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Robotics Challenge IIT Bombay announces the launch of a pan India challenge on robotics

Posted on: July 16, 2012

Source: Times of India

Indian Institute of Bombay (IITB), a leading science and technology institution in the country, announced the launch of EYantra—a robotics competition. While other challenges expect students to build their own robots, EYantra presents them with a robot developed at IIT-Bombay, and encourages them to develop solutions to preset tasks using these models. This makes robotics accessible to students – registered in an engineering college as undergraduates – across a variety of disciplines such as computer science, information technology, electrical and electronics, and mechanical engineering.
Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) sponsors E-Yantra under the Nation al Mission for ICT in Education (NMEICT) programme. The initiative seeks to provide hands-on learning-infrastructure to engineering students who have limited access to labs and mentors. Professors Kavi Arya and Krithi Ramamritham of the institute’s CSE Department have conceptualised E-Yantra after years of experience in teaching embedded systems.
The ‘open-source’ initiative by IIT Bombay aims to create the next generation of Indian embedded systems engineers with a practical outlook to help provide practical solutions to some of everyday problems. The national challenge is open to all undergraduate students of engineering. Each group will programme a given robotic platform to solve a given problem with the available resources in 12-week duration. The experience will be taken to the next level through a National Robotics Competition where students from all over India will participate in theme based solving of tasks. This climaxes in a final competition at the IITB Tech fest in January 2013. Following the selection process, 120 teams of up to four members each, will be selected to participate in the competition and put through the necessary training to take part in what promises to be an exciting formative experience. Krithi Ramamritham, co coordinator of the project, IIT Bombay, said, “This proposal presents an integrated approach for incorporating robotics into secondary and engineering education with the objective of further engaging students through an exciting application of math, computers, and science.” For further details and to participate visit http://www.e-yantra.org.

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