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Tathva 08, the annual techno-management festival, begins on October 23

Tathva, the annual techno-management festival of the National Institute of Technology Calicut (NIT-C), will be held on the NIT-C campus near Kozhikode from October 23 to 26. ‘Tathva 08,’ the ninth edition of the festival that attracts the attention of geeks and nerds across the country, offers a total prize money of Rs.6 lakh.

The techno expo is promising to be a lot more exciting this year with a business plan contest, robotics show, auto show, on-line quizzes and lot of other contests.

This edition of the event has taken up the task of promoting the use of non-conventional sources of energy. Ullas T.S., event coordinator, Tathva, said that this topic assumed importance in the wake of the quest for alternative energy sources in times of the sky-rocketing prices of fuel.

The event offers a platform for innovative minds across the country to showcase their achievements and projects on unconventional energy sources. Mr. Ullas said that the organisers were looking for projects from the public on the topic and was offering them a chance to present them before a large audience. Individuals and organisations interested in participating in the event can contact Tathva organisers at 97461 07164, 99958 80141, 98957 26138.

Robotics

The robotics events will be of international standards showcasing iBOT and micromouse. A workshop on robotics will also be held. Various other circuit, design and coding events will also be conducted during the event.

B-Aptist, a business plan contest, will be held this year also. Here participants will present before an elite panel of judges their business plan. This time, after the first round elimination, ten best plans have been selected. Teams from IIM Ahmedabad; IIT Mumbai; IIM Bangalore; NIT Trichy; and BITS, Pilani and Goa, are in the race.

Apart from attractive prizes, the winners will be assisted to set up their business by the Technology Business Incubator of NIT-C.

A workshop on entrepreneurship by Rohit Nalwade, a Mumbai-based entrepreneur, will be held during the four-day event.

Another highlight of ‘Tathva’ this year is an auto show — Wheels ’08. The show, with Bosch as the technical knowledge partner, will be a hands-on session on a dissembled machine and an interactive session with top executives in the auto industry. A video-conference session involving Mahindra senior manager (product and development), Arun Jora, will be held during the auto-show.

The first of the Tathva online quiz series was launched last Sunday on the Tathva web site, www.tathva.org . It will extend through the remaining weeks. The name of the winner will be announced on the day of inauguration. The virtual stock-market game, Bulls and Bears, has also been launched. It tests the investor in the participant in real time.

To support the young ‘would-be’ scientists, Tathva’08 has introduced Junior Genius. This enables school students to exhibit their projects or models at Tathva. A workshop on astronomical observation and astro-photography will also be organised for schoolchildren.