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Fun with biz and tech

The fun and frenzy of Spring Fest 2011 may have come to an end but the party at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur is far from over.

Friday to Monday (January 31) at the Kharagpur campus is reserved for budding scientists, innovators and engineers as they log on to the annual techno-management fest Kshitij, organised in association with The Telegraph. The competition will be on all things biz and tech, from coding and building robots to drawing up branding strategies and case studies.

Around 40,000 students from across the country are likely to join the fest. “There was a huge response to our online competitions and pre-event submissions,” said Abhishek Patwari, a member of the organising team.

Kshitij will host events on subjects like electronics, programming, mechanical model designing, case-study competitions and branding strategies. Gladiator flying competition Laws of Motion, technical paper competition Eureka, coding competition Overnight and the robotics competition are among the top draws this year.

The fest also includes guest lectures, exhibitions, workshops and megashows (grand stage events). Guest lecturers include Woodrow Whitlow Jr, the director of the Glenn Research Center at Nasa, Philippe Lebrun, the head of Accelerator Technology Department at CERN, Larry Wall, the creator of programming language Perl, Ronald Mallett, a professor of physics at University of Connecticut and known for his work on time travel, Chris Roebuck, one of the top 25 human resource experts of the world, and Eric Giler, the CEO of WiTricity.

Workshops will provide students with hands-on experience in various topics, including automotive engineering (by Jaguar Design Team, UK), software reverse engineering (by C-DAC, Graphology) and Adobe streaming technology.

“The megashows are our biggest events. We have the acro-dunking show by Dunk Kings (from Slovenia), a Pyroshow and an ultraviolet show by Anta Agni,” said Patwari.

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