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Novel technical events mark Tathva

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Governor R.L. Bhatia inaugurates three-day event on the NIT-C campus



ENLIGHTENING STUDENTS: Governor R.L. Bhatia inaugurating the national-level technical festival `Tathva 06' at the National Institute of Technology, Calicut, on Friday. Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup

KOZHIKODE: Governor R.L. Bhatia inaugurated the three-day technical festival `Tathva 06' on the National Institute of Technology, Calicut, (NIT-C), campus near here on Friday.

Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said that festivals like this would go a long way in enlightening students on the most modern scientific advancements. It is indeed a matter of pride that the new generation is increasingly becoming aware of the challenges that lie ahead and equipping themselves to meet them with a fair degree of conviction and confidence.

``In fact, you (the students) carry along with you the hopes and aspirations of an entire country, and hence you have always to bear in mind your bounden task as the architects of a much better nation," he said.

G.R.C. Reddy, Director, NIT-C, presided. S. Jayaraj, convener, Tathva; Deepak Jose, general secretary; Paul K. Joseph, Dean (Students); and Vinay Poulose, organising secretary; were among those who spoke on the occasion.

After the inauguration, 50 students relived the times of the Montgolfier brothers by launching hot-air balloons. The programme, named `Return to Montgolfier,' drew a large crowd.

A packed hall of students attended `India in Space,' a seminar on the development of space technology in India by Helen Basil, a scientist with the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre and an alumnus of NIT-C. She spoke of the challenges faced in developing the technology required for the launch of satellites and the various systems that were now in use in different fields such as tele-education, telemedicine and village resource centres.

Seminars were conducted on `Visually Disabled and IT Enabled Services' and `Spoken Dialogue System.'

An Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) stall put up at the venue has important information on the history and future of Indian space research, besides objects and materials used for the assembling of satellites. A `Robotrix' stall features a live demonstration of Robo-soccer, along with information about micro-controllers and other components of robots.

The Centre for Water Resources Development and Management has a stall that enlightens the public about facilities provided by the Centre and its various divisions, the different types of soil in Kerala and the different methods of water filtration.

There are a multitude of competitions organised by various branches.

A mathematical exhibition with a lot of puzzles attracted the attention of the public. Robotics competitions, various workshops and seminars will be held in the coming days. There was engaging music and dance show put up by the various clubs of the NIT-C in the night.

The entire NIT-C campus has been thrown open to the public on all the three day.

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