Few months back, an indigenous drone was designed by the research group at IIT Kharagpur and was named after the warrior from Mahabharata, Bhim and now, Lucknow is all set to host the country's first National Drone Competition, on June 19 of this month.
The event will be organized by the IIT-Kanpur alumni along with the support from engineering graduates of other institutes. According to the reports form HT, more than 100 participants will participate in the event from across the nation which aims at providing the participants with the hands-on experience on how to fly a drone and to guide them to make the career in the field.
Summer training program
"We are conducting a summer UAV/drone training program from June 12 to 18 in Lucknow where students will have an option to fly their own aircraft or use our drones. They can then participate in the competition and win the prize money worth Rs 40,000," said Vikram Singh Meena, a 2016 IIT-K graduate and presently CEO and founder of TechEagle Innovations. The Venue for the training will be the Ansal Institute of Technology and Management.
"We are offering four kinds of drone training. Students from any school or college can participate in the program," he said.
"So far we have conducted more than 50 free-of-cost seminars in Uttar Pradesh to spread drone technical skills among students. We have trained over 1,000 students in drone skills country-wide," said Vikram.
He said a drone-trainee's prospects are bright as "drones are used in journalism, filming, aerial photography, shipping, delivery of goods, disaster management, search and rescue, healthcare, mapping, military operations and wildlife monitoring/poaching".