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Budding techies do IIIT-A proud

BUDDING TECHIES of Allahabad?s Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT-A) have begun making a mark for themselves in prestigious national and international computer programming competitions. IIITians have put up an impressive performance at four such events held in the first half of 2006 and earned laurels for their institute.

india Updated: May 01, 2006 01:10 IST

BUDDING TECHIES of Allahabad’s Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT-A) have begun making a mark for themselves in prestigious national and international computer programming competitions. IIITians have put up an impressive performance at four such events held in the first half of 2006 and earned laurels for their institute.

The latest is the sterling performance by IIIT-A’s team ‘INCODUS’ comprising Yashwardhan Singh and K Ashwin Kumar (both of BTech VIth semester) at the Microsoft Imagine Cup India finals held at Bangalore on April 24. The team made it to the top 12 teams in India by putting up an impressive presentation of a clinical decision support system for usage in ICU of any hospital.

Microsoft Imagine Cup, launched in 2002, is an annual world-wide contest held by Microsoft to help students across the world showcase their software development skills. The contest empowers students to apply their creativity, knowledge and technical abilities towards making the world not only a more connected place but also a better place through technology.

In keeping with this, the theme for this year’s contest was: ‘Imagine a world where technology enables us to live healthier lives’.

The IIIT-A boys also put up an impressive show at the Microsoft Code4Bill competition, a contest to discover young talents. Harsh S, Sachin Agarwal and Ravi Gupta of BTech VIII Semester and Yashwardhan Singh of BTech VI Semester made it to the top 120 in the country from among thousands of other participants. Harsh S put up the best show by making it to the top 20 in India.The Microsoft Code4Bill contest comprises of a series of online tests followed by a face-to-face interaction to identify the top 20 student technologists in India.

The top 20 students will be offered a two-month internship at Microsoft Research Centre and Microsoft India Development Centre in India and later be offered a job at Microsoft India upon completion of the internship. The contest ran from January 2006 to March 2006. Harsh S was part of the three-member IIIT-A team that took part in the world finals of the prestigious 30th ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) at for San Antonio, Texas recently. The IIITians also impressed one and all at the Google Code Jam’s South Ease Asian Region finals held at Bangalore recently.

The first part of the competition was online followed by the second round of top 50 participants in Bangalore. Harsh S stood fourth among the Indians. Others who also put up great performances included Saurabh Kumar, Gautam Kumar Parai, Santosh Shah and Pranit Kumar Borah, all of BTech.