Students from IIT Kharagpur and other institutions have come together to develop technologies for rural India. Twenty teams of about a hundred students from IIT Kharagpur and national institutions like, NIT Jamshedpur, NIT Patna and IIEST Shibpur participated in a design idea competition, based on rural engineering technology challenges. The students learnt the approaches of engineering design that can appropriately be deployed to solve problems pertaining to the rural context. The teams worked on these challenges and came up with innovative design features. The top innovation prize went to an improved design of ‘Manually Operated Paddy Harvesting Machine’. The innovators were Anshul Gupta, Akshita Sahni, Siddharth Sankar Parhi and Brajesh Kumar of IIT Khargpur with the fifth member Md. Amil Khan of NIT Patna.
The competition was part of a day-long Product Engineering workshop recently held at IIT Kharagpur for grasping design skills and idea generation. It was