DIRECTOR OF Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT-A), Dr MD Tiwari, on Friday said that a number of reputed institutions of the world including the International Institute Of Telecommunication of Montreal (Canada) and the EPFL University of Switzerland have expressed a desire to collaborate with IIIT-A in various research projects.
Speaking at a function organised to mark the start of IIIT-A's three-day annual cultural fest— Effervescence-MMVI and the Deemed University's first ever Alumni Meet, Dr Tiwari said in the areas of international collaborations the Institute has been invited for ties and pacts in research and developing of centres of excellence from countries like Canada and Switzerland, which he had visited only recently.
"From being a nonentity in this area among Asian nations for the past 30 years, India is now high on the priority list of these countries as is evident from the interest being shown by various organisations and institutions like International Development Research Council of Canada which have expressed wish to establish research ties with the Institute and delegates from which are now all set to visit the Deemed University for chalking out programmes of common interest.
Similar feelers, he said, have come from Indo Swiss program and also from Aalborg University of Denmark. Dr Tiwari on the occasion also announced the formation of an "Alumni Council" and launch of an alumni website for further nurturing the ties between the alumni and the institution.
Dean (Academics) Dr Uma Shankar Tiwary, while extending a warm welcome to the alumni, said that it was the hard work of the students, teachers and the alumni that the Institute now ranks 11th in the list of best technical institutes of the country.
He said that the reputation of the Institute had grown and this stands proven as students from here are entering such Institutes like EPFL, Switzerland and Max Plank Institute for internship.
Speaking on the occasion, Dean (Resource Generation) Dr GC Nandi said that the Institute has grown in an atmosphere of scepticism initially in the face of dampening effect in IT in 2003. He said that the Institutes' products are good which have generated goodwill amongst the industry and institutes abroad are wanting more students from here.
The vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Anurika Vaish.
Later, the technical competitions of the fest began with the most eagerly awaited "AI workshop", a workshop on Robotics.
The instructor, Rahul Yadav, a BTech 5th semester student of IIIT-A spelt out the fundamentals of Robotics. The participants were provided with Lego mindstorms to assemble and program basic robots.
The workshop ended for the day with the promise for much greater thrill and excitement on the next day. The heat turned on with the "IT-Guru"— a quiz competition to reveal the IT czar, the Digerati (master of computer technology) for the year 2006-2007. Twenty participants were made to sweat through a gruelling multiple choice questionnaire designed to separate the grain from the chaff.
Vinay Singh topped the preliminary round followed by Mayank Uniyal . Overall eight students from IIIT-A and one from UCER were selected for the final round which is to be held on October 28.
The creative power of the students was tested in "AD-Mania", an advertising competition designed to test various advertising skills ranging from print to electronic media.
Teams from Lucknow University, UCER and IIIT-A took part in this competition. The ingenuity of the students impressed all as a team of four MBA students from IIIT-A— Jaspreeth Singh Mithra, Shivali, Kanika, Nitin— bagged the first prize for their innovative ad on dual optical technology.
They had made great use of 'Munnabhai MBBS' concept along with Circuit to enthrall the audience. The runners up was a team of four BTech students from UCER Rishi Rai, Pratyush Sinha, Sourab and Neelesh who designed a brilliant advertisement of Optical Mouse.