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ACM-ICPC Asia Regionals @ Amrita University – Kerala

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Have u ever been overwhelmed by the hospitality ? . Then probably you should visit Amrita univ as an ACM-ICPC contestant.So was I whn I visited the campus on dec 3rd – 8th . I should say they made all of the 70 odd teams take a note of their hospitality and treatment they offered . There were teams from as far as Kazakistan , Taiwan and Singapore .The ACM-ICPC goes like this. Each college is supposed to select team locally by conducting a local contest and then these teams compete online for their tickets to the regionals . The Asia Regionals was held at amrita univ and one more is held at IIT kanpur. There are totally 70 regionals in the whole world and Amrita Univ is hosting one of them . There were 5 teams from NITT this time and we made sure we had a lot of fun.And for the kanpur only my team gt qualified . So Amrita was the only place where all of us cud have a great time together.

Me and nutty boarded the train on 3rd night and reached there on 4th morning. And they had promised us tht they will pick us up from station. So we were expecting an old college bus to be waiting for us , but we were greeted with a qualis . From there on they really impressed us all . The volunteers were organised and knew exactly wht to do .(Not like the pragyan volunteers :P) On 4th we mostly spent the day at the rooms chatting and had great food in the after noon and night.

On 5th the registration started and my other team mates arrived. And they had this traditional welcome for us with about some 40 girls dressed in mallu dress holding lamps in their hands as we entered their college building. And just then suren reminded me about the cheer leader effect . The inaugural ceremony was held at 9 followed by a practice contest and then we were taken on a beach trip by them. They took care of all the travel and even carried mineral water bottles for us in the bus . This is probably the height of hospirality . And finally we had the banquet dinner and it was just great.

Dec 6th was the main contest day . I dont think there is much to say for this day . But their usual high end hospitality continued. The contest was tough and we managed only 22nd position. The IIIT team from hyderabad finished first and no wonder they were coached by prasanna( our college passout and 2 time world finalist ) .And then there was this award ceremony where we were given away the certificates and some cultural entertainment followed by another great dinner. The next day was excursion day

We were headed to Thenmala on dec 7th . The trip was more of travel and we managed to get nice pics of all . They took us to Ambanaad hills and and adventure park . And even here they took care of all our food and continued to impress us . Finally we headed back to campus at night and the next day i was on train back home πŸ™‚ . ( they even dropped us back on the railway station in car )

In all they have made this trip memorable with their warm hospitality . All the teams who came for the onsite regionals personally appreciated the efforts put by all those volunteers. I think the pragyan team should have a piece of their hospitality . We were so overwhelmed tht me and others from NITT decided never to invite these guys to our campus for any festember or pragyan ( we didnt want to insult them with our hospitality :D)

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Written by Sathya Narayanan

December 9, 2008 at 10:07 am

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  1. […] unknown wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerpt Have u ever been overwhelmed by the hospitality ? . Then probably you should visit Amrita univ as an ACM-ICPC contestant.So was I whn I visited the campus on dec 3rd – 8th . I should say they made all of the 70 odd teams take a note of their hospitality and treatment they offered . There were teams from as far as Kazakistan , Taiwan and Singapore .The ACM-ICPC goes like this. Each college is supposed to select team locally by conducting a local contest and then these teams compete online for their tickets to the regionals . The Asia Regionals was held at amrita univ and one more is held at IIT kanpur. There are totally 70 regionals in the whole world and Amrita Univ is hosting one of them . There were 5 teams from NITT this time and we made sure we had a lot of […] […]

  2. We were so overwhelmed tht me and others from NITT decided never to invite these guys to our campus for any festember or pragyan ( we didnt want to insult them with our hospitality :D)

    laughed heartily at these words….

    suresh

    December 9, 2008 at 9:54 pm

  3. nice one.. esp kallachifying our college .

    Qualis vs Old rickety (green mentos color)bus
    welcome by 40 girls.. dat to mallu..
    hospi in nitt n in amrita..

    They wudn’t come even if our coll sends an invite..

    vinod

    December 9, 2008 at 10:13 pm

  4. @ vinod.. i seriously wish we could outsource our hospitality to these guys. and the accomodation they provided was equvialent to any good hotel accomodation. not like in our coll where we dump in 6 ppl in one room in garnet

    Sathya Narayanan

    December 9, 2008 at 10:41 pm

  5. Err.. from ur gtalk status “the amrita experience… ” i seriously thought u had NAILED a girl! then again.. my innervoice corrected me “dude.. its sathya.. how cud u possibly imagine such a thing!”

    hey just think of the amount of money you paid to enter into the contest. So, the hospi is also at that level! to my knowledge, in pragyan, the accomodation is offered for a very petty amount of money, so u can’t expect much. yeah i accept hospi is not upto the mark… and yes, we can TRY improving it.. mark my words.. “TRY only” it never come to acm level in a million years πŸ˜›

    KRA

    December 9, 2008 at 11:11 pm

  6. @ kra.: dude they only took 2500 for 3 of us in which the contest fee is arnd 1000. for 500 bucks the treatment and the excursion and the beach trip is too much to ask for.. But wht ever be it , there are few things money cant buy πŸ˜€

    Sathya Narayanan

    December 9, 2008 at 11:16 pm


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