ANOKHA 2012 is the annual technical festival held in and by Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore campus from February 16 to 18, 2012. The objective of ANOKHA is to provide a platform for the best minds in the country to showcase their talent and ingenuity. It aims at motivating students from different disciplines to come together and share the mutual enthusiasm & love in science, technology. It is a platform for the most ingenious minds in the country to showcase their talent.
Anokha had a gigantic footfall of 7,000 students from around the country taking part in more than 50+ technical workshops and events with cash prizes worth Rs. 1.5 million at stake. Participants came from some of the most reputed colleges such as the IIT’s, NIT’s, BITS and from a few foreign institutions too. Amrita made a quantum leap by making Anokha the first green tech fest in our country and was graced by organizations such as the CII and Green Building Corporation of India.
The fest began with the signature event ‘Green i conference', Thousands of participants at the Green I conference during Anokha learned more about the role of green buildings that can help mitigate global warming.The Chief Guest of the occasion was Mr. Rajesh B. Lund, Chairman, India Green Building Council (IGCB), Coimbatore Chapter.
It was followed by the crowd pulling ‘Torq' auto expo.A core event of the mechanical engineering department, Torq outgrew every other car show to become the country’s biggest car show in a college. With over 65 vintage cars from brands such as Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Hyundai etc. and bikes from the Harley Davidson stable, Torq in its own right, steals the show. The aero-modeling show featuring remote-controlled small aircrafts, the bike stunt show and an exclusive expo of vintage and new cars and bikes. The auto expo emphasized the need for driving safely.
TEDx conference and daring bike stunt show on the second day.TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global set of conferences owned by the private, non-profit Sapling Foundation, under the slogan "ideas worth spreading". TEDx is an independently organized TED event, granted to a few licensees throughout the globe. TEDxAMRITAUniversity brings in some of the most amazing speakers to have taken the stage and takes the attendees through a life-changing journey for a day with philanthropists, industrialists, revolutionaries, entrepreneurs, innovators and environmentalists
“Wealth out of Waste! WOW! The Amala Bharatam Campaign is not only about mass clean up drives and awareness campaigns but also about exploring innovative technologies for waste management,” stated Br. Karthi, making a presentation at the TEDx conference during Anokha 2012.
He led members of the audience in singing a nursery rhyme ABC specially composed for the campaigners and elicited a promise from them that they would not shy away from doing whatever it took to keep their surroundings clean.Also highlighting the need to convert garbage to gold was environmentalist C Srinivasan, Project Director of India Green Services.
The last day ended on an equally interesting note with origami display, share market workshop, aero-modelling show, and last but not the least a rope dance by students.
A beautiful display of objects and animals using traditional Japanese art of paper folding caught the eye of many a beholder. Though not part of the competitive events or workshops, the origami stall did not go unnoticed for the sheer creativity it exuded. Initiated by Hemanth Sivaram, final year Information Technology student of the varsity, it took 25 volunteers as many days and many arduous man hours to come up with the beautiful creations that they had displayed.
Having learnt the art through Internet, Hemanth shared the skill with like-minded classmates and juniors who came up with the display for ‘Anokha 2012.' Stars, hexagons, jacket ladders, flexagon puzzles, kusudama, vases, and many more designs, including birds and animals, had been made using colour executive bond A4 sheets. While some had been created using a few pieces of cut papers, others like an imposing peacock were made using 3,000 pieces of 10x6 cm paper, each exquisitely folded and inserted into the other.
Two non-technical workshops that drew curious and adventurous participants were the photography workshop and share market workshop, which were new inclusions this year.
Miniature versions of aircraft were flown using remote-controlled and other devises at the aero-modelling show in the afternoon that attracted quite a crowd.
The grand finale was however ‘Nritya', arranged by ‘Natyasudha', the dance club of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. Seven dances including classical, fusion, Western, hip hop, and contemporary forms, were performed by members of the club.
The dance that stood out was the dazzling rope dance performance by three members. Choreographed to depict the five elements, it showcased the element air in the form of three students flying by means of swinging them to and fro using ropes.
The fest that started with the theme of green environment ended on the same note with the cultural performance
- Over 75 technical events in all branches and disciplines of engineering – robotics, aerospace, civil,mechanical, electrical, electronics, instrumentation, information technology and computer science as well as social media, business, finance, social entrepreneurship and short-film making.
- Theme: Celebrating Innovation
- Over 1.5 million Indian Rupees as prize money
- Pan-India event with over 7500 of the best engineering student minds from all top-ranking engineering institutions in India participating
- Over 350 colleges and universities all over India participating
- Student Participants from partner universities in USA and Europe like University of New Mexico, University at Buffalo, Uppsala University and leading institutions in India like all IITs, BITS Pilani, NITs and IIITs
- 20 workshops in various cutting-edge areas of technical and general interest like RC Aircraft, Robotics, Augmented reality, Ethical Hacking, 3D Gaming, Android Apps, Vedic Mathematics, Share Market, Photography, Archery etc
- State-of-the art Technology Entertainment Design (TED)x Conference Event
- Major Contests and competitions in the techfest theme, “Celebrating Innovation” include InnoVinci, PD3 – Product Design, Development and Demonstration, Magnus Boat, HydroPlane, Hover Mania etc
- Participation of Leading industry players for workshops like Tata Motors, Texas Instruments, Bombay Stock Exchange, Micromatic, AerotriX, Botrio, Cranes Varsity etc
- Showcasing of humanitarian initiatives of Mata Amritanandamayi Math and Amrita University like Amrita Self-Reliant Village (SerVe) and Green Campus
- Four Exhibitions by Indian Army – Artillery, Jeep Studio – Jeep Modification, Photography & Painting and Amrita University
- Project and working model demonstration
- Research paper presentation in all disciplines
- Distinguished lecture series on topics like Green Buildings, Vasthu etc
- Armageddon gaming event series with Counter Strike, FIFA 2011 etc
- Anokha EvenTide – Musical Concert with leading and renowned playback singer, Karthik
- Several entertainment options like Zorbing, Paintball, Archery & Kalaripayattu and concerts by Ragasudha – Music Club and Natyasudha – Dance Club of Amrita University