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At annual fest, IITians pledge to train unemployed youth, clean Ganga

IANS  |  Roorkee 

Cleaning the Ganga and training unemployed youth were some of the initiatives taken up at Cognizance, the annual three-day technical festival of IIT

Growth Development Programme, Ganga rejuvenation project and eliminating darkness were the key themes of 2018.

"We also collaborated with Foundation to help a number of unemployed youths to develop skills by offering three-month training to them," M.K. Barua, Associate DOSW (Students Activities) (IIT) Roorkee, told IANS on Sunday.

Besides these, many other initiatives were adopted with 75 companies sponsoring the festival that began here on Friday.

In collaboration with Agency, under its social initiative programme "Let's Eliminate Darkness", the students also distributed LED bulbs in remote regions of and Lakhnauta in

"We distributed 46 LED bulbs in district and 72 in Lakhnauta village with the aim to eliminate darkness from these areas," Barua said.

"I think we have to use advancements in technology and the capabilities of international majors to deploy solutions which can brighten the lives of our countrymen."

He said is an initiative to aware people from across the country to consider it as a sacred duty, give support and contribute their time and efforts toward this mission.

IIT said was a platform aimed at enhancing entrepreneurship skill among students.

"Becoming a successful requires concentration, innovation and communication... all these essential skills students learn at the tech fest," he said.

(Umer Rashid is in at the invitation of Cognizance organisers. He can be reached at



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First Published: Sun, March 25 2018. 12:38 IST