Chennai: Shaastra, the annual technical fest of IIT Madras which is considered the biggest such event in the southern region, this year has about 35 events and 28 workshops, with over 20,000 participants from all over the country.
Saturday, the first day, had participants thronging Shaastra Cube Open, Robo-Oceano (a workshop dealing with marine robotics), and Semi-Autonomous robotics, whose eight competing teams had to build two robots, one autonomous with pre-programmed codes and the other, manually operated, solving a problem statement.
Junkyard Wars, with its 100 teams, each comprising 3 members, was the star attraction. The first two rou-nds of the contest were devoted to a team getting their theories right.
The finals will whittle that number down to about five. “Each team will be given old mopeds, cycles, rods and other junk items besides the basic tools to solve a problem statement. This year, they have to make machines capable of watering and ploughing an agricultural field,” said Pavan Rohit, coordinator for the event.
Zaved Mohammad and Dency Dadhaniya, students from Mangalore, said they had come to take part in the event to expose themselves to greater knowledge. In the evening, ‘Envisage’, an in-house techno cultural show, featuring the projects of IIT Madras’s students, caught everybody’s attention.
“Nearly 40 students from various departments have been working on this for the past three months. We are perhaps one of the few institutions in the country to put together a show like this without help from professional companies,” said Sandeep Krishna, who was in charge of it. Sunday’s highlight at Shaastra will be an Air Show for which experts from Germany have flown in....
Location: Tamil Nadu