Shaastra is the annual technical festival of IIT Madras. It is typically he ld in the first week of October and is the first ISO 9001:2000 certified student festival in the world!! It is one of the largest of its kind in Asia .
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It is run completely by students as a team of 17 cores, 150 coordinators and several hundred volunteers with preparations beginning about five months in advance, it is known for its exceptional organization, stunning range of activities, and a growing legacy for honing the engineering talent in India.
Forums include workshops, video conferences with Nobel laureates and inventors,lectures, demonstrations by companies,and technical exhibitions. The shows under Shaastra Nights are regular crowd pullers. Students come from across the country to compete in activities covering design events, programming, simulations, quizzes, management, business, applied engineering, robotics, junkyard wars and contraptions.
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