Pune: The battle for supremacy in robotics has begun with ABU National Robocon 2016 kicking off in Pune at Balewadi . 105 engineering colleges from all over India are participating in the competition with the relevant theme of “Clean Energy recharging the world”. The finals of National Robocon will be held on 5th March . The winner will represent India in the International Robocon to be held at Bangkok later this year . The event was inaugurated in presence of CL Nandanpawar , Director Doordarshan , Prof. Vishwanath D. Karad, Executive President and Director General, MIT Group of Institutions, Mr. Ashok Joshi, Chairman, Technology holding, LLC, Prashant Rao, Mathwork India Pvt. Ltd, Nakamura Daisuke, MD, ROHM Semiconductor, India , Prof Swati Karad –Chate Executive Director MIT Group of Institutions Dr Sunil Karad Chief Convenor Robocon 2016 and Dr Yogesh Bhalerao , Chief Coordinator Robocon 2016 .
Based on theme of Clean Energy the game of ABU Robocon 2016 is designed in order to create the awareness of efficient energy consumption and clean and renewable energy utilization. Each team has to build two robots; Eco Robot and Hybrid Robot. Eco Robot doesn’t have an actuator to drive. It receives the driving energy from Hybrid Robot. Eco Robot has to use only one steering actuator to control its direction, to track the path containing Slopes and Hills, River, and Down Hill. Besides providing driving energy to Eco Robot, Hybrid Robot has to take Wind Turbine Propeller from Eco Robot and climb up Wind Turbine Pole in order to assemble Wind Turbine.
Last years finalist VJTI Mumbai got off to a rocking start with a 100-0 win over AC Patil college of engineering Navi Mumbai , while IIT Kanpur defeated Jeppiaar Institute of technology Chennai 160-0 . Pune teams started off well with PVG College of Engineering defeating Modern Soc College of Engineering Pune 70-0. Smt Kashibai Nawale collehe defeated BITS pillani Goa 30-0 , Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engg defeated Vidyalankar Institute of technology Mumbai 50-0 , PES Modern College defeated Jammia Millia Islamia New Delhi 120 –( -10 )
Concurrently 250 students from 102 schools are participating in the fourth Junior Robocon at the same venue . The Junior Robocon is for the age group of 9-15 years and the theme is Digital India. The students have to pick up ten packets which are in the form of a ball with alphabets on it . When one completes picking up ten packets and placing them in the data channel a message in sync with Digital India is created . There are two games on adjacent networks which depict two computers talking to each other .
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