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`Tathva' showcases engineering brains

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KOZHIKODE, FEB. 29. Engineering brains across the country showcased their talents at the venues of the all India technical festival, "Tathva-2004" at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) campus at Chathamangalam near here on the second day of the fest.

The main attraction of the technical symposium today was a lecture by Dr. B.S. Bhooshan, an award-winning architect from Mysore.

He said that harmonious architecture was not that aped from the west but that which blends with the local culture and ecology.

He threw a light on the depreciating involvement of modern day architects in the true spirit of building. He called upon the budding professionals to realise the significance of "building with a knowledge base". He showed slides of his widely recognised works like "The Village Resort".

At "Spardha", where papers are presented, saw entries from physics, chemistry and mechanical engineering.

The prize-winning paper in the department of chemistry dealt with the synthesis of artificial limbs using 30 per cent silicon rubber and 70 per cent natural rubber.

One of the topics of the paper presented in the mechanical engineering department was "Eco-friendly hybrid automotives", dealing with the introduction of solar and fuel cell hybrid vehicle technology, which promises a 100 per cent pollution free exhaust.

Papers presented in the physics department include those dealing on nano-technology, quantum nano-wire lasers and low dimensional semiconductor systems.

Third year civil engineering students of NIT, Kozfhikode, demonstrated "Rain water harvesting and artificial recharge of ground water".

The main objective of this model was to preserve the ground water table by various techniques namely, rooftop harvesting method and spreading techniques.

This model ensures effective use of over 70 per cent of rainfall and also enables potable water storage.

Mechanical engineering students exhibited Detector for Energy Wastage (DEW) model, which was an effort to restrict careless wastage of electricity. It used laser beams and mirrors to detect the presence of a person in a room and accordingly causes the switches to go off or on, as required.

Students of electronics came up with innovative designs such as electronic guard for the blind.

It consisted of an infra red (IR) dual sensors within a walking stick, which sent IR pulses to help the user to gauge the distance between himself and the obstruction.

Students of computer science department presented models for the purpose of speech recognition and object-tracking. Speech recognition identified speakers based on their voices and would help in password identification. Object tracking tracked the paths of objects in order to locate them at any instant.

A paper presented by the civil engineering students delved into the possibilities of building seismic resistive multi-storeyed buildings.

A software de-bugging contest was conducted by M\s trilogy, Bangalore, as part of "Tathva-2004". Students of computer science were exposed to various debugging techniques in a grueling 75 minute test.

The following are the winners of some of the competitions at Tathva today.

The structural building competition was dominated by NIT, Kozhikode (NITC) students. Najmuddin Saify and Devendra of sixth semester civil engineering of NITC won the first place. Runners up were Jaydipta Ghosh and K.P.Anish of fourth semester civil engineering of NITC.

Ankush Srivastava and Shashank Shukla of NITC won the first prize in mechanical engineering paper presentation.

Dilip Kumar and S.Karthikeyan of St. Peter College of Engineering Chennai and K.Venkiteshwara Rao of JNTU College of Engineering, Kaakinada, were declared the joint runners-up.

V. Manoj Kumar of NITC won the first prize in chemistry paper presentation contest. Joint runners-up are Abhinav Jagetia and Ashutosh Shyam of MNIT, Jaipur, and P.Sudesh from Malabar Christian College, Kozhikode.

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