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IIT-Bombay launches 'E-Yantra' challenge

Posted: 06 Jul 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:robotics  undergraduate engineering 

The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay has announced its pan-India robotics competition, 'E-Yantra', which is open to all undergraduate engineering students.

While other competitions expect students to build their own robots, E-Yantra presents them with a robot developed at IIT-Bombay, and expects them to develop solutions to pre-set tasks using these robots.

This makes robotics accessible to students across a variety of disciplines such as computer science, information technology, electrical and electronics, and mechanical engineering.

The competition aims to attract talent of young India to create utility based robotic applications for usage across variety of applications such as: agriculture, manufacturing, defence, home, city maintenance and services industries.

"Why can't we create a 'Jhaddo-Khatka' robot, which can be deployed across public and private spaces? An important part of this initiative is to inspire the youth to look beyond themselves and solve the problems of the nation by leveraging their innovative thinking," said Kavi Arya, professor, computer science and engineering (CSE) department, who also conceptualised the E-Yantra project along with professor Krithi Ramamritham.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) sponsors E-Yantra under the National 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.

The 'E-Yantra' challenge allows each group to programme a given robotic platform to solve a given problem with the given resources in a12-week duration.

Those who qualify will be taken to the next level through a National Robotics Competition where students from all over India will participate in theme-wise solving of tasks. This climaxes in a final competition at the IIT-Bombay Techfest in January 2013.

Interested participants can register at to participate in the challenge. There is a selection process following which upto 120 teams of maximum number four members in each team will be selected to participate in the competition.

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