Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: Every year a small town in West Bengal sees the convergence of thousands of students at Kshitij, the annual techno-management fest of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

“Kshitij 2009” will be held between January 29 and February 1. One of the largest techno-management fests in Asia, Kshitij sees over 40 quality events in the fields of technology and management. With over 20,000 participants from both India and abroad, this four-day fest starts creating waves months prior to its official date.

Boasting prizes worth over Rs. 35 lakh and its association with corporate giants, Kshitij provides a platform for a confluence of students, academia and the industry. While the competitions at Kshitij prove to be the ultimate test of grit, knowledge and skill, the guest lectures and workshops provide an enriching experience for avid learners.

Earlier editions of Kshitij had illustrious guest lectures by Nobel laureates such as Klaus von Klitzing and Paul Crutzen, India’s first cosmonaut in space Rakesh Sharma, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Donal Wales, GNU founder Richard Stallman and others.

However, it is the events that are the mainstay of the fest. With 30 technical and 15 managerial events and a great variety of categories such as coding, mechanical, electronics, structures, fun, robotic, entrepreneurial and quizzing on offer, students race against time to participate in all their favourite events. Ample opportunities are given to them to flaunt skills of their choice. Some of the major attractions are CARchitecture, Kryotech , an ASHRAE (The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers)-certified event, asking students to design a ventilation and air-conditioning system for a building, The Senate, which reproduces actual scenarios in Parliament, Zero Hour which includes an interactive case study followed by a panel discussion with the stalwarts, El Dorado, a city planning event, a technical paper presentation presently holding a certification from ASME (American Society Of Mechanical Engineers) and a software design competition are other such events.