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In the year 2005, Pragyan, NIT Trichy’s annual international techno-managerial organisation, was born. Forever since, Pragyan has been on a spectacular trek forward, inculcating scientific temper and innovative thinking among the young minds of India. In this relatively short, yet heavily impactful run, Pragyan has garnered fruitful participation from over 100 colleges spanning the length and breadth of India, and has been influential in helping technological innovation flourish among the youth populace.
Pragyan’s international success is exemplified by the numerous feathers it has added to its glorious cap. Most recently, Pragyan achieved the ISO 9001:2015 Certification for Quality Management Systems, thanks to the persistent efforts shown by over 700 student volunteers every year in reaching the highest standards of the organisation. In addition to this, Pragyan is only the third organisation after the London Olympics and Manchester United and the first student-run organisation to have achieved the ISO 20121:2012 Certification for Sustainable Event Management.
Celebrating technology and making innovation accessible for everyone is the de facto value of the efficacious work ethic that has driven and continues to drive Pragyan towards overall efficiency and progress. This is greatly reflected by the 50 varied events that it conducts, grouped into 10 clusters covering diverse technological aspects. These events are one of the most vital platforms that power Pragyan, attracting the interest of participants from over 60 countries all around the world.W
The Guest Lecture series of Pragyan brings home the technical ingenuity and brilliance of great speakers from all over the world. Since its inception, Pragyan has imparted the youth substantial knowledge of various subjects, gathered from the minds of great geniuses over the years. Pragyan ‘17 hosted lectures by many globally renowned speakers, thinkers and innovators. The roster of guest lecturers included Dr. Ada Yonath (the first woman in 45 years to win a Nobel Prize in Chemistry), and David J Peterson (American language creator, who has created artificial languages for many movies and TV shows).
Pragyan also plays host to the annual panel discussion, Crossfire, which involves personalities representing various circles of industry and governance come together and interact with the students.
Pragyan’s Workshops amplify the allure of the tech-fest, as they truly signify what Pragyan is about: technological excellence through technical education. Workshops cover a wide range of topics like Cross-platform Development, Photography, Internet-of-Things and Data Analytics.
The Exhibitions of Pragyan bring together a wide spectrum of the interesting, the exciting, the thought-provoking and the most meticulously created works from across the globe, for the viewing pleasure of the people who attend Pragyan. The exhibitions are home to several displays, models and exhibits from the various fields of Science and Technology. Notable examples from the past include a Moon Rock Sample, INDRO, India's tallest humanoid robot, the Arjun Main Battle Tank (MBT) exhibit developed by DRDO and the Light Combat Aircraft flight simulation experience by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) .
Sangam is an inter-departmental technical competition, where the students of the engineering departments of the college bring forth their sharpest of minds to compete in the areas of innovation and technological creativity. Its inter-collegiate counterpart is Ingenium, which is open to students from all over the country.
The Infotainment shows display sheer brilliance in blending entertainment and technology in equally strong measures. In addition to the dazzling display of lights and immeasurable talent showcased by the acrobats, the beatboxers and the dancers in these shows, there’s always space to let out some good old chuckles, when the Comedy Night sets in!
Pragyan is more than simply imparting knowledge. Amidst the busy schedule of this enlightening experience, taking a break becomes an obligation. GameScape of Pragyan offers every individual a great variety of informal games, which they can savor with their friends, creating memories along the journey.
Pragyan’s zest for imparting scientific knowledge and bringing out the enthusiasm of students extends beyond just the four extraordinary days of the grand fest that is Pragyan. Hence, Pragyan is also home to events and conferences that work the minds of the inquisitive youth.
Pragyan Youth Summit is an annual technological conference aimed at empowering the youth, by inviting speakers and innovators from varied circles to discuss aspects that would take the nation forward. It began as the Youth Business Summit in 2016, growing into the Pragyan Youth Summit in 2017.
At the end of the day, Pragyan stands by the firm belief that for a country that is ever-progressing, no change can ever truly happen without the youth taking up social responsibility. Pragyan Social Responsibility (PSR) was born as an encapsulation of this one idea and it is this idea that empowers the people involved to do things, great and beyond. PSR has undertaken innumerable programs for the same cause, including conducting career-counselling for aspiring students, cyber-security workshops, educational and scientific awareness programs, and has also conducted Mock JEE exams for students.