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innoWAH’ - PALS INNOVATION CHALLENGE COMPETITION

The Pan IIT Alumni Leadership Series (PALS), an education initiative, supported  by the IIT Alumni Center, Chennai, as well as the IIT Madras Alumni Charitable Trust, organized the finals and an exhibition of the finalists’ projects of ‘innoWAH’ the Innovation Challenge Competition,  on the theme - SUSTAINING OUR FRAGILE ENVIRONMENT THROUGH APPLICATION OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY -   at the Exhibition Hall, IC&SR Building, IIT Madras. 25 teams from 22 engineering colleges of Tamil Nadu   participated in the finals and demonstrated their projects to the panel of judges drawn from various industries. The main aim of “innoWAH!”, PALS Innovation Challenge Competition is to recognize promising young innovators and provide a platform for them to showcase their talent.

 

The teams also exhibited their projects to the panel of judges and to different categories of visitors who were invited by PALS - students, faculty and management of various engineering educational institutions, industry experts and professionals, as well as investors and HNIs.

 

The innoWAH! competition concluded with a closing function at 5 PM at the mini-auditorium Hall. Mr.Mohan Narayanan, Chairman PALS, welcomed the gathering and congratulated all participants in the finals of the year-long competition. He said, this should be considered as the beginning of their journeys “as an engineer”. Mr. Krishnamurti Rao, Head of innoWAH! said that the finalists should make use of the knowledge and experience gained here, for succeeding in other larger competitions and opportunities that await them.  

 

Dr. Maluk Ahmed, Chairman of MAM Group of Institutions, Trichy and an alumnus of IITM, praised the effort of the PALS Core  Team and said that the initiatives PALS had provided to his students and faculty was a paradigm shift in their normal approach to daily activities. Thanks to this, MAM College of Engineering and Technology, last year had reached the finals in a National Competition. He thanked the innoWAH! approach to reach out to students in Rural Setting, and that it has done “magic” to the environment in his college. He said PALS was continuously and steadily evolving and becoming better, series after series. He said at least 75 faculty members and 500 students were reached by the variety of programs offered by PALS and the deep engagement they had with the colleges.

 

Dr. Venugopal Sankar, VP, Knowledge Management, Mahindra Research Valley, Chennai and Mr VV Kumar, Entrepreneur, were the Chief Judges who finalized the evaluations of 25 teams, done over four hours by 20 judges across five panels. Dr. Sankar said he has observed an improvement from last year, but the students should also be aware of the new challenges in the environment likely to come up in future.

Ms Alamelu of PALS Core Team, observed that a number of  projects are working on problems of sewage , waste management and clean water. Also that some of our partner institutes are working on technology based solutions in agriculture.

 

The prizes for the year was announced by Head innoWAH! :

 

  • First Prize - Rajalakshmi Institutions, Chennai (Chennai Cluster), for the  project "CHITIN CELLULOSE BEADS FOR TEXTILE EFFLUENT TREATMENT".
  • Second Prize  - KSR College of Technology, Thiruchengode (Trichy Cluster) for the project "EXTRACTION OF METHANE FROM SEWAGE USING SEAWEEDS".
  • Third prize was shared by Adithya Institute of Technology, Coimbatore (Coimbatore Cluster) for the project “AUTO IRRIGATION , SOIL MONITORING AND CONTROL FOR BETTER CROP YIELD”  and RVS College of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore (Coimbatore Cluster) for the project “PREVENTION OF AIR POLLUTION BY EXHAUST GAS IONISING TECHNIQUE”.

 

 

All the teams left with a feeling of encouragement, having demonstrated their ideas and projects to a wide audience and with ambitions of taking their ideas further.

 

 

Objective

The objective of “innoWAH!”, PALS Innovation Challenge Competition is to recognize promising young innovators who focus on solving India’s pressing problems with their innovative ideas, and to provide a platform for them to showcase their talent. The exhibition, which is a part of this competition, enables the innovations to be noticed by various people in the academics and industry, thereby providing the students ideas and encouragement, as well as opportunities for them to go far beyond this competition. The students, particularly of colleges located in rural areas, get to interact with a large number of people in a day from different walks of life, which helps them build their communication skills and confidence.

 

Focus Areas

India is burdened with a multitude of problems today; there is immense scope for innovative application of technology at the grass-root level to obtain viable solutions. The theme for the competition is - SUSTAINING OUR FRAGILE ENVIRONMENT THROUGH APPLICATION OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY.

 

Having a theme like this enables the focus to select areas that are relevant for our country today, and also provides a variety of options to the students.

 

Event Format

The event format is being continuously improved to provide more touch points for the participating students with industry experts, thereby providing a wholesome industry orientation to the projects. It also provides avenues for the participants to apply Engineering concepts to real life situations. The industry also gets opportunities to identify talent for further nurturing.

 

The important milestones of the events have been as follows:

  1. 1.     Orientation Programs were organized for the intended participants in August and September 2017 at Chennai, Coimbatore and Trichy. These identical programs were a combination of “What is Innovation” “Idea Generation Session” and “What you wanted to know about the Competition”.
  2. By the end of September, 90 teams from 22 colleges registered for the competition.
  3. Each team submitted a “Concept & Design Document” for creating models or prototypes, based on its ideas and plans, in mid-November. PALS evaluated these documents using experts from industry, and shortlisted 25 teams for the finals. There was at least one team from each college in the finals.
  4. As they were building their models, 13 of the 25 finalist teams requested for mentoring. They were provided project specific mentoring by industry experts for a month until mid-February.
    1. Final Round of the Competition was held today. The 25 finalist projects were evaluated by panels of judges drawn from industry experts. The teams also held an exhibition of their projects to which PALS has invited people from the industry and educational institutions.
    2. Awards Ceremony - Top three teams will be given an award, during the PALS Valediction Function for the current academic year, scheduled on 7th  April 2017. All finalist teams will get  a participation prize for entering the finals.

 

Take-aways

The students benefited considerably with the multiple contact points with industry which the present format of PALS events provided. The mentoring sessions by industry experts in various stages of the event were also found to be useful, where they got exposure to practical application of engineering concepts. The industry persons involved in this exercise were impressed with the enthusiasm of the students and expressed that there is considerable talent and innovation available amongst the students. PALS’s industry partners have also offered other industry projects for the students this year, over and above the innoWAH competition.

 

PARTNER INSTITUTES

ADITHYA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, COIMBATORE

ALPHA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, CHENNAI

BANNARI AMMAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, SATHYAMANGALAM

DHIRAJLAL GANDHI  COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY, SALEM

DR MAHALINGAM COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY, POLLACHI

DR MGR EDUCATIONAL AND RESEARCH INSTITUTE, CHENNAI

LOYOLA ICAM COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY, CHENNAI

VIVEKANANDHA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING FOR WOMEN, TIRUCHENGODE

KCG COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY, CHENNAI

KUMARAGURU COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY, COIMBATORE

HINDUSTAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCES, CHENNAI

MAM COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY, TRICHY

RAJALAKSHMI INSTITUTIONS, CHENNAI

SREE SASTHA GROUP OF INSTITUTIONS, CHENNAI

VELLORE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY,
CHENNAI CAMPUS

JAYARAM GROUP OF INSTITUTIONS, TRICHY

KSR COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, THIRUCHENGODE

KSR COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY, THIRUCHENGODE

KSR INSTITUTE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY, THIRUCHENGODE

RVS GROUP OF INSTITUTIONS, COIMBATORE

MEPCO SCHLENK COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, VIRUDHUNAGAR

NATIONAL ENGINEERING COLLEGE, KOVILPATTI

 

 

 

SELECT INDUSTRY PARTNERS

Ashok Leyland Limited

Boston Consulting Group

Camomile Healthcare Ventures Pvt Ltd

Cognizant

Data Patterns

ELGI Compressors Ltd

ITC Ltd

L&T - Machinery

L&T Coimbatore

Latent View Analytics Pvt Ltd

Lister Digital

Lucid Software Ltd, Chennai

Mahindra Research Valley (MRV)

Murugappa Chettiar Research Centre (MCRC)

Powergear Ltd

Pricol Ltd Coimbatore

RUTAG (IITM)

Saint Gobain India

Shree Renga Polymers, KArur

Siemens Gamesa

TCS

Technip India Ltd

BORN  Group Chennai

 

 

 

About PALS: The Pan IIT Alumni Leadership Series (PALS) is an education initiative, supported by the IIT Alumni Industry Interaction Center, (IITAIIC), Chennai, as well as the IIT Madras Alumni Charitable Trust (IITMACT), as to benefit the students of engineering colleges in and around Chennai. PALS was started seven years ago as a lecture series, and has since come a long way to its present form.

 

The different events of this initiative are structured to address the needs of students, faculty and administrators of the institutions.  The goal is to contribute towards enhancing the quality of engineering education and the industry readiness of students graduating from these institutes. The initiative leverages the experience and expertise available within the IIT alumni community across corporate, academic and entrepreneurial spheres and strives to bring this varied experience to the colleges.

 

At present, in its seventh edition, it consists of a bouquet of events spread across an entire academic year.  These consist of student focused events such as Campus Lectures, Theory to Practice Lectures and Innovation Challenge Competition, Residential Student Workshop; faculty focused events such as Industry Visits and IIT Madras Research Park visits and Faculty Development Program; and management focused events such as Education Summit. PALS has extended its operations to the engineering colleges in Trichy and Coimbatore regions and also enrolled over 25 Industry Partners to provide industry knowledge and expertise through projects, internships, industry visits, workshops etc.

 

For more details on PALS please refer to www.palspgm.com .

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