National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), STEM Careers Programme HEC, and the National Centre of Robotics and Automation (NCRA) organised the 18th annual National Engineering Robotics Contest (NERC) 2022 at NUST College of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (CEME) Rawalpindi.
The last two decades have seen tremendous activity in the field of robotics. Robot clubs have grown everywhere in the world and thousands of web pages are devoted to robots. A large number of robotic contests are held annually throughout the world.
NERC is the pioneering and biggest robotics contest in Pakistan, which attracts participants from all over the country.
Addressing as a chief guest, Asim Shahryar Husain, CEO of National Technology Fund (Ignite) appreciated the efforts of NUST CEME to organise NERC – a platform that provides students with an opportunity to get complete engineering experience.
Earlier, Brig Asim Bashir, Commandant CEME highlighted how the number of participants had grown and the standard of the competition rose over the years. He said, “We believe that healthy competitions like NERC are beacons of a progressive attitude.”
In a knowledge-based economy, creativity and innovation have become essential weapons in the intellectual armoury of students,” he said, adding that co-curricular activities play an instrumental role in building a sound personality and a successful human being.
Dr Amir Hamza, Head of the Mechatronics Engineering Department, informed the audience that over 150 teams from different universities, colleges and institutes from all over Pakistan participated in the competition.
He said that such contests not only increase awareness regarding Robotics and Mechatronics but also show that we as a nation are progressing in these technologically advanced fields.
Towards the end, the chief guest gave away shields and cash prizes to the best-performing teams. Shield with a cash prize of PKR 100,000 was awarded to the winning team Tuk Tuk from CEME. Afterwards, awards were given to the 3rd Robotics and Startup Challenge winners.