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22nd January, 2015

Yet another pioneering effort by Sona in Robotics
e-Yantra is a project initiated by IIT-Bombay sponsored by Ministry of Human Resource Department under National Mission of Education through Information and Communication Technology. The mission of e-yantra project is to enable students and staff of Technical Institutions to take India's economy to a greater height by 2020 with the help of technological innovations. Sona College of Technology is one of the Nodal centre's for e-Yantra in TamilNadu, India. Dr.Saraswathy Keerthivasan, Project Manager, e-Yantra and team conducted an e-Yantra Robotics Teachers Competition (e-YRTC) on 22.01.2015 at Sona College of Technology. Sixty Four faculty participants from 14 Technical Institutions including both Polytechnic and Engineering colleges participated and benefited through the competition. The teams were given a real time problem of parking the vehicles in the appropriate parking area. Today parking is becoming the biggest problem faced by the society as vehicles are increasing in number tremendously. Many accidents happen because of improper parking of vehicles in the public places. The arena was designed in such a way that any vehicle must enter via entry position, come out via exit position and has to park itself in the empty space nearest to the exit. All the teams came up with various solutions. The competition was held at Sona between 9.00 am and 1.00 pm. The inauguration started at 2.00pm. Dr.V.Jayaprakash, Principal/ Sona College of Technology, Nodal centre co-ordinator welcomed the gathering. Dr.V.Karthikeyan, Principal / Thiagarajar Polytechnic College felicitated the gathering. Dr.R.Venkatesan, HoD/Mech acts as the Nodal Centre co-coordinator. The interesting part of the inauguration is that all the teams of various colleges inaugurated their lab remotely from Sona virtually through an app developed by e-Yantra team. Meanwhile the physical inauguration happened in the irrespective colleges by lighting the auspicious lamp, and the same was made viewable by everyone through video conferencing. So all the 14 colleges from various parts of TamilNadu inaugurated their Robotics Lab at the same time. After the inauguration of the labs, prizes were announced for the Teachers competition. Team from GCE, Bargur won the first prize, Team from Arasan Ganesan Polytechnic,Sivakasi won the second prize. Team from Sona College of Technology won the special prize. All the teams got empowered and encouraged by e-Yantra team, IIT, Bombay.

The Management of Sona, rightly understanding that the Robotics is the Eco of future, had already sanctioned a sum of Rs. 5 Lakhs to set up Robotics Lab and the same was inaugurated at the Institution. Now, the long time dream has come true, the e-Yantra Robotics Lab-Setup Initiative (eLSI) is ready for use by both faculty and students of Sona. Dr.B.Gopi HoD/ECE, Prof. K.C.Rajeswari, AP(SG)/CSE, Prof. K.Thangaraj,AP(SG)/IT and Prof.V.Kaviarasan, AP/Mech are the faculty of Sona specially trained in Robotics and got the special prize in the competition. Prof.S.Sreesouthry, AP/ECE and Prof.A.Ayubkhan, AP/ECE were the special co-ordinators for the event. The Management of Sona College of Technology appreciated and motivated the students and faculty to do research projects that will solve the societal problems through Robotics, which is one of the promising booming fields in Engineering and Technology. The best part lies in bringing the best projects from eLSI Lab.

The function came to an end with the vote of thanks by Dr. Saraswathy Keerthivasan, e-yantra project manager.

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