Mumbai: College fests, a melting pot of innovation and creativity

  • Omkar Gokhale, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Dec 29, 2014 16:32 IST

Students of engineering colleges are showcasing their technological innovations at various college fests. Mobile apps, drones used for surveillance of the campus during fests and solution ideas to everyday problems such as e-waste management — budding engineers have created them all.

At Mood Indigo, the annual cultural festival of Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B), eight kinds of Android apps and gadgets have been created by students, making it easier for visitors to locate stalls and make their way through the crowd. For the first time, the concerts at the fest are being recorded on a camera attached to a drone. Drones are also being used to keep a watch on the crowds. A new app helps one check if his or her Facebook friends are at the fest.

Shubham Bharatiya, technical head, Mood Indigo, said, “Participants and visitors are getting access to information about events and venues. They can also track their friends on campus.”

Students of KJ Somaiya College of Engineering, Vidyavihar, had developed a multi-rotor helicopter for their annual technological fest Abhiyantriki, held in October, to photograph various events from the air. The helicopter will be now used to shoot videos of matches at the upcoming sports events. The students have also created a mobile app called STUCO, which brings the latest news and events to students.

Bhumik Dedhia, a third-year engineering student, said, “We try and showcase our innovations every year.” Students of Veermata Jijabai Technological institute (VJTI), Matunga, have developed a wheelchair with robotic arms for paralysed people. It has been displayed at the annual technical festival, Technovanza. The wheelchair can be controlled through brain signals of the user. Through Mission Mumbai, VJTI students are trying to find solutions to everyday problems.

Yashashree Bhore, member of the organising team, Technovanza, said, “As engineers, it is necessary that we apply our knowledge for the welfare of society. With a motto of ‘taking technology to society’ we are displaying innovations helpful to solve problems that people face.”

Students of Thadomal Shahani College of Engineering (TSCE), Bandra, are collecting e-waste for their college festival, Trifles, to be held in February. They plan to recycle the waste. GT Thampi, principal, TSCE, said, “It is remarkable that engineering students, during fests, are applying their theoretical knowledge to provide solutions to problems.”

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