VJTI on a mission to take engineering,robotics to schoolchildren

Students of Veermata Jijabai Technology Institute,Matunga,are on a mission to introduce the basics of engineering and technology to schoolstudents across the state.

Written by Dipti Sonawala | Mumbai | Published: January 23, 2012 3:42 am

Students of Veermata Jijabai Technology Institute (VJTI),Matunga,are on a mission to introduce the basics of engineering and technology to schoolstudents across the state. Under the initiative,‘Pratigya’,the students are organising workshops based on engineering education and robotics for schoolchildren.

“Pratigya is just not project. It is a firm resolve to “Take technology to the society,” inspired by the words of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam during his visit to VJTI in 2009. It is our initiative to generate curiosity about technology in young minds,” said Apoorva Dube,a second year student of production engineering and media executive for Technovanza,the college’s tech festival.

“Pratigya is a solemn pledge taken by the students of VJTI,aiming at introducing bright young minds to the marvels of engineering. We also aim at moulding them into technologically responsible citizens and inculcate in students an interest to understand and improve technology,” said Soham Shah,another VJTI student and coordinator for ‘Pratigya’.

The project is being implemented as a social initiative under the annual techno-management festival of the institute ‘Technovanza’. The syllabus of the special workshops and sessions comprises of presentations on ‘How cool is engineering’,‘How stuff works’,and ‘How it’s made’ followed by a ‘Did you know’.

Dube added,“Students from Classes VI-IX will be introduced to various topics related to engineering. We will be conducting sessions on basic robotics,too. We will also spread environmental awareness among students by explaining to them the proper ways to use technology.”

Last year,students had conducted some activities under ‘Pratigya’ in some private schools in the city. This year,the students are concentrating more on civic schools and schools run by NGOs for underprivileged children across the state.

Though ‘Pratigya’ is part of Technovanza,the students and organisers have decided to continue it through the year. Technovanza will be held from February 3-5.

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