The ninth LOCUS Technical Festival kicked off at Pulchowk Engineering Campus (PEC) in Lalitpur on Friday. The main highlights of the festival organised by students of the Department of Electronics and Computer Engineering in association with the Ministry of Science and Technology are open hardware, software and video competition under various categories among seven Valley-based colleges: Khwopa Engineering College, NASA International College, National College, Nepal Engineering College, Kathmandu Engineering College, Kanti Engineering College and PEC.
The results of the competitions will be announced on the last day of the competition. Meanwhile, ‘Graphene’, an engineering journal published by the Electronics Club of the Department of Electronics and Computer Engineering of PEC, was launched at the inauguration function by Subarna Shakya, assistant dean of the Institute of Engineering. Addressing the event, Shakya said holding such competition would encourage students to work on new inventions and share their knowledge and ideas with each other. PEC has been organising the festival since 2003.
The event aims at helping generate interests on the issue of ‘bridging the digital divide’ between the rural and the urban populace as well as the rich and the poor. “We seek to show the nation how we can take technology to every household through clever innovations and ideas,” said Shakya.