HGI successfully conducted the Hindustan Aeromodelling Competition (HAC’24)


The Hindustan Group of Institutions, in an effort to foster creativity and innovation,
conducted the “Hindustan Aeromodelling Competition” -HAC’24 on 17th May 2024 at
Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science’s (HITS) Bay Range Campus, Padur from 9
a.m. to 5 p.m.
The exhilarating competition was attended by over 150 teams of college and school students
and 250+ students participated in the event in junior, senior and open categories. Over 20
schools, 35 colleges and aeromodelling enthusiasts from across the nation participated in the
event. This competition provided a unique platform for participants to showcase their talent,
engineering skills, and passion for aeromodelling.
The competition was planned in three categories including Chuck Glider Competition in the
Junior Category for School Students; Fixed Wing Micro Category Competition in the Senior
Category for College Students and Fixed Wing Small Category Competition in the Open
category that was open to all students.
The junior category competition that saw participation from 18 schools was aimed at honing
the aeromodelling skills and hands-on experience of the participants and exceptional students
were awarded Rs. 20,000 for 1st place, Rs. 15,000 for 2nd place and Rs. 10,000 for 3rd place.
The winner of the Junior Category in the Chuck Glider Competition were Srihari V from
Seed Academy, Chennai, who took first place with a time of 3.77 seconds. D. Akash from
Government Higher Secondary School, Kaanathur, ECR, Chennai secured the second spot
with a time of 3.51 seconds, and S. Ezhil Karthik from AM Jain School, Nanganallur,
Chennai, claimed third place, completing his run in 3.49 seconds.
The senior category saw students from 19 colleges modeled and flew RC planes for
designated missions with weight of upto 2 Kgs and a payload of 200 gms with an aim to win
cash prizes of Rs. 30,000 for 1st prize holders and Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 10,000 for second and
third place respectively. In the Senior Fixed Wing Micro Category Competition, Dhanush
from KPR Institute of Technology, Coimbatore, won first prize. Yash Arya from MS Ramiah
Institute, Bangalore, took second place, and Rahul from Saveetha Engineering College,
Chennai, finished in third place.
For the open category that was open to all had 18 Schools/Colleges/aero-enthusiasts students
display their RC model design skills and experience in flying the RC plane in designated loop
maneuvering and payload dropping. The planes could be up to 5 Kg with a static payload of
200 gms and a dynamic payload of 200 gms. The cash prize of Rs. 60,000 was awarded to the
1st place holder; Rs. 25,000 for 2nd Place and Rs. 15,000 for 3rd place. The Open Category
saw Rayan from Crescent University, Chennai, winning first prize, while Nandan Prabhu, a
Grade 10 student from MAV Vidhyashram, Chennai, secured the second spot. All winners
received cash prizes according to their respective categories.
The Inauguration function was graced by the presence of Mr. Rajesh Gudipudi DGM
Aviation, Aviation Fuel Station and Marketing Division, Indian Oil Corporation Limited,
Chennai International Airport as Chief Guest and Shri. S. A. Nambi, Former Regional
Deputy Commissioner, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, Ministry of Civil Aviation, India
as the Guest of Honour along with eminent higher officials from HGI. Winners of the
competition were awarded the total prize money of Rs. 2 Lakh during the valedictory
Dr. Anand Jacob Verghese, Chairman of the Hindustan Group of Institutions, welcomed the
students to celebrate innovation, creativity and the boundless spirit of discovery that
aeromodelling emobodies. He talked about how HGI believes in the ethos of nurturing talent,
achieving academic excellence and encouraging innovation among students. The institutions
under HGI offer multidisciplinary programs in Aviation, Aerospace and more including
industry-integrated Aviation Safety Management Program in association with ENAC, France
and Airbus. He advised the students to embrace the spirit of the competition and remember
that every flight, whether successful or not, is a step forward in the journey of learning.
Dr. Ashok Verghese, Vice President of HGI, wished all the participants well and encouraged
them to showcase their innovative talents to the aeromodelling community. He felt that the
competition offers opportunities to challenge the mind, hone technical skills and foster a deep
understanding of aerodynamics, mechanics, and the principles of flight. For many, such
competitive events serve as a stepping stone to careers in aviation, aeronautical engineering
and aerospace. He urged the students to use this opportunity to learn, share and grow further
in the pursuit of knowledge and improvement.
About the Institution:
The Hindustan Group of Institutions (HGI) was founded by the visionary late Dr. KCG
Verghese in 1966, the group embodies his ethos “To Make Every Man a Success and No Man
a Failure.” Under the umbrella of HGI, a consortium of esteemed institutions operates,
including Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science (HITS), KCG Tech, Hindustan
Institute of Engineering and Technology (HIET), Hindustan College of Arts and Science
(HCAS), Hindustan International Schools (HIS), Hindustan College in Mysuru, and Orient
Flights Aviation Academy (OFAA). The institutions are spearheaded by the Chairman Dr.
Anand Jacob Verghese for nearly two decades. Under his stewardship, the Institutions have
excelled in infrastructure development, program expansion, sports, and research excellence.
Recognized globally with numerous rankings, awards, and accolades, this success reflects his
visionary leadership.
Hindustan Institute of Technology & Science (HITS), established in 1985, is a reputed
NAAC A+ Deemed-to-be-University in Chennai, offering top-quality diverse programs and
ranked among the top private universities in India. Hindustan Institute of Engineering
Technology, founded in 1966, excels in diploma engineering education, offering skill
development programs with outstanding a placement record. KCG College of Technology,
founded in 1998, holds autonomous status and is an NAAC A+ accredited institution
renowned for exceptional faculty, infrastructure, and innovation, with 16 Centres of
Excellence in engineering. Hindustan College of Arts & Science, established in 1995, offers
diverse educational programs, including UG, PG, M.Phil. and Ph.D. programs, with state-of
the-art laboratories and international student diversity. OFAA at Mysore, formerly known as
Orient Flight School, is a multi-disciplinary aviation training institute authorized by IATA,
offering comprehensive courses and international-standard flight training. Hindustan College
Mysore, established in 2015, offers specialized programs in commerce, computer
applications, and aviation management, with state-of-the-art facilities and internship
opportunities. Hindustan International School, with campuses in Guindy, Karapakkam, and
Padur, offers CBSE and Cambridge curricula, focusing on academics, leadership, and
outdoor activities, with exceptional facilities and international recognition.
Each institution within the group upholds the highest standards of education, research, and
industry collaboration, preparing students to excel in their chosen fields and contribute
meaningfully to society. Through state-of-the-art facilities, global academic & industrial
collaborations, proficient faculty, and a comprehensive curriculum, HGI continues to
empower students to realize their full potential and emerge as global citizens ready to tackle
the challenges of the 21st century.
Together, these institutions continue to uphold the legacy of Dr. KCG Verghese, fostering
academic excellence and contributing to the success of countless individuals.