Khwopa’s Rukesh Prajapati wins FPGA Design Competition 2017

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Kathmandu, July 16, 2017: Rukesh Prajapati from Khwopa Engineering College has won the second FPGA Design Competition organized at Kathford International College of Engineering and Management on July 15, Saturday.

Prajapati won the contest for his project ‘AES Encryption of data for secure wireless communication’. With this victory, he has been awarded a cash prize of NRs. 16,000. Similarly, first runner-up Mr. Ashutosh Karna, Mr. Aayush Shah and Ms. Shushma Pokharel from Thapathali Engineering Campus, and the second runner-up, Mr. Rajan Kanu Baniya, Mr. Abhidan Jung Thapa from Nepal Engineering College, received Rs. 8,000 and Rs. 5000 respectively. The award winners will also get an opportunity to receive training on Xilinx Zynq FPGA development board and Internship on FPGA research and development at Digitronix Nepal.

The competition was jointly organized by Kathford Int’l College of Engineering and Management, National College of Engineering, Sagarmatha Engineering College, Kathmandu Engineering College and Digitronix Nepal Pvt. Ltd. The competition sought to lay a foundation of FPGA research in Nepal by enhancing the FPGA application development skills and encouraging engineering students to do their projects on FPGA.

FPGA, a short form for Field Programmable Gate Array, is a programmable chips technology widely used in hardware systems such as mobile phones to applications in space missions. This technology is fast becoming one of the market leaders in hardware system design around the world. The world’s top universities such as Harvard, MIT and Stanford have a very large-scale research group doing their research based on FPGA.

Deepesh Man Shakya, an advisor of the event and a Xilinx FPGA Engineer said, “This Second FPGA Design Competition is a major milestone in introducing and enhancing FPGA education in Nepal and provide a platform for creating FPGA based research and development centers.” Shakya added that such initiatives could potentially turn into a design house providing hi-tech engineering jobs to many aspiring engineers within the country.

Similarly, Madhusudan Kayastha , Principal of Kathford International College of Engineering and Management suggested the participants for preparing research papers and articles which will help then for further courier.

The coordinator of the contest Mr. Krishna Gaihre from Digitronix Nepal said that there has been a huge interest from engineering colleges and students towards FPGA Research and Development. Digitronix Nepal is currently focused on training, research and development of hardware designs based on FPGA.

The chief guest at the event Dr. Surendra Shrestha from IOE Pulchowk Campus lauded the event organizers and supporters for the effort they have put and also expressed his support in adopting FPGA in the mainstream engineering courses and help develop FPGA research environment in engineering colleges in Nepal.

Rukesh Prajapati being felicitated with the first prize

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