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Dr. Vinod Balakrishnan


The moderator for Crossfire 2012 is Dr. Vinod Balakrishnan is an Associate Professor in English in the Department of Humanities at National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli. He earned his Ph.D in “Popular Fiction and the Use of History” from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala. He was a Fellow at the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University, New York in 2008. He is a recipient of a Bronze Medal for poetry by the National Library of Poetry, USA. His poems have been archived and widely anthologized. He is the author of Indian Classics in English Translation and has coauthored a book on Literary Theory. His articles have appeared in The Quest, CIEFL Bulletin, Journal of English Language Teaching and Indian Express. His research concentrates on Pop Culture Studies, Cultural Studies, and Indian Poetics. His current research interests include East-West Peace Studies, Pop Fiction, Politics of Representation and History of Thought. He is currently working on “Networks and Mobility in Literature”




An algorithm intensive Online Programming Contest
Dalal Street
A virtual stock market trading game
A rostrum for young minds to whizz away and come up with avant-garde solutions for the problems around us...
With brand new mind-numbing electronic challenges to conquer, Robovigyan introduces some hip new stuff.
An elegant brew of information dressed with excitement and entertainment.
Codename 47
Codename 47 brings a mysterious and cunning environment to the robotic world.
The eye candy of Pragyan. Visionary and magical, exhibitions offer a sneak peak at the future.
Lanka Reloaded
build the bridge that rescues Sita, bot-style!...
Work up the ol'grey cells and indulge in the magic of making. Satiate the thirst to learn, explore and innovate.
Dinner Dash
Something comical in Robotics. Build a bot that serves customers dinner!
Guest Lectures
History has proved time and again that genius inspires genius. Come see those who dared to explore the beyond.
Showcase your talent and enlighten the world with what you are aware of by presenting a paper... Deadline: 23rd January!
Pragyan Social Responsibility
Aiming to be servants; PSR, is our own initiative for social reform and enrichment.
A fun filled treasure hunt event based on the use of surveying instruments.
Beer Factory
a role-playing simulation of the beer manufacturing industry.
An event to design a green building that is energy efficient and self-sufficient.