We enjoy calling it GCC
“Any coding competition is actually not as difficult as the students think it is; it is just the lack of knowledge, practice, tricks and techniques. It’s a pure game of logic”
Inspite of preparation for the TCS CodeVita in the limited time they had, they could not perform well this time, thus, Himanshu Koshta (7th sem) felt a strong urge to remove any hindrance which comes between students and their ability to apply logics with programming. With his mate, Abhijeet Shrivastava by his side, who also happened to be his partner in Codevita for continuous two years, they decided to open a coding club in their institute where they could create a conducive environment for coding. They went up to their Head of Department Prof. Ashok Verma and kept their proposal. He readily agreed because this seemed to be the need of the hour. With the guidance and blessings of their HOD and the faculty, Himanshu and Abhijeet started surfing on web trying to get a proper and complete platform that will nourish their club and its undergoing events. Finally they got a non-commercial coding community which motivates the students to compete for the world’s toughest coding competition, the ACM-ICPC( Association of Computer Machinery- International Collegiate Programming Contest); the “Olympics of Programming Contests” a multi-tier, team-based programming competition. That platform is CodeChef.
“What could be the best if we prepare for the toughest and keep on accomplishing the smaller ones occurring on its way… automatically”
So finally, having decided that CodeChef will fit their purpose perfectly, Himanshu and Abhijeet applied for the campus chapter request on 1st Aug 2016. The community members asked Himanshu to select a few students who were fit & would help him as core contributors for his club other than regular members in a week’s time. Himanshu started picking up students on the basis of their merit through an online quiz on programming which he got specially conducted to select students. After that, he called them for a small briefing and then at last his core committee was ready with the following members:
Prof. Sameer Jain chose to be their Mentor. These students were personally interviewed by a member of CodeChef Community, Mr. Rudreshwar Goswamy, on a skype call asking them about their coding experiences and few logics and as to why they chose CodeChef. The interview took approximately two hours but Mr. Goswamy was content that this club is honest, genuine and students will do what they have thought for their institute and for its students.
The call was scheduled on 9th of August, and within five minutes after ending the call, the institute was recognised on the community and was approved to run its Campus chapter in GGITS.
The main aim of this club is to help students who are good at coding and want to get into the depths of programming, learn technical and logical aspects of competitive problem solving, which will not only help the individual improve his or her coding but also help in the overall growth of the coding environment of the institute.
This initiative has been taken so that the club and its members could focus on the world’s most famous and highly recognized coding competitions like the ACM-ICPC, the google’s CODEJAM, The ADOBE programming contest, JP MORGAN programming contest, TCS CODEVITA, and many other such high grade competitions. CodeChef will be providing us with all the things we need to improve and to work upon like we are allowed to use its platform (the name of the brand).
Head of Department, Prof Ashok Verma (middle) and on his left, Club Mentor, Prof Sameer Jain with Prof Satendra Sonare(left).
Starting from left (Students) : Himanshu Maheshwari, Arpesh Shrivastava, Yougansh Thakur, Himanshu Koshta, Saraansh Mahor, Aayushi Pathak (behind), Viditi Kodwani (front), Meesha Singhai (behind), Aman Khatri (behind Meesha), Agni Chaturvedi (front), Abhyuday Shukla, Abhijeet Shrivastava, Deeksha Neelam.