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Pragyan 2011 - Fix the Android

Fix the Android

Prize money increased to 30,000 INR!!!
7 teams have been selected from the online prelims.
  3 teams will be selected from the on-spot prelims to be conducted on 18th February.

This event is meant not only for those people who have a profound interest in robotics but also for those who would just like to try their hand at it. The team that finds and corrects the bug in the bot the fastest takes home the prize.


As it is well known, debugging a malfunctioning robot, is one of the most challenging and interesting aspect of robotics. The event evaluates how quickly the teams grasp the idea of a new robot and implement its working mechanism. It tests skills in electrical, electronics, mechanics and algorithm. So the event will be looking at itching those grey cells of bot geeks from across the nation.


Fix the Android is an on the spot robot debugging event. After prelims, 10 teams are chosen for the main event, where they are given pre-made robots. Blueprints and data sheets about the bot and its components are made available to the teams for their scrutiny. Each of these bots uniformly has 10 errors in their build up. These errors range from malfunctioning and missing components to erroneous connections. Teams armed with multimeters and other necessary equipments, try and dig out each one of these faults, make their bot bug-free and get the bots running on the test track. The fastest team to bring the bot to life wins.


  • Teams of 3 are required to register themselves on the Pragyan website.
  • The participants will be taking the test on-line and will be required to answer the questions in the given time.
  • Online test will start on 7th February and open till 9th February. The participant can give the test at any time within that duration.
  • The test would assess algorithms, circuits, coding and debugging.
  • Short-listing for the finals will be based on the relative performance of the competitors.
  • A maximum of 10 teams would be selected for the finals.
  • Date of online prelims will be announced soon.


All students with a valid identity card from their respective educational institutes are eligible to participate.


  • Nature and function of the robot will be intimated to the teams on the spot.
  • All teams would be provided with uniform prototypes of the defective robot, having the same set of faults.
  • Teams are required to bring their own hardware for debugging namely wire cutter, nose plier and multimeter.
  • The event is designed to test debugging skills and not designing skills. So the central structure, function and circuitry of robot should not be altered during the debugging.
  • Each team is given a maximum of 180 min for successfully debugging their respective bots and test run them on the standard arena.
  • Teams are allowed multiple chances to test their bot in the testing arena anytime within the prescribed 180 min.
  • In order to prevent crowding of teams at the testing arena, each team is given only 5 min at a time to test their bots, after which the next team is given a turn.
  • If no team successfully debugs the bot, the number of individual faults identified and their elegant rectification would be the sole judging criteria.
  • It is also the sole responsibility of the each team to ensure that they do not introduce further faults while debugging their bots. These added faults will not be evaluated as debugged errors as the case may be.
  • Judge's decision shall be final and binding!
  • The organizers reserve the right to change any or all of the above rules as they consider necessary. The changes will be marked in red. Please check the website consistently for updates.

Judging Criteria

  • Winners will be decided based on the total time taken to debug and successfully run the bot in the arena provided.
  • If no team successfully debugs the bot, the number of individual faults identified and their elegant rectification would be the sole judging criteria.

Team Composition

  • Each team must consist of 3 members.
  • Teams are required to register themselves online.
  • Maximum of ten teams will be short-listed for the finals.
  • No person shall be a member of two teams.

Certificate Details

  • Certificate of Excellence will be given to the top 3 teams emerging from this competition.
  • Certificates of Participation will be given to all the teams who make it to the final.

C Gautham Ram
+91 9940685245

T C Gyanalakshmi
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Prelims Results

Teams who made it!

  Team member 1 Team member 2 Team member 3 University
1 Venkatraman N Deepak Vishnu S Vijayakumar K College of Engineering, Guindy
2 Siddhant Sumanta Prateek NIT Trichy
5 tejas kadam hisham amogh NIT Trichy
6 RAJESH S VISWAJITH C B SUDHAKAR C National Engineering College
7 B Vignesh Karthi Prakash Murali Krishnan NIT Trichy


Teams put in Waitlist


R Kishore Kumar M Sreenidhi S Vignesh National Institute of Technology,Trichy
10  M K Subramanian Prashanth V R Ashwin NIT, Trichy
11 Sharat.N G.Thulasiram K.Pramod NIT, Trichy
12  Syed Sufiyan Sachin HY Mitan Sutradhar Indian Institute Of Technology Madras


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