Encouraging research and problem solving, the Intel way
HI-TECH WORLD: Ready for the show of skills and contest.
Intel India Design Centre, in association with Intel Higher Education Programme, is organising a research contest for final-year undergraduate and postgraduate students from select institutions with the objective of giving students an opportunity to develop problem-solving and analytical skills, stimulating innovative thinking and encouraging them to take up higher research as a career.
This year Intel has received over 1,000 entries from 55 institutions across India. Of these, 128 students are slated to make poster presentations on January 22.
This is the second year that this contest is being organised. Last year, Intel received over 500 entries from about 45 institutions.
States Manav Subodh, India Higher Education Manager, Intel Technology, "We have tried defining the focus of the contest in the following order of priority: 1) motivate students to pursue higher education in technology (that is, encourage B. Techs to do master's and master's to do Ph.D.); 2) improve the quality of research in the institutes selected (through mentoring and faculty development); and 3) show results and pass on the learning and model to the government, non-governmental organisations and others so that similar contests can be launched on a much bigger scale."
This year 69 per cent of the students selected are B.Techs, about 26 per cent are M. Techs and the rest Ph.Ds.
According to Mr. Subodh, entry to the contest is by invitation only. "Before launching the contest our team does an assessment of the institutes based on various public reports published, like rankings done by Dataquest, institutes affiliated to the TEQIP (World Bank and MHRD project), Ministry of Communication and IT reports, etc."
"Entry is restricted as we want to focus on the development of the next level of institutes in India. Focus is not only on student development through mentoring but also on development of faculties in these institutes.
As a mandatory requirement, each project should have 2 - 4 student teams, an Intel mentor and a faculty mentor. They meet regularly to come up with a solution to a problem relevant to the industry. And the student team is given four months' time to develop its proposals into a poster."
Entries are invited in five broad technology areas (low power and high performance platform architecture; advanced multi-core platform capabilities; advanced VLSI design techniques; advanced silicon validation and debug techniques; and signal integrity).
"Topics selected are based on industry requirements, key skill gaps in engineering students and the inputs we got from the Intel India Technical Management Review Committee, a committee comprising senior Intel technologists and Intel fellows."
The contest is part of the Intel India's higher education programme under the corporate social responsibility charter of Intel.
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