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Pragyan 2011 - Sorption


Cash prizes worth 60,000 INR to be won!

Abstract Presentation Stage: INR 6,000

Prototype Stage: INR 54, 000

With global warming striking our very stability on this planet, and our inability to do anything so far about it, Pragyan 2011 @ NIT Trichy proudly strives to motivate young engineers to come up with models for removal of carbon dioxide from a stream of gases. Participants must keep in mind the size, cost and reusability of the model.

The event will be conducted in two stages.

  • In the first stage, the teams will have to submit an online abstract, on the basis of which, a shortlisting will be done. For details about the abstract, visit rules and regulations.
  • The deadline for submitting the First Stage Abstract is February 13, 2011.
  • Shortlisted participants will be notified via email after abstract submission.
  • The shortlisted participants are required to upload their final presentation by February 16, 2011
  • All upload links can be found in the 'Registrations' page
  • In the second stage, (on-campus) the selected teams will give a presentation on their proposed ideas to a panel of judges.
  • A share of the total prixe money will be given to the best presentations.
  • Also the best proposals will be given a time-frame after Pragyan 2011 to prototype their ideas. The sorption team will act as mentors throughout the prototyping process.
  • The best models which meet the problem specifications will be awarded cash prizes.

For more details, refer to the Rules and Regulations section.


  • A team can have a maximum of 4 members.
  • The members can be from any discipline.

First Stage (Abstract)

  • Each team should upload the abstract (3 pages maximum) in the registration form. Plese refer to Event Format for submission timelines.
  • The abstract must give a good description of the principle and the equipment to be used. A neat labeled sketch of the model proposed must be given.
  • Please also include a description of the cost of your proposed model. This will help us to judge how efficiently you can utilize the available resources.  
  • At this stage the teams need not go for the size and other design aspects of the model.
  • The name of all members with their discipline, year of study and college must be specified.

Second Stage  Updated! NEW!

  • The short listed teams have to give a presentation on their proposal during Pragyan 2011. For enhancing its visual appeal, the presentation may be supplemented using an animation of the proposed working. The given specifications must be considered while making the presentation.
  • The final presentations must be uploaded before 16th February.
  • The presentation will be presided over by faculty members, and at the end of it there will be a questioning session. Anyone present in the hall can pose relevant questions.
  • The top four entries will be awarded cash prizes, and will be given the chance to prototype their ideas.
  • A time-frame will be provided to the best ideas to develop a working prototype. These teams will then have to demonstrate their models, and will undergo the final judgement, where CO2 removal efficiency will be the criterion.
  • The top models that meet the specifications will be awarded cash prizes, and will also have the chance to apply for entrepreneurship grants.


  • Volume of the equipment must be less than 4 L.
  • Permissible pressure drop will be 4 atm.
  • 0.5 kg of the gas must be treated.
  • It is appreciated, if the floor area required is less than the area of a circle of diameter 15cm. However, this is not mandatory.

Judging Criterion

  • Efficiency
  • Size of the equipment
  • Cost
  • Reusability


  • The organizers reserve the rights to change any of the above rules. Changes in rules, if any, will be highlighted on the website.
  • Organizers are not responsible for any loss of property, injury and delays caused by participants during the event. However, Pragyan 2011 will take all necessary steps to ensure a fair competition.
  • Decisions made by the judges will be final and binding to all.

Sreenivasan R

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