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Tuesday , February 18 , 2014
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Budding techies showcase acumen & innovation

- From robot & structural contests to music & cricket, Technika ’14 hits success high

Technika ’14, the four-day high-voltage annual technical cultural festival of Birla Institute of Technology (BIT), Patna, ended on Monday with a bang loud enough to resound till its next edition.

Students brimming with enthusiasm took part in a series of adrenaline-pumping events that tested their presence of mind and alacrity.

In the robotics event, a team comprising students of Heritage Institute of Technology (HIT) and Techno India trounced a team from NIT-Patna and BIT-Patna. In the event titled Death Race, each team had to prepare a battery-enabled robot, which had to cross certain hurdles.

Ankur, a student of Techno India, a Calcutta-based institution, said: “The winner was adjudged by the robot taking the least time in crossing the hurdles.”

Similarly, for architecture and civil engineering students, there was mega structure through which the students got a chance to show their innovation and imagination. The participants were told to prepare a structure resembling like a bridge with ice cream sticks. The winner was judged on the basis of the retention power of the bridge.

Not only this, non-technical events like Jukebox, Treasure Hunt, Antakshari, Gully cricket and Gobbling gave the students a chance to enjoy the day and relax their mind. In Gobbling, participants vied for the top position by gulping down the maximum number of gol guppas in limited time.

Chief guest JKP Singh, the managing director Bihar State Textbook Publishing Corporation Limited, said: “Such type of events give student an opportunity to showcase their innovation and imaginations.

BIT director S.L. Gupta said: “Technika not only gives an opportunity to students to showcase their technical innovative ideas but even non-technical ideas.”

Team Ashwa (a group of students), which successfully designed and assembled a single-seat four-wheeler vehicle with a petrol engine in four months, flagged off the fruit of their labour. The all-terrain vehicle will participate in the BAJA SAE India 2014 to be held at Indore.

The group members were Nishant Shekhar, Siddharth Srikant, Abhishek Sugam, Kumar Vishal, Akash Anand, Anish Singh, Gaurav Karna, Mrityunjay Kumar Pranab, Sarvendra Vikram and Rubal Prakash.

“The vehicle has a chassis, suspension system, braking system, clutch, gear box, engine, steering and can pick a speed of 60km per hour on plain roads and even on uneven roads,” said Ravi.

At the end of the day, Viola was held, where Underground Authority, a band, performed at the college auditorium. The students cheered and danced to the music forgetting their failures and successes.

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