'InfoXpression 2009', the ninth annual techno-cultural festival of the University School of Information Technology (USIT), Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU), commenced yesterday at the varsity's Kashmere Gate campus. The festival is being held from February 26-28, 2009, this year. It was inaugurated by Prof. Dilip K. Bandyopadhyay, Vice Chancellor, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU), in the presence of V.K. Jain, the Registrar, GGSIPU, Yogesh Singh, the Director Students' Welfare, GGSIPU and B.V.R. Reddy, the Dean, USIT, GGSIPU, among others. In his address to students, Bandyopadhyay urged them to create and sell themselves as brand. He said, 'In the present scenario, how much you are able to convince your employer about your ability and integrity has become highly important.' He further added that since InfoXpression is completely organized by students, it is a good opportunity for them to work as a team and hone their managerial skills. The first day of the festival saw an interesting array of events like Robotics Workshop – where robots designed by the students competed, Internet quiz, Documentary screening, Face painting, C/C++ programming, LAN Gaming, Treasure Hunt, and for the first time at InfoXpression, Fashion Parade. Besides all the fun and frolic, the youngsters also actively debated on the topic 'Power of Pink Vs Sena of Saffron – Have we really been talibanised or not?, in the wake of the recent pub incident in Mangalore.
The festival, which will be held continuously day and night, offers a right mix of technical activities like Website Programming, Mobile Mania and Hacking Assault (which promotes ethical hacking); cultural events including Street-play, Solo singing, Shootout (photography contest), Mr. & Miss. InfoXpression and Stampede (rock show); literary activities like Workshops on Public Speaking, Creative Writing and Camera skills, Internet Quiz; and sports competitions like Cricket match, Football and Badminton; among others. Organized by the students' body of USIT, Society for Information Technology (SAint), InfoXpression attracts over 7,000 students from different technical institutions in Delhi and NCR.