Manthan: Nitte judged best

Manthan: Nitte judged best

Manthan: Nitte judged best

Cricketer Anil Kumble presenting the first prize to winners of Manthan-2010 K Deepa Shenoy, J S Deeksha and P Chetan Kumar of NMAM Institute of Technology, Nitte in Bangalore on Wednesday. DH Photo

Manthan, is a business plan presentation contest conducted by the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FKCCI) to encourage young talents.
 J  S Deeksha, K Deepa Shenoy  and P Chetan Kumar of the institute won a cash prize of Rs 50,000, a rolling shield and individual certificates.

The project deals with production of bio-ethanol by processing agriculture waste. They argued that the project was most suitable for India, as agricultural waste is available in abundance. Moreover, it is economically viable too, they added.

Kaushik Nandan and Mithun Todakar of Siddaganga Institute of Technology emerged as the first runners up for their presentation plan - Knowledge-based expert system for diagnosis and treatment of diseases in coconut palm and sugarcane crop. They received a cash prize of Rs 30,000. The plan entails developing an expert system that facilitates interactive session with farmers, who require experts’ advice on condition of crop and need to take precautionary measures to fight crop diseases.

Sushil Kumar from Indian Institute of Business Management & Technology (IBMT), Bangalore was declared the second runner up and was presented with a cash award of Rs 20,000. His plan proposes to reduce fuel consumption in automotive vehicles by replacing metallic doors with carbon fibre doors.

He argued that carbon fibre doors would reduce weight of chassis and also considerably reduce fuel consumption.

Of the 12 proposals submitted the above three proposals were selected by a jury comprising six members.


Dr Almitra Patel, a member of the Supreme Court Committee for solid waste management and a member of the jury said selection of finalists were based on technical feasibility, commercial viability and novelty of the idea.

Cricketer Anil Kumble, who presented the awards to the winners compared Manthan to Indian Premier League.

“Manthan is like an IPL for young talents. Innovative experiments like more reverse swings and slow bouncers are results of the IPL tourney. Similarly, Manthan encourages new ideas and fresh business plans,” he said.

On par with US

MD of Siemens Information Systems Ltd Sanjeev Sinha said students in India have access to information on par with students in the US or any developed nation.

Karnataka Krishi Mission Chairman Dr S A Patil said that agriculture sector was in need of high investment and had to adopt advanced technology. In Karnataka every year over 40,000 students get BE degree.

Whereas, seven agriculture colleges in the State produce only 400 students a year. Mere provision of subsidies and support price is not sufficient to revive the agricultural scenario, he said.

Get a round-up of the day's top stories in your inbox

Check out all newsletters

Get a round-up of the day's top stories in your inbox