During the mid 19thcentury there were nearly 100 thousand tigers on this planet. At the same time, we humans numbered around 2.5 billion. Today there are fewer than 4000 tigers left in the wild all over the world and we humans have crossed the figure of 7.5 billion. The size of the planet Earth continues to remain the same. To cut the long story short the ‘Tiger’ represents our depleting natural resources and our sources for life on Earth i.e. air, water and soil. Tiger is an umbrella species. That means protection of tiger aims at protection of the entire eco-system and the rich biodiversity of the country. Our national policy aims at 33% forest area which is the home of the tigers and other flora and fauna. Unfortunately, we are a long way behind with less than 20% of India covered in forests. As a developing nature we need to take care of our resources. The architects of the constitution also understood the importance of our natural resources and Article 51A in The Constitution of India 1949 (g) mentions that it is a fundamental duty of each citizen of India to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wild life, and to have compassion for living creatures.
Youth of today are the decision makers of tomorrow and the architect of the future. Our educators are a guiding force for this potential youth energy and knowledge bank. The knowledge and motive if channelised with the understanding that we have to act today to safeguard our natural resources and our forests, will definitely yield a result. ‘Tiger Tech’ is conceptualised as a platform where the youths from various technical courses all across the country propose projects and prototypes based on a given set of challenges in 3 categories so that solutions are designed for effective nature and wildlife conservation. The jury will shortlist 10 projects per category based on the summary/project proposal received by 30th January 2018. The selected projects can prepare their presentations/prototype and would have to participate in the exhibition cum competition on 25th March 2018 at Nagpur.
2018 is the inaugural year for Tiger Tech. The office of Chief Conservator of Forests & Field Director of Melghat Tiger Reserve, belonging to the Forest Department Government of Maharashtra has initiated the idea and will host the event.
Melghat tiger reserve is the first tiger reserve of Maharashtra declared in 1974. The Melghat Tiger Reserve lies in Melghat forests of Amravati, Akola and Buldhana Districts of Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. Melghat Tiger Reserve which was declared on 22nd February 1974. It is spread over an area of 2768.52 km2.
Our knowledge partners
Melghat has associated with prominent organisations, universities and institutions to be the knowledge partners for Tiger Tech-2018. They will form the experts who will screen, shortlist and evaluate the projects.
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)- Indore
Ramdeobaba Coellege of Engineering & Management (RCOEM)- Nagpur
Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT- India)
i) Design eco-friendly water retention structures i.e. forest waterholes/ forest tanks where a minimum quantity of water retention can happen even during peak summers.
A brief background to the challenge/problem: The landscape of forests like Melghat are hilly with rocky ground at the gradients while the valleys and plains have waters only during monsoon leading up to January-February. To sustain a good home for animals and birds water availability should be there throughout the year and these water bodies should be distributed across the whole terrain. There are many ponds, lakes, and earthen embankments/small dams built over the time in various areas but water evaporates or seeps down fast without any trace of surface water. It is a challenge to retain water for a longer duration in these waterbodies with least human intervention.
ii) Designing forest camps with maximum ventilation and indigenously designed light and or cooling system using little or no electrical energy (power source) preferably using local/easy to find material.
A brief background to the challenge/problem: Forest camps made of simple brick structures and/or many times out of wood/bamboo fixed together provides shelters for forest guards deep inside the forests. There is no electricity at most camps and solar power cannot be harvested as tree canopy is dense. In such case during summers the camps become very hot. Any indigenous method using least power /energy has to be identified to reduce the temperatures in these camps during the harsh summer months.
i) Ethical crop protection methods from wild animals especially herbivores (deer/nilgai/wild boar, etc.).
A brief background to the challenge/problem: Many agricultural fields are located near the periphery of the forests. Many times, herbivores like deer, nilgai, wild boar come into these fields and eat the standing crop causing a big harm financially to the farmers. Many times the farmers kill the herbivores using electrification from nearby wire transmission lines which is again illegal. The challenge is to design and create low cost but ethical and effective system to drive away the animals away from the farmlands.
ii) To detect illegal current drawing from transmission lines to prevent electrocution of wild animals. Also to device any system which will cut off the power whenever there is an illegal current leakage/draw from such transmission lines.
A brief background to the challenge/problem: In line with the above challenge where a farmer may illegally draw current through wires and lay them around fields to kill animals entering to eat his crop a device/mechanism should be available preferably at real time which detects illegal drawing of power and also cuts off the power source on such eventuality. Thus, saving any untoward death of animals.
Category- 3 Computer Science & applications-
i) Simple applications to track forest work/ office file movements for time based completion of work with least usage of paper.
A brief background to the challenge/problem: Government offices are often loaded with papers and files wherein there is a lot of paperwork which is difficult to handle and maintain. The solution is sought where paperwork can be tracked in a certain application with a timeline as well as recorded digitally so that least paper is used.
ii) applications to identify and record flora and fauna.
A brief background to the challenge/problem: An easy to use application which records data i.e. name of animal/bird, location where sighted and identifies it with the data base with some information for the tourists/user. Should be able to capture data offline also.
Who all can participate?
Any bonafide students in a group of minimum 2 and maximum 5 mentored by a lecturer/professor from any recognised college providing a BE or B.Tech. degree.
Any student of graduate course in any branch of science & technology.
The dates to remember
Fill in the initial application online by 31th January 2018.
Initial project summary with idea and planned work flow with proposed outcome by 31th January 2018
The organisers along with knowledge partners will shortlist & publish the selected project names by 6th February 2018.
Final project presentation and exhibition of designed prototype for selected 10 projects per category on 25th March 2018 at given place (venue)- Nagpur.
How do I apply?
Go to the website www.magicalmelghat.com
Look for the head Info of Melghat
Click on News and Event under the above head
Alternatively type the link http://www.magicalmelghat.com/NewsAndEvent.aspx
Fill in the form online with a nominal registration fees of Rs. 500/- online per entry (project) and submit it.
Note down your registration number for all future references.
Will I incur any cost?
The application/registration fees of Rs.500/- per project.
If selected your travel cost from your home station to Amravati & back has to be borne by the project team/college.
The hosts (Melghat Tiger Reserve) will arrange for lodging and food from 24th March 2018 lunch till 26th March 2018 lunch. The venue will be in the city of Nagpur.
Grand Prize- Rs. 51000/- for best project (1 number)
1st prize per category- Rs. 21000/- (3 numbers)
2nd prize per category- Rs.11000/- (3 numbers)
Few consolation prizes (special mention awards) based on judge’s discretion.
Certificates to all finalists.
Your Contact persons
In case of any query you can connect to any of the following persons over the mobile between 9:00am to 6:00pm on all working days.
Dr. Jaydeep Das (Hon. Wildlife Warden- Nagpur)- 9987008320
Mr. Anirudh Chaoji (Ecologist- Melghat Tiger Reserve)- 9822056736
Mr. Vishal Mali (DFO- Melghat Tiger Reserve)- 9673866990
Alternatively, you can use the email-id firstname.lastname@example.org to get clarifications about your queries.
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