I am really excited about heading back to Login 2012, Its kind of strange I have not been back to attend Login event since I graduated from PSG tech in 1994. Those who know me from my college days might find that strange but this was not for want of trying (Login almost happens after performance review cycle and that has made it hard for me to visit, though I moved back to Chennai in 2005)
I was fairly bored during my MCA days, as I repeated more than 60% of courses from my B.Sc. Comp Sc. class and was itching to go out start a professional life. Login and the opportunity I got to go out and compete in competition (making lots of friends) are two things that kept me going in MCA program.
I first heard of Login when some of my seniors in Bishop Heber College went and participated in Login 1990 (which was primarily for Post Grad students) and said we had to do a similar event . Few of us in final year B.Sc decided we would do one event and within 3 months organized one for undergrad B.Sc. Comp Sc student primarily for colleges in and around Trichy and put-up fairly decent show.
Login 91 (which was the second edition) the event came-up pretty soon after I started my first semester in July 1991. I did not care about the protocol of first year students not being invited to be part of organizing committee other than some mundane tasks being assigned. I helped out by going to Chennai and scouting some sponsorship leads but not sure If my efforts actually resulted in any additional money! I did bulk of my work in the souvenir committee and was in the printing press (I vaguely recollect it was located somewhere around where Padmavati Kalyana mandapan is located) until 1am getting the first few copies of Souvenir ready and warped in foil, so that it can be released during Login inaugural ceremony @9am. Since I was the junior most person, they entrusted me the job of taking the package and get it to the correct person before inaugural. I had a blast at the Login because some of my Trichy friends – Kalpana, Kamatchi, Karpagam and Suganya came over and participated. Also my Undergrad classmate Kannan came and participated (Kanna I still remember you participating in the marketing event and pricing your product to end with .99 and using Bata analogy). Login 91 cemented my strong bond with my super-seniors, who all appreciated that some one new would throw himself fully into the event do whatever was asked of me.
Login 92 was again a blast because I had made lots of friends previous year in competing in events around the state and they were visiting my college. Most of these folks were a batch senior to me – Vinodini and ThangaThamiznidhi from REC Trichy. Thiru, Murugavel, Bala & Gang from Madras university. Bunch of folks form Gobi Arts, Bharathiar university and NGM. Also met Vivekandan of my Batch from REC Trichy in Login 92. I ended-up going to a movie with Vinodini and my seniors after finishing Login on Sunday night.
Login 93 was memorable in lots of ways. My batch was for ever compares against our seniors and juniors and we as batch felt Login was time to show what we are made up of. We raised 75% of funds required for Login 93 and I chaired the program committee and systemically ensured that none of my juniors got spot light. I even ended-up doing both the welcome address and Vote of Thanks (none of my class mates in program committee wanted to do it and I was not going to give spot light to one of my juniors). I introduced a new event called “Project Planning” and staff advisor was Mr. Muthukumar (it suffice to say, during college days two of us were not the best buddies!). The event was challenging and the Idea was to give a project scenario and ask teams to present proposals and then at specified times throw curve ball scenarios and challenge contestants to alter their plan. I had first few scenarios scripted and had audacity to “wing it”, rest of the way! Login 93 again cemented my strong bond with my sub-juniors and also because of the way I threw weight around soured quite a few friendship I had with my junior. It was emotionally draining but entirely full filling experience.
In being part of 3 Login event I had done pretty much everything connected with Event – from putting-up the welcome banner over the front gate, helping get the back-drop on stage decorated, helping the girls do the Rangoli, helping with getting flower pots arranged, naming the reception and registration desk, being part of Souvenir committee, helping out with hosting visiting students (we used to vacate our own rooms and host them in additional hostel), helping out with serving food when short of volunteers, making sure the inaugural and closing ceremony complete without hitch, planning and co-ordinating the whole event. I mostly missed Tech Music show we organized, as I was always willing help out for next day logistics. It was a celebration and show-casing our college and our capabilities and I took enormous pride in successful hosting of event.
I learnt a lot about hosting an event as the tight ship from Prof. GV Krishna Reddy – this was only student event (that I hosted or attended) was run perfectly on clock and almost blemish-less. Every detail was thought about, budget was tightly managed and truly professional show. To top it, we did all this when there was no mobile phones, emails or internet.
I am pretty sure they would be continuing the fine tradition of Login and today’s kids are more smarter, resourceful, self-aware and fun-loving, so waiting to go and experience Login 2012. I plan to tweet a bit about Login (may be post some pictures in G+ and facebook) and if I have enough energy write-up a report after I return.
I am even more thrilled that KLA-Tencor made the decision to sponsor an event in this year Login (software presentation) and our president of India operations Dominic David and another manager colleague Paul Prabhakar are accompany me to experience Login 2012. It has been so long but Login I am back …