Editorial Team

The twenty-first online edition of IIT Roorkee’s Cognizance fest will start from today, 16th April to the 18th of April, 2021. The Annual Technical fest (Cognizance 2021) is a mélange of technical competitions, theme events, guest lectures, a panel discussion on pressing issues, techtainment shows, and a lot more over three days involving 50 events. Cognizance, IIT Roorkee aims to achieve the vision to be at the frontiers of the emerging technovation, through its theme – ‘Elusive Realities’ which means “symbiotic relationship” between the fascinating fields of Simulation and Artificial Intelligence.

The Inaugural Ceremony will be graced by Dr. V.K. Saraswat, Former Director General, DRDO who will be present there as a chief guest, Prof. A. K. Chaturvedi (Director, IIT Roorkee), Dr. M. K. Barua (DOSW, IIT Roorkee), Mr. Aditya Singh Rathore, Overall Coordinator, Cognizance, IIT Roorkee and ended with a note of thanks by Dr. M. A. Iqbal (Faculty Coordinator, Cognizance, IIT Roorkee).

With their Social initiatives Cognizance took up initiatives for Women’s health and menstrual hygiene, spreading awareness about the LGBTQ+ community and child malnutrition, developing skills for young minds to ensure a brighter future and growth for all. Our initiatives were profoundly called HASI (Health and Sanitation Initiative) for Girls, The Rainbow Crusade (spreading awareness regarding the LBTQ+ community), FIFA (Food Initiative for All), and VRIDHI (developing skills for young minds). Our initiatives were recognized by organizations like UNESCO, Make In India, CEE, SAYEN, and many more. These initiatives would not be possible without the support of the Robin Hood Army, Vyomini, and RANN Bhoomi foundation. The maximum reach garnered by the drives on social media was 30k+, and the max reach of our weeks was 6k+.

The beginning of the fest will be witnessed by some great guest lecturers from the corner of India Prof. Robert Auman (Nobel Laureate in Economics), Arun Kumar Singh (IFS officer), Sudarshan Sarma (CEO-Carzonrent India), Amar Nagaram (CEO- Myntra), Prof. Ada Yonath (Nobel laureate in chemistry) and Ankit Khanna (CEO- MakeMyTrip).

Exhibitions at Cognizance 2021 promises to bring contemporary technology like Codathon, an event questioning the mettle and coding skills, challenging the UI/UX skills under Design Quest, an exclusive event, Aero-Vacx which will involve designing a CAD model of a drone that will assist in transporting the vaccines in isolated areas. The finale of the fest will be marked by the “Techtainment Night” with the opening act featuring Rajat Sood, a popular Hindi Laughter Poet, and Stand-up comedian and ‘Comicstaan’ fame Rahul Dua will also give his delightful performance making the fest memorable for the audience.

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