Dash of designer tech at Guwahati IIT festival - Automobile style guru Dilip Chhabria invited to interact with students at Techniche 2005

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By OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT in Guwahati
  • Published 7.08.05
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Guwahati, Aug. 7: Guess who?s coming to town for the big party thrown by some of the sharpest minds in the country?

Ace car designer Dilip Chhabria, whose list of clients include the makers of James Bond films, will attend the three-day annual festival of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati, beginning September 2.

Chhabria designed the Aston Martin seen in Die Another Day, featuring Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry. He also designed the model that did the star turn in Tarzan ? The Wonder Car, the Bollywood tale of a car possessed by the spirit of its owner.

Past editions of Guwahati IIT?s annual festival ? Techniche ? had attracted the likes of Prof. Yashpal, C.N.R. Rao and K. Kasturirangan.

Vedant Mehta, media co-ordinator for Techniche 2005, told The Telegraph that Chhabria would interact with students of the institute?s design department.

Guwahati IIT is the only one in the country that offers a bachelor?s degree in designing.

Mehta said the flamboyant Chhabria ? he once famously said, ?Bring me your body and I?ll give you a new soul? ?would provide the inspirational spark not only to IITians but also students from other institutions invited to participate in the three-day event. Nearly 5,000 students from across the country are expected to be in Guwahati for Techniche 2005.

A graduate from the Los Angeles Art Centre College of Design, Chhabria?s first creation was a red Gypsy he named Hurricane. One of his innovative designs was a Maruti 1000 converted into a two-seater Japanese-style sports car.

Apart from Chhabria, Guwahati IIT will play host to three more dignitaries ? R. Chidambaram, principal scientific adviser to the Union government, K. Kannan, a pioneer in stem cell research, and management guru N.K. Sharma.

Chidambaram will interact with 2,500 students from 60 schools of the region after the School Olympiad, one of the most popular events of the festival.

Another highlight of the conclave will be Gyan Sanchar. ?It is a lecture and workshop series where pioneers of varied fields share their vision, knowledge and rich experience. The participants are offered an insight into some of the most fascinating and innovative areas of knowledge,? Mehta said.

Technothlon is the name given to events on robotics, paper presentations and other technical and management-related competitions, while the Astronomy Show brings to life the wonders of science.

?Over the years, Techniche has done justice to its objectives through innovative endeavours and futuristic perspective that help students explore some of the challenging new fields like bio-informatics, space applications and solar-botics. This year?s event will be bigger and better,? Mehta said.

The Guwahati IIT campus is in North Guwahati.