Campus chitchat: Kshitij 2013 in February

The annual tech fest of IIT-Kharagpur will be held on their campus from February 1 to 4. Inceptionalised in 2004, the festival has slowly become one of the most highly anticipated tech fests in a calander year. The previous year saw a total of over 50,000 students participating and a prize money of Rs 60 lakh being offered at their various events. This time they will be offering 40 events across nine different platforms. Amongst others, the highlights this year will be Overnite — night long computer coding competition — the aircraft designing competition and Laws of Motion. While a lot of their online events began in November, the deadline for registration for the festival is December 15. In addition, the event will also comprise seminars, workshops and guest lectures.

MoU Signed

A senior delegation from La Trobe University, Australia, recently travelled to India to ink MoUs and Exchange agreements with leading Indian Institutes, including JSS University & Cummins College, Pune. The University delegation was headed by Professor Brian McGaw, Dean, Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering. These tie-ups will focus on benefiting the students by offering them to pursue part of their programme in India and the remaining in Australia. They can participate in the student exchange programmes initiated by La Trobe University and its partner institutes and also be part of research projects which will develop among La Trobe and partner institutes. Professor Brian McGaw, Dean of Faculty of Science Technology and Engineering, La Trobe University, said, "The research undertaken at AgriBio will significantly contribute to the protection of agriculture from disease threats, improve primary industries' competitiveness and sustainability, and focus efforts on addressing current challenges, including climate change and drought".

Dr Madhuri B Khambete, Principal, Cummins College of Engineering for Women, Pune, and Professor Brian McGaw, Dean of Faculty of Science Technology and Engineering, La Trobe University.

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