Pune: With the theme ‘NÉMCÒN: a festival wishing happiness and prosperity,’ the 13th edition of National Robocon 2018 by Doordarshan and MIT Academy of Engineering, Alandi, kicked off in the city at Balewadi Sports Complex on Thursday.
The contest theme and rules of the ABU Robocon 2018 are based on an interesting folk game called ‘shuttlecock throwing’. The heart and soul of this game is the shuttlecock, which is made of cotton balls or filled with rice husks, symbolising prosperity and happiness.
Additional Director General of (ADG) of Doordarshan MS Thomas, who was the chief guest, said that the competition started in 2002 and was held in IIT Kanpur with only two colleges and now it is a matter of pride that the level of participation has gone up phenomenally.
“The fact that so many engineering colleges with students from different streams interact with each other is a great sign. It is in sync with the goal of ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’ and reflects the unity in us. Asia Broadcasting Union has 280 members in Asia and the main aim is to promote Broadcasting and its importance,” said Thomas.
Thomas advised that students should not look at competitions with tension but as a celebration and the outcomes will be much better.
Other dignitaries included Niranjan G, General Manager of ROHM Semiconductor, Lalit Kumar Kshirsagar, Principal of MIT, Pune, and Yogesh Bhalerao, Director of MIT Academy of Engineering Alandi.
The competition had started with a friendly match between last year’s finalists MIT and College of Engineering, Pune (COEP). The first match was between Pune Institute of Computer Technology (PICT)and JSPM College of Engineering, Pune, in which PICT won by a 12-0 margin.
The winner of national Robocon will represent India at the ABU International Robocon 2018 to be held in Vietnam later this year. The three-day event will end today (Saturday). Around 107 teams from across the country have participated in this competition out of which 22 teams are from Pune.