Students expressed their desire to utilize the drone to study the effects of soil erosion at Majuli, in an attempt to assist its conservation.
The students of School of Engineering and Technology at the Kaziranga University, launched its first Hexapod drone named ‘Pushpak’ over a bright sunny sky on 31 October, 2019. The drone was built completely in-house at the University campus by group of nine students from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering – Mr. Kaushik Kamal Kalita, Mr. Himjyoti Bol, Mr. Dhiman Thakuriya, Mr. Abhishek Prasad, Mr. Udit Chauhan, Mr. Debarshi Raj Basumatary, Mr. Pritam Gogoi, Mr. Chandan Chetry and Mr. Suraj Jyoti Sonowal. The team was led by Prof. (Dr.) Sajal Saha (Dean – Research, Kaziranga University).
The drone lifted off in the presence of the Vice Chancellor of the University Dr. P K Mishra, Director of the University, Ms. Rainy Khetan, Registrar, Prof. Tarun Kumar, Dean of School of Engineering and Technology, Dr. Ashwini Kumar Sharma, faculty members and students.
On being asked about the vision and motivation behind the development of the drone, the team of students showcased immense social sensitivity and stated that the purpose of the drone is to help society.
In particular, they said they wished to use the technology developed in helping local farmers in agricultural research, survey, flood relief, internal security and surveillance.
They also expressed their desire to utilize the drone to study the effects of soil erosion at Majuli, in an attempt to assist its conservation.
We applaud the student team, mentors and the University at large on this brilliant achievement.
Meanwhile the Assam Kaziranga University has always insisted on reinforcing classroom based teaching with innovative out of class project-work and learning.