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Telangana’s biggest and a National Rural Technology Festival “Antahpragnya 2018’ kicked off
Telangana’s biggest and a National Rural Technology Festival “Antahpragnya 2018’ kicked off

Telangana’s biggest and a National Rural Technology Festival “Antahpragnya 2018’ kicked off

When there is a Über for Taxis, why not be there something for Tractors, as most farmers cannot afford to own tractors: Prashanthi, District Collector Nirmal ask’s Rural Students to come with such innovative ideas in the Technical Festival

Be the change makers, rather than running to catch up with change: Dr Ashok Kumar, VC of RGUKT and Commissioner of Board of Intermediate

Robo War, Robo Race, Mouse Trap Race, Techies for Karshak, Eunoia, Maze Runner, Smart Irrigation. Paper from Banana Stem, Hand Power Charger, Wireless Charger, Treadmill Bicycle, Smart Ambulance, Hearing Spects, Smart Tap, Mobile Microscope, Fake Ice Creation, Magical tree, Dancing Balls, Air Dr5one, Kaleshwaram, Polavaram Projects, Bluetooth Control Elevator, Solar Air Cooler, Stress Meter, Smart Cap, Voice Control Car, Smart Umbrella, Self Driving Plough are some of the highlights.

Hyderabad​, March 20, 2018… The three day, 4th Edition of Telangana’s biggest and National Rural Technical Festival “Antahpragnya 2018” kicked off at RGUKT (Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies), Basar, 200 kms away from Hyderabad, the State Capital of Telangana.

M. Prashanthi, Collector, Nirmal District; Prof V. Chandra Shekhar, Centre Director of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR); Dr. K. Bala Subramanian, Director, Non Ferrous Materials Technology Development Centre (NFTDC) and Dr. A. Ashok Kumar, VC, RGUKT, Basar and Commissioner of Board of Intermediate, Telangana; Convenor J. Swapnil, Administrative Officer T. N. Venkata Swamy graced the inaugural function.

The theme of the three-day Rural Technical Festival is “Rural entrepreneurship, Women empowerment, Sustainable technologies”

It is organised by RGUKT (Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies), Basar.

A total of 200 odd prototype working models created by 4000 rural ignited minds from the RGUKT varsity and outside are presented as part of the program, while 90 different colorful events will be organized. Nearly 25000 people from nearby places and other colleges are expected to witness the Three Day National Level Telangana’s Biggest Rural Technical Festival.

Addressing the 2000 plus student gathering immediately after formally inaugurating Prashanthi, District Collector Nirmal asked why can’t we have Uber for Tractors, when there is one for Taxis, why not it be for Tractors, as most farmers cannot afford tractors. She told them to come out with such innovative ideas in the Technical Festival.

Elaborating further she informed that she would talk to Uber and explore the matter further with the company. If that happens we would be the first District in the country to make tractors available on hire at affordable prices.

She further told rural students to come with solutions like rural garbage recycling, plastic waste disposal as well as to come out with bio-degradable alternative material to plastics.

If you come out with innovative ideas, I will be the first to implement them at field level, she assured the creative talent of the rural India. Come up with innovative ideas. You can be game changers, she told them.

Be the change makers, rather than running to catch up with change: Dr Ashok Kumar, VC of RGUKT and Commissioner of Board of Intermediate said.

Antahpragnya 2018, connoting truth, is an annual festival in its 4th year. It provides a forum for technological ideas, ideations. It is massive movement that showcases the innovative and inventive spirit he informed.

Over 90 events are organised by 7 Engineering departments, 3 other departments and a whopping 200 lives models are on display for three days up to March 22nd, he said.

Students worked on some models for months together he said.

Some live and innovative models include: Robo War, Robo Race, Mouse Trap Race, Techies for Karshak, Eunoia, Maze Runner, Smart Irrigation,. Paper from Banana Stem, Hand Power Charger, Wireless Charger, Treadmill Bicycle, Smart Ambulance, Hearing Spects, Smart Tap, Mobile Microscope, Fake Ice Creation, Magical tree, Dancing Balls, Air Drone, Kaleshwaram, Polavaram Projects, Bluetooth Control Elevator, Solar Air Cooler, Stress Meter, Smart Cap, Voice Control Car, Smart Umbrella, Self Driving Plough are some of the highlights.

Few highlights include—Ad’vie-The advertising challenge; Techies for Karashak—project to improve agricultural methods; VR World— Gaming and Workshop on Virtual Reality; Youtuber’s Dairy—Success life of famous you tubers; Eunoia—competition of working models for school children from across Telangana and cultural programs.

RGUKT admits just 1% of the top rural talent into six year integrated program. Currently 6000 students are studying at RGUKT, Basar. Primary objective if it is to offer high quality education to rural students in ICT (Information and Communication Technologies). The annual intake is 10000 for which 25000 students bid for.

The center offers robust syllabus comprised of new wave of technologies such as IT, Nanotechnology, Cloud Computing, Data Analytics, Internet of Things, Blockchain Analytics.

Some top companies are in talks with RGUKT to set up Innovation Centers, Dr Ashok shared.

Addressing the students, Chief Guest, Prof V. Chandra Shekhar, Centre Director for TIFR (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research) he said future of education in India lies in RGUKT kind of educational institutions. Sport cricket until recently was confined to the elite few. Once it went rural, it took the sport by storm. Similarly, the absolute talent in India lies in rural folks. I have no doubt in mind that future Nobel Laureates and Narayan Murthy’s will come from rural India.

He also emphasised on the importance of learning inter disciplinary subjects. Know your subject in depth. But also know allied subjects.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. K. Bala Subrahmaniam, Director of Non Ferrous Materials Technology Development Center (NFTDC), Hyderabad said Science is knowledge creation and technology is knowledge integration. Knowing to doing is very important. But only 5 to 10 per cent is happening. In case of doing it well only 5 per cent happens. Knowledge enhances a person’s personality. If you don’t have knowledge, you are an animal, he told them.

Venkat Swamy, admin officer said science is about knowing and Engineering is about doing.

Student painted arts were given as a Mementoes to the guests. There was a stall which sold student made paper handicrafts. The entire campus bore a festive look and gave an impression of an exhibition. Thousands of man hours have gone in making live many exhibits. Certainly the Antahpragnya, the best and the biggest Rural Technical Fest gives a very rare exposure to students.

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