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|Type||Student run Non-Profit Organization|
|Institute||Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur|
|Major events||Robowars B PlanLaws of Motion|
|Slogan||Think. Create. Enjoy|
Kshitij is the annual techno-management fest of IIT Kharagpur, one of India’s premier technical institutions. Started in the year 2004, the idea of Kshitij was conceived with the aim to provide the technically inclined youth a national-level platform, where their talent and expertise would be recognized and duly rewarded. Having grown exponentially since its nascent years, Kshitij receives overwhelming participation from the student community all over the world. The official website of Kshitij, ktj
Kshitij organizes a wide range of events encompassing every genre of technology and management with the aim to infuse a scientific and rational temperament in the young minds. World-renowned organizations like ACM, IEEE, ASME, ASHRAE and IMechE certify numerous events of the fest. To address the issues plaguing our present society, Kshitij also undertakes social initiatives in association with the foremost NGOs of the country. Workshops are conducted at several locations all over the country, to help the participants gain hand-on experience and enhance their technical skills. Kshitij also organizes guest lectures, exhibitions and megashows.
Kshitij 2016 was held from 21st to 24th January 2016, that saw a total participation of over 70,000 and an amount of Rs 65 lac was offered as prize money. The 14th edition of Kshitij is scheduled from 26th to 29th December 2016.
History and Growth
Initially named Ideon, Kshitij started in its present form in 2004. 260 participants from outside the campus took part in the first edition of the fest. In 2005, this figure increased to 1400, including participants from abroad as well. Since then, Kshitij has grown to become Asia’s largest techno-management fest. Kshitij 2012 witnessed a participation of 50,000 students from all over the world and the prize money amounted to 60 lacs. This year Kshitij will celebrate 13 years of its making.
Many of the events in Kshitij 2016 have certifications from various organisations and institutions. These are:
- Association for Computing Machinery (ACM): ACM, the world’s largest and oldest scientific and educational computing society, which develops resources that advance computing as a science and profession, certifies Overnite ACM ICPC Multi Provincial Programming Contest. The society serves as a membership of computing professionals and students in many countries in all areas of industry, academia, and government.
- Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers(IEEE) : The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence. IEEE certifies the event Eureka in Kshitij.
- American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE): ASHRAE certifies Kryotech, an event to design the complete HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system for the industry.
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME): ASME, a professional body known for setting codes and standards for mechanical devices, certifies the Kshitij event ASME Student Design Competition. Through this event, ASME provides a platform for budding technocrats to touch the horizons in the field of robotic design and intelligent automation.
- Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) : The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) certifies the events Laws of Motion and Nightshift. The association of IMechE with these events aims at improving the world through engineering and nurturing new talents, helping them build their careers and take on the challenges that, when solved, will make a difference to all.
- American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) : The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) is a professional organization for chemical engineers. AIChE was established in 1908 with the purpose of establishing chemical engineers as a profession independent from chemists and mechanical engineers.
Laws of Motion : This aircraft design event certified by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers IMechE is one of the most famous events of Kshitij, which receives participation from students all over the country.
Eureka : An IEEE certified technical paper presentation event.
Overnite : The ACM ICPC Multi-provincial programming contest is certified by ACM, world’s largest and most prestigious scientific and educational computing society.
ASME SDE : Student Design Exposition is an open hardware modelling competition certified by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Embetronix : It is an embedded electronics circuit design competition spread over two rounds.
Nightshift : An adaptation of the popular Discovery Channel show, Junkyard Wars, this event is also certified by IMechE.
IDP : It is Kshitij’s very own Industrial Design Problem competition. Conducted in association with reputed industrial organizations, it gives participants a chance to give solutions to real time problems faced by industries, though in their scaled down version.
The Verdict: The national-level Moot Court competition of Kshitij, it is conducted in association with the Indian Bar Association.
There is a complete genre called Robotix, which has many events based on amateur robotics.The events for Kshitij 2015 are:
Cascade: Build a manually controlled robot capable of traversing vertical rods while shooting terrorists
Skyfall: Build a robot that is capable of picking up packages on a pier and depositing it on the given ship by traversing the arena either aquatically or by zipline.
Minefield: Build a semi-autonomous robot capable of detecting hidden metal mines and rescuing stranded victims using gesture recognition in a minefield.
Step Up: Build an autonomous robot that is capable of traversing a grid and arranging the blocks placed on nodes in the increasing order of height.
Aug-Hit: Build an Image Processing robot which can play the Break Bricks game.
Sudocode: Write a code to optimise your strategy to find and destroy enemy bunkers in a jungle. Write a code to find and attack enemy troops in the jungle.
Each year, Kshitij invites illustrious dignitaries from all over the world to share their valuable insights. The guests for Kshitij in its previous editions include :
Alan Emtage : Father of the Internet Search Engine
Dov Frohman : Former VP- Intel, Inventor of EPROM
D. Richard Hipp : Architect of SQLite and Fossil SCM
Bedabrata Pain : Director, Inventor of CMOS Image Sensor
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston : First to perform a solo non-stop circumnavigation of the globe
Dr. Subir Gokarn : Former Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India
Dr. Jacob Cohen : Chief Scientist,NASA
Claude Vallee : Chairman SPSC, CERN
Nawazuddin Siddiqui: Critically Acclaimed Actor
Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan: Former Director - ISRO
Satyajit Bhatkal: Creator - Satyameva Jayate, Assistant Director - Lagaan
Kshitij organises elucidatory workshops both during the festival and in the days prior to the festival. The workshops are organised in association with reputed organisations and are conducted free of cost.
During the fest, interactive workshops are conducted in Kharagpur on a wide variety of topics.
The Kshitij Team organises a series of external workshops in various cities prior to the festival.
For the recreation of the participants after participating in the various events, Kshitij hosts activities like:
- TechQuila: The energetic stage amidst the Arena
- Snappit: Photography event
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