Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur celebrated its 53rd foundation day at the campus on Friday. The institute came into existence on November 2, 1959.

IIT-K director SG Dhande launched tinkering lab on the occasion. It is a platform for students to involve in hands-on activity in the fabrication processes of mechanical/electrical/electronics elements.

The laboratory would provide platform for creative minds to come out of the `think space' to hands-on `tinker space' and transform the ideas into real-life engineering objects and eventually to products and patents. The lab will remain open from 4 pm to 12 midnight and 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday.

Another initiative known as PRIME83 was also launched. Promoting research, innovation, mentoring and entrepreneurship (PRIME83) is aimed to nurture students with innovative ideas, mentoring, facilities and fund support from both alumni and the institute. This program is funded by the alumni of 83 batch.

The IIT-K administration announced that a new website will be launched soon.

IIT-K to hold TEDx

The IIT-Kanpur would hold TEDx, an event meant to train the community of students, faculties and professionals in stimulating dialogue through TED-like experiences. The event will start on Saturday at the main auditorium of IIT-Kanpur.

Devised in the spirit of "Ideas Worth Spreading", its purpose is to nurture the flame of curiosity in the audience.

Through a combination of TED video talks and live speakers, it aims to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

The theme for this year TEDx, IIT-Kanpur edition, is 'Connecting the Dots', inspired by famous speech of Steve Jobs.

Himanshu Aggrawal, a student of the IIT-Kanpur, informed that this year's event marks the presence of some of the legendary figures in their respective domain, including Raju Narayana Swamy, one of India's finest IAS officers famous for his uncompromising stand against corruption and both academic and professional excellence.

Source: Times of India