Sonata Software joins hands with CEDI- NITT (Incubation center) to support the activities of CEDI with asignificant funding support. This engagement is the first of its kind at NIT & amongst other institutes and havefound a high value – high impact collaboration between institute and industry partner. In addition to thetechnical and managerial support, Sonata will commit INR 120 lakhs for three years starting from 2014-15. The funds will primarily be used to support business incubation.
Further to the MOA signed on 25th March 2015, Sonata agrees to give a grant for Technology incubation to CEDIas per the terms of the MOU & MOA. It has been also principally agreed between both parties that a part of theGrant to a tune of Rs. 5, 00,000 (Rs. Five lakhs only) per year would be used for the following purpose toaccelerate the adoption of the Program.
Also any other program other than those mentioned above on mutual consent.
An MoU was signed between CEDI and Sonata Software, Bangalore and CEDI received subsequent funding from Sonata Software for Business Incubation activities at NITT. As part of the support, a number of activities including Best Project competitions are organized to encourage innovation. A Best Student Project Awards competition for final Year BTech/MCA Students to exhibit their demonstrable projects in the areas of ICT and Electronics was in NIT Tirchy with the prize money was Rs.10, 000 for the winner and Rs.5000 for the runner –up.
A group of students from Department of Instrumentation and Control Engineering demonstrated a Quadcopter Drone – A remotely controlled Mini-Helicopter with multi blates to create a live aerial video feed which can be processed and stored. This technology can be used for search and rescue, firefighting, law enforcement, military, and news reporting, enabling to deploy aerial correspondence much faster than conventional helicopters. This team won the competition and prize money of Rs.10, 000.
Another group of students from Department of Computer Science and engineering demonstrated their project "Snek", a Domain Specific Language for programming distributed systems embedded in Python. "Snek" has a state-based model of programming. This team was the runner-up and won a prize money of Rs.5, 000
Dr. S. Sundarrajan, Director, NIT-Trichy distributed the prizes. While speaking at the occasion, he proposed that similar competitions will be organized at the inter-institute level to nurture innovation among students. He further empathized that our engineering graduates need to focus on emerging areas such as defense, aerospace, manufacturing etc.
From Sonata Software, Smt. Usha Srikanth, Vice President Technology and Mr.Sharat Hegde, Head-Solution Architecture, judged the event. The Directors of CEDI, Dr. A.K. Bakthavatsalam, Professor, Training & Placement, Dr. G. Lakshminarayan, Associate Professor, Department of ECE and Dr. SR. Balasundaram, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Applications were also present during the event. All the participants were issued participation certificates.