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Young scientists display their skills

K. SANTHOSH

CREATIVITY SHOWCASED: A budding scientist with his innovation at the technical festival organised by the Government Engineering College, Thrissur. - PHOTO: K.K. NAJEE

CREATIVITY SHOWCASED: A budding scientist with his innovation at the technical festival organised by the Government Engineering College, Thrissur. - PHOTO: K.K. NAJEE  

ABOUT 30 electronic and computer science projects developed by students were displayed at "Quintessence," a technical festival held at the Government Engineering College in Thrissur recently.

The projects included a microprocessor-based temperature measurement system, weather monitoring station (that measures temperature, wind, moisture and light), infrared input device for computers, electronic auto-dipper for vehicles, laser-based communication system, micro-controlled traffic light system (by which a whole city can be controlled by a single person) and intelligent car parking system.

"Some of the projects have attracted the attention of the industry. Companies have approached us to discuss the possibility of large-scale production," said Anoop P. Thomas, student convener and general coordinator of "Quintessence."

"Programmable Traffic Signal Controlling System," a project developed by Prakash Varghese, third semester student of Government Engineering College, Thrissur, was appreciated a lot.

This system has an advantage over conventional traffic signals, fitted with timers - it can vary the duration of each colour of the signal according to the flow of traffic.

Inaugurating the technical festival, N. Narayana Moorthy, PSLV project director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), called upon students to focus on aerospace technology, as it would throw up a lot of job opportunities in the coming decade.

"There should be more interaction between students of different branches of engineering. Multidisciplinary dependence is important."

Mr. Moorthy said that Indian could launch all-weather radar imaging satellites based on microwave imaging in orbit by 2007.

"The current remote sensing satellites, which are optic-based, have limitations."

The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, All India Radio and Bureau of Indian Standards had set up their pavilions at the technical festivals.