The Thanjavur-based Sasthra University bagged the top honours at the TechTop national innovation contest here on Saturday, winning the first prize comprising the Degree C Award of Rs.1,00,000 for a project on ‘production of nano-carbon sheets from the exhaust pipes in industries'.

Cash awards

The second prize comprising Rs.50,000, sponsored by the National Research Development Corporation (NRDC), went to the Jaipur Engineering College for its ‘universal mobile automation system' project and the third prize of Rs.30,000, sponsored by the Kerala State Council of Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE), was given to the Cape Institute of Technology, Tirunelveli, for a project on ‘The Dark NET' – an initiative to furnish remote areas with internet facility.

Chief Secretary P. Prabhakaran gave away the prizes at the valedictory function held at Technopark.

As many as 21 colleges participated in the contest.

The award ceremony was attended by Prof. V.K. Damodaran, UNIDO International Energy Consultant; Amarnath Raja, CEO, InApp; Somnath Ghosh, CMD, NRDC; Dr K. Keshavaswamy, global head, Corporate Learning Centre, TCS; Dr. C.T.S. Nair, executive vice-president, Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment; N.T. Nair, Chief Editor, Executive Knowledge Lines; Moosa C. Kandy, GM, Degree C & Co-ordinator, TechTop; and Rajesh M. Nair, Founder & CTO, Degree Controls.

The winning projects will be eligible for incubation support from the Technopark Technology Business Incubation Center (T-TBIC).

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