The students from the Schools of Engineering of the Bhubaneswar-based KIIT University set to participate in competition have designed and built an aircraft from balsa wood, weighing about three and a half kg.
The aircraft, powered by an internal combustion engine, can carry a payload of around 10 kg and fly up to one thousand feet high at a speed of 120 km per hour.
"Our students have demonstrated a high level of creativity and innovation; we hope they will do well," said KIIT founder Achyuta Samanta.
The Bhubaneswar-based Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) is a group of professional institutes - KIIT University and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS). KISS provides free education and vocational training to more than 20,000 tribal students.