On Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, the Delhi Technological University held a robotics event called Robosoccer as part of its annual technical festival which was held from Feb. 22 to 24. The event saw over 80 participants from various engineering colleges all over north India.
Jamia Millia Islamia was represented by team Primus, consisting of Alan Babu, Akhil Gupta, Esha and Sanjay Singh, all currently in their 4th semester of Mechanical Engineering.
The team, Primus, had previously won a similar event in the festival, INERZIA ’11, held in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology on Jan. 22, 2011
During the tournament, their robot, named K-Rash, faced problems of faulty switches, misalignment of tires and improper battery wires; but resilience ultimately got them through.
However, due to massive participation and time constraints, the quarterfinals chose the four fastest robots to score 2 goals. K-Rash came in 3rd with a time of 23.42-seconds. It lost to the robot named Tsunami, with a record winning time of 5.18-seconds, from the students of P.D.M College of Engineering due to an untimely situation of faulty wires, which caused K-Rash to operate at less than 1/10th of its speed and power.
The complication was soon brought under control, enabling K-Rash to clinch the 3rd position, crushing its opponent in 12 seconds.
The team is grateful to Jaideep Singh and Ankit Gureja for their advice and encouragement in the assembling of K-Rash. The students have also organized two robotics events in the university and promote active participation of Jamia students in the field of Robotics and the awareness of the discipline.