Date:19/02/2007 URL: http://www.thehindu.com/thehindu/edu/2007/02/19/stories/2007021900561100.htm
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It's contest time at SASTRA


More details at www.ks.sastra.edu.

SASTRA University, Thanjavur, is organising Daksh 2007, a national-level technical contest, on February 28 and March 1, and Kuruksastra 2007, a national-level cultural festival on March 2 and 3.

SPRINGER and UTI are the main sponsors with Tata Consultancy Services, LG, Elsevier, SCOPE, HCL, Cognizant, Infosys, Perkin Elmer being the others.

Daksh is a platform for students to exhibit their intelligence, innovation and imagination in offering solutions to various engineering and science-related problems.

It challenges the intellectual prowess of students from various universities, colleges and schools from all over the country.

Various events would be organised under six themes — Compsense, ChromoXone, ElectroneIQ, Nirmaan, Robotricks and Shunyakaal — covering civil, IT, mechanical, electrical, electronics engineering, biotechnology and various other application areas of engineering and sciences.

Another contest is named `Sastrapura', which would invite competitive proposals for setting up a PURA in Thanjavur as envisaged by President A.P.J Abdul Kalam. For details, visit www.daksh.sastra.edu.

Kuruksastra, the cultural event is an ideal platform for students to exhibit their talents in extracurricular activities such as Carnatic music, JAM, quiz, debate and fine arts.

A special musical night is also planned for March 2 with HEART BEAT, a renowned band playing fusion music.

On the technical front, various teams from SASTRA University have won various prizes at Kshitij-07 at IIT-Kharagpur, Shaastra at IIT-Madras, and Pragyan-07 at NIT-Tiruchi.

Robotics is emerging to be SASTRA's strong point as its students won almost all the major Robotics contests conducted by premier institutes. In the recently-concluded Robotics contest at IIT-Kharagpur, SASTRA's stair climber robot won the best mechanical design award and has been retained by the organizers to be displayed at IIT- Kharagpur's Robotics Club's `Hall of Fame'. On the cultural events front, SASTRA's students have won top honours in major events including `Festember' at NIT-Tiruchi.

Daksh and Kuruksastra hope to attract over 1,300 students from 150 institutions across the country.

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