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IIT Roorkee hosting tech fest

C. K. Chandramohan

ROORKEE: Cognizance 2011, the three-day technical festival, began at the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee ( IIT-R) here on Friday, with Standard Chartered Bank Technology Group and Operations head David Awcock urging the would-be engineers to make sustainable development their goal, during a lecture on “Integration of technology and finance”.

About 2,200 students from different IITs, National Institutes of Technology and deemed universities and the 7,000-odd students of the host institution will participate in over 150 events being conducted by students. Interesting exhibitions have been put up by the Railways, Defence Research and Development Organisation and the Army.

The theme of Cognizance is “For a better tomorrow” with centre stage events like Smart Cities, where papers will be presented on designing of buildings, transport system, power supply, drainage etc in a model township.

Interesting entries had suggested policies for overcoming the energy crisis and sustainable development, said events convener Kulvaibhav Kaushik and Indradeep Banerjee.

The centre of attraction was the Robotron, where participants competed to complete assembling blocks resembling the Taj Mahal with a mechanical and a line follower robot.

Chris Phillips, popularly known as the invisible man, Nokia 888 designer Tamer Nakisci, Adobe Research India head Shriram Revankar, acclaimed green architect Karan Grover, One Laptop per Child CEO Satish Jha, DC design founder Dilip Chabaria, among others, will be delivering special lectures, said IIT-R director S.C. Saxena, commending the students for their efforts.

Tata Docomo is the title sponsor and The Hindu is the presenting partner for Cognizance 2011.

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