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     Engineers get robots to compete for them

By Revathi Ramalingam, Express News Service.

Chandigargh, October 12th 2006: The banner on the wall says ‘Sumo Wrestler’. Eager spectators crowd around the ring to urge on their favourite participant. Shouts of ‘come on’ and ‘no’ punctuate the air.

Just another sporting event, you think. Not quite. The spectators are students and the ‘sumo wrestlers’ are small robots fighting to push each other off a round board.

This is one of the last competitions of Delta-06, the annual tech week of Punjab Engineering College (PEC), Sector 12. Over 20 events formed a part of the technical fest which began on October 6 and ended today.

Explaining why the tech-week was a regular feature in the college calendar, PEC Director, Dr Vijay Gupta said, ‘‘For students to become professionals it is imperative for them to update their knowledge outside the scope of their curriculum and develop an inter-disciplinary approach.’’ Keeping this in mind, the events had been designed to test the technical acumen of the students in various fields related to robotics, circuit design, programming and mechanical design.

The curtain for the event was raised on Friday with A’mon Avis, a debate on topics related to technology. This was followed by X-treme Engineering in which the participants got a chance to design and fabricate a specific model from scrap.

Saturday saw the eighth bi-annual meet of IEEE which was attended by students from various engineering colleges in the region. It involved a technical paper presentation competition and a guest lecture by Dr H K Sardana, a scientist from Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO). This is the first time that PEC hosted the meet.

Meanwhile, the two events which took place on Tuesday were Swift Mechanix and Sthapatya. In the former the participants had to race with their wireless remote vehicles on a dirt track. The latter saw the designing of a building on Auto CAD, the judgment criterion being the most feasible design. Some of the other popular events included a boomerang design contest, an air balloon contest, Semantica (C programming), Junkyard Wars, Mechanix, technical poster presentation and Sequence Detector. The last event of the week was a time-based competition where participants had to put together dissembled bicycles in less than 20 minutes.



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