Education Diary

IIT Bombay Techfest on January 3

The 16th edition of IIT Bombay's annual festival Techfest is scheduled to be held from January 3 to 5. Since its inception in 1998, it has provided a common thinking ground for new ideas, creativity and innovation. Over the years Techfest has earned the tag of Asia's largest Science and Technlogical Festival and has been patronised by UNESCO in its endeavour to provide a platform for students to showcase their talent in the field of technology. Techfest, in its latest edition saw a footfall of more than 92,000 visitors from 2,200 colleges across India and 500 Universities from abroad including 6,000 corporate executives and faculty members. Techfest works for the society as a socio-technical festival with initiatives taken up by the team each year.

WorldSkills Competition

Aptech in association with the National Skill Development Corporation, would hold national selections to determine who would be representing India in the Web Design discipline at the next WorldSkills Competition to be held at Leipzig, Germany, in July 2013. Interested participants in the selection process may download the application forms from the website - The date of submission of the forms is December 30, 2012. The national selection competition is open to students below 23 years. Participation in the competition is free of cost. The best entry will represent India in the WorldSkills championship to be hosted in Germany next year. To qualify for the competition, the candidates need to submit a test project and the shortlisted students would be trained by Aptech and designated experts for three months without any cost. Each contestant would be allowed a single entry for qualification.

F1 technology Challenge

With its presence in over 42 countries, 'F1 in Schools Technology Challenge' that was launched in the capital last month has seen phenomenal response from schools all over India. Students between 12-19 years can apply and can use CAD/CAM software to design, test and build a scale-model Formula One car out of a block of balsa wood and race it in the competition that will be held mid next year. Regionals will be commencing from January 9 to 11. One female participant can be eligible for the FIA women in motorsport prize, awarded every year to an outstanding team with female team member and individual female participant. Registrations are open till January 15.

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