After being selected from among over 80 teams, the engineering students of the Institute of Technology, Nirma University, Ahmedabad fought hard and won the game of “lagori” on Sunday. The robot created by them picked up a ball, threw it to topple stacked blocks, and then rebuilt it within 60 seconds.
Scoring 65 points, the team was declared national champions for this year at Robocon 2022. This team and the one from the Government College of Engineering and Research, Avasari Khurd, Pune will represent India at the international competition organized by Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union in August.
Hosted by IIT-Delhi along with Doordarshan, the competition returned after a gap of two years owing to the pandemic. Held at Thyagraj Stadium, teams from Maharashtra, Pune, and Gujarat dominated the event.
IIT-D director Rangan Banerjee hoped that students from his institute would also get inspired and participate in the event. “Implement your learnings to create robots and work toward finding solutions to the problems of the society,” he told the students.
Talking about “lagori”, which has its origin in south India, IIT-D professor Sunil Jha, said, “As we celebrate 75 years of Independence, we wanted an innately Indian theme. The robocon word also has the three colors of the Indian flag.”
In the game, two arenas were created, one being the seeker and the other hitter. The seeker section threw the ball to break the stack called “lagori”, while the hitter section collected the ball to prevent the other team from stacking it back.
Arya Kargathara, the team leader of the Nirma University team, shared, “It took us three months to prepare this instrument. We used plastic bottles as filters for the compressor, omni drive, and the flywheel mechanism.” The team comprised 19 members, mostly first and second-year students from mechanical, electrical and electronics, and communication engineering.
“This is the tenth win for our university. We won the competition in 2021 too,” said Kargathara. During the game, the stadium reverberated with the slogan “Saru Che, Saru Che, Robocon Maru Che”.
Himanshu Gupta, director, Directorate of Education (DoE), Delhi government, announced that they would be launching Delhi Robotics League. “We will launch the tentative schedule in October. The league will be for all schools of Delhi, both government or private,” he said.
DD Robocon 2022 Results
|1||Winner||Institute of Technology, Nirma University, Ahmedabad|
|2||1st Runner Up||Government College of Engineering and Research, Avasari.|
|3||2nd Runner Up||Pimpri Chinchwad College Of Engineering, Pune|
|4||Helping Hand Award (RS 25,000 INR)||MIT World Peace (MIT-WPU) University Pune.|
|5||Helping Hand Award (RS 20,000 INR)||Parul University.|
|6||fusion Design Award (RS 30,000 INR)||Team KJSCE Robocon from KJ Somaiya College of Engineering.|
|7||fusion Design Award (RS 40,000 INR)||Parul University.|
|8||Visvesvaraya (RS 1,00,000 INR)||The Best Design to GTU Robotics Club from Gujarat Technical University|
|9||PARAM Award (RS 75,000 INR)||The Best Software to BRACT’s Vishwakarma Institute of Technology.|
|10||Ashoka Award (RS 50,000 INR)||The Best Aesthetics to Team Rudra from Marathwada Mitra Mandal’s College of Commerce.|
|11||Best Report Award||Padmabhooshan Vasantdada Patil Institute of Technology – (PVPIT) Bavdhan, Pune.|
|12||IHSC Award||MIT World Peace University, Pune.|
|13||Best software fusion Design||National Institute of Technology Durgapur.|
|14||Abdul Kalam Award||Panchjanya from Birla Vishvakarma Mahavidyalaya|