The fifth edition of Aaruush, the annual technical and management festival of SRM University, began on its campus in suburban Kattankulathur on Tuesday.

The five-day festival would feature 51 events, six online events, including gaming, which was highly popular among the participants from technical and management institutions from different parts of India.

S.Christopher, Director, Centre of Air Borne Systems, Bangalore, inaugurated the festival. Along with university officials, Mr. Christopher took a tour of the campus, where some of the exhibits designed by students themselves were demonstrated.

On display were an All Terrain Vehicle and another high-speed prototype racing car. The racing car had recently taken part in a competition organised by Society for Automobile Engineers in Irungattukottai, and won in the “best marketed car” category.

The students said a sum of Rs.7 lakh, sponsored by different leading corporates, was spent on designing the car, that was fitted with a Maruti 800 cc car's engine. Running on petrol, the car could touch a top speed of 110 kmph. Similarly, the ATV was designed by another batch of 25 students and it had competed in BAJA SAE India competition held at Pritampur in Madhya Pradesh this year. The vehicle gave a demonstration of climbing down a staircase and also negotiating a heap of mud.

Also on display was a High Speed Unmanned Ground Vehicle designed by the Central Vehicle Research and Development Establishment, Avadi. Remote operated by CVRDE engineers from a laptop and a modem, the vehicle, an SUV with automatic transmission, was a delight among the engineering students when it moved forward and travelled in the reverse mode unmanned.

According to engineers, the unmanned vehicle was designed by the Robotics Division, one among the 33 divisions at CVRDE. It would find applications in those places that were extremely hazardous or where surveillance operations had to be made. For demonstration purposes, they were operating the vehicle where the signal reach would be limited to only 500 metres. During tests, they had successfully operated the unmanned vehicle from a distance of 5 to 10 km. A release said that this year, Aaruush would be tying up with NGOs like HOPE, PETA, Fifth Pillar, Aid India, WWF, CRY and India Against Corruption.

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SRM University, In the month of August, SRM-BOSCH JOINT CERTIFICATION TRAINING CENTER was inaugurated in our Automobile Lab. Here we showcased our vehicle, in which we were so lucky to have many well known personalities, appreciating our work