BIT Students secure 1st place in National Smart India Hackathon Hardware Edition

National Smart India Hackathon (SIH) competition’s hardware projects final results were declared on 24th February’21. The team of 6 students of Bajaj Institute of Technology, Wardha (BIT) was declared the winner of a segment related to Water Supply and Treatment. The students studied the water scarcity problem in some districts of Andhra Pradesh and suggested a solution on water harvesting, obtaining a better yield of water and they fabricated a working model of a rural water supply scheme automation considering quantity, quality aspects and other aspects such as leakage detection, residual chlorine maintenance, monitoring of supply to consumers and billing. They developed a business model on the basis of the desired water supply rate. Along with hydraulics concepts, they also utilized sensors and the Internet of Things (IoT) to automate the system. This segment problem was given by the Govt of Andhra Pradesh. Out of several entries, many entries were eliminated in three rounds and only 2 were selected for presentation in the finals. Students of Civil Engineering, Sarvesh Lonkar, Pallavi Ambatkar and Shreya Urkudkar; Student of Mechanical Engineering, Mayur Petkar and students of Computer Engineering, Princi Shahu and Dheeraj Umate were the team members in this Inter-disciplinary project. They were guided by Dr Narendra Kanhe in the water supply, treatment and hydraulics field, by Dr Jayesh Ruikar in Sensors and IoT and by Mr Sandesh Jain in programming for automation. The entire technology and business model guidance were provided by Er. Deepak Dhote of ‘Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran’ who contributed as Industry Mentor for students. Govt. of Andhra Pradesh will be awarding this team with 1 lakh rupees as prize money. Earlier in 2020, Bajaj Institute of Technology had bagged the number one position in India in terms of 7 software projects and 2 hardware projects selected for finals of the National Smart India Hackathon. Students of BIT also were Winners in one of the segments of the software edition with a prize money of 1 lakh. Dr Narendra Kanhe, Principal of the Institute congratulated the students for their success and expressed great satisfaction with joy on receiving two accolades in a row by winning National event like National Smart India Hackathon this year. Shri Sanjay Bhargava, Chairman of Shiksha Mandal applauded the efforts of students and faculty members for this achievement and acknowledged this remarkable achievement as a big feather in the cap of the Institute in just three and half years of its inception.