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All set for the tech battle at Anna varsity

Anna University's imposing Guindy campus is all abuzz with activities.

It is all part of the run-up to the first student-driven technical festival `Kurukshetra 07' to be held from January 4 to 7.

More than 500 students of the College of Engineering are working to make this fest a success. Which itself is enough excitement, not to mention the expectations that the four- day event has aroused in the minds of participants from over 300 colleges and institutions across the country and south Asian region.

The response for Kurukshetra, organisers say, has been tremendous with entries from nine countries. With more than 4,500 online registrations from about 385 colleges including the IITs and NITs, and international participation from the colleges in the U.S., Singapore, China and Bangladesh, the event can't get any bigger.

Kurukshetra endeavours to provide a suitable platform for tech savvy students who are passionate about technology and the ways in which technology can assist mankind.

The project exhibition event received an overwhelming response with more than 250 entries and 25 teams short-listed for the final display. The core ideas of the projects range from Computing to Automobiles to Electronics. Event coordinator Navin promises that the "event will be an intellectually stimulating feast."

Events such as `Contraption', `How Stuff Works' and `Alcatraz' test the fundamentals of the students in basic sciences.

These events test the depth of understanding of the basics and its applications in technology.

The management events have registrations from the premier management institutes across the nation.

The business plan event includes finalists from the IITs, IIMs and XLRI, Jamshedpur. Abishek, the management events co-coordinator, says ``The Marketing Challenge event which requires the participant to come up with innovative marketing strategies to test-market a concept-based product inside the campus during Kurukshetra has received a large number of registrations and is expected to hog the limelight."

Lectures and workshops

Kurukshetra promises a wide gamut of guest lectures and workshops by eminent personalities across the globe.

The guest lecture series includes some of the big names such as Lakshmi Narayanan, CEO and president, Cognizant Technology Solutions, and G. Madhavan Nair, chairman, ISRO, who is delivering a lecture on Chandrayaan, India's first moon mission. He will give an insight into the unmanned mission, which is scheduled for 2008.

Kurukshetra will also bring in Ad Guru Prahalad Kakkar to lecture on building international brands. Gopal Srinivasan, Director, TVS Electronics, will deliver a lecture on product development and business innovation.

Video Conferencing series include distinguished speakers such as Dr. Kalyan Annamalai, Professor, Texas A&M University, who speaks on the U.S. FutureGen project in which he is currently working. It is a $1-billion project intended to create the world's first zero emission fossil fuel plant. Another big attraction is the workshop series which promises hands-on experience on various cutting edge technologies.


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