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Sunday, August 24, 2014

ABU ROBOCON 2014 INAUGURATED AT PUNE INDIA









ABU Robocon 2014 Pune India was inaugurated today on 24th August at Chatrapati Shivaji Stadium Balewadi Pune. This event is being hosted by MIT & Doordarshan, & is being telecast live on DD-1 National Channel. 18 teams are participating in this event from various parts of the world.

ABU-Robocon started in 2002 in Japan. It aims to encourage scientific temperament of undergraduate engineering students in the Asia-Pacific region. 

Every year Doordarshan organizes a national / domestic contest by inviting engineering colleges / universities of the country to participate. This is the second time – after 2008 - that Doordarshan is hosting this International event. 

THEME STORY: A SALUTE TO PARENTHOOD
Parenthood is the greatest boon offered to mankind by Mother Nature. Parents promote and support physical, emotional, social and intellectual development of child from infancy to adulthood. Parenthood bestows a wide range of experiences that offer love, security, stimulation, encouragement and opportunities to help a child flourish and grow to achieve its full potential. Robocon India honours parents for their immense contribution by announcing the Robocon 2014 theme as: "A SALUTE TO TO PARENTHOOD"

Prakash Jawdekar -Honorable Minister I & B, Jawahar Sircar- CEO Prasar Bharati, Vishwanath Karad- Founder & Executive President, MIT Pune, Mrs Vijayalaxmi Chabra, Director General Doordarshan India Dr Javed Mottagi Secretary General, ABU gave Inspiring speeches on this occasion. Shri Mukesh Sharma Chairman & Chief Convener - ABU ROBOCON India 2014 gave welcome speech.
Dr Vishwanath Karad while speaking on the occasion emphasized on the relationship between the spiritual & the technical advancements by putting forth the equation OM=E=mc² where E=energy m=mass & c=the speed of light.
Doordarshan has been a part of this venture right from its inception.

 It was initially managed by DG:DD, New Delhi and subsequently, from 2005 onward, by DDK Mumbai. In 2002, there were just 3 teams. With the collaboration of the Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT), it has evolved and gained popularity and recognition and in the 13th National contest that took place from 6-8 March 2014 at Pune, 89 teams (engineering colleges / universities) including seven IITs, participated in the domestic contest. 
The Robocon team of Nirma University, Ahmedabad emerged victorious and VJTI Mumbai was the 1st runner-up. This year, when India is the host for ABU-Robocon and is represented by these two teams. 

Broadcasters and Robocon teams from 17 countries are participating in this contest.

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