Prakriti 2019 – IIT Kharagpur

Prakriti – as the name suggests, brings you closer to nature and aims to open new realm of knowledge in the field of agriculture. This Agri and Food Innovation Fest is one of its kind, being held on the landmarks of IIT Kharagpur, where the oldest and one of the most reputed IIT stand today.

Prakriti 2019 - IIT Kharagpur

With its inception in 2010, Prakriti pioneered the cause of organizing an Agri and Food Innovation Fest at a national level. The first edition of Prakriti saw a huge participation from both the academic and the industrial front. Association with renowned companies like ITC, John Deere, Tetrapak, Coca-cola, PepsiCo, Nabard, Swaraj, HUL and Siemens contributed significantly in catalyzing its success and helped it achieve greater heights. This year, we hope to make the fest bigger and better by extending our heartiest welcome to many more agro-based institutions and enterprises, and coalesce it with the concept of sustainability.

Promotion of agricultural – entrepreneurship has always been a leitmotif of Prakriti right from its inception. While the main emphasis of the summit has always been on how Agri-preneurs who have the potential of combining entrepreneurial skill and modernization in field of agriculture can play the role of catalysts in transforming the traditional farmer into a modern agripreneur, time has been devoted for developing agripreneurs with distinct traits and skills to exploit opportunities prolific in the field of agriculture. The guests talk about the finer intricacies of their work and inspire the students to take the unconventional path and do something out of the box. Panel discussions like agri-preneurship summit in Prakriti have made a brand for themselves and remain the topic of incessant discussion and anticipation all-round the year.

Prakriti organises a total of 11 events strategically designed for different capabilities of the participants. Manthan is the event of case study, where one emulates a real life consultant, facing the challenges of real life. All relevant data is provided, show off the magnanimity of the grey cells and impress the board members of a fictitious company with the most feasible solution.

Turncoat is one-to-one debate challenge that ensures arguments and ideas cross cutting each other, Turncoat is one of the lead events that have both: the taste of logical consistency and factual accuracy as well as an element of emotional appeal to the audience at large. This is a competition which provides a platform to discuss over the issues with two groups counter attacking each other simultaneously one after the other in terms of their views over a given problem statement (either for or against the topic). The aim of the event is to come up with a right solution combining the ideas of different people.

Prakriti in association with design and innovation center (DIC), IIT Kharagpur presented Prod-D. Designing a new product goes through an analytical process and relies on a problem-solving approach to improve the quality of life of the end user and his or her interaction with the environment. It is about problem-solving, about visualizing the needs of the user and bringing a solution. Prod-D aims to uplift the life standard of farmers by providing a stage for budding ingenious minds to showcase their prowess in the field of agriculture. The viable design based on the discretion of the panel of judges will be fully funded by them.

In agriculture sector where farmers and agribusinesses have to make innumerable decisions every day and intricate complexities involves the various factors influencing them, to accomplish this we conduct an event of Data Analytics. An essential issue for agricultural planning intention is the accurate yield estimation for the numerous crops involved in the planning. In making these decisions past information is very important. Data analysis is based upon analysing past information to predict future conditions and plan accordingly. The event was organised with an aim of showing students the thought process behind a decision.

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