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Air show to take IIT fest to a new high

Aug. 10: An aerial show by the Indian Air Force, a vintage car rally, an exhibition by the army and a video conference with Nobel laureate John Mathar will be some of the highlights of Techniche’08, the 10th edition of the annual techno-management festival to be organised by IIT Guwahati from September 5 to 7.

Convenor Rahul Anurag said the annual festival would aim at bringing competitions, workshops, lectures and a national-level parliamentary debate, under one roof.

The chief scientist of IBM India, C. Mohan, protagonist of the resonance project Nassiem Haramien, professor of Physics at IIT Kanpur, H.C. Verma, French archaeologist Michael Danino, and Amitabh Khare of Indian Railway Construction (Ircon) Company will deliver lectures under the lecture-series module that for the first time will include live video conferences.

According to Anurag, some of the sure crowd-pullers will be a three-day robotics workshop, workshops on management and ham radio besides a night time spectacular display of fireworks by Morani Fireworks.

The robotics segment is sure to steal the limelight as a whole range of technical extravaganza covering manual, autonomous, semi-autonomous, underwater, aerial and sailing events will be witnessed.

In the preliminary stage of Technothlon, a technical talent search contest in schools, over 10,000 students across 20 centres in the country, including Mumbai, Delhi, Calcutta and Hyderabad had participated, Anurag said.

“Of these, the top 150 teams will receive an invite to experience Techniche at IIT Guwahati with specific competitions and workshops designed for them.”

With prizes worth Rs 5 lakh on offer, the competitive events form the backbone of Techniche.

Anurag said the events on case studies and paper presentations would make up the predefined module, which involves meticulous research and development.

Another segment, BusinessGuru is a competition where students will present models of new firms by highlighting how they will do business with parameters like location, raw material, market appeal, labour and logistics.

There will be also quiz shows, panel discussion, gaming events and other interspersed fun events that promise to keep the participants on their feet all the time.

Through this festival, the students of IIT Guwahati have committed to lend a helping hand to the destitute.

“We have been groomed to lead the world. The least we can do is to reach out to those who cannot help themselves. It is but a modest attempt to rekindle hope where there is none,” Anurag said.

Coinciding with Techniche, books and clothes will be collected from the students and distributed in the orphanages in the city.

The organisers are also in touch with an orphanage to bring the inmates to the IIT Guwahati on a field trip during Techniche to see and feel the state-of-the-art facilities like the laboratories.

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