Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) is all set to host Shaastra 2020, one of the largest tech festivals in India to be completely run by students. This flagship event will be held between January 3 and 6, 2020 with a host of events planned. This will be the 20th Edition of this annual event. Nearly 40 events and 30 workshops have been scheduled this year with a total footfall of over 40,000 students, participants and visitors expected. An exhibition featuring student innovations, startups and visiting college teams is being organized at the KV Grounds in IIT Madras campus on all four days, which will be open to the public.
Addressing a Press Conference on campus today (December 31, 2019), Prof Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras, said, “We have many clubs to encourage co-curricular activities. This event is completely run by students, with faculty only having an advisory role. Various parts of the Institute are connected to Shaastra and through this event, they learn how to go beyond the classroom and reach out to a large student community across the country. Everybody benefits, we learn and our students learn along with the visiting students. This is an event to connect with students across the country.”
The theme for this year’s edition of Shaastra is ‘Parsec to Plank,’ focussing on miniaturization, the technological trend in which the sizes of mechanical, electronic and optical products are constantly being scaled down in size while maintaining the same or superior quality.