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NIT-T students eager to set a Guinness Record at Pragyan 2011

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Students from 200 institutions will take part in 40 competitions

—Photo:R. Ashok

PROMISING START:The Director in-charge of NIT-Tiruchi, Sandeep Sancheti, left, handing over the logo of Pragyan-2011 to the chief guest Paul S. Dev, President, D-Star Engineering Corporation, at the inaugural of the three- day technology celebration in Tiruchi on Thursday. Pragyan Convenor G. Kannabiran is in the picture.

TIRUCHI: The seventh edition of Pragyan 2011, a techno-management festival spanning three days at the National Institute of Technology – Tiruchi (NIT-T) from Friday, will feature an effort by students to create a new Guinness World Record for most people solving a Rubik's Cube together, as one of its highlights.

The students will attempt at breaking the existing record created on March 17, 2010, by 134 school boys from Dr. Challoner's Grammar School, Amersham, England, who solved the Rubik's cube at once in 12 minutes. NIT-T students are preparing to begin the third day's celebration with the Guinness Record.

Students from 200 institutions will be taking part in 40 competitions based on science, engineering and management subjects in the event with the slogan: Let's Celebrate Technology. According to the student organisers, the idea behind the initiative was to provide a fertile ground for innovative thinking and discover the world outside textbooks.

The competitions will be under these categories: Brainwork, Encipher, OpeNIT, Innovation, Engineering Tomorrow, Chill Pill, Managing Technology, and RoboVigyan. There will also be workshops on Pengufest, Haptic Robotic Arm, Business Development Skills for Entrepreneurs, Astronomy, and RC Aircraft Design.

Quality matters the most: This was the message of the chief guest Paul S. Dev, Founder President of U.S. based D-Star Engineering Corporation, which specialises in compact, light-weight, heavy-fuel propulsion and power systems, currently funded by the U.S. Army, DARPA (Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency), and Office of Naval Research. (D.Star's new division, AurAayan Aerospace, is at the zenith of cutting edge technology in developing futuristic aircrafts such as a new Unmanned Aerial Vehicle funded by the U.S. Air Force, for unlimited endurance at extreme altitudes, and AVA-TX Flying Car.)

Mr. Paul, who, on Friday, will be delivering a talk on the topics: Flying cars, Pocket Sized Fusion Reactors, and Engineering Beyond Today's Barriers, observed that the NIT-T teemed with bright students, citing the methodical manner in which the events have been organised. He rated the Institution as among the best, and complimented the faculty for their instrumental role. He termed Pragyan 2011 a unique technical festival, emphasising that the focus in future must be on quality (of product) rather than cost cutting or mass production.

The Director In-Charge of NIT-T Sandeep Sancheti expressed happiness over the student organisers taking on board first year students also to celebrate the event, and inviting students of NIT-Puducherry, in deference to his request. Dr. Sancheti echoed Mr. Dev's view on quality, observing that rather than considering the number of competitions or participants a determiner for success, quality could be further enhanced by dropping conventional competitions and including novel ones.

The Convenor of Pragyan G. Kannabiran informed that the techno-management festival will be celebrated next year with ISO 9000 certification.

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