Prerna Chettri was awarded the best drone pilot in the competition

Gangtok: Paljor Namgyal Girls Senior Secondary School (PNGSSS) is setting a new trend in Sikkim. The school hosted a first-of-its-kind inter-house drone racing competition with the aim of acquainting its students to latest technologies.

Four students from each house participated in the competition, with Rayong (green) house lifting the champions’ trophy and Prerna Chettri of Class XII being awarded the best drone pilot.

Prof Dr Tejbanta S Chingtham of Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology, who was invited to the event as the chief guest, was amazed to see the farsightedness of the school and the students in terms of technology.

Champions Rayong House with the chief guest, school principal and project In-charge

“I am overwhelmed and amazed to see students from Class VI flying drones here. I would like to congratulate the vision of the project in-charge, school and students for putting in immense effort and well in making this event a successful one and setting such a huge benchmark in the state,” he said.

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The professor said that the the government of India is looking at policies to provide licences to the people who fly drones. “It is the future and to see girls already applying it in their daily curriculum is simply amazing,” he added.

Chingtham also said that very soon courier services will be delivering things through drones and control rooms where drone pliots will be recruited and PNGSSS seems to be already prepared for it.

He assured full support from his side to the school in the near future and urged the students to continue with their interests.

Ivan Dorjee Lepcha, project-in-charge cum teacher at PNGSSS, informed that the motive of this event is to prepare the students for the future technologies that are emerging like artificial intelligence and robotics.

“We have an established lab in the school where we are doing lot of activities in robotics, electronics and artificial intelligence including some minor projects. We had been working on this drone racing project for the past 45 days. It started with a workshop where students were taught from mechanical aspects to aerodynamics and electronics. However, due to safety viewpoints we did not use those drones here today, rather, flew smaller and lighter drones. We will continue with such projects only to prepare students of Sikkim for future technologies,” said Lepcha.

School principal Jem Pandi Targain, teachers, students and well-wishers were present to witness the unique competition.

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