability and Inclusion”. For the first time since its inception in 2013, Econvista has expanded its territorial boundaries with teams coming in all the way from Mumbai, Bangalore, Rajasthan, Nepal and Pakistan.
This two day event held at Lady Shri Ram College for Women on 13th and 14th of February (Yes, on Valentine’s Day!!), hosted one of the largest assemblages of budding economists and brought out the best in students through a wide range of its events such as the following:
- Saroj Gupta Memorial Paper Presentation: Dr. Saroj Gupta Memorial Paper Presentation was the perfect platform for the students to delve into the evolving paradigm of the economies and come up with your own theories or apply the existing ones to add to the existing dimensions of knowledge, allowing these budding economists to learn by providing them with an opportunity to present their research.
- The Policy Dilemma: As their byline rightly said “Be the Policymaker you wish to see”, this flagship event of Econvista saw students dawning business suits and getting ready to set out on a ‘political’ ride of policies and their dilemmas! Held in rounds of three, the first being an online round, out of which 15 teams qualified to the second round held on 14th February ’15. In Round 2, the teams had to win the hearts of the people of their assigned countries while tackling economic issues, first by presenting a speech and then in a…FACE OFF! Oh boy, that was some face off. (It looked like BJP and AAP from the recently contested elections). The hypothetical countries allotted to the teams included everything from Sparta in Greece to Narnia in…Umm I don’t know never been there. Five teams selected by voting qualified to the final round in which they needed to manoeuvre across the snakes and ladders board to reach the finish line with effective policies, and of course, a little bit of luck.
- Disequilibrium: Disequilibrium was a platform where differences in economic notions and schools of thought became the point of conflict and hence, the point of competition. A one of its kind event that enabled them to become ‘advocates’ of a particular school of thought as they fervently preached, disputed and defended while being challenged by an opposing school of thought. This was where Economics got irresistibly exciting!Also held in rounds of three, the first one was a written round from which six teams moved on to the next round. The final round was yet another face-off which led to a minor altercation among the two teams. At the end of the stimulating session, the team from Christ University Bangalore emerged as a clear winner.
- Check and Mate (QUIZ): This wasn’t just a chessboard but a battlefield and the players had to lead the war which could be won only with the weapon of wisdom. The more they know, farther they would go. A one of its kind experience to play chess while quizzing. The preliminary round was a written round out of which 12 teams made it to the first round, which was nothing less than a bounvita quiz contest.Six teams qualified to the battlefield, where their only chance to move their piece was to answer the question correctly. Wait! Not so easily. While the teams were allowed a move on every right answer given by them, the volunteers sitting as the opponent player made a move on every wrong answer of theirs preventing them from reaching their TARGET. (Now how’s that for starters?) The first two winning teams were cross college teams with one player each from St. Stephens and College of Business Studies.
- Mock IPO: The event aimed to allow participants: whether budding policymakers or corporate heads, to understand the dynamics of a public offering and the perils and intricacies associated with raising capital in a volatile market scenario as is the world order today with the aim to achieve equity and efficiency by enhancing prospects of these industries to go public by supporting them during Initial Public Offer.
- Eco-Matters: For all those praised for their rhetorical prowess and the ones who like everything from exhaustive research to insightful discussions, this was the event to attend. “Eco-Matters”, was the flagship debating event of Econvista, which encouraged participants to come up with new perspectives on pertinent economic issues – to challenge the boundaries of their thinking and defend their point of view.
- Economystery: The only event which let the participants unleash the Jack sparrow in them. Cool enough, huh? No not yet! You don’t get to be the ‘ average’ pirate with just a compass and an eye-blinder, oh No! For Economystery, you had to be the high-tech pirate with GPS, Google and all that jazz. Indeed, the sharpest and most spontaneous lot of pirates walked away with the treasure. Apart from the above events, Eco Trails, an online writing competition, and Quid Pro Quo, an event that tested the student’s decision making adeptness in various challenging scenarios, and Eco – Prayog, an event in which participants had to show how adept they were at making their idea shine out of the crowd, were some of the other events held at Econvista’15.With these mind boggling events the annual academic meet had to gain admirable recognition and repute within the economics circuit of the country. But they weren’t all work and no play. Uh-uh. The meet ended with an amazing closing ceremony with the college’s dance society performing to some feet tapping music then later a video was shown which encapsulated the entire Econvista’15 and the preparations that went into it. Followed by the announcement of results in which the best contingent was won by BITS Pilani and LUMPS, Pakistan was announced the runner up. The meet concluded with a cake cutting ceremony with the promise to come back next year with double excitement and more such enriching events.