Kshitij, IIT Kharagpur’s annual techno-management fest, completes its 13th edition with flying colours. The fest has grown exponentially since its inception in 2004 to become Asia’s largest techno-management fest. It saw an overwhelming participation of 70,000 students and has given away prizes worth 65 lakh.It’s website, www.ktj.in, was the largest student run website in the world, receiving 8 million clicks in its 2012 edition.
With the motto of providing international platform to youth for showcasing their talents, it witnessed fierce competition in its flagship events like Robowars, Laws of Motion, Race Pulse, Eureka, Overnite, B-Plan, Embetronix and Night Shift which were certified by tech giants like IEEE, IMechE, ACM, ASME, etc. It exhibited cutting edge technologies from all over the world in the forms of Wall-E Bot (inspired from the blockbuster WALL-E), MANAV (India’s first 3D printed humanoid robot), Thought Controlled Prosthesis (helps amputees to control an artificial limb) and many more.
Kshitij is also popular for conducting a plethora of free workshops from reputed companies like IBM,Deloitte,Microsoft,etc. August personalities like Mr. Carlo Cottarelli (Executive Director,IMF) and Mr. Dilip Chhabria (maker of India’s first sports car, DC Avanti). Its previous edition had witnessed the stage presence of Jimmy Wales (Co-Founder of Wikipedia) and Nobel Laureates like Sir Anthony James Leggett (Physics).
Contributing to the society has also been one of the primary focuses of Kshitij. The social initiatives taken up in the last edition were Digital India Summit, which was in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of digitised India and Sankalp, an initiative to eradicate child malnutrition,taken up in collaboration with UNICEF. It has received patronages from famed organisations like UNESCO,SAYEN and CEE.
The 14th edition of Kshitij promises to be even bigger and better with new events, workshops and social initiatives.