Registrations started - ending on September 20
For the past nine-years, e-Yantra, a robotics outreach project funded by the ministry of education, and hosted at IIT Bombay, has seen massive success when it comes to training young engineers in various skills, a phenomenon anticipated by the National Education Policy (NEP). What's more interesting is that it does this through a massive open online course (MOOC) presenting itself as a competition.
e-Yantra’s National Robotics Competition has grown from 4,500 registrations in 2012 to 34,500 registrations, testifying to its growing popularity and to the growing wave of education moving online. The competition teaches hardcore engineering skills in a handson and fun manner. The first stage trains students through simulators and the second stage tests participants on problems modelled as ‘themes’. e-Yantra provides the resources, training and guidance and even a robotic kit to students whose theme requires hardware.
Undergraduate students register as a team of four – any year and any branch from the same institute. This year’s competition focuses on solving agricultural problems. If they qualify for the finals, then a travel allowance and boarding/ lodging at IIT Bombay is provided for the duration of the finals at IIT Bombay.
Themes teach a variety of skills including robotic operating system (ROS), control system design, machine-learning, image processing, 3D design, embedded systems and so on. This year’s themes teach state-of-the-art topics, for instance, functional programming - the paradigm on which the Whatsapp system was built. Also FPGAs - a breed of “reconfigurable hardware” permitting accelerated computation such as that required by advanced imaging and video processing used in Remote Sensing and surveillance.
In summary, e-Yantra teaches students state-of-art skills that prepares youngsters for the future. The coveted prize is a six-week paid summer internship with e-Yantra where participants get to work on ambitious technical projects and get exposed to a variety of extra-curricular talks on topics such as geo-politics, money and investing, soft skills, theatre workshops, meditation sessions, lectures on history, heritage visits to monuments and so on.
e-Yantra believes that students who make it to the internship program are potential leaders. These experiences broaden the outlook of our students to sensitize to the rapidly transforming world of global opportunities. Students touched by the competition are more employable and are more ambitious in their career choices and naturally turn to innovation and entrepreneurship as career objectives.
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