Robocup Nepal brings robots to clean Bagmati
Robocup Nepal 2012 saw engineering students building robots to help the government in its attempts to salvage the environmental and cultural significance of the Bagmati river.
Pulchowk Engineering Campus Robotics Club organised a new edition of its annual robotics competition on Tuesday where a dozen robots compete in collecting both biodegradable and non-biodegradable wastes from the river, making manure from the biodegradable waste and using it for tree plantation along the riverside.
This year’s competition was centred on the theme “Clean Bagmati, Green Kathmandu”. The Robotics Club has been organising competitions since 2004 and sees regular participation from six engineering colleges across the country. According to the organisers, an automated robot and a manual robot from each team will compete for the mission in three minutes.
“Each college will have two robots competing and the best one will be awarded a trophy and a cash prize,” Abhishek Karna, media coordinator for the event, told a press meet on Monday.
Robocup Nepal 2012 will be held at the Table Tennis covered hall in Lainchaur and is supported by the Pulchowk Engineering Campus and its Free Students’ Union, the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Nepal River Conservation Trust.