Organized by Directorate of Student Affairs, SRM Institute of Science and Technology
Butterflies is an annual event organized by the Social Club of SRM, aimed at providing the exposure of university life and infrastructure to the children from schools around SRM. This is usually done by conducting a vast number of activities on campus, ranging from literary to sports events. Held on the 3 rd of February, the event was organized in the Dental Grounds, Tech Park, and Medical Auditorium from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.
The 9th edition of Butterflies saw the participation of 700 students from 12 schools, hailing from nearby areas and the Kancheepuram district. 7 events were held under the sports domain with competitions like races, relays, long jumps and sack races for both boys and girls. While these events progressed in the Dental Grounds, the Tech Park classrooms saw a good number of literary events happening side by side. The essay competition had topics related to the environment, agriculture and homeopathy, while the elocution contest had food wastage and India’s future as the topics of speech. Budding artists were given the color drawing and pencil drawing contests, with general topics on home, classrooms, and earth, or allowed to choose a topic of their own.
A quiz was also set up for the kids, testing them with general knowledge questions for the future. Two very unique events were also held during Butterflies, which attracted the attention of the participants. The first one is a memory game, a simple test of retaining words from a pool of 50. The latter is a special talents contest, allowing students to show off any talents of theirs in a group of two. Apart from these two, another competition which garnered a lot of interest was the group dance in the cultural domain, held in the Medical Auditorium. With a maximum of 8 people allowed to participate in the dance, the event was viewed and enjoyed by the huge number of students present at the auditorium to witness the showdown. Group dance concluded with the Nandhivaram School clinching the first position, as Kattankulathur School came a close second.
The Valedictory function was graced by the presence of Tamil actor and director Mr. Ramakrishnan, who served as the chief guest for the occasion. He was accompanied by Mr. Ravindran (Student Counsellor), Anush Ramachandran (Cultural Secretary, DSA) and Priyadarshan (Convener, Social Club). The prizes were distributed and the overall winners were the students of Thirukkatchur School, with the runner-up position taken by the Nandhivaram Girls School. Butterflies was an event thoroughly enjoyed by all, as the students left with great interests and ambitions to pursue higher studies in the future as well. Alankrith Krishnan Team V.A.U.L.T