IIT Roorkee organizes 13th edition of their Annual Techfest COGNIZANCE 2015
Nancy Johri, 17 Mar 2015, #IIT Roorkee
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IIT Roorkee is all geared for the thirteenth edition of their Annual technical festival COGNIZANCE 2015. Spread over a span of three days, Cognizance is a conflation of over 180 events, which will be held from March 27th to 29th, 2015. A mélange of technical competitions, theme events, guest lectures, workshops, exhibitions, techtainment shows and much more, it’s a celebration of technophilia and technovation.

One of the largest of its kind anywhere in the world and second largest in India, Cognizance attracts large participation, both nationally and internationally. In its previous edition, it witnessed participation in excess of 3000 pouring in from over 1500 technical and management colleges from across the country in addition to the 5000 students of IIT Roorkee itself.

"Cognizance 2015 will surely stand up to the expectations of the academic as well as the technical fraternity and will set new landmarks this year. I would like to see the convergence of various social initiatives this time as it is our responsibility to work for the betterment of the society in an effective way. I am looking forward to a lot of enthusiasm and energy this time around with our new theme revolving around Photonizing I”, said Prof. Pradipta Banerji, Director IIT Roorkee.

 

Society today has a tendency to suppress independent thought and action, with people trying to mould themselves according to acceptable societal standards. In this process, though what we are not becoming unique intelligent beings, instead robots desperately trying to fit inside the box. Somewhere, there is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in. It’s the same light that dispels ignorance and photonizes the path leading to the subtle cognition of transcendence. Life and light go hand in hand; one does not exist without the other. It focuses on invigorating and instigating every Individual to put his best for the society and for country. It is only when we empower the individual that we can together become a force of change to reckon with. With the backdrop ofUnited Nation’sobservance of International Year of Light & Light based Technologies in 2015, the theme “PHOTONIZING I”basically speaks of Individual Empowerment. Cognizance 2015 provides a platform where each and every person can carve out their niche, and yet work in synergy to create a better tomorrow.

“The upcoming edition of Cognizance, the Annual Technical Festival of IIT Roorkee, promises to carve a niche amongst the geographical envelope of the country. It stands out in particular owing to participation from the 22 diverse departments & three unique centers of excellence,and offers a platform for inviting revolutionary ideas to problems in their respective spheres. Cognizance 2015 has received patronage from UNESCO, Ministry of Urban Development and Ministry of Women Welfare and Child Development which clearly provides solidarity to our intent of uplifting the society”, said Pratik  Toshniwal, Convener events, Cognizance 2015.

 

He further added “The presence of personalities like Prof CNR Rao, Bharat Ratna Awardee 2013, Sir David Payne, Vanguard in the field of Photonics speaks high volumes about the widening horizons of Cognizance over the years. Cognizance 2015 shall deliver on all fronts of technology, management and entertainment, and promises to impact every individual present during March 27-29, 2015 at IIT Roorkee”.

COGNIZANCE 2015 is set to introduce following new dimensions into its already glorious repertoire:

  • International Year of Light (IYL) Association: With the backdrop of International Year of Light being observed by United Nations in 2015, Cognizance is associated with International Year of Light(IYL) with the underlying theme of ‘PHOTONIZING I’.

  • UNESCO’s Patronage: Cognizance 2015 has received Patronage under UNESCO this time and will be organizing COGNIZANCE 2015 under their observance to have widespread impact through various activities among the youth of India.

  • Zonal Events: With 12 zones spanning across India, Cognizance 2015 aims to spread the technological know-how and the innovative excellence at various zones through the organization of unique events. Maintaining the uniqueness of the fest, Cognizance 2015 is organizing zonal rounds of the events this year which would encompass a plethora of events like case-study competitions, robotics(GrowBot), coding events(Mindsweeper),quiz competitions(Quizzotica) and a one of its kind Zonal Workshop on Mobile Robotics as well as Embedded Robotics organized by Robotech Labs Pvt. Ltd.

  • Cognizance ’15 Theme Events:Among more than 100 events of Cognizance ’15, some are themed such as PRISTINE- to present realistic and innovative ideas to make India a cleaner country with people civilized enough to understand the importance of the same, VIDYURJA- to find solutions of how to provide affordable electricity to rural areas, be it locally generated electricity from the resources available in the village or by modifying the distribution pattern of electricity, E-LDING- Aiming to modernize the farming scenario of the country which happens to be the prime occupation of India.

  • Guest Lectures:At Cognizance ’15, we have some great leaders to throw light on the most intellectual topics. We have Bharat Ratna Awardee Professor C. N. R Rao, Deepak Jolly-Vice President, Public Affairs & Communications, Coca-Cola India and South West Asia, Vinita Bali-Managing Director of Britannia Industries Limited, British professor and director of the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton-David Payne.

  • Social Initiatives: Cognizance 2015 is organizing one of its kind social initiative/campaign upon the issue of Women Empowerment, inspired by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, under the title of “We Men for Women”. Under the Campaign, the events, which are being organized are Abhishapt (A sketch making competition to depict the problems faced by women in India), Keynote speakers and workshops on gender sensitization. Further, there will be organization of case-study competition SHiEldon the same topic.

Our second Initiative will be inspired by ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ by Prime Minister Narendra Modi under the observance of Swajal India Project, Govt. of Uttarakhand for achieving a cleaner and better India.

  • Exhibitions: Cognizance, besides the competitions, is also critically acclaimed for the exhibitions. This year, Cognizance is ready to explore creativity with the new exhibitionswith exhibits such as Video Face Mapping by Oskar and Gaspar to experience 3D mapping, Nao Humanoid Robots- is an autonomous, programmable humanoid robot developed by Aldebaran Robotics which is  a French robotics company headquartered in Paris, Bio-bot-is a kit which allows students to build different motorized robots, Mean Mettle (The Cognizance Auto Expo): An auto expo is a place where one can experience a brilliant exuberance of the crème de la crème of the top-notch companies like Porsche, Lamborghini, Ferrari, etc. It showcases latest vehicles and components, and acts as a launch pad for new and future vehicles besides being the platform for generating leads, one to one interactions and business enquiries.

  • Workshops: Students get hands-on experience with some of the most interesting topics like Big Data- The students would get to work on a Real Life Project on Big Data Analytics and gain hands on project, Automobile Designing- This workshop will guide you to the every bit of detail so that you may build your dream automobile with flair, Foundation Analysis- The workshop aims to provide working knowledge on the computational analysis methods, Geo technical characteristics of soil, variety of soil foundations necessary for different soil profiles, and all tools and techniques used for soil foundation engineering, RC Plane- This Workshop gives you an opportunity to understand the theory behind the functioning of aircraft and aircraft design, Solar and Smart Energy- This equips participants with application-based proficiency on alternative energy sources, Writing Hand Robot- Students will be taught the basics of Robotics which includes high end servos, micro- controllers, sensors, kinematics, dynamics, different types of programming and much more.

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