Fests

Fests featuring competitions wherein undergraduate students compete individually and in groups are organized annually. This helps in enhancing apptitude, team work and leadership abilities among students. Such events involve the student in an innovative learning process

Various academic fests organized by the department are

  • BioVentura - Intra collegiate fest (PG)
  • Connoisseur - Intra Collegiate fest (UG)
  • Bioaura - Intercollegiate fest (UG & PG)
  • Creatrix - Life Sciences exhibition (UG)

Bioventura 2020 Intracollegiate Biofest for Post Graduate Students
Date: 20.11.2020
The Department of Life Sciences, Kristu Jayanti College, Bangalore, organized the Online Fest- BIOVENTURA 2k20, exclusively for the Post graduate students, from 18th November to 20th November, 2020. The theme of the fest was THE PANDEMIC THAT OCCURRED AROUND THE WORLD, keeping in mind the preventive measures regarding COVID-19. Encouraging a blended learning model, the Fest provided a platform to the creative minds with artistic challenges to empower them to think beyond boundaries.

The topics for various categories related to visual art, performing art and movie making, encouraged the participants to think out of the box while maintaining social isolation. The fest was organised for the first year PG students by the final year students. The entire PG first years, with a strength of 92, were divided into 11 groups, namely: Team Star lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot, Rocket, Yondu, Nebula, Mantis, Kraglin, Stakar ogord and Half nut

On the first day of the fest, 18th November 2020, Agent Perroncito or the crime scene investigation was held, where 3partcipants from each team were engaged. The participants were given a crime scene with interrogation of the suspects and were asked to answer a set of questions related to the briefing, which could help them to solve the puzzle. The event challenged their analytical skills as well as attention to detail.

On the same day, first round of prelims for the Heir of Tyrrell or Biomanager also took place. It was an individual event where the participation was mandatory for all. The first round of biomanager was aptitude test, which summoned their problem solving and decision making skills. Among all the 92 participants, only 16 participants qualified the first round of biomanager. 19th November 2020, the second day of the fest, five events were conducted. The second round of prelims for heir of tyrrell consisted of stress management round. The participants were put under extreme stressful conditions to challenge their cognitive techniques to review their attitude and their reaction towards it. Among the 16 participants, 6 were qualified for the final round of biomanager .

Charlotte’s prodigy or the poster designing and presentation was held, with one participant from each team. The topic, CRISPR/Cas 9 an antiviral strategy, was given 2-3days prior to the event and were asked to make posters on the topic and present. This event tested their creativity and typography, since they were asked to develop legible, well-designed type. Yersin’s quest or the quiz prelims were organised with two participants from each team. The questions were all related to life sciences, which put through its paces on their abilities like conflict resolution, team work and in depth knowledge of the topic. 5teams were qualified for the final round.

Piot’s sonnets or the poetry competition involved one participant from each team, where they were asked to write poetry on individual topics given to them. The time limit was 30mins for writing and 5mins for reciting their poetry. The participants showcased their skills to subvert the ordinary, to communicate the theme and to avoid clichés.

The last event of the day was Gallo’s lens or photography, where one participant from each team were required to display their photographic skills. The topic, BE RESPONSIBLE AND DON’T BE A COVIDIOT, was given 4hrs prior to the event. This was a great chance for the participants to ignite their photography skills with attention to detail, patience and concentration. On20th November 2020, the final day of BIOVENTURA 2k20. The formal inaugural session was held virtually through zoom platform. The inaugural ceremony started at 9.30am with invoking the Almighty’s blessings, followed by a welcome address by Dr. U. Sivagamasundari, faculty coordinator of BIOVENTURA.

All auspicious occasions commence with the lighting of the lamp, as light symbolises wisdom and knowledge. So did we start our ceremony with virtual lighting of the lamp. Presidential address was delivered by Fr.Dr. Augustine George, Principal, Kristu Jayanti College, Bangalore. The inaugural address was given by the esteemed Prof.Mukesh Doble, professor Emeritus, Department of biotechnology, IIT Chennai. The vote of thanks was given by Chris Mathew, student coordinator of BIOVENTURA 2K20. The formal inaugural session came to an end with Jayantian anthem.

A keynote address was given by Prof. Mukesh Doble on the topic Polymers as medical implants. The events started from 10.45am and the event was Haddow’s broadcasting or bioadvertising, which included 4-6 participants per team. The participants were required to make an advertising video of 2-mins and were asked to send it 2days prior to the main event. This event showcased their creativity, humour and authenticity.

Yersin’s quest or quiz finals took place from 11am. The qualified 5teams competed against each other for the title. From 12 noon, Miner’s start-ups or bio-entrepreneurship started, which required 2-3participants per team. The participants were required to ignite their flame of being an entrepreneur. John Snow’s comic or meme designing started from 2pm, where 2-3per team were asked to make memes on topic related to science.

The participants were allowed to make minimum of 2 and maximum 4 entries per teams. The participant’s creativity was determined by this event. The final and the most awaited and prestigious event, Heir of Tyrrell of the biomanager started at 3.30pm. The hunt for the Biomanager 2k20 finally came to an end with a round of personal interview with the 6 finalists. The valedictory ceremony began at 4pm with welcome address by Dr. Esther Shobha R. The fest witnessed participation from 92 participants. The response for the Fest was heartening as the entries received from the young competitors left an indelible impression on everyone associated with it. BIOVENTURA 2K20, became a medium for the young learners to introspect, innovate and implement new ideas in harmony with the existing environment.


Connoisseur 2020: Virtual Intra collegiate UG Biofest
Connoisseur 2020, the first ever virtual annual intra-collegiate Biofest organized by the Department of Life Sciences in association with the Life Science club of Kristu Jayanti College came to an exciting closure with the final rounds of the major events on 14th October 2020. The fest that strives to unearth and discover the talents and skills of the students of the Department is planned and brought to life by the final year undergraduate students under the guidance of the faculty members. ‘Bio verse’ was the theme, emphasizing on how biology unites us as a whole new universe. The students of first and second year were divided into 25 groups with 15-17 members. Each group was named after ‘The houses of the Famous TV show- Game of Thrones’. The undergraduate students of first and second year BBG, MBG, BBB and FS participated in the various events of the fest including quiz, debate, poster making, lecture competition, Bio-manager, shipwreck, mask designing and minute to win it etc.

In Total 14 events were conducted virtually. The fest was kick started on 9th October 2020 with the preliminary rounds of the competitions. The winners of preliminary rounds competed in the final rounds of the events. The inauguration of the final day of the fest was held virtually on 14th October 2020, which was presided over by Rev. Dr. Augustine George, Principal, Kristu Jayanti College and had Ms. Suja Sajiv, Manager- People Relations, Molecular Connections Pvt Ltd, Bangalore, as the Chief Guest. Rev. Fr. Augustine, in his presidential address inspired the students with his motivating words, and instigated them to work towards reaching their goal. Ms. Suja, in her inaugural address, revealed the various opportunities available for the Life Science graduates. The entire day was spent conducting the final rounds of the fest on virtual mode. The valedictory ceremony was presided over by Rev. Fr. Emmanuel P. J, Director of Kristu Jayanti College of Law and Jayantian Extension Services. He spoke about the new normal life and importance of the students to strive for excellence in their future endeavors. The Winners of the various events were announced during the Valedictory program.


Bioaura 2020 | National Level Intercollegiate Bio-fest
At Kristu Jayanti College, education is not confined to the four walls of a classroom. Here we believe in holistic education that nurtures creativity, innovation, leadership, and team skills. It is this vision of the college that is reflected in events like departmental and intercollegiate fests and departmental exhibitions. The Department of Life Sciences organized Bioaura’20, the latest edition of the national level intercollegiate bio-fest on 7th February, 2020 in association with the life science club of Kristu Jayanti College. The fest was inaugurated by Dr. Gopalakrishnnan Ramaswamy, founder and, CEO at Theracues Innovations Pvt. Ltd, Bengaluru. Dr. Ramaswamy’s inaugural address narrating the story of his transformation over the years from a passionate academician to a daring entrepreneur and the motivations that drove him through the journey was well-accepted by the audience because of its liveliness and substance. Undergraduate students from life sciences and allied programmes of different colleges in the country competed in the different events of the fest, all related to life sciences. This year’s fest featured nine events including two unique novel events - the herbal cooking (without fire!) and the science model exhibition. The other events were, Bio-manager, Quiz, Photography, Advertisement, Laboratory skill evaluation, Just a Minute (JAM) and Lecture contest. The fest was centered on the theme ‘constellations’. The fest had participants from colleges all over Bengaluru and one college from Salem, Tamil Nadu. St. George College, Bengaluru were declared the overall winners of the fest while Garden City College, Bengaluru bagged the runners-up trophy.

Bioventura| Intracollegiate Bio-fest (PG)
BioVentura, the Annual Intra Collegiate Biofest for the PG students of Life Sciences was held on 22nd August 2019. The fest provides an amazing platform for students to showcase their various talents and explore the depths of the wonderful world of science. The fest was a critical driver for performance and innovation and made way for young minds to put forth their innovative ideas and perceptions. 75 participants were divided into 10 groups, holding the names of 10 different Secondary Metabolites namely- Atropine, Gossypol, Reserpine, Quinidine, Galantamine, Vincristine, Psilocin, Linamarin, Dhurrin, Azatyrosine. The fest was organized by the Final year MSc. Students for the first year students. The faculty Co-ordinators was Dr. Esther Shoba and Dr. Dileep Francis. The student Co-ordinators were Kushbu.R, Ananya.V, Keren Nisha and Pooja Saravanan. Bioventura featured two new events this year which were Bio- Entrepreneur & Sum It Up (Manuscript Abstracting). A total of 10 events were organized out of which 5 were off stage events and the rest were on stage events held on 22nd August. The fest was inaugurated by the chief guest of the day Mr. Sandeep, Managing Partner, BioNova Biologicals Pvt Ltd Bangalore at 9:30am in the Mini Auditorium III of UG Block. Ms. Kushbu. R, Student Co-ordinator welcomed the gathering, after which the lighting of the lamp ceremony took place. The Presidential address was given by Rev. Fr. Dr. Augustine George, Vice Principal, Kristu Jayanti College. He passionately addressed the students encouraging them to never settle for ordinariness The Chief Guest of the day, shared valuable thoughts about the importance of Life Sciences and its application in day to day life. He inspired the students to take up science with passion. The Student Co-ordinator for Bio Ventura, Ms. Keren Nisha, proposed the vote of thanks. The events Transcript, Reflex, Bio-Journalism, Bio-Entrepreneur, Spectrosnapy and Bio-manager followed the inaugural ceremony. The events were judged by the faculty members of the Department along with two special guests Mr. Justin and Mr. Srinivasan Sundarajan. R, alumni of Kristu Jaynati College. Students participated in all the events with lot of enthusiasm & exhibited team spirit. Bioventura was truly successful in evoking a sense of intellectual thinking, team spirit, innovation, creativity & leadership skills.The Valedictory function took place in the Mini-Auditorium II at 4:30 pm. Rev. Fr. Emmanuel P.J. gave an inspiring and informational talk about how humans have a societal responsibility to make the world a better place and motivated the students to strive for excellence in their future endeavours. The Winners of the various events were announced in the Valedictory program and the Certificates and Prizes were also distributed. Ms. Andrel D’souza proposed the vote of thanks and the programme concluded with the National Anthem.


Connoisseur | Intracollegiate Bio-fest (UG)
Connoisseur-19, the 2019 edition of the annual intra collegiate bio fest organised by the Department of Life Sciences in association with the Life Science club of Kristu Jayanti College came to an exciting closure with the final rounds of the major events on 16th August 2019. The fest that strives to unearth and discover the talents and skills of the students of the Department is planned and brought to life by the final year undergraduate students under the guidance of the faculty members. The first and second year undergraduate students participated in the various events of the fest including quiz, debate, poster making, lecture competition, Bio-manager, Bio-journalism, Bio-entrepreneurship etc. The fest was kick started on 5th August 2019 with the preliminary rounds of the competitions. The selected few from the preliminary rounds competed in the final rounds of the events. The grand promotion of the fest, introducing the occasion to fellow Jayantians, was staged in the Quadrangle on 12th August 2019 and bagged appreciations from the entire college. The Inaugural Ceremony of the final day of the fest, held in the Mini Audi III on 16th August 2019 was presided over by Rev. Fr. Dr. Augustine George, Vice Principal and had Mr. Mayank Anand, Director & Head, Global Data Management Service Delivery, Global Clinical Operations Bristol Myers Squibb, as the Chief Guest. Rev. Fr. Augustine, in his presidential address elaborated the concept of T-shaped skills, as a prerequisite for increasing ones probability of landing a job in a highly competitive environment. He urged the students to work on gaining depth and skills in ones field of expertise, which represents the vertical bar on the letter T, while also being skilled in collaborating across disciplines by gaining knowledge and skills in fields other than one’s own, representing the horizontal bar on the letter T. Mr. Mayank Anand, in his inspired the students of the Department by shedding light on the managerial roles that can be taken up by Life Science graduates and introduced the non-conventional career prospects offered by the subject. The day that witnessed the best minds of the department locking horns in different events of the fest in a constructive and spirited manner, cheered by their group mates was a robust display of Jayantian brotherhood and culture. The day came to a closure through a valedictory ceremony presided over by Rev. Fr. Emmanuel P. J. He inspired the students to strive for excellence in their future endeavours. The Winners of the various events were announced in the Valedictory program and the Certificates and Prizes were distributed.


Bioaura 2019

Bioaura 2019 the intercollegiate biofest conducted by the Department of Life Sciences was organised on 18th February 2019. The participants for the fest were UG students across various colleges of Bangalore. The fest had plethora of events like Advertising, Lecture Contest, Jam, Painting, Quiz, Event-X, Crime Scene Investigation, Pot Pourri and Biomanager that was named after eminent scientists contributed to the field of Life Sciences.

The inaugural ceremony of the fest was headed by Fr. Josekutty P.D, Principal, Kristu Jayanti College and the chief guest was Mr. Ashish Srivastava, Vice–President HR – Inbisco India, Part of Mayora group. In his presidential address, father enlightened about integration of innovation and creativity for contribution to research. Mr. Ashish Srivastava, in his address rationalised the role of teachers’ in every student’ life. Adding to the fact he conveyed that knowledge can be mined from data available through internet, but for one’s wisdom, students have to indeed look upon teachers for a world of success.

A marketing event, advertisement had the students to sell their product in an innovative way. Lecture Contest a pep talk had the participants’ speak on any topic with the use of power point presentations. Just a minute (JAM) with 20 different topics was given to assess the vocabulary skills and knowledge in different areas. To exhibit their creativity and concern for the environment, painting competition with the theme DREAM GREEN was held. For demonstrating their practical skills, hands on experiments were given with time limitation in Event X. Crime scene investigation event tested the investigation skills of students in judging the culprit. Potpourri event was conducted to know the thought process, presence of mind and the ability to work in team. Leadership skills enough to thrive in the competitive world were judged in the event biomanager.

In the valedictory ceremony, Rev. Fr. Augustine George, Vice Principal, KJC felicitated the winners of various events and appreciated the participants for their efforts. The overall champion was bagged by Reva University and the runners up place by Garden City College.

Staff coordinators relentless support and guidance along with the all the faculty members and tireless zeal of student coordinators and event heads made the fest resounding one.

Connoisseur 2018 and Bioventura 2018
The Life Sciences Department of Kristu Jayanti College organised Connoisseur 2018, an intra collegiate biofest for undergraduates and Bioventura 2018 for post graduates on 16th August 2018. The fest was inaugurated by the guests of honour were Mr. Nihar Gundumala, Head of Employer Brand Marketing and Ms. Shwetha Sharma Associate Director, Recruitment and Talent Advisors both from Covance in the Mini Auditorium II. Dr.Challaraj Emmanuel, Staff Co-ordinator of Life Sciences Club, welcomed the gathering. Fr. Lijo P.Thomas, Financial Administrator and Head, Department of Computer Science, Kristu Jayanti College, presided over the function. In his presidential address, he enlightened about integration of clinical trials and data management in the area of research. The Chief guest, Mr. Nihar expressed that research is utmost important for the betterment of the health and in turn society. Ms. Shwetha Sharma stated that development in life sciences brands, today’s healthcare challenges into tomorrow’s solutions. She explained the varied roles of Covance in offering laboratory testing services to the chemical, agrochemical and food industries and as a top global provider of Phase III clinical trial management services. Discussion on the recruiting process to the students was indeed valuable.

This year, Connoisseur 2018 was set up with the theme ‘Harry Porter’ and the groups were named after this theme viz., Muggle Mayhem, Animagous Army, Granger Zone, Buckbeak Banter etc. For Connoisseur 2018, along with the events such as short documentary movie making, quiz, crime scene investigation, pep talk, debate, photography, poster making, tableau, biojournalism, biomarketing, biomanager etc., two new inclusions were made - the Yule ball (fashion show) and the Muggle movies(advertising). Events such as biomanager, debate, quiz, witnessed preliminary rounds and final round.. The participants of the fest were first year M.Sc. students and 1st and 2nd year B.Sc. students. Off stage events and preliminary rounds of few events started on 6th August 2018.

In Bioventura 2018 the Intra Collegiate biofest for PG students, the participants were divided into groups and were named with genetically modified entities like tegon, humulin, synthia, etc. Events in Bioventura 2018 were Transcript, Reflex- a quiz event, Polemic - the debate competition. Biomarketing event had the students to sell their product in an innovative way. In Biojournalism event, participants reported on a current scientific issue in their own creative means. Cinethesis had factual documentary presentation on scientific importance. Corrections to be made in the intentionally inserted wrongs’ in the research papers made up the event Blue Pencil. Nutrichoice, cooking without fire, utilization of used waste items for a constructive purpose helped in crafting Wealth out of Waste. Crime scene investigation event tested the investigation skills of students in judging the culprit.

In the valedictory ceremony, Rev. Fr. Augustine George, Vice Principal, felicitated the winners of various events and appreciated the seniors for having conducted the biofest successfully. The overall champion of Bioventura 2018 was bagged by the group Herman and under Connoisseur 2018, Animagous Army won the championship. Staff coordinators relentless support and guidance along with the all the faculty members and tireless zeal of student coordinators and event heads made the fest resounding one. The fest helped the students to showcase and hone their creativity and expertise in the field of life sciences. On the flip side, the fest also helped in team building among the students and enhanced their event management and leadership skills.

CONNOISSEUR (UG) AND BIO VENTURA (PG) 2017
Connoisseur and Bio Ventura are Intra collegiate fests organized by the final year Students of BSc and MSc Programme for the juniors. It is an opportunity for the students to rekindle academic concepts, showcase their skills and to work together as a team as they participated in various events. This Bio-fest excavated the heights of creativeness, innovativeness and enriched knowledge on this platform. The fest was inaugurated on 18 Aug, 2017 by Ms. Smitha Murthy, Founder Director, Credora Life Sciences, Bangalore. In her inaugural address Ms. Murthy emphasize the importance of Passion in the field of Lifesciences. The Presidential address was delivered by Rev Fr. Josekutty PD, Principal of the college highlighted about the importance given to research and entrepreneurship in the field of life science. This year the fest had a total of 16 events for UG Programme namely Gold Rush (Treasure Hunt), Insta Nutra ( Cooking without Fire), Jeffery’s Lab (Crime Scene Investigation), Picaso Art (Poster Making), Kalam Jr. (Young Scinetist), Event X, Chimera (Pot Pourri), Tableau, Reflex (Quiz), Turncoat, Pep Talk (Lecture Contest), Eagle’s Eye (Documentary), Imprint (Photography), Minute to Win it, Polemic (Debate), Reporting and Bio Shuttle; out of which 2 events Chimera and Event X were introduced for the first time. Events for PG students such as X-files, Nutrichoice and Transcript, Reflex, Biojournalism, Biomanager, Polemic, Cinethesis, Biomarketing and Blue pencil were also conducted.

Intra-collegiate UG Bio-fest- CONNOISSEUR 2016
The fest was hosted for the first and second year students with a total strength of 120 participants. The students were assigned into 10 teams. The team names allotted was Helium, Neon, Argon, Krypton, Xenon, Strontium, Titanium, Radon, Scandium, and Chromium; named after the elements of the periodic table. The fest spanned a total of 8 days and comprised of a total of 16 events, out of which, 6 new events were introduced this year.

BIOAURA 2014
The Department of Life Sciences, Kristu Jayanti College organized “ Bio Aura”, an inter- collegiate Bio Fest on 14 March and it’s a maiden venture. Bio Aura is a unique platform for undergraduate and post graduate students to radiate their attitudinal, interpersonal and communicative skills. This Bio Fest was attended by 130 students from eight different colleges. The various events of the fest included (Reels of life) Documentary presentations, Science Triathlon, Quiz, Working model presentations, Lecture contest and Entrepreneur in You.

BIOVENTURA 2014: An Intra collegiate Bio fest for PG students of Life Science Department
Bio Ventura is the intra collegiate bio fest for postgraduate students. This is the 2nd year of Bio Ventura in which new events were introduced and there was a lot of excitement among the students about the events. The fest started with the very 1st event “Decoding the Sequence” on 13 August 2014 at 11 AM in which 7 teams participated among which 4 teams proceeded for the finals. Followed by “Spin a Yarn” at 12, which was an individual event where the startup of the story was shown & the remaining story was to be narrated in a creative manner by the students. The next event was “Quiz” prelims with 30 objective questions.

The next event was the “Bio Art” in which 10 teams (2 per team) were participated. In the event, biological products were used to create & depict biological processes in the form of art. The next event was “Scientific Writing” where 10 students participated. It was an individual event where in they were given a research article, the concept was to be grasped & review of the article should be rephrased in their own words.

On the next day, 14 August the Bio fest Bio Ventura was inaugurated by Dr. Arun Chandrasekhar, President, of Bhatt Biotech. He delivered the key note address. Fr. Augustine George, Vice Principle of the college delivered the presidential address. The first event for the day was Documentary in which 3 teams participated, with an open topic related to life science. Followed by was the final round of decoding the Sequence in which 4 teams took part. The next event was the “Trigger the Taste buds” in which dishes were prepared without fire but with the products of microorganisms. Various products were used to prepare variety of dishes wherein we saw the creativity of the students.

This was followed by “Bio marketing”. It was team event. Each team chooses a product of its own advertises and markets the product. The last event was the quiz finals with 5 teams. The competitions were successfully conducted by the coordinators; over all Bio Ventura was an impulse to acumen all skills & knowledge

REPORT ON BIOFEST-2012
Connoisseur 2012
Connoisseur, the annual intra collegiate Bio-fest is conducted by the department of Life Sciences. Like every year this year also Connoisseur was a testimony for every life science student’s talent. The main event was scheduled from the 23 of July to the 10 of august 2012. Connoisseur was headed under the able guidance of our HOD Dr.Elcey CD, staff coordinators Mrs Sangeetha and Mr.Thomas Abraham and all the faculty members of the department of Life Sciences. The first and second year students of BSc Biotechnology and Microbiology were divided into 6 groups under the titles, PHOENIX DACTYLIFERA, NELUMBIUM, CANNABIS, DATURA METAL, DIGITALIS and ATROPA BELLADONA. There were 14 events of which 2 events were newly introduced that year, Bio photography and Mind mapping.

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