Staff Reporter

KOZHIKODE: Vice-President of Bosch India R. Krishnan will inaugurate ‘Tathva 08,’ the annual techno-management festival of the National Institute of Technology, Calicut (NIT-C) here on Thursday afternoon.

Environmentalist and former head of the Department of Civil Engineering at NIT-C A. Achyuthan and Director of NIT-C G.R.C. Reddy will attend the inaugural function. The fete will conclude on Sunday.

The need for non-conventional energy sources would be the focus of this year’s Tathva.’

The attractions of this year’s Tathva include an exhibition by ANERT, an organisation that promotes use of non-conventional energy sources; ‘Wheels-08,’ an auto-tech show with technical assistance from Bosch and video-conferences and lectures.

Video conferences

Co-director of Nano Bio Technology Centre (NBTC) and director of Cornell University\Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research Partnership Carl A. Batt, will speak on ‘The importance of biosensors and their applications’ via video-conference from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on October 24. Richard Stallman, referred to as the father of the free software movement would be speaking on ‘The Free software movement and GNU\Linux Operating System’ via video conference from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on October 25.

P.M. Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor of Engineering at the Mechanical Engineering and Material Science Department of Rice University, Texas, will be speaking on ‘The latest trends in nanotechnology,’ via video-conference from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on October 26.

There would be lectures by V.P.N. Nampoori professor of photonics at the International School of Photonics at Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), on ‘Industrial applications of lasers,’ from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on October 25 and by former ISRO Group Director of the programme planning and evaluation group Dr. P.V. Manoranjan Rao on the topic ‘To err is human’ from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on October 26.

Workshops

Robotics workshops and an astrophotography workshop and a competition ‘Junior Genius’ for school students are the other attractions. Public and organisations who have some innovations in the area of non-conventional energy sources have also given an opportunity to showcase their talents. For more details, log on to www.tathva.org; or e-mail: contact@tathva.org; or call 9995880141/9895726138.

More In: KERALA | NATIONAL