Robotics fever catches up with IIT-Kharagpur students

A boy plays with robots designed by IIT students

Students of the Robotix Club of IIT-Kharagpur on Sunday demonstrated more than half-a-dozen of robots designed by them at the Birla Industrial and Technological Museum (BITM). School-going and college students were awe struck by the demonstration of robots who were seen playing football.

The students displayed robots that can do a number of things. There was a bridge-laying robot, a digging robot, a shooting robot, a ball-following robot and line-following robots. "Robotics is not taught as a separate subject but we at IIT-Kharagpur are very passionate about the subject. We hold several conferences and from the first year, we have competition on robots," said Ayush Upadhyay, a 3rd-year student of geology and geophysics at IIT-Kharagpur.

About 30 students from IIT-Kharagpur explained the concepts of robotics to students of schools and various universities and colleges. They were flooded with number of queries on how to design these next generation machines. The aim of the students is to create more awareness about robotics and get more and more teams to participate in the robotic competition at the annual fest of IIT Kharagpur.

This year, the fest will have several competitions in manual sections, autonomous section, image processing and online coding. "The competition draws thousands of students every year. We have already started receiving names," said Abhishek Patwari, head of Kshitij, the annual fest of the institute.

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