Zarf (festival)

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Zarf (festival)
Genre Annual festival
Frequency Annually, March-April
Institute Aligarh Muslim University
Organised By Zakir Husain College of Engineering and Technology, AMU
Dates for 2019 12–14 April
Location Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh
Country India
Years Active 2011–present

Zarf is the annual college fest which was first started in the year 2011[1] organized by the students of Zakir Husain College Of Engineering and Technology which comes under Aligarh Muslim University stationed at Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh[2]. It is the largest annual Cultural, Literary and Technical festival of students in Aligarh Muslim University[3].

History of ZARF[edit]

ZHCET was founded in the year 1935 and was named after the third president of India, Zakir Husain. ZARF is derived from the Urdu language which when translated to English language means capability or ingenuity[4]. It was first held in the year 2011[5] . The various events of the fest were spread over the period of three days. The organizing head, that is, the Convener of ZARF was Ibadur Rehman[6] with Mr taj as the principal of the ZHCET and the then Vice Chancellor of AMU, P. K. Abdul Aziz. The result of the work carried out by the students made ZARF got its authenticity and from then it was held every year in the month of February and March.

Events Held at ZARF[edit]

A large number of events are held at ZARF in the different sections i.e., Technical, Cultural, Literary and Sports.

Technical Events[edit]

Being the fest of a reputed engineering college, ZARF organizes a number of technical events for the technical personals and sets new standard for technical fiesta.


One of the most thrilling and participated technical events of any college fest is the Hackathon. In Zarf 2019, Hackathon will be conducted for the first time in Aligarh Muslim University. All those competitive Programmer will get an opportunity to be a part of a computer marathon which lasts for about 12 hours[7].

Literary Events[edit]

ZARF's literary events are a platform for the students to display their literary as well as the intellectual side of theirs.

General Quiz[edit]

In the era of social media, where everyone seems to be updated with software’s, are the minds of the students updated with the current status of the nation and world? To create this awareness we organize a General Quiz, which consists of questions from all fields of life and current affairs.[8]

Entertainment Quiz[edit]

Quizzes could always be not be related to the educational side,so for the binge watchers, Zarf conducts one of the finest entertainment quizzes where the questions are related to the world of entertainment, that is the various Hollywood and Bollywood shows and movies ranging from F.R.I.E.N.D.S. to the lunchbox. Consisting of several rounds, entertainment quizzes are one of the most enjoyable and fun quizzes.[9]

Cultural Events[edit]

ZARF also aims for the refreshment of the students who are immersed in the respective courses round the clock, so it host some fun events too.

Khiladhi Khatro Ke[edit]

“Pain in Spain”, “Darr ka Blockbuster”, “Jigar pe Trigger”. Everyone is familiar with these lines and their origin. The very popular TV show “Khatron ke Khiladi” is replicated to some extent at ZARF, which sends out an invitation to all the daring folks to participate in the challenges.[10]

ALIG Got Talent[edit]

At Zarf a platform is encapsulated on a district level under the name “Alig Got Talent” which allows the people to step up and perform in front of the masses. The participants show their special abilities to impress the jury and qualify for the next round until the finals.[11]

Sports Events[edit]

ZARF events are not only for the tech geeks and literary personals. For the sports persons, ZARF organizes a number of sports competitions in which students of different branches compete against each other and even to bridge the gap between the teachers and students, a cricket match is played in which the students are represented by the coordinators of ZARF[12]. The list of sports competitions:

  • Cricket
  • Table Tennis
  • Football
  • Volley Ball
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Hockey
  • Snooker

Moto of Zarf[edit]

The theme of the fest is called to be Charity. 50% of the registration fee and 20% of the sponsored amount is donated through proper channel for the welfare of people. They promote the idea of quintessential movement, that is Women Empowerment, according to the 2018 statistics, around half of the partakers, that is around 45% were the female students who were enrolled in a number of departments of the university[13]


  1. ^ "Annual College fest Zarf" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Zarf at College fever".
  3. ^ "AMU organizes Cultural and Literary Festival, boasts on Student politics".
  4. ^ "Meaning of Zarf". Rekhta.
  5. ^ "Annual College fest Zarf" (PDF).
  6. ^ "ZARF- Annual Fest of ZHCET is coming soon(History of ZARF)".
  7. ^ "First hackathon of AMU". Hackathon site of ZARF.
  8. ^ "Literary events(General Quiz)".
  9. ^ "Literary events(Entertainment Quiz)".
  10. ^ "list of Cultural events".
  11. ^ "list of Cultural events".
  12. ^ "Sports events organized at ZARF". www.amu,ac,in.
  13. ^ "About moto of ZARF".