Rourkela: A group of enterprising students from National Institute of Technology, Rourkela (NITR) has brought glory for the premiere institute by emerging second best in the prestigious ‘Singapore Autonomous Under Water Vehicle Challenge.
The prestigious event was recently organised by University of Singapore.
The team from NIT R faced stiff challenges from other teams from different countries and managed to get second place.
The first place went to Northwest Polytechnique University, while the Russian Far Eastern Federal University got the third prize.
“This is a very prestigious completion held annually involving some of the most prestigious universities from advanced and other countries as well,” said the team guide HP Roy, from department of Mechanical. The team from NIT R has won in the overall category. In the photography competition the Zakir Hussein College of Engineering and Technology stood first. This time there were 46 teams participating from all over the globe.
The team comprised of students from computer science, mechanical, electronics, electronics and telecommunication, metorlaurgy and electrical engineering. In this competition the participants showcase their talent in manufacturing AUWV and manoeuvring. Besides, the participants will also have to demonstrate taking accurate photography technique. “A team comprise of maximum of eight including the guide,” said Roy. However, this time 13 students were allowed by the organising university. The senior team members were Dipargha Santra, electronics, Deepam Chakroborty, Prasanmit Nath, electronics and telecommunication, Rohit Suri, Sonali Agarwal from computer science and Binit Agarwal of matrology. The team is currently at Singapore and will be back after some time.
“The manoeuvring of the AUWV is very tricky and requires lots of patience and proficiency in manufacturing and managing it under water,” said guide of the team. The vehicle is an unmanned vehicle measuring slightly below two feet. “It has cameras, sensors and other equipment,” said Roy.
The competition was all about doing some task. “They have to manoeuvre it and reach a spot,” said Roy. Besides, the team had to perform other tasks like hitting a target, dropping marker, taking photograph and mapping. “Photography is a must and without this no task is complete in fact nothing can be done,” Roy.
The whole project took four years to complete at a whooping cost of Rs. 10 lakhs of which Rs. 3 lakhs went towards manufacturing the final prototype. “The institute paid us Rs. 1.95 lakhs and rest we managed to get from sponsorship and also from our alumni,” said Roy. The NIT team will get a certificate and also a prize money of Rs. 75,000 INR. They have been to there on their own expenses, the institute has not paid for it.