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Robofest-Gujarat 1.0       

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.

Book Publication 


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    

Chittalkumar and Dhruvil

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.

Placement Offer   


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.

Other Achievements

  • Lokesh Vyasof Semester IX, Institute of Law  secured first place in the Shamnad Basheer Essay Writing Competition on IP law for his essay titled ?Director?s authorship under Indian Copyright Law: An (Un) Indian Approach?? organised by SpicyIP (India’s leading IP blog). He was declared the winner on Aug 3, 2020 among the 95 shortlisted entries.
  • Inovora India Design Studio in association with Nirma University, Strate, Indian Institute of Crafts and Design, Jaipur organised the Inovora India Challenge on the theme ?Second Life of Packaging Challenge? during July 17 to Aug 4, 2020. The students were expected to create another product that could be used instead of throwing it away. Among the 24 entries received in 7 categories, Aashana Agarwal (Furniture), Piyush Vishwakarma (Everyday solutions), and Tejas Patel (COVID 19) were declared as the winners in their respective category from Department of Design, Nirma University.
  • Vinisha Jain, Yash Dadhich and Manya Anjariahave been adjudged as winners in the ?Internional Criminal Trial Advocacy Competition 2020? organised by Symbiosis Law School, Pune on Oct 21, 2020.
  • Ananya Gupta and Prince Agarwal, studying in Industrial Design discipline in semester VII, Department of Design were declared as the winners in the ?AI and The Future of Work? category at the hackathon hosted by MIT- Sloan School of Management during Nov 6-8, 2020. The task was to identify a problem area in the category and come up with an AI-based solution and pitch the idea to the investors in the jury panel. The students and their team members developed a digital platform, UpSkill- an early warning system for involuntary separation.
  • Dhanvi Shah, Srishti Dutta and Vashishtha Dubey, students of Semester VII, Communication Design, Department of Design designed and animated a film on the issue of Domestic Violence. The film was submitted to ASIFA (Association Internationale du Film d’Animation) and was screened at Studio Face in Lugano, Switzerland on Nov 14, 2020 on the occasion of the 19thInternational Animation Day in Lugano, Switzerland.
  • Shubham Borah and Aarush Sharma from Institute of Law wonthe Open Final in WDF OPENS XIV in the International category organised by the Debate Network Nepal held during Dec 26-27, 2020.
  • Mr Ashish Majithiya, PhD student, Mechanical Engineering Department has been selected in the governing council of The Robotic Society (TRS) based on active participation in various events. TRS is a national level society, formed by robotic researchers from various IITs for promoting research and training in the field of robotics. Currently, the society has 1300+ active members and is being governed by IIT Madras.
  • Mr Saurabh Singh Rajput and Mr Karnav Sagathiya, Mechanical Engineering students of semester 7 received a grant of Rs 1,80,000/- for their project ?Experimental Investigations on Solar Air Heater using Phase Change Material? on Dec 2, 2020 under the Student Open Innovation Challenge (SOIC 2020-21), a flagship initiative of the Student Startup and Innovation Policy (SSIP), developed under the aegis of the Education Department, Government of Gujarat.