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Tathva is an annual techno-management festival, organized by the National Institute of Technology Calicut at Kozhikode, in Kerala, India, in the month of September or October. It is one of the biggest technical festivals in South India.
The festival started as a small-scale technical festival during the era of Regional Engineering Colleges (REC). It has now grown, attracting about 30,000 students in over 60 events and with prize money of around Rs. 2 million in 2016.
Aimed at inspiring innovation, technical interest among students, and awareness among the public, the event hosts lectures, seminars, workshops, competitions, paper presentations, exhibitions, quizzes, model displays and robotics events.
Tathva was originally conceived as a technical symposium that would be conducted on an annual basis, incorporating students from reputed engineering colleges and technology institutes of India on a national basis. The first such symposium took place in the year 2000. In 2002, Tathva was transformed into a larger framework that coalesced many contests, demonstrations and exhibitions, in addition to presentations, speeches, workshops and seminars. In 2007, the event was transformed to encompass technology and management.
Tathva hosts competitions, exhibitions, seminars, workshops, symposiums, and keynote speeches. Events are graded at several levels targeted at the varying interests of attending participants, who may include visiting professors, students, industry experts, delegations from peer educational institutions, and general public. Some of the regular attractions are dedicated to innovations arising out of distinct faculties of engineering and technology from inside and the outside the academic setting.
Technological events include robotics, electronics, electrical, mechanical, structural, architectural and chemical engineering projects, value-oriented management subjects and personality development programs.
- Transporter: This event requires the modeling and construction of weight carrying robots or transporters which can lift weights and transport them from one area to another, as per the given specifications.
- League of machines: This event, popularly known as Robo-soccer, aims at creating robots to play a game of football. Rules vary from year to year, and may include competition among robots controlled by wires or by remotes.
- Minimouse v2: This event, a robotic treasure hunt, requires the construction of two robots. The trailblazer robot should find the path to the treasure and communicate with the treasure recovery robot, aiding it in reaching the treasure and recovering it.
- Amazed: This event requires the participants build a line-follower robot that can make its way across a maze successfully in the least time.
- Collision Course: This event requires the participants to design and build a remote controlled robot (wired/wireless) that can play a game of wrestling against an opponent's robot in a given arena.
- Dirt Race: This event focuses on construction of a robot (wired/wireless) which can race and compete against others, cracking its way through the given arena and finish the race as soon as possible.
- Death Race: This event focuses on construction of a robot (wired/wireless) which will have to navigate through a track filled with traps and obstacles. Failure to avoid traps will cause the participants to restart from previous checkpoints.
- Contraption: This event focuses on the construction of innovative and complicated contraptions to complete a simple task, as per the given problem statement.
- Albatross: This event requires the participants to build a radio controlled non-powered aircraft capable enough of flying and landing in the given arena.
- Aqua GT: This event requires the participants to make a remote controlled boat which will have to be navigated through a meandering track and collect points as they go. The boat which collects the most points wins.
- Concept Car Design: This event requires teams to present an innovative model to overcome the problems in present-day automobiles. Innovation in any field of automobiles like transmission, suspension, aerodynamics, brakes, vehicle motion controlling, safety, and steering is allowed.
- Machnascence: The participants are required to assemble the given machine parts so as to bring out the required machine component from the given assembled machine drawing.
- Mindkraft: This event requires the participants to design and fabricate a working model of a simple mechanism which will be specified on the spot in a limited amount of time from the different materials provided. The materials include the necessary parts, tools and accessories essential to create the mechanism.
- Schwimmwagen: This event requires the participants to design and fabricate an R/C bot that can maneuver through all possible terrains (land and water) in the least amount of time.
- War 'de Aqua: The contestants are required to design and build a single stage water rocket and its launcher.
The annual auto-tech show of Tathva, with tons of exotic and vintage cars, off roaders, superbikes and vehicle component expo from all over the world. It has the following events:
- Vintage and Exotics: An exhibition of the most exclusive line up of vintage and exotic cars and motorcycles.
- Riders Show: Exhibition featuring long ride bikes collection.
- Beat My Car: Contest to determine the best car with external modifications in terms of performance and style.
- Stuntz: Showcase of adventurous and thrilling bike stunts from trained professionals.
- Motography: An online photography contest where participants are required to catch their ride in the best way.
- Torquiz: Quiz based on automobile engineering for auto enthusiasts.
- Blue print: The ultimate paper presentation contest organized into a variety of broad categories.
- Treasure Hunt: Teams scourge the campus in search of clues which will lead them to the hidden treasure.
- Log IQ: A high-end quizzing competition that tests your aptitude and logical reasoning skills.
- Inquisito Virtuoso : Test your intelligence, check your analytical skills and narrow in on the culprit with the evidence collected.
- Tathva Quiz: The favourite playground for quizzers all over the country offering three exciting types of quizzes: Prahelika, Artha and Samasya in the school and college levels.
- Cube Open: Tathva Cube Open, the speed cubing event, with WCA recognition. Categories: 3x3x3, 2x2x2, 4x4x4, 3x3x3 One Handed, 3x3x3 Blind Folded.
- Young Engineer: The event aims to ignite interest among the young students answer questions with ideas that are innovative and creative at the same time by creating working models that fall under any field of science.
- Dota 2: The ultimate gaming experience in the world's largest MMORPG.
- Counter Strike 1.6: The classic showdown of teams in this first player shooting game where strategy is as important as aim.
- NFS: Most Wanted: Blur the dials of the speedometer and experience the adrenaline rush.
- FIFA 18: Experience the football craze all over again, with just a pair of keyboards or joysticks.
- Age of Empires II: Be the ultimate ruler and wreak havoc on your enemies as you watch their empires crumble.
- Accelero-BotX: An event that requires designing a wired/wireless robot controlled solely by hand gestures through a challenging course and earn bonus points by dropping balls in holes.
- Coil Gun: An event that focuses on the application of conversion of electrical energy to mechanical energy using a coil gun
- Circuit Race: An event in which the participants will be tested on their ability to assemble circuits and their familiarity with various electrical components.
- Hoverdrive: An event in which the participants will design a radio controlled hovercraft that can navigate through any terrain including water, sand and gravel and race it through specified tracks in the best possible manner scoring maximum points. The vehicle should follow the required machine specifications and shall be tested for its swiftness, endurance and maneuverability.
- Oscilligon: An event in which the participants will design an analog/digital circuit to implement specified game on the display of the Cathode Ray Oscilloscope .
- GSM Labyrinth: An event that requires to build a robot making use of the 3GSM technology
- Analog IQ: A circuit designing contest where the circuit is to be designed and implemented using discrete components and the Analog IC's listed in the specifications.
- E Racer: This event is a miniature and electronic version of Amazing Race
- Tiltatorre: The participants are required to construct the tallest standing, load bearing structure using a given number of ice-cream sticks.
- Floatant: The aim of the event is to make a floating concrete cube with maximum compressive strength.
- Descartes Square: This is a multi-round event which tests the participants' analytical skills in geometry and algebra. The final round offers the opportunity of exposure to a real life challenge involving application of analytical geometry in a simulated arena.
- Magnitude: Design a detachable Tuned Mass Damper (TMD) for a Single Storey building model for the purpose of controlling the vibrations of the building model
- Koderkombat: An online coding event in collaboration with HackerRank.
- Tux of War: An event to test the contestants' shell scripting abilities.
- The Debugger: A competition which tests the participants ability to find and debug errors in a program.
- Concorso: It is a chemical quizzing event, where the very basic concepts of chemical engineering and its applications tests your knowledge, aptitude and spontaneity.
- Interrupteur: The participants will be given an open circuit which needs to be completed such that it automatically opens after 3 minutes using a chemical reaction mechanism.
- Cheo-Propello: Design and fabricate a self-propelled car which runs on a controlled chemical reaction and completes the specified track in minimum time.
Adizya is the annual technical fest conducted by the Architecture Department and Architecture Students Association. The first installment of Adizya was conducted in 2014 with over 200 participants pouring in from 10 colleges in India. World-renowned professionals Padmashri G. Shankar and Bose Krishnamachari held lectures during the fest. Adizya has a plethora of formal and informal events ranging from sheet submissions, on the spot competitions, exhibitions, lectures and workshops.
The main events include:
- Yes is More — A sheet submission competition that requires a space to be designed following the principles of hedonistic sustainability.
- Revival- Participants are asked to pick a heritage site of their choice and the site is then redesigned without sacrificing it's integrity and character but at the same time solving the problems faced by the users. The analysis and the design is then presented through sheets.
- Make a Difference- A design is termed good only if it can be used effortlessly by all members of the society regardless of abilities, gender or age. This sheet submission event involves design of a space as a barrier free access with creativity and imagination.
- Eclipse- An event where the group is provided with cubes which can be used to create an interesting composition through the play of solids and voids.
- Comic Strip- An individual event where the participants are to draw a comic in six boxes based on the common theme provided.
- Street Art- An online submission event where the participating college gives a new character to a public area.
- Painting- An on the spot painting competition based on a theme provided.
- That's my Spot- An event where a personal space needs to designed according to criteria mention.
- Pictionary- Groups of three battle it all against each other in this classic game with a little twist.
Tathva has a number of standard management events to offer. It gives the young minds a golden chance to prove their mettle.
- B-Aptist: It is the National Business Challenge and Entrepreneurship Conclave of NIT Calicut conducted under Tathva. It invites most promising business start-ups to find the right investors and receive support of dedicated mentors.
- Board Room: A product will be provided within 24 hours of registration.
Participants are required to bring a complete, documented plan of their product marketing and a power point presentation at the time of event.
- Sociobizz: Are you visionary who wish to touch the lives of people all over the world? Then this could be your event. The event seeks the most innovative, student-generated social business plans that aim to alleviate problem(s) faced in the developing economies.
Online events of Tathva are popular among the student community. They allow for participation by students unable to directly attend the festival.
Tathva includes workshops conducted on many topics that give participants an experience of various branches of engineering. During 2011, Tathva '11 provided workshops such as astro photography, RC plane, hack attack, cloud computing and automotive and engine design.
Tathva 02 was much different from the humble beginning it made the year before. It was with this edition, that Tathva saw it being placed as an annual event in the college calendar. The inaugural function saw Dr P.S. Nair (the then Group Director of Aerostructures Division ISRO) and Dr V.A. Thomas (the then Director of Programme Planning, ISRO) addressing the audience and stressing the need for technical excellence. Apart from paper presentations in five different streams of engineering, there were design contests, software contests and twin workshops, one on information technology and one on management. The workshops were handled by reputed professionals in respective fields. Students of nearly 40 institutions from various parts of the country attended the festival. Tathva 02, sponsored by AICTE, ISRO and CSIR-India provided an opportunity for students to interact in an intellectually stimulating environment as well as to promote the scientific temper and creativity among the student community.
After CREC got a facelift to NITC, the tech-fest saw a growth in terms of stature and a widening of realms. Conducted on 6, 7, and 8 March 2003, Tathva 03, for the first time, was a united effort of all the departments of NIT-C including Mathematics and Applied Sciences. There were a wide range of competitions including paper presentations, design contests, and technical quizzes (etc.) which covered all fields and provided a platform for students from all over the nation to exhibit their knowledge and skills. The fest also hosted some workshops on management and software and saw a participation of about 40 colleges from various parts of the country. Another major attraction was the Open House Exhibition in which, for the first time since 1986, all the labs and workshops of NIT-C were open for the general public. Also part of this exhibition was a scintillating display of talents that attracted more than 2,000 visitors, which included students from schools and colleges, as well as the general public. On the whole, year 2003 showed a complete facelift for Tathva as it had been known, latching to it the tag of one of the best Tech-fests in South India.
Tathva 2004 was held from 28 February to 1 March 2004. It was this year that Tathva transformed itself from a technical presentation contest into a full-fledged techno fest, with the tagline "The Joy of Innovation". Complete funding for Tathva came from corporate sponsorship and alumni contribution. For the second year running, there was an open house and a science exhibition. The various events were organised by the various departments under their own banners as Vigyan — The Quest for Discovery (Science), Vishvakarma — the Quintessence of Creativity (Architecture), Lakshya — Focus on the Virtual (Computer Science), Kanika — Small is Beautiful (Electronics), Vidyulatha — The Power of Electricity (Electrical), Yantramaya — The Magic of Machines (Mechanical) and Nirmaan — Cementing Aspirations (Civil). Events like the 'Debugging Contest', 'Board game design', 'Quick circuit design', 'Rural innovation' and 'The structure building competition' were held for the first time.
Tathva '05, which was held from 30 September to 2 October 2005, acted as a platform for the engineering minds to demonstrate their intellectual aptitude and innovative ideas. True to the tagline "Where parallels converge", the fest saw the confluence of ideas in different fields of scientific interest. This edition of Tathva saw over 300 participants from over 60 colleges, battling it out, under different events like 'Spardha', the paper presentation contest, 'Prayoga', the design contest, 'Prashnothara', the technical quiz and 'Pradarshini', the model exhibition. Aero enthusiasts were spellbound by the model air show conducted by Bangalore-based Sri. P Easwar as a part of the fest. The Crossroads, the only quiz fest of its kind in Kerala, conducted by the Enquire club of NITC was one of the star attractions of the fest. The quiz fest also saw one of the most prominent quiz masters of all time, Arul Mani, of Karnataka Quiz Association (KQA) hosting a quiz.
Tathva '06 saw an attendance of more than 700 registered participants and 64 colleges, and donned the tagline "Grey Matters". It was noted by its organizers and participants to be the most innovative Tathva to date. Keeping abreast with modern trends, the main highlights were the robotics competitions held over the three days. Robotics competitions included Capto-tractus (line-following robots), League of the Machines (robosoccer), Transporter, and Cruise Control. Participation in these were strong, and extremely competitive skills were put up by all teams. Various other innovative Design on Paper competitions and Model displays evidently kept the Grey-matters running. In addition, there were more than 25 competitions spanning over the various branches of engineering. Besides these deviceful competitions, the fest played venue for various seminars, workshops and exhibitions. The key features included the HAM Radio and Automobile Embedded Systems workshop, seminars on "India in space", "Chaos Theory", "Spoken Dialog Systems", etc. One of the most creative displays by the students of the college was "Return to the Montgolfier", where students launched self-made hot-air balloons. The various exhibitions set up by the college and ISRO attracted many students as well as the general public.
Proving itself to be a genuine platform to showcase technical expertise, Tathva 2007 was presented by NIT Calicut during 27 to 30 September 2007. Like its previous editions, Tathva 2007 was a proving ground for the "engineers of tomorrow" to test their mettle. The fete was flooded with an atmosphere of techno-managerial knowledge on all 4 days through events of international standards, lectures by front runners in various fields, workshops and informative stalls. It asserted the brand's ever-alive thirst to grow in all respects and achieve a distinct standing among its contemporaries. The torch of Tathva 2007 was set ablaze in the inaugural ceremony by Prof. R.V.G. Menon on the evening 27 September 2007 at NITC and the days followed saw the participation from all over South India. Unlike its precedents, Tathva 2007 rose to a Techno-Management event, widening its vistas with the business competitions B-APTIST and BULLS N BEARS as a game simulating a stock market. The 2007 edition also saw superior robotic events like Minimouse (automatic grid solving robot), ibot (image processing robot) along with the classic, League of Machines (robo-soccer, acting as footballers). Associating with Techfest 2008, Tathva became a preliminary stage venue for their Nexus competition.
Tathva 2007 was privileged to present video conferences with Jimmy Wales, the wiki guru and Aaron Swartz, the technology whizkid who had co-authored RSS 1.0 at age 14. It also hosted lectures by frontrunners like Dr Subramonia Sarma (director PGP, ISB), Nagendran S (NAL), Mr Hemachandran S (VSSC), Dr P S Harikumar (CWRDM). Asserting the necessity of effective managerial skills and role of 'market' in developing science and technology, Tathva07 became a venue for the entrepreneurship workshop by Mr Vinod Dumblekar of MANTIS group. The workshop which got mass reception, was planned to inform and inspire the crowd at Tathva to become corporate visionaries. The image processing workshop at Tathva too saw greater participation and enthusiasm.
The external appeal of the event was tied to the weight of its sponsors, and Tathva '07 was able to have the PSUs such as ONGC, SBI, Canara Bank, and global corporate giants like Toshiba, Aricent, Wipro, Accenture, Larsen and Toubro, Satyam and Reliance General Insurance. In short, Tathva 2007 was a contribution from NITC to science and technology and the duty of a T-school of her standing, fulfilled, and living the caption 'inspiring innovation'.
With the innovative events, the students enjoyed participating in a fine display of technical and management competitions, be it advanced robotics like the minimouse and i-bot, basic engineering like the Road Zepplin and Floating Tombstones, business events like the B-Aptist or even a mock stock market simulation.
The festival included eminent personalities like Mr Richard Stallman, the father of the free and open source software movement, Dr P.M. Ajayan a pioneer in the field of nanotechnology and discoverer of the darkest known matter, Dr V.P.N. Namboori the photonics head of CUSAT, and Dr P.V. Manoranjan Rao from the VSSC and ISRO, lecture and interact with the student community during the days of Tathva.
In terms of exhibits, the stalls of DRDO and Nexrobotics provided a novel experience highlighting futuristic technologies and fields that are evolving as the technology era flourishes. From futuristic robots to cutting-edge technology in space research and defense, these stalls lifted Tathva to what time demands of a techno-management fest. The exhibits by the students themselves, like the stall by the Civil department, the Club Mathematica stall and the stall by the Nature club were a whole new experience. With exotic creations like the light-passing concrete, true-to-detail model of the Parthenon, and the feel of the outdoors, made these stalls an inspiring experience throughout Tathva.
The 2009 edition of Tathva was held from 22 to 25 October 2009, with the theme 'Inspiring Innovation'. The fest was inaugurated by Suhas Gopinath, the young founder, CEO and President of Globals Inc. This edition of Tathva was characterized by a lecture series featuring Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, Former President of India; Harold Kroto, one of the co-recipients of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his co-discovery of Buckminsterfullerene, a form of pure carbon; et al.
Tathva '09 featured a blend of competitions, lectures, workshops, demonstrations and papers in technology and management. Events ranging from Robotics to Coding, Electronics, Managerial and online events, workshop and Guest Lectures were organized. Tathva 09 hosted the robotics workshop Nexus owned and executed by IIT Bombay, and saw tremendous response. Tathva also featured the popular Business plan competitions like B-Aptist. Besides, Tathva showcased a plethora of online competitions like IOPC (Programming Competition), Bulls N Bears, and Online Quizzes. The total prize money exceeded a sum of Rs. 800,000. The competitions were designed to encourage the questioning spirit and challenge the conventional way of thought, while the lectures and workshops by eminent personalities were meant to update the student folk with the current pulse of the techno-management world.
The 2010 edition of Tathva was organized from 21 to 24 October. It witnessed large participation in the numerous technical and management events. The cash prize was a wholesome 1.2 million rupees. Apart from the usual events that were held, an intriguing competition called the IDP (Industry Defined Problem) was introduced with an idea of encouraging new ideas in the student community. Lectures by Dr. G. Madhavan Nair, Mr. T. Ramasami and a few other magnanimous personalities were a major add on to the fest. Exhibitions by ISRO, DRDO and a few other organizations opened new opportunities for the students. Workshops like Humanoid hand workshop, Automotive and Engine design, etc. helped them foster their interests. The Tathva Nites, with sand art by Dr. Amar Sen, a scintillating performance by the rock-band Slingshot, and a fire show that was conducted by the Pa-litchi company, a Czech Republic-based team, all made Tathva '10 exciting for the participants.
Tathva '11 was hosted by NITC as its annual techno-management fest from 20 to 23 October. With its huge leap in magnitude, with nearly 40 events, cash prize worth 1.4 million rupees, participation of about 8000 students, and exceptional media coverage, Tathva '11 boasted of being the second largest techno-management fest in South India. The fest was aimed at inspiring new dimensions in the minds of those seeking to showcase their technical and managerial skills.
The fest had events devoted to test the logical, managerial and technical aptitudes of the participants. The events were classified according to the type of technicalities involved and prepared by a team of students from various departments of the college. The fest had competitions to cover participants from all fields, encompassing fields such as complex logic design, tricky robotics problems and dynamic designs involving mechanics, chemistry and physics. Apart from the usual events like Bulls and Bears, transporter, League of machines, Interrupter, Koderkombat, Cheautic etc., Tathva '11 unlocked a new box of events like the Dirt Race, Aqua Missile and B Plan for those who seek out for newfangled and fresh ideas to compete on.
The major attraction of the fest was the workshops, which were aimed to be a fusion of ideas, interests and practical reasoning. Tathva '11 brought a set of workshops, such as RC Plane Design, Fabrication and Flying, Cloud Computing and Virtualization, Astro Photography (which was a free workshop), Accelero Botix where a robot is controlled using an accelerometer, Hack Attack which was a workshop on Ethical Hacking workshop, and the Automotive Engine parts workshop.
Tathva '11 also took up initiatives like the Young engineer, a science exhibition that gave high school and higher secondary school students a platform to share ideas or projects they had worked on, with cash prizes worth 20,000 rupees. Social initiatives like 'Teach My India' and 'My School' campaigns were also taken up. Exhibitions showcased in NITC during the 4 days were an integral part of Tathva. Organizations like Territorial Army, ISRO, Touch Magix, NPOL and a few others presented interesting exhibits for the public. A lecture series featuring renowned personalities like Tessy Thomas, etc. was also a part of Tathva '11. The 'Tathva Nites', which refer to the night-shows at Tathva, showcased hand shadowgraphy by Amar Sen and team, and a robotics show by Metal Mate.
Tathva '13 was hosted by NITC as its annual techno-management fest from 17 to 20 October. V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai, former Vice Chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), inaugurated the three-day national event.
Conducted from 13 to 15 October 2017.
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