Team Uurja participated in the National FSAESUPRA
Formula Race Championship held in Chennai from
June 1st to 3rd , 2011. A total of 88 Universities and
Institutes from all over India participated in the contest. It
is notable that UPES was the only University from the State of
Uttarakhand to qualify for the challenging Championship.
Team Uurja performed well against stiff competition and scored
an impressive overall 17th position among 41 finalists to race.
UURJA is an apt name for the annual cultural youth festival of UPES students for two reasons: firstly, because energy and youth are complimentary to each other, and secondly, because UPES is a dedicated and unique Energy Institute in the country.
UURJA is a student led event supported by sponsorships from various local and national level organizations and is an interactive ground for dynamic youth from over 20 universities and colleges from the country. Students get together to celebrate the spirit of life by performing in various cultural, technical and social events in various dimensions of the performing arts. There are solo and group performances like Music (Instrumental & Vocal), Dancing, Face Painting, Collage Making, Paper Presentation, Debate, Model Making, Robotic Competition, Skits, Drama, etc.
It is during the planning, preparation and execution of UURJA that the less recognized traits of students like Leadership Skills and Team Spirit get an opportunity to surface. It is during such functions where cross-pollination of students from diverse Institutes and courses lead to stronger bonding which then converts into long term relationships.
UURJA – Growing Exponentially Since 2005
The very first UURJA was initiated by the first batch of outgoing students in the year 2005. It was launched as an intra-university event with a vision to scale it up to an inter-varsity event at the national level, down the road. Close to 500 students participated in this inaugural event.
The next year, UURJA-06 was an inter-varsity event within the state of Uttarakhand where 1500 students from many professional colleges affiliated to the universities of Uttarakhand participated.
UURJA, by its third year, had grown popular amongst the student community of the state of Uttarakhand. UURJA-07 witnessed the participation of 5000 students from various colleges in the state of Uttarakhand. The remarkable features of this event were “Hasya Kavi Sammelan” and “War of Bands”.
UURJA-08 got scaled up phenomenally wherein apart from the universities in Uttarakhand it saw participation of universities from other states. 6000 students from 20 different universities were a part of this Mega Event. The special feature in 2008 was the live performance of the nationally acclaimed band “Parikrama”. Selection of “YOUTH ICON” was also introduced.
As UURJA grew popular and the participants increased, it moved from being a two-day affair to a three-day mega event. UURJA-09 got bigger and better with participation of more than 8000 students from institutes as far as Pune, Dhanbad and Mumbai . 2009 also saw the addition of social events. It was kicked off with a mesmerizing performance by physically challenged students (with hearing impairment) from “Bajaj Institute of Learning” an institute run by an NGO. UURJA-09 also witnessed the launch of the 21st chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in India. UURJA-09 concluded with an exhilarating two-hour non-stop performance by the famous Rock Band “FARIDKOT
” – winners of the launch pad War of Bands on Channel [V].
The annual youth festival URJA 2010 was celebrated with perfect zeal and zest
by the students of University. 20 Universities and colleges and the myriad of
students from local and outside participated in almost 40 events in three days
fest in various disciplines. Two live bands, an exciting fashion show were
some of the favored attractions for students besides multifaceted cultural,
technical and social events and competitions this year.
First National Law Festival, “JUS CARNIVALLI”, stretching across three
days, commemorated totally by students with perfect zeal and zest from 24-26
November 2010 . A congregation of students from law colleges across the
country participated in the law carnival. In addition to a forum for
conjunction of legal skills as well as social issues , judged by the
luminaries of respective walks of life; a rocking Band performance by the
college band and Prestorica, a DJ night were some of the highlights of the