Krish Ajmera and Naman Kothari of Mechanical Engineering Department, Vaibhav Thakor, Nikhil Patel, and Tarun Khilani of Electronics and Communication Engineering Department, Institute of Technology emerged as the Winner Team in the Robofest-Gujarat 1.0 competition organised by Gujarat Council on Science and Technology, Department of Science & Technology, Government of Gujarat on Oct 29, 2020 in the category of Chess Playing Robot. The team received a special cash prize of Rupees Five lakh. Further, the prototype model has also been selected for display at the upcoming Robotic Gallery at Gujarat Science City, Ahmedabad.
Moreover, the team of Harshvardhan Sinh Sisodia and Akshay Marvaniya of Mechanical Engineering Department, Aakash Surve of Instrumentation and Control Engineering Department, Navin Khatri of Electrical Engineering Department, and Jigar Boda of Electronics and Communication Engineering Department received a special Consolation Prize in the category of Four Legged Robot. The Team received certificates and a special cash prize of Rupees One Lakh. The prototype model has been selected for display at the upcoming Robotic Gallery at Gujarat Science City, Ahmedabad.
Smart India Hackathon
Institute of Technology, Nirma University students team ‘Matroid’ emerged as the Category Winners and Team ‘Scramblers’ received a special prize at the Smart India Hackathon (SIH) organised by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. Smart India Hackathon is a nationwide initiative by MHRD to provide students with a platform to solve some of the pressing problems we face in our daily lives, and thus inculcate a culture of product innovation and a mindset of problem-solving. The 4th edition of SIH 2020 was organised online from August 1-3, 2020, addressed by the Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. Over 10,000 students participated in solving 243 problem statements received from various central government departments, state governments and industries.
Team Matroid (Pushpit Jain-student leader, Rishi Hiran, Shrey Shah, Urja Patel, Pranav Agarwal and Devanshi Parmar) from the Instrumentation & Control Engineering and Mechanical Engineering department of Nirma University designed an innovative solution for reducing and maintaining a free-flowing check-in system at the airports under the problem statement provided by Airport Authority of India and won the first prize along with a cash prize of Rs 1 lac.
Team Scramblers (Deep Pujara, Pratyusha Patel, Sagar Patel, Keshav Kasat, Aman Jeswani, and Mansi Patel) from Electronics Communication Engineering department worked on the problem statement given by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The idea was to develop an algorithm which can identify the equation used at the transmission and the original data, without knowing any prior information about the scrambling process. The Scramblers was the only team from Gujarat to reach in the top six teams for ISRO’s problem statement. The team won a special prize of Rs 25 thousand for the work.
Ishan Pandey, student of Institute of Law has authored a book titled “War of AI” released in Aug 2020 (ISBN number 9798675834259). It reached bestseller rankings on Amazon in the US, India, and UK. The book is a sci-fi thriller from the future. A graphic novel portraying a grim reality of our government and the elites. The book touches upon the subject of class divide within our futuristic society.
IBM Hack Challenge 2020
Student team of Dhruvil Dholariya and Chittalkumar Patel, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Institute of Technology emerged as the Runner up in the IBM Hack Challenge 2020 organised during May-Aug 2020 and received a cash prize worth Rs 25000 per person. They developed a website/app solution for “Predicting the energy output of a wind turbine based on weather condition”. A total of 4500 teams across India participated in the event.
Ms Sulbha Garg, undergraduate student in Computer Science and Engineering, Institute of Technology, Nirma University bags a placement offer of Rs 46.47 lakhs per annum from a Bengaluru-based IT company. The selection took place in three stages, Online test, Technical rounds and Culture Fit round. The institute took special classes for the students and groomed their technical skills. Ms Garg cleared all these rounds to bag the role of an IT Developer.