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Updated: March 20, 2013 11:56 IST

Innovations rule the roost at Pragyan ‘13

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INNOVATIVE: Dinesh Prasanth.
INNOVATIVE: Dinesh Prasanth.

Websites elicit 10,000 registrations, 6,300 facebook likes

In keeping with the slogan ‘Let’s celebrate technology’, Pragyan ’13, the ISO 9001:2008 certified event at National Institute of Technology-Tiruchi (NIT-T) stood out recently with quite a few firsts owing to innovations introduced by the Computer Support team.

The websites: http://www.pragyan.org/ 13promo / http://www.pragyan.org/13 adapted to latest Metro UI design elicited over 10,000 website registrants and 6,300 facebook likes, earning positive appreciations from sponsor companies and alumnus.

As of Tuesday, there were 2.08 lakh visitors and about 9.40 lakh page views. According to S.H. Dinesh Prasanth, Head, Computer Support, the number of unique visitors rose by five times compared to last year.

Innovations integrated into online technology facilitated administration procedures, accommodation, conduct of events, and bill reimbursements as well.

This year, all participants were identified using a unique id PID (Person ID), making registration a smooth process, and obviating the need for bundles of papers. The participants did not have to go through the usual delay at the PR desk for accommodation.

As for the events module, winners and participants updates were made for each event and the PR desk distributed certificates to the participants without the need for confirmations and authentications from each event manager. The details were fed in by the event managers as soon the event got over, and viewed by certificate distributors to issue the right certificates to the participants. The process reduced loads of documentation papers and expedited the process of distributing certificates.

For reimbursements, scanned copies of the bill submitted online was accepted by the quality assurance team and passed on to the treasurer for acceptance or rejection, for better documentation, explained Dinesh.

Yet another first was release of Pragyan applications for both Android and Windows Phone users; participants could easily navigate thorough the event rules and details. These applications were of immense use to the participants, he said.

The Support Group teamed up with State Bank of India to provide swipe-type smartcards instead of paper food coupons to the participants. This way, the organisers were spared of the trouble of tiring themselves out during night hours counting the coupons and keeping exact accounts of the sales in each stall.

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