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genreTechno management organization
Locations)Tiruchirappalli, India
Major eventsCoding, robotics, management, paper presentations, guest lectures, infotainment, nuclear technology, exhibitions, workshops
Registration statusStudent-run non-profit organization
sponsorNIT Trichy
Prize money£ 12,00,000

Pragyan, NIT Trichy is the technical festival of the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli. Since it was founded in 2005, it has taken place every year over a period of three and a half days in the months of January, February or March. Every year, participants from a number of universities across the country take part in various events organized as part of Pragyan. This makes it one of the biggest techno manager festivals in India. It is also the first student-run organization in the world, and the third overall, alongside the London and Manchester United Olympics, to achieve ISO 20121: 2012 certification in sustainable event management. It is also ISO 9001: 2015 certified for quality management systems.[1][2]

History and growth

In 2005, NIT Trichy staff and students worked together to create Pragyan as a technical festival that attracts innovation from across the state.[3][4] Pragyan has since expanded to include teams from over 60 countries to take part in the online events. In the past few years, up to 700 volunteers have worked to host the event.

The events in Pragyan have traditionally been divided into broad groups. Based on eight clusters, two more clusters were added in 2016. Pragyan 2020 consisted of the following 8 clusters [5]::

BytehocCapture the flag, Pragyan ML Challenge, Code Venatic, Code Character
Manigma The Ultimate Manager, Startup Arena, Pragyan Premier League, Marketing Hub, Dalal Street, Beer Factory
PhronesisSherlocked, M decoder, labyrinth
ConcreateMortar Master, Town Chase, Build the Bridge
ConceptionPlan it right, Old Town Road, Circuitrix
RoborexRobowars, Quadcombat, Jalyaan
Pandora's boxWe are fast, FUNdamental
useful informationBiz Quiz, Pragyan main quiz

Guest lecture series [edit]

Guest lecture by Richard Mueller at the Pragyan 2017

Every year the festival features lectures by several guest speakers.

yearVisiting lecturers
2020 Dr. VR Lalithambika, Dr. Najeeb Jung, Dr. Ashok Khemka, Dr. Manish Gupta, Dr. Teri W. Odom, Dr. David Reitze, Dr. Rajagopala Chidambaram, Mr. Josh Foulger.
2019 Dr. Spyridon Michalakis, Mrs. Amrita Shah, Mr. Ramesh Venkatesan, Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Dr. Crystal Dilworth, Dr. PG Diwakar, Dr. Frederick J. Raab, Dr. Alwyn Didar Singh.
2018 Dr. BN Suresh, Ajay Bhatt, Bhargavi Nuvvula, Dr. Casey Handmer, Dr. Robert Metcalfe, Dr. AS Ramasastri, Dr. Kevin Grazier, Meher Pudumjee, Shivshankar Menon, Ramamoorthy Ramesh.
2017 Richard A. Müller, Kishore Jayaraman, Henry Throop, David J. Peterson, Ada Yonath, A. Sivathanu Pillai, Rajshekhar Murthy, Nandini Harinath.
2016 Peter C. Schultz, Varun Agarwal, Ralph Leighton, Dr. Archana Sharma, Sudhir Kumar Mischra, Gianni Di Caro, Abhas Mitra, René Reinsburg.
2015Marshall Strabala, Dr. Jitendra Joshi, Paul Halpern, Suneet Tuli, Robin Chase, TS Krishnamurthy, Ananth Krishnan, Jill Tarter, Raju Venkatraman, Guhesh Ramanathan, Scott R. Peppet, Rakshit Tandon, Rakesh Godwani.[6]
2014L Sivasankaran, Kiruba Shankar, Anirudh and Pragun, Ram Gopal, Valerie Wagoner, Dr. Marcus du Sautoy, Jamie Hyneman, Dhananjayan Govind, Venkatesh Basker, Tevenos, TV Narendran.
2013Anil Kakodkar, Tessy Thomas, Atul Gurtu, Rohan Dixit, David Christian and Richard Noble
2012Gayle Lackmann McDowell, Gert Lanckriet, JN Reddy, Michael E. Brown, Jeff Lieberman, Swaminathan Gurumurthy, Dr. Vijay Chandru, Dr. Sivathanu Pillai and Narendra Nayak
2011David Hanson (robotics designer), Sugata Mitra, Narayanan Krishnan, TV Padma, Stefan Engeseth and Ajeet N. Mathur
2010Dr. Ramesh Jain, NS Ramaswamy, Dr. PM Bhargava, Dr. Sreenidihi Varadharajan, Raj Bala, Are Holen.
2009Peter Norvig, Loren Acton, John C. Mather, Manish Tripathi and Kalyan Banerjee.
2008Philippe Lebrun, Ronald Mallett, Noam Chomsky, Trilochan Sastry, KR Sridhar and Philip Zimmermann
2007Douglas Osheroff, Rudolph Marcus, Guruswami Ravichandran, Gurcharan Das and Jimmy Wales
2006Yash Pal, Stephen Wolfram, Christopher Gill and Christopher Charles Benninger

In the 2015 edition, ‘Divergent’ was presented, an inspiring series of talks by young people who have made a significant contribution to society. Speakers for the inaugural edition included Roman Saini, Vishnu Nair, Ajit Narayanan, and Kartheeban.

Crossfire [edit]

Crossfire is a panel discussion that will take place during the festival. Crossfire aims to provide a global platform for academia, industry, and government to interact with the student community.

Panelist from Pragyan 2012 Crossfire
Panelist from Pragyan 2017 Crossfire
2020 $ 5 trillion in 5 years: grounded optimism or just a pipe dream? Ms. Neelu Vyas Thomas (moderator), Mr. Amitabh Dubey, Dr. Arun Kumar, Ms. Puja Mehra, Dr. R. Nagaraj, Dr. Ritu Dewan.
2019 Do we have the right to freedom of expression or just compliant freedom of speech? Mr. Narayanan Madhavan (moderator), Mr. Manoj Mitta, Mr. Satyam Singh Rajput, Mr. Sudhir Krishnaswamy, Mr. Sukumar Muralidharan, Mr. Dr. V. Suresh, Mrs. Anjali Bhardwaj
2018 Should we allow privacy for the common good? Anand Krishnan, Dr. Reetika Khera, Retd. Major General Sudhir G Vombatkere, Debabrata Nayak, Shyam Divan; moderated by Suhrith Parthasarathy.
2017 Will Justice Lead to Equality? Santosh Mehrotra, M. Satya Kumar, TR Raghunandan, Trilochan Sastry; moderated by Dhanya Rajendran.
2016 Development contributes to environmental pollution: do we have to pollute ourselves to go the extra mile? Ajay, Shankar, Bahar Dutt, Anoop Poonia, Abhinandan Sekhri, Nawshir Mirza, Dr. A. Ravindra.
2015Getting an Indian to the moon seems easier than keeping an Indian road cleanM. Chandra Dathan, Shyam Chetty, Dr. Damodar Tripathi, TS Krishnamurthy, Abdul Ghani; moderated by Dr. Sumanth C Raman.
2015Was it all worth it? An alumni crossfire in career choices and the pursuit of your passionSharon Koshy, Shyam HN, Shankar, G. Naveen, Sri Ram Shankar.
2014The role of youth in building nationsDR. Karthikeyan, Santhosh Hegde, Bhagwan Singh, Captain N. Thinakaran, Karthik Janakiram; moderated by Prof. G. Balakrishnan.
2013Failing educational institutions?Chris Philips, Dr. Sultan Ahmed Ismail, Bushra Shariff, Professor Eugene D’Vas, Prashanth Raj; moderated by Prof. Vinod.
2012It's not about graduation, it's about passionAmoghavarsha, AN Chandramouli, JN Reddy, Arunabh Kumar, J Balamurugan, Sarath Babu, Prof. Vinod
2011From shared families to living relationships, from pen pals to Facebook, from outdoor games to video games, this generation has certainly changed a lot. But are these changes for the better? What are the current youth priorities? Where are we going? And where do we go from there?Krish Ashok, Dr. LS Ganesh, Subramanian Vincent, Dr. Ramesh Jain, Kishore Kumar, Jagan Jothivel.
2010Why are we not IDIOTS (I'll do it on my own terms)?LS Ganesh, Subramaniam Vincent, Kishore Kumar, Dr. Ramesh Jain, Sudhish Kamath, Jagan Jothivel
2009India as a global knowledge superpowerProf. Anil Gupta, Dr. PV Indiresan, Dr. Sujatha Ramdorai, Dr. Prabhakar Marur; moderated by Rashmi Bansal

In the 2016 edition, NITT alumni were invited to participate in Alumni Crossfire, where they discussed whether the NIT of the 70s, 80s, 90s or 2000s had the best experience.


Workshops [edit]

Pragyan 2014 Quadcopter Workshop

Since 2007, Pragyan has offered a series of workshops that have helped participants improve their skills and abilities.

yearWorkshops carried out
2020 Process simulation with Aspen Hysys
Stock markets and financial planning
Internet of things
Game development
Design of diesel locomotives
Deep learning
Industrial robotics
Industrial automation
Industrial IoT
Data analysis
Data acquisition via the laboratory view
Development of aircraft LRUs and systems
Cad with Creo
Computer vision
Cloud computing
Embedded Systems
2019 Solidworks
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Circuit design flow with cadence
Building planning and analysis
Six Sigma Yellow Belt Program
Computer vision on embedded platforms
Data acquisition with LabView
Embedded design for wireless sensor networks
Data analysis with R and Tableau
Heat exchanger design with HTRI
application development
Deep learning
expanded reality
IoT prototyping
Mercedes internal combustion engine analysis
Image processing of satellite data
Machine learning applications
2018 Armored combat vehicle
Modeling of building information
C2000 real-time controller
Cyber ​​Security Workshop
Data collection workshop
Data analysis
Deep learning
Diesel locomotives
Fusion 360
High performance computing
Industrial automation and IoT
Industrial IoT
IoT Asset Performance Management
Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt
Mobile application development
PD workshop IOCL
Radar and antenna systems
2017 Construction project management from Civil Simplified
Cross-platform development by EI Systems
Process design and simulation by Innovians Technologies
Swarm robotics from Robotech Labs
AerotriX quadcopter
Autotrix from top engineers
Network design by I-Medita
Nikon Photography
IBM Cognitive and Cloud Computing
Power supply and design by Texas Instruments
SEBI Stock Marketing and Financial Planning
National Instruments Internet of Things
PTC Creo
Data analysis by LatentView Analytics
2016 IBM cloud computing
Stock exchange and financial planning
Image processing with Ni-Lab view
Investigation of the crime scene
Foundation analysis and design
Astro photography
Internal combustion engines
Golang from Mozilla India, a workshop on GO, an open source programming language
Process simulation with Aspen Hysys
Cyber ​​warfare and security
Automobile prototyping RC car
Texas Instruments TM4C UC
2015Accelerobotix, carried out by Technophilia
Touch and Augmented Reality, carried out by Infi-Zeal Technologies
Bridge design and manufacture under the direction of Ark Technosolutions
Whatshack, carried out by i3indya Technologies
Brainwave Robotics under the direction of Ark Technosolutions
Analytical Technique and Decision Science
Autotrix, an auto repair shop
Infysec workshop series
IBM Coding Challenge
2014Seismic Design performed by Civil Simplified
Missile launch led by Xovian [8]
Polygraph workshop in collaboration with Truth Labs India
Big Data carried out in cooperation with Microsoft
Quadcopter led by Robofission Labs in collaboration with Techkriti, IIT Kanpur
PC, internet and voice controlled bot building workshop organized by Robogenesis
Distributed Computing over Java, carried out by a special initiative from IBM called “IBM India University Relations”.
2013Vehicle systems and further developments by Tata Motors Authorized Training Consultant
Sixth Sense Robotics

Android app development
Six Sigma
High structure design
Underwater robotics
The workshop for viral media

2012Assembling internal combustion engines in cooperation with AerotriX
Bi-Pedal Robotics in collaboration with Yogiki
Introduction to stocks
Light painting
Cyber ​​forensics
2011Gesture-controlled robotics: haptics workshop
Computer animation
Cloud computing
Mobile applications
Management workshop
Flight modeling
20103D photography
Ethical hacking
Hexapod Robotics
Adobe Flex.
2009Light painting workshop by Kshitij Anand
Animation workshop led by Nikhil Madan, RoboSapiens
2008Amateur radio operation
Bio-inspired robotics
Amateur astronomy
2007Automobile design by Amarendra Kr. Das.
Digital signal processing - pattern recognition and digital watermark.

Exhibitions [edit]

A number of exhibits are held each year during the festival. Participants look forward to informing students about innovations in various fields of science and technology.

2020 Mitra Robot
Slow dance frame
Sirena Technologies - Nino
2018 HyperLoop
Bionic arm
Kalam SAT
ISRO - rocket and propulsion models
Indian Air Force - Drones and RC Airplanes
2017 Smart drone
Vantablack (vertically aligned nanotube arrays)
INDRO Humanoid Robot
Spero e-bike
Antique cameras - Dr. Arun's Photo and Vintage Camera Museum
2016 Metalmate Robotics
Infivention - Automated Chess
Inventrom - Bolt (formerly NetPlug) and its products
Castle Collection - Dr. Hiren Shah
IBOTS - intelligent vehicles
2015NASA Moon Rock Probe presented by NASA
Defense Exhibitions - Combat Vehicle Research and Development Facility (CVRDE) and Defense Research and Development Organization DRDO (Tank and Flight Simulator)
GTRE gas turbines
NAO Humanoid Robots presented by Vishnu Engineering
Brain controlled helicopter from Pantech Solutions
Masha Nazeem's social exhibits
High Energy Batteries from High Energy Batteries (India) Limited
2014Quad rotor, robotic arm and X-Pod robots from Robosoft

Replacement, FB car, advanced vision systems, hacking Kinect, XNA games, computer security and Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio (MSRDS) from Robogenesis
Collection of antique cameras from Arun Cameras
Motion Detection with Natural User Interface (NUI) from Gesture Research India
CSM1 3D printer from Cycloid Systems

Pragyan 2013 exhibition by CVRDE

Classic cars from GJ Automobiles, Trichy
Indian missiles presented by the Defense Research and Development Laboratory in Hyderabad
Models and presentations on the laboratories, products and facilities of the Combat Vehicle Research and Development Facility (CVRDE) in Chennai
Vertical axis wind turbine from HEXDOG Engineering
HAM radio operation of the Tiruchirappalli amateur radio company
Augmented Reality from GAMOOZ India
Multitouch Interactive Sensing from TouchMagix.

2012Installation of the Kinect 3D model from Blink Solution
Aimil Ltd. precision instruments
Augmented Reality from BlinkSolution
Ductbot, Biped and Hexapods from Robosoft Systems
Adaptive gripper arm from Festo Bionic Learning Network
2011Digital effects processing and multi-touch technology with DJing, "Reactable"
Musical performance only with solar powered instruments from Solar Punch.

Sangam and Ingenium [edit]

Sangam [edit]

Pragyan 2013 Sangam Project

Sangam is an exclusive technical competition within NITT that showcases models and solutions developed by students from different departments. This event, which takes place on all four days of Pragyan, provides a platform for students to implement their innovative ideas and gain recognition for them from other participants, academics, technocrats and industrialists.

yearNotable projects
2020 Could not be done due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2019 Aeroelastic
Resonance turbine
Eta Plus
Reconfiguration during the flight in Saarathi
Flight security control system
Artificial intuition
Vein visualizer
2018 VREX 80
Listen in
2017Rice planter
Assistive Rehabilitation Exoskeleton (Ares)
ASCON - sign language interpreter
JARVIS - Personalized surveillance system
E-voting system with MATLAB and AADHAR card identification
Standing wheelchair
Quadcopter with para-glider applications
Sustainable concrete
Rocker arm bike
2015Innovation in concrete
Drone-assisted navigation
The geodesic dome project
Real-time 3D object reconstruction project
"Intelligent" bicycles equipped with gyroscopes to detect accidents
Solar powered hydraulic solar tracker
Fan wing aircraft
Perovskite solar cell
2014Portable EKG machine with real-time signal
Flying saucer with Coanda effect
Underwater robots
Bascule bridges
2013Prototype for an electric wheelchair with voice control
Stepper motor made from shape memory alloys
MPPT solar charger for buses
Green phone charger
2012Solar powered water pump with PMDC motor
CO2 Removal of vehicle emissions
Cold start emissions control

Ingenium [edit]

Ingenium, formerly known as Anwesh, is a technical competition exclusively for students from colleges other than NIT Trichy. Ingenium gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their technical skills through ideas and inventions, and strives to revive students' love for science and technology.

yearNotable projects
2020 Could not be done due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2019 Inspection and maintenance of the overhead line with drones
Non-invasive glucose and hemoglobin measurement
Unicycle scooter
2018 Smart helmet
Smart Guide
Waste heat in electricity
Extended slot ejector
2017 COMSOL design
Virtual Reality Drum Kit

Reverse karaoke machine
Smart home and traffic control system with IoT

Infotainment [edit]

Pragyan 2012 Infotainment Laser Show

Since its inception in 2008, the infotainment aspect of the festival has provided entertainment in a variety of genres such as acrobatics, dance, cardistry, illusion, light shows and comedy.

yearNotable shows
2020 Laser show by Lasershow India, Magic Show by Cody Tan, LED music performance by LED Rebel, Light Painting by Kupava.
2019 Graham Maxwell (bubble artist), Ramod Malaka (digital dancer), Yanika Beliza (fire dance, hula hooping, yoga), Anne Klinge (foot puppeteer), Heimdall (laser harpist), Sonic Snares (DJ).
2018 Azeem Banatwalla (comedian), Suhani Shah (mentalist), Parchai Group (shadow artist), Shao (the manipulator is part of a multivisual group), Shawn Chua (ventriloquist), Shivraj Morzaria (cardiology).
2017 Laser show by Lasershow India, illusionist Chris Cheong, UV and fire shows by the Slovak company Anta Agni, Comedy Night by Biswa Kalyan Rath.
2016 The illusionist JC Sum, the projection dance group Girasomnis, the UV and Tron dance group Illuminati, the comedy show by Sorabh Pant and S Aravind.
2015Light and fire shows by Pyroterra, semi-finalists, Britain’s Got Talent
Atul Khatri and Angad Singh Rayal, East India Comedy
Radium painting by Vivek Patil.
2014Pragyan has talent
Comedy Show from East India Comedy
UV balloons
Speed ​​painting by Vilas Nayak
Dance performance by Shobana Chandrakumar
2013Informal fire show by Thrill Veera
3D mapping projection on the LHC
Comedy Night Out from The Viral Fever
Robo Dance by Robo Ganesh
Musical performance with recycled instruments from the Thalavattam Band
2012Laser mirror costume act, LED light juggling show, LED costume and wing act from STIGMA
InfySec laser show
Show sky lanterns
2011Musical performance only with solar powered instruments from Solar Punch
Processing of digital effects and multi-touch technology with DJing by Carles Lopez from Reactable
2010Sand art by Mr. Amar Sen.
Presentation of 3D visual effects, animations and other special effects from the Zee Institute of Creative Arts (ZICA)
Chennai Rotorsport and Hobby Club Air Show and Airplane Exhibition
2009Techno-Magic Show by the renowned Mr Christopher James
Laser show with the theme ‘Evolution’
Hand shadowgraphy

Sponsors and partners [edit]

Pragyan is a non-profit event run exclusively by students from the institute. The festival has historically been linked to a number of corporate sponsors including Tata Steel, Texas Instruments, State Bank of India, Google, Pepsi, Marrybrown, Indian Oil Corporation, McAfee, National Instruments, Larsen & Toubro, and Honeywell. For the 2020 edition of Pragyan, the main sponsors were SAP, The New Indian Express and Comedy Central [9]. The 2019 edition sponsors were GE Healthcare, Times Now, National Instruments, ONGC, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Pragyan social responsibility [edit]

In Pragyan 2012, a new wing of the organization called Pragyan Social Responsibility (PSR) was added. The members of this wing run a number of initiatives aimed at different social groups.

Veetukku Oru Vignaani [edit]

A science exhibition for student projects organized by the television station Puthiya Thalaimurai was first hosted and directed by Pragyan in 2016. In 2017, after a grand finale at the national level, the exhibition was awarded by Pragyan at the NIT Trichy. It received media coverage from Puthiya Thalaimurai, with whom Pragyan worked to accomplish this feat. Students from various schools across the state were invited to visit, participate, and exhibit their models and ideas.

Dhisai [edit]

The Dhisai event, which aims to educate Tamil Nadu students about the Joint Entrance Examinations (JEE), was first launched in 2015. Since then, a mock JEE exam has been held annually for Class 12 students as part of Dhisai to create awareness of the JEE exam.[10]

In 2016, information brochures were distributed to schools in all counties of Tamil Nadu and online portals were made available in Tamil, Hindi and English to help eager students. A mock JEE exam was held for Grade 12 students across Tamil Nadu to give them real-time experience in a competitive scenario. During Dhisai 2017, the JEE awareness campaign took a new turn as it was run this year with help from the government of Tamil Nadu. A sham JEE test was carried out at six centers in Tamil Nadu. In 2018 Dhisai was held as a five-day event, attended by over 600 students from Trichy and Thanjavur. The 2019 edition of Dhisai consisted of a one-day awareness tour of the NIT Trichy campus, and visiting students were given formulas and key brochures.

2020 [edit]

Campus Development Week: The Campus Development Week took place from October 20, 2019 to October 25, 2019. On October 20, a free workshop on the topic of IoT was held in cooperation with Siemens: COE. A signing campaign called One Less Light was carried out and E-Waste bins were installed at the LHC.

catalyst: On December 4, 2019, Pragyan took on the task of teaching the students of the Panchayat Union School, Vazhavandankottai, basic knowledge of science, mathematics and English as well as origami.

she's talking: On February 9, 2020, Pragyan conducted She Talks at St. Peter's Institute for Higher Education and Research in Avadi, Chennai. It's a flagship social responsibility initiative aimed at getting more women into STEM. It also informed participants about the opportunities that come with their entry into the field.

Shelves of joy: As of February 26, 2020, several shelves were set up in front of Orion for students to place books and clothing to be donated.

Bag of joy: On March 6th and 7th, 2020, Bag of Delight was organized on the 2k market. Shoppers in the market were encouraged to purchase items from a list required by the students at Panchayat Union School, Valavanthankottai.

First step: The first step was taken on March 10, 2020 by the Pragyan Social Responsibility Wing at the REC School. As part of the event, free shoes were given out to students at the school to commemorate Mr. Raghavendra Singh Chauhan, a former head of the marketing team.

2019 [edit]

Green the red: Pragyan organized in cooperation with @sbifoundation on February 20th at the Government High School in Thirunedungulam the awareness program "Green the Red" for sustainable menstruation. Ms. Harini from RebootU informed the students about the advantages of reusable pads.

First step: Pragyan, NIT Trichy distributed 182 pairs of VKC sponsored slippers to REC Middle School students in his latest social project, “First Step”.

Guarantee: As part of the initiative, volunteers visited a rehabilitation center for blind women on the occasion of International Women's Day, where they exchanged ideas and distributed 500 sanitary napkins.

Vallinam: A self-defense workshop was held by AWARE, a Chennai NGO at Government High School in Thenipatti. Mr. Sandhiyan and Ms. Kavitha gave a three hour session that included an awareness session about safe and unsafe behavior and how to be mentally and physically strong to face the situation. They showed various demos of how we can protect ourselves, and the students were encouraged to practice together.

2018 [edit]

A civil protection program Raksha Safety procedures, exercises and training for students were carried out. Members of the PSR team actively participated in communicating the need for safety and awareness. As part of UyarumPragyan celebrated World Environment Day on June 5th with the distribution of seed packets, seedlings and flyers. On the day of literacy on 08.09.2017 Karka Kasadara - A literacy program for everyone has been implemented. Pragyan's social responsibility wing visited schools in and around the town and collected books for "Karka Kasadara". The final phase of Karka Kasadara was conducted in the Hope Foundation Worldwide Orphanage and Anbagam Nalivutra Manavar Manaviyar Vidudhi. The books collected were donated to the orphanage along with kits of notebooks, pens and pencils.

catalystHeld on January 19, 2018, the initiative was an initiative that demonstrated basic concepts of science through experiments on students in grades 6, 7, and 8 of the Thuvakudi State School. GuaranteeA menstrual awareness campaign was held on February 11, 2018. Sanitary towels were distributed among the women and the founder of the SCOPE Foundation gave a lecture on menstrual hygiene to women from Vazhavandhan Kottai village.

ForesightOn February 17, 2018, a campaign to raise awareness for water protection took place in the LA Cinemas. A video was shown in the theater highlighting the importance of water conservation, along with an activity where sealed Bisleri bottles were opened. Uyir Organized by the MOHAN Foundation, the event had a presentation on various organs and information about their transplant made available to the students of the NIT Trichy.

2017 [edit]

As NIT Trichy's contribution to Rashtriya Aavishkar Abhiyan, PSR invited neighborhood school children to witness and participate in Pragyan 2017 catalyst On the initiative of two neighboring schools, students were shown scientific experiments. Pragyan Pizza Project was a favorite project of PSR; Domino’s Pizza customers, Trichy, were gifted seedlings that could be planted in their area. With the help of employees of the Tamil Nadu fire department, a campaign to raise awareness of fire safety was carried out. A campus initiative week was celebrated where volunteers from the team took many steps to improve life on campus. An awareness campaign against the use of high beam was also carried out.

2016 [edit]

During Vigilance Awareness Week at NIT Trichy, Mr. Senthamarai Kanna, Assistant Inspector General of Police, Trichy Range, and Mr. MG Devasahayam, retired IAS official, shared their views on corruption. Under the banner of catalystWorkshops were held and students were taught computer application software to improve education through technology. A disaster management awareness program, Rakshawas conducted to prepare students for natural and man-made disasters. A traffic and road safety awareness campaign was also carried out. The importance of wearing helmets and seat belts was explained through the distribution of cards.

2015 [edit]

Catalyst, a prague social responsibility initiative.

PSR carried out catalyst, a one-day workshop on MS Office for the students of the Boiler Plant Girls Higher Secondary School in the BHEL community. The workshop took place on November 1st, 2014.
As a year-round project, PSR started the PET project, an initiative to reduce paper waste on campus, in cooperation with LEAP (the institute's environmental club) and the Entrepreneurship Cell. This was initiated after considering the enormous waste of paper on campus. A collection box was placed in the Octagon (the computer center) to collect the roll number sheets that are generated for each student with a print command. The sheets were then used for activities such as creating notebooks and helping support groups by teaching them to make paper products.

Discussions on career guidance and cybercrime were conducted by professionals.

2014 [edit]

PSR, in collaboration with The Third Dimension, the NIT Trichy's Aeromodeling Club, organized an event to promote student interest and awareness of science. It was conducted on December 6, 2013 at the Matriculation Higher Secondary School of the Tamil Nadu State Government in Thiruverumbur. The event consisted of simple experiments performed on commonly available items to help students understand basic concepts they are learning in school. Contact details have been made available to students for further assistance, as well as for obtaining study materials and university books for entrance exams in the context of the Prague Social Responsibility. In a first initiative of this kind in NIT, Trichy, PSR put stickers in all NIT, Trichy hostels to raise awareness of energy saving.

2013 [edit]

In Pragyan 2013, two events took place under the umbrella of the PSR, namely Disha and Wishberry. Disha was a career counseling event created with the sole aim of promoting the importance of technical skills and the need for innovation in high school and university students. Wishberry was launched to upgrade infrastructure at a rural government school in Trichy District. As an ode to the world-class education provided to NIT-T's students, and as an explanation of Pragyan's commitment to education, the team sought to meet the minimum possible infrastructure requirements the ADW Boys Higher government could have for the secondary school located located in the village of Pappakurichi in the Trichy district. A total of around Rs. 95,000 was collected from various sources, namely Rs.73,000 online and Rs.22,000 in person from interested contributors.

Place one [edit]

Pragyan Square One, formerly known as Outreach, was introduced with the aim of expanding the scale of technological advancement and creating awareness of scientific utilities in regions across the country.

2018 [edit]

Pragyan Square One was held on October 7th and 8th, 2017 in SKCET, Coimbatore, and on September 9th and 10th, 2017 at the Thiagarajar College of Engineering. While the Coimbatore edition included 3D printing and intelligent network automation workshops, the Madurai edition focused on robotics and automotive architecture. Events and competitions were also held that feature a large combined prize pool of INR 50,000.

The Square One Edition in Mangalore took place on February 3, 2018 at the Sahyadri College of Engineering and Management. This was the third outreach event hosted by Pragyan, which featured three events and a machine learning introduction workshop.[11]

2017 [edit]

For the first time, Pragyan Square One was held in two cities - Chennai and Kochi. On February 4 and 5, 2017, a workshop on ethical hacking at CUSAT, Kochi and workshops on robotics and embedded technology were held at the SRM University in Kattankulathur Chennai. Students were invited to participate in regional roundtables such as Circuitrix, The Ultimate Manager, Hunt the Code, and Pragyan Quiz. The top teams from each event were invited to take part in the national finals to be held at the NIT Trichy during Pragyan 2017.

2016 [edit]

In the 2016 edition of Pragyan, a robot construction competition, a quadcopter workshop and a quiz event took place in Kochi on January 16 and 17, 2016. In the Chennai version on January 30th, the robot competition "Hunt the Code" took place. Competition for programming enthusiasts and an "Ultimate Manager" competition. A design workshop was also held with CAD and Creo.

2015 [edit]

The first edition of Pragyan Square One (2015) was held in Chennai. It took place on November 1st and 2nd, 2014 at Sathyabama University in Chennai.[12] Four different events were held in the course of the program. This included a guest lecture, the Circuitrix event, the regional preliminary rounds of the Pragyan Open Quiz and a hovercraft workshop conducted by AeroSapiens in collaboration with the Third Dimension Aeromodeling Club of NIT Trichy. The guest lecture had a number of participants of around 250 students. The winners of the regional preliminary rounds of the quiz competition were given direct access to the National Intercollegiate Pragyan Quiz, which took place during Pragyan.

The 2015 edition of Pragyan was another highlight, the hackathon held in collaboration with Amazon India in Amazon, Hyderabad. The competition took place on December 20 and 21, 2014 and more than a hundred participants worked on various projects. The competition was theme-based, with "collaboration tools" set as the theme of the competition, and participants having to develop mobile and web-based apps that would help people "work as a team". The prizes were worth a total of £ 90,000.[13]

Previous editions of Pragyan [edit]

Special initiatives [edit]

Human library

Human Library was a new initiative by Pragyan in 2018, where 14 people interacted with the students with their inspiring stories. The event, in partnership with the Human Library in Hyderabad, was the largest human library run by a student-run organization. The Human Library in Pragyan proved to be an enriching experience, giving students the opportunity to read about various sensitive and thought-provoking topics in society. The initiative continued in the following editions.

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