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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 is one of the biggest technical festivals in the country and showcases the talent of students from various colleges across the nation. It is acclaimed for the diverse experiences and opportunities it offers for technology enthusiasts. Pragyan holds ISO 20121:2012 certification for Sustainable Event Management, becoming the first student-run organization in the world and also the third overall, next only to the 2012 London Olympics and Manchester United FC to do so. It also holds the ISO 9001:2015 certification for Quality Management Systems, making it one of the most sought after technical fest in India.
The fest hosts a variety of Events, Workshops, Exhibitions, Hackathons, Guest Lectures, Infotainment shows and many more. Pragyan also conducts its flagship debate showcase, ‘Crossfire’, featuring eminent personalities from in and around the country.
Nearly 39 events are grouped under 9 broad clusters, each cluster dealing with different realms of science and technology. One thing that differentiates Pragyan from other technical fests of its kind is that online participation is encouraged as much as offline participation, and the 2019 edition of Pragyan saw students and professionals from over 60 countries participating in various events.
Apart from various events, Pragyan involves an amazing array of Workshops where students can learn about cutting edge technologies. The topics in the past editions have varied from Process Simulation using Aspen Hysys and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt used for process improvement, to Deep Learning, AR, Blockchains and a lot more.
Pragyan also regularly brings down illustrious personalities for its Guest Lecture series. The previous editions of Pragyan have been graced by distinguished people like Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Bhargavi Nuvvula, Dr. Casey Handmer and more who left the audience spellbound with their words and achievements.
Infotainment shows of Pragyan provide a fitting end to each day, incorporating art and technology in unprecedented ways and stimulating inquisitiveness among the audience. Some notable performances in the Infotainment series include those by bubbleologist Graham Maxwell, digital dancer Ramod Malaka, Yanika Beliza, puppeteer Anne Klinge and many others.
The Social Responsibility wing of Pragyan constantly undertakes a lot of initiatives both inside and outside the campus. A Campus Development Week was observed, which provided a free workshop and various awareness programs to boost the morale of students. Pragyan also launched programs like 'Dhisai' and 'Catalyst', to educate school children about JEE, and to impart basic science, math and English to them respectively.
Activities of Pragyan 2021:
On the 23rd May 2020, Pragyan conducted GyaanE, a virtual interactive guidance session with the children of an orphanage in Bhopal. Pragyan also conducted Pragati, an online mock JEE examination for aspiring engineering students. In June 2020, Pragyan introduced ‘Pragyan Talks’, a five-episode online guest lecture series which addressed pertinent global issues in the times of the pandemic and sought to gain understanding through conversations with industry experts.
Pragyan, the techno-managerial fest of NIT Trichy, is the result of constant efforts put in by its members to celebrate technology. Pragyan continuously strives to make students more aware of the existing and emerging technology. This has been done by conducting various workshops to tune their skills, events to bring out their competitive spirit, and guest lectures with renowned speakers such as Dr. David Reitze and Dr. B. N. Suresh to widen their grasp on technology.
Over the last couple of months, Pragyan has been involved in the following activities:
In order to bring out the spark in the younger minds, an initiative called Young Techie was conducted to provide them with a stage for them to showcase their talent and an opportunity to convert their idea into products.
Sangam, the intra-collegiate hardware hackathon, and Ingenium, the inter-collegiate technical exhibition, were initiated.
A number of webinars, exhibits, and live interview series like Backstage and Prosthesis were conducted to feed students' curiosity and knowledge.
An initiative called iCitizen was launched to spread awareness about the various government services available to the general public.
In an effort to guide the young generation, a career guidance counseling session named Career Compass was conducted.
The seventh edition of the Pragyan Hackathon was conducted virtually on the 16th and 17th of January, 2021. Participants were required to form teams of up to three members and work on domains such as the Automotive Sector, Climate Change, and Women Safety for a chance to win prizes up to INR 60K and internship offers.
The Pragyan Blog has a worldwide audience who benefits from fascinating articles that are rich with knowledge and information. In an attempt to make the freshmen batch feel at ease with their transition from school to college life, Pragyan dedicated a series of articles focusing exclusively on life at NITT.
The Pragyan Podcast serves as a mountain of knowledge about varied fields and has witnessed many experts share their insights on various intriguing topics. Recent topics of discussion include startups and sustainable development.
A collaborative effort with all the student-run clubs of NITT paved the way for InHoTT, a special series of events conducted exclusively for the first-year students of our college.
Pragyan virtually conducted the inaugural edition of a design hackathon known as FusionHack in collaboration with Autodesk, a leading software corporation. Participants were required to use Fusion360 software and work on CAD/PCB design.
For the fourth time in a row, Pragyan, NIT Trichy has received patronage from CEE/SAYEN, an empowerment organisation known for engaging today's youth in environmental activities and sustainable development.
Pragyan aims to surpass its own achievements in its latest edition by going virtually from March 25th. Check out https://pragyan.org for more information!
Set to take participants on an enlightening ride through recent technology, Pragyan attracts students and corporates alike, and is one of the most anticipated technical fests in India.
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