Lectures by eminent scientists and scholars were the highlight of the third day of ‘Tathva,' the annual techno-management festival of National Institute of Technology (NIT-C) on its campus at Chathamangalam here on Saturday.

Tessy Thomas, dubbed the ‘Missile woman of India,' was one of the main speakers of the day. Elaborating on India's contributions in space science, Dr. Tessy made specific reference to the different stages in the development of Agni missiles. She also threw light on the engineering nuances of propulsion systems and missile aerodynamics in a captivating manner. “We were enthralled by her explanations of the missile navigation and the electronics involved in it,” said a participant.

Dr. Tessy also spoke in detail about the advancement in missile technology over a period of time. S. Ramachandra Panicker, engineering scholar, spoke on ‘defining a good engineer'.

On its third day ‘Tathva' continued to attract the youth from different campuses in south India. The day started with the second phase of Robotics, with the participants competing with one another to bring out the best robots. ‘Dirt race' was also a crowd-puller. Competition events including Inquisito Virtuoso, Incarnate, Log IQ and eRECthion were some of the other attractions of the day.

There were also spot events such as face painting, toothpick tower, and playing-card model. The day concluded with an electrifying performance by popular band MotherJane Live. The Hindu is the media partner of the festival.

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