Telangana’s Biggest National Rural Technology Festival ‘Antahpragnya 2018’ kicked off at RGUKT, Basar

Telangana, Hyderabad: The three day, 4th Edition of Telangana’s biggest and National Rural Technical Festival ‘Antahpragnya 2018’ kicked off at RGUKT (Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies), Basar, 200 kms away from Hyderabad, the State Capital of Telangana on Tuesday. The theme of the three-day Rural Technical Festival is “Rural entrepreneurship, Women empowerment, Sustainable technologies”. It is organised by RGUKT, Basar.

  1. Prashanthi, Collector, Nirmal District; Prof V. Chandra Shekhar, Centre Director of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR); Dr. K. Bala Subramanian, Director, Non Ferrous Materials Technology Development Centre (NFTDC) and Dr. A. Ashok Kumar, VC, RGUKT, Basar and Commissioner of Board of Intermediate, Telangana; Convenor J. Swapnil, Administrative Officer T. N. Venkata Swamy graced the inaugural function.

A total of 200 odd prototype working models created by 4000 rural ignited minds from the RGUKT varsity and outside are presented as part of the Antahpragnya Technical Festival, while 90 different colorful events will be organized. Nearly 25000 people from nearby places and other colleges are expected to witness the Three Day National Level Telangana’s Biggest Rural Technical Festival.

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Addressing the 2000 plus student gathering immediately after formally inaugurating Prashanthi, District Collector Nirmal asked why can’t we have Uber for Tractors, when there is one for Taxis, why not it be for Tractors, as most farmers cannot afford tractors. She told them to come out with such innovative ideas in the Technical Festival.

She further told rural students to come with solutions like rural garbage recycling, plastic waste disposal as well as to come out with bio-degradable alternative material to plastics.

Be the change makers, rather than running to catch up with change said Dr Ashok Kumar, VC of RGUKT and Commissioner of Board of Intermediate, Telangana.

Antahpragnya 2018, connoting truth, is an annual festival in its 4th year. It provides a forum for technological ideas, ideations. It is a massive movement that showcases the innovative and inventive spirit, he informed.

Over 90 events are organised by 7 Engineering departments, 3 other departments and a whopping 200 lives models are on display for three days up to March 22nd, he said.

A MoU was signed between RGUKT and NFTDC on the inaugural day of Antahpragyna 2018 to pool their expertise and resources. NFTDC is an autonomous and self-financing R&D institution under the aegis of Ministry of Mines, dedicated to the development of Advanced Materials, Innovative Processes on one hand and Engineering Design, Analysis, Electronics and Instrumentation leading to component and systems development and integration on the other.

Then MoU entails offering a joint M.Tech and PhD Programme, exchange of faculty and scientists in coursework as well as research, submission of joint project proposals to funding agencies, sharing of necessary laboratory equipment and facilities for collaborative research projects. Under the MoU few students of RGUKT, Basar will be given an option of serving in NFTDC upon satisfying the eligibility criteria. The MoU will facilitate the creation of a large reservoir of highly qualified manpower in all fields related.

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