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Mind on the bend

Showcasing their innate talents, students came out with stunning innovations at Srujana 2005.



NO LIMITING HORIZONS: Mine detector, rocket launcher, battle tank, what all you have at Srujana 2005. Photo: Satish H

MINE DETECTOR and rocket launcher rolled into one. Ways of harnessing alternative energy sources. Tools that promise to aid the physically challenged. And the list goes on.

The sprawling campus of the Osmania University Engineering College turned into a beehive of activity as hundreds of engineering students from across the State flocked with their innovations and ideas.

Right perspective

`Srujana 2005,' the State-level project exhibition and competition for technical students organised by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) from March 3 to 6, provided students a right occasion to exchange notes and showcase their talents.

Students from Godavari Institute of Engineering Technology (GIET), Rajahmundry, stole the show with their cost-effective innovations.

Final year mechanical engineering students -- Ramakrishna, Harsha Vardhan, Ashwan Kumar, Sandeep Verma and Tilak -- came up with `Spy-Rider II.'

The remote-handled landmine detector model equipped with a rocket launcher, camera and audio facility to snoop around, a chamber to release lethal gases, if needed, and a two-way communication system had many visitors gathering around.

B. Jyothi Prasad from GIET came up with a cost-effective device to desalinate water which explains how saline water can be made potable with help of solar power-driven device.

Rajitha, third year electronics student, thought of solutions to contain corrupt practices in the elections and came out with `Secure Online Voting System' that relies on bar code to identify a voter. A safety guard for visually impaired helps them find their way as the equipment transmits waves and on striking an obstacle activates a voice processor that warns the users about the impediments ahead.

Step Traversing Trolley, an all-terrain device, can move any way and climb inclines with the platform remaining horizontal. Srujana had students presenting 86 technical papers in seven groups and some of the presentations were on CDMA vs GSM, blue tooth technology and nano technology.

"We acted as a bridge between entrepreneurs and students by inviting industrialists to visit the exhibition and interact with students," said the Srujana convenor, Venkateswar Reddy.

By T. Lalith Singh

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