Pragyan 2010 concludes

Going by the extent of industry exposure students gained, Pragyan 2010, the three-day technology fest of the National Institute of Technology-Tiruchi that culminated on Sunday, showed its extra edge this year over tech fests across the country.

Guest lectures, workshops and exhibitions marked the first day of the event. Participants gained a first hand knowledge through the ethical hacking and 3-D photography workshops. Take One was a highly anticipated event as students from all over the country exhibited their short movie making skills in a tight race to the finish. The first prize winner was S. Teja from Secunderabad. His short movie ‘Delusion’ was about a depressed ant. The second spot was obtained by students of the host institution for their depiction of ‘Just for Food’.

Another highlight for the day was the exhibition by HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.), where the participants had access to lectures, video clippings and give aways. There was also an Intel Tech Talk delivered by Prasad Modali, Principal Engineer, Intel. And there were enlightening guest lectures by Rajasekaran Balasubramaniam, Chief Technology Officer, Cognizant; Are Holen, founder of Acem School of Yoga; and N. S. Ramaswamy, founder director of IIM Bangalore, who was bestowed with the Padma Bhushan in 2006.

Crossfire, the panel discussion, constituted the crux of the second day. The discussion was moderated by Krish Ashok. The panel members comprised L. S. Ganesh, Subramanian Vincent, Kishore Kumar, Dr. Ramesh Jain, Sudhish Kamath and Jagan Jothivel. Also, there were Adobeflex and 3-D photography workshops. Ramesh Jain, Founder of IEEE Multimedia and Srinidhi Varadarajan, the creator of the 3rd fastest super computer in the world delivered guest lectures.

The air show conducted by RCPA (Remote Controlled Pilots Association) attracted a huge crowd on the final day of celebration. There were thunderous applause when the plane ‘Shakira’ made convoluted maneuvers. A guest lecture by Padmabhushan P. M. Bhargava, Founder Director of Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, provided a clear vision for the real and democratic India. He emphasized on the importance of knowledge and education in changing the Indian mind set. Another guest lecture was delivered by Ranjan Dash, whose company Y-Carbon promises to be a nanotechnology milestone.

The valedictory address was given by P. S. Rangarajan of TCS and IEEE. He emphasized on entrepreneurship and how universities allow students to innovate. Arya Rohan, Head, Industry Interaction revisited all the achievements of Pragyan’10. Presiding over the valediction, the Institute Director M. Chidambaram promised to improve infrastructure for enhancing the scale of celebration of Pragyan in the coming years.

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