Staff Reporter

Students come up with innovative contributions at techno-management festival

KOZHIKODE: Tathva-08, the annual techno-management festival of National Institute of Technology, Calicut (NIT-C), concluded at NIT-C campus at Chathamangalam near here on Sunday.

Robotics event ‘i-Bot’ and ‘Ignobel’ kept the talented brains from campuses across South India engaged on the third and final day of the festival.

The day started off with a video-conference by P.M. Ajayan of Rice University, Texas, a pioneer in nanotechnology, who talked about the latest trends in nanotechnology. P.V. Manoranjan Rao, who once worked with the VSSC, lectured on ‘To Err is Human’.

Saji Gopinath, chairman, Post Graduate Programme (PGP), Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode (IIM-K) delivered a lecture on the financial meltdown and its impact on India at ‘B-Aptism’. A talk by K.V. Rajendran, General Manager, Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram on India’s extensive employment-providing scope exhorted the students to be ‘job providers’ and not just ‘job seekers.’

The robotics workshop continued on the third day, with lectures about elements of robotics, microprocessors, microcontrollers and programming by Sandeep from Robokits, Mumbai. Nearly 50 teams participated in this venture which also involved ‘Hands On’, involving the assembling of elements to make a robot.

An Entrepreneurship Workshop was conducted by Rohit Nalwade, an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. There were around 40 participants, who were divided into teams. The teams had to present a B-plan.

The event Contraption, in which a simple task was to be achieved using a complex mechanism, attracted a huge crowd.

The participants had to make three mechanical bells ring back-to-back. In Suntracker, participants were asked to design an autonomous sun tracker which kept the solar panel always perpendicular to the sun, ensuring maximum efficiency. Another event was “Human powered electricity”, where participants had to innovatively use their body as an energy source to create electrical energy.

This year, around 3,500 persons, of which over 1,500 were from outside the college, participated in ‘Tathva.’

The festival concluded with a closing address by C.B.Shobhan, Dean, Consultancy and Sponsored Research, NIT-C.