Staff Reporter

The students claim that they exhibited the model at the Malabar Motor Expo-Ignition '05 in Kozhikode in November 2005.

KOZHIKODE: Five students of Government Engineering College (GEC), Kozhikode, have claimed that the model of Transportable Electric Jack for Automobiles (TEJAs) said to be developed by five students of the Sree Chitra Tirunal College of Engineering (SCTCE), Pappanamcode, near Thiruvananthapuram, is in fact "their baby."

The GEC students claimed that they had worked on the project as part of their sixth semester syllabus and developed the model as `DC Jack' on October 13, 2005. They had exhibited it at the Malabar Motor Expo-Ignition '05 organised by the Mechanical Engineering Department of their college in Kozhikode from November 18 to 20, 2005.

The students said that "one of the students in the SCTCE group, who claimed to have come up with the idea of TEJAs, visited our exhibition stall, and he got the idea from us."

`Different models'

However, U. Prakash, faculty member of the SCTCE and who guided the students on the project, defended his students. He said the students had told him that the model developed by the GEC students was made of plastic and served only demonstration purpose.

"The models of the SCTCE and the GEC are entirely different. The GEC model could not be used for practical purposes. The students have told me that none of them visited the exhibition stall, but got the information on the GEC project through a friend," Mr. Prakash said.