The Telegraph
| Thursday, October 31, 2013 |


Living a dream

The common notion of a girl being too delicate to build a race car is where my story begins. In my first year of engineering, various clubs offered chances of being part of something, but nothing attracted me like the shining metal and greasy engine of Formula Manipal (FM). After a month-long gruelling task phase, I became a proud member of FM, as we affectionately call it. What started out as a project soon became a family of twenty five with a shared vision: building the best Indian FSAE car (racer).

An improvement of last season's design, the FMX3 was a more compact design with reduced weight and lighter bodywork with a Honda CBR 600RR engine. Extensive testing was done on a local go-karting track as well as in the Red Bull Ring in Austria Joanneum Racing Graz of UAS Graz. The happiest moments of my college life were spent at the Formula Manipal workshop, and even though I got chided from time to time, it encouraged me to do better. The first time I presented the FM Sponsorship Proposal to a potential firm is still fresh in my mind. FM was the project that defined my college life and transformed me from a timid girl with big dreams to a strong confident woman who could realise those dreams.

We were the first team in the world to register for the Formula Student Germany (FSG) competition 2013. We also qualified for the Formula Student Czech Republic (FSCZ) competition 2013. At the Hockenheimring, Germany, we successfully completed all the static events but could do only half of the endurance run. We, however, won second place in the cost analysis. At Hradec Kralove, we became the first Indian team to finish endurance at the FSCZ. It was a moment of pride and ecstasy.

So, (and this is not the feminist in me talking), even girls can do it — you just need the passion and dedication.

Mridul Chirania
third year, computer science and engineering
Manipal Institute of Technology
Manipal, Karnataka



Nobel quiz

A three-member team from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-KGP) emerged the winner of the Calcutta round of the Sweden India Nobel Memorial Quiz 2013 held at the Indian Statistical Institute last month. They will travel to New Delhi for the grand finale scheduled on November 16. National winners will get an all-expense paid trip to Sweden, where they will get to visit headquarters of partner companies, universities and the Nobel Museum.

The quiz is being held to mark a century of Tagore's becoming a Nobel laureate. It is a part of the Sweden-India Nobel Memorial Week 2013, organised by the Embassy of Sweden and Swedish businesses in India. This year, the Nobel Memorial Week celebrates first Indian and non-European Nobel Laureate in literature, Rabindranath Tagore.

Shreyoshi Ghosh, IIT Kharagpur



Safe code

The Code-Uncode competition, a hunt for India's top secure programmer by EC Council, a provider of certifications and training in the information security domain, has been a great success here at Amity University, Uttar Pradesh. The competition, which took place under the guidance of our professor, Ajay Rana, comprised of an online questionnaire on secure coding. We all found it a challenging and rather interesting experience. The competition was tough and the questions were quite difficult. The event has sparked an interest in secure programming and secure computer practices amongst numerous students who have now become InfoSec (information security) aspirants. We would like to thank EC Council for organising this competition and look forward to having many more such events in Amity University.

Kritika Khanna,
third year, BTech electronics and instrumentation, Amity University