Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: The Product Development and Management Association distributed prizes to winners of its national-level design contest for engineering students here recently.

Lucas TVS executive director K.R. Anandakumaran Nair said with several students opting for careers in the field of information technology, the engineering industry was reporting a shortage of talent in research and development.

R.M.K. Engineering College chairman R. S. Munirathinam said the national-level design contest received 48 entries of which, 20 were shortlisted. Former vice-chancellor of Madras University S. Sathik was on the panel of judges, along with representatives from industry. The team from IIT Kanpur bagged the first prize of Rs. 1 lakh in absentia. Mayank Jain of Maharaja Agarsen Institute of Technology, Delhi, won the second prize of Rs. 50,000.

The third prize of Rs. 35,000 was split between the two teams from Easwari Engineering College and Meenakshi Sundarajan Engineering College.