IIT-Bombay announces E-Yantra
IIT-Bombay announced the start of E-Yantra - an all India robotics competition. While other competitions expect students to build their own robots, E-Yantra presents them with a robot developed at IIT-Bombay, and expects them to develop solutions to pre-set tasks using these robots. This makes robotics accessible to students across a variety of disciplines.
The overall mission is to grow a rich eco-system of ideas and applications through intelligent funnelling of robotics in daily living built upon an existing pool of knowledge developed by students working on such projects at engineering colleges in the area of embedded systems.
The pan-India E-Yantra challenge is open to all undergraduate students of engineering. Each group will program a given robotic platform to solve a given problem with the given resources in a 12-week duration. The next stage is a National Robotics Competition. This climaxes in a final competition at the IITB Techfest in January 2013.