Grant for bachelor engg. students

With an aim to nurture creativity and encourage the innovative spirit of engineering students, the Institution of Engineers (India) is funding projects of students at the bachelor’s level. The IEI has allocated Rs. 60 crore for funding research. Of this, Rs. 50 crore is for students doing their graduation in engineering. The selected project will be extended a grant-in-aid of Rs.50,000. Students have to apply online through their college, member, IEI National Council, K. Venkatasubbaiah, has said.

“Presently, funding is available for research scholars and students doing post-graduation. The innovative projects of graduate level students are being ignored and they are being stifled for lack of funding,” chairman of the Visakhapatnam Local Centre M. Purnachandra Rao said. The IEI VLC organised a day-long workshop on ‘Lean Manufacturing’ on Sunday.



Creativity at its best

No looking back:A student driving an assembled racing car at GITAM during ‘Pramana’ in Medak district on Saturday.- PHOTO: MOHD ARIF

No looking back:A student driving an assembled racing car at GITAM during ‘Pramana’ in Medak district on Saturday.- PHOTO: MOHD ARIF

The colours of spring were splashed across the campus as the energy of youth power reached crescendo as students of GITAM School of Technology and Hyderabad Business School (HBS) of GITAM University, jointly organised a two-day techno-management fest ‘Pramana-2K14’ on its Hyderabad campus on Friday and Saturday. The fest consisted of technical and management competitions. Chief guest Prof. V. Harinarayana Sarma, EC member, ISTE, New Delhi, inaugurated the students’ event. Some of the techno and management events were – robo-soccer, robo-war, robo-rage, code-freak, cad-o-mania, boomerang, GITAM youth assembly, technical quiz, civil elevation, science exhibition, young managers challenge, scrolla, B-quiz, B-plan, bulls & bears. Nisadhya and Sambandha organised during the two-day fest. Prof. Ch. Sanjay, Director, GITAM Hyderabad campus, Prof. S. S. Prasada Rao, Director, HBS, D.V.V.S.R. Varma, Resident Director, and others were present.


Two-day techno-management festival ‘Pramana-2K14’

held on GITAM University campus



Riveting show of creativity

NCC cadets from Karnataka performing at All India Nau-Sainik Camp in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.—Photo: K.R. DeepakThe celebration of harvest season was represented through regional dances by NCC cadets of the Karnataka and Goa directorates.

The interesting feature of the presentation was the ease with which the dancers in colourful attire swirled to the traditional beats with a bunch of artificial flowers donning their crown.

It was a burst of creativity and efflorescence of varied cultures, where the NCC directorates from diverse regions such as North-East, Gujarat, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Goa, apart from Kerala and Lakshadweep, assembled to exhibit their exceptional talent in dance and music to a packed audience at Samudrika Naval Auditorium.

Thursday evening, the 10 th day of the All India Nau-Sainik Camp-2013 (AINSC), started off on a colourful note when cadets regaled the viewers with a beautiful sequence of dance and music. There was minimal use of musical instruments that echoed in tandem with the neat execution of footwork.

While the Gujaratis presented their traditional dance ‘Garba’, intended to invoke Goddess Shakti, girls from Odisha featured Odissi expressing their devotion to Lord Jagannath. The theme of the festivals like Sankranti and Ugadi was well portrayed by the AP Directorate in the form of a folk music. The cultural show drew its curtains with an enthralling Kuchipudi performance by a cadet of Kerala and Lakshadweep directorates.

The brilliant portrayal of regional dance staged by the cadets of the Karnataka and Goa directorates made them grab the first prize in the cultural line. The overall trophy was awarded to Andhra Pradesh. Tamil Nadu proved its skills in the fields of ship modelling and health and hygiene. The Punjab Directorate excelled in firing and Odisha secured the top position in boat-pulling competition. Chief of Staff Officers (Personal and Administration), Headquarters, Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Pradeep Rana, participated as chief guest and gave away the prizes to the cadets.


Their brilliant portrayal of regional dance helps cadets of the Karnataka and Goa directorates grab first prize

Special children showcase their talent

Differntly-abled children participating in the Amritha Painting Competitiion in Visakhapatnam on Thursday. —Photo: A. Manikanta Kumar

Differently-abled children participating in the Amritha Painting Competitiion in Visakhapatnam on Thursday. Photo: A. Manikanta Kumar

The place was filled with little guys and girls deeply engrossed in giving shapes to their creativity. A closer look however revealed that almost all of them were physically-challenged with varying degrees of disability.

With a view to provide an avenue for these special children to let their imagination loose, Prajwal Vani Welfare Society (PVWS), a technical training institution for the differently-abled persons, celebrated its first anniversary by hosting ‘Amritha Painting Competition’, a spot painting contest, at Municipal High School, Madhuranagar.

Students from various schools such as Hidden Sprouts, Arunodaya and Omkar Lions School for Deaf and Dumb apart from the PVWS have captured their thoughts in the form of natural sceneries, seashore, mountain-scapes, landscapes and tribal art, among several others. The detail portrayal of a fish using sketch and pencil made A. Trinadh, one of the participants, grab the first prize in mentally-challenged (above 14) category.

The other top winners include Rama Devi, S. Bhargav and Devi Vara Prasad in both the categories — above and below 14.

Briefing on the future events, president of PVWS K.V.L. Suchitra said: “A workshop on framing art will be initiated involving the participants of the contest. An expo showcasing those artworks is also on the cards. And the proceeds derived out of the fair will be shared among the students.” BSNL employee Nanduri Prabhakar and artist V.S. Uma Sridevi participated as judges. CMD of CMR Group Mavuri Venkata Ramana, D. Ramesh of Amritha Seva Samiti and assistant director of Disabled and Senior Citizens Welfare G. Narsimhulu were a few of the invitees who attended as special guests.