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Tech geeks would try to bring alive a slice of the Hollywood flick, Real Steel, at Technika 14 this Valentine’s Day.

Birla Institute of Technology-Patna campus would be buzzing with activity at Technika 14, its annual techno-management fest as an array of events has been organised for budding engineers to display their skills and explore their technical fantasies.

The events of the four-day fiesta would include robotics to circuit simulation, coding to computer gaming and business plans to paper presentations. In the event christened Robotique, students would build their own robots, both automatic and manual and compete against others in any five games. Elektrika would include events based on electrical engineering, encouraging students to conceive innovations that can influence the society in a positive manner and conserve natural resources.

Electronico would include five events to test circuit-making skills and implement innovate ideas to enhance communication, while Informatique, the computer science event, will assess the talents of the participants in coding and application designing.

Aditya Ranjan, the general secretary of Technika 14, said: “The four-day extravaganza would include management events also to shape leaders and entrepreneurs of the next generation. Students would have to present ideas in the event Business Plan. The other non-techincal events include Astrotrekkers organised by the astronomy club, Fashionista, a theme based fashion show, Fotografia, the online photography event and Moviedom, an online short film making competition.”

BIT-Patna director S.L. Gupta said: “The focus of the event is to give opportunities to students to explore their talents.” The grand fiesta would conclude with a rock music performance, Viola. New Delhi-based band Nasya would perform on the last day of the fest.

However, behind the flamboyance and glamour of the event, Technika does its bit for society through its corporate social responsibility (CSR). Through its initiative called Umeed, 10 underprivileged students are admitted to a government school and a year’s tuition fee is paid by the institute. The budding techies also share their experience of persons in old-age homes and orphanages in their souvenir through its CSR initiative, Pahel.

Through Udaan, 25 students from classes V to VIII of government schools are provided basic computer education. Post Technika, BIT-Patna would also organise a National Students’ Conclave on April 5 and 6, where students from more than 50 technical and management institutions would take part.

BIT-Patna director Gupta said: “The National Students’ Conclave is a big event. Students from top engineering and management colleges would take part. More than 140 papers on engineering and management topics would be presented during the two days.”

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