Amrita University’s second annual Anokha technical festival quickly got under way at the Coimbatore campus Tuesday, with an inspirational inaugural ceremony which showcased the valuable insight of top industry professionals and distinguished academicians.
Anokha 2011, which is rated as one of India’s top five tech fests, carried the theme of national security and sustainable development. The convention included 40 technical events in all branches and disciplines of engineering.
Registration rose from last year’s 1500 to 7000 students, while the budget increased from 8 to 40 lakhs rupees. With this exponential growth came a variety of new developments such as India’s first Technology Entertainment Design event, more than 1.5 million Indian rupees prize money, two state-of-the-art conferences, and 10 workshops in various progressive areas of interest.
In addition to these innovations, there were several green technology events, an enlightening Amrita University exhibition, and opportunities to interact with top level executives of eminent IT and engineering companies such as Applied Materials, Cognizant, and Robert Bosch.
At the outset of the inauguration, Dr. M.P. Chandrasekharan, Dean of Engineering at Coimbatore, explained how Anokha was born. He said that until 2009, each department of the Amrita School of Engineering hosted many events, but that each remained unaware of their associates’ activities.
At this point, Dr. M.P. and Pro-Chancellor of Amrita University, Coimbatore, Swami Abhayamrita Chaitanya, decided to combine the school’s events. This was the genesis of Anokha.
“Fragmentation of knowledge and over specialization and diversion of this leads to problems today and is not good for mankind. I’ve been thinking about an idea of a total engineer. Let him not be ignorant of what happens in other fields,” said Dr. M.P.
The ceremony’s chief guest, Dr. G. Madhavan Nair, former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization, recalled India’s rich cerebral past, reminded the audience of the country’s current problem with poverty, and emphasized methods of fundamentally improving its society.