Indians are known to be intelligent and hardworking people.A well known trait about us is that when we are given some work to do , we will do it very well. However when it comes doing innovative and creative work, Indians still lags behind people from many other countries in the world.
“Students stop asking questions and lose their creativity from class 9 upwards due to academic pressure and shyness.”
says Sukruti A Vadula, President , Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Foundation (RAIF).
[box type=”shadow” align=”aligncenter” ]The Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Foundation (RAIF) works with the vision of increasing curiosity, creativity and innovation among the students and youth community in India and abroad.[/box]
RAIF partners with a number of schools to make sure that students generate interest in technology. The organization is also working towards teaching more and more students about Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.
“Deep subject knowledge is mandatory for any research that would lead to Innovation. RAIF’s aim is to produce quality workforce in the areas of Robotics and AI. RAIF envisions making a school kid read a PCB board connection like reading a novel. India should become a tech savvy country and we Indians should be the first in identifying a technology and rendering simple innovative technology solutions to the world“
says Sukruti.The first event organized by RAIF was RobotzIndia – A National Robotics Competition for school students from class 6 – 12. The event was widely attended and appreciated and the finals were culminated at IIT Madras on January 28th 2014. Many interesting innovations that left even the IIT professors in awe were displayed.The Vice Chairman of CTS was the Chief Guest for the day and deeply appreciated and enjoyed the event.
The story of how RAIF started is an interesting one. Sukruti started inviting Advisory Committee members for the RobotzIndia event and upon listening to her passion for hands on learning, they soon had the US Consulate as the knowledge partner for this event. The Scientific Advisor to Dr. APJ Kalam joined their advisory committee followed by the Vice – Chancellor of Anna University, Vice Chancellor of Middle East University, Dean of Students of IIT Madras, Former Chief Election Commissioner of India, Programme Director of ISRO and so on.