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'स्टार्ट-अप सीझन ३' स्पर्धेत पुष्कर कान्हेरे यांना विजेतेपद

पुष्कर कान्हेरे यांनी सुरु केलेली 'सॅलस नॅनो टेक्नॉलॉजीज्' (Salus Nanotechnologies) ही स्टार्ट-अप कंपनी 'स्टार्ट-अप सीझन ३' ह्या स्पर्धेत विजयी झाली आहे. ह्या स्पर्धेत पारितोषिक म्हणून कंपनीला व्यवसाय वाढविण्यासाठी आणि नवीन तंत्रज्ञान विकसित करण्यासाठी भांडवल मिळाले आहे.

गेली ३ वर्षे Channel News Asia आणि Red Dot Ventures मिळून ही स्पर्धा आयोजित करत आहेत. ज्यात सहभागी होणाऱ्या नव्या कंपन्यांना वेगवेगळ्या आव्हानांना सामोरे जावे लागते आणि विजयी होणाऱ्या कंपनीला भांडवलनिधी मिळवण्याची संधी असते. ह्या वर्षी स्पर्धेमध्ये सिंगापूर, इंडोनेशिया आणि कंबोडिया देशातल्या एकूण ८ वेगवेगळ्या 'स्टार्ट-अप' कंपन्यांनी भाग घेतला होता. त्यांची स्पर्धेतली प्रगती Channel News Asia या दूरदर्शन वाहिनीवर वर ६ भागात दाखवली गेली.

पुष्कर कान्हेरे यांनी २०१२ साली NTU मध्ये 'पदार्थ विज्ञान शास्त्रात' PhD पूर्ण केली आणि त्यानंतर डानियल टॉंग या सिंगापूरस्थित भागीदारासमवेत कंपनीची स्थापना केली. 'सॅलस नॅनो टेक्नॉलॉजीज्' ही कंपनी नवीन प्रकारचे पदार्थ आणि रसायन तयार करते ज्यांचा अनेक क्षेत्रात वापर होऊ शकतो. सध्या सुती कपड्यांचे गुणधर्म सुधारण्यासाठी कंपनी प्रयत्नशील आहे. कंपनीची अधिक माहिती आपण या संकेतस्थळावर मिळवू शकता : http://salusnano.com/index.html

शंतनु मोडक यानी जिंकली रूबिक्स स्पर्धा

आपल्या परिवाराचा सभासद शंतनु मोडक यानी नुकतीच राष्ट्रीय स्तरावरची रूबिक्स स्पर्धा नवे उच्चांक प्रस्थापित करत जिंकली. शंतनुचं मन:पूर्वक अभिनंदन!! त्यानं त्याच्या या कामगिरीचा आणि वाटचालीचा इंग्रजीतून घेतलेला आढावा आम्ही तसाच प्रकाशित करतो आहोत.

Rubik's Cube

My journey with the Rubik's Cube started 4 years ago, when I received a Rubik's cube as a gift. I searched online for tutorials and eventually learned how to solve it using the beginner's method. I started timing my solves. In the beginning, my solves would take around one minute.

Soon, I was addicted to cubing. The joy of getting a fast solve motivated me to learn more advanced methods. I also bought my first speed cube - Rubik's cubes designed for speed-solving. I also tried out bigger cubes like 4x4x4 and 5x5x5 ,as well as 2x2x2.

NUS Singapore organizes two categories of Rubik's cube competition, 

- The School Category, in which only school and junior college students participate, and 

- Singapore Open Rubik's cube competition, which is open to all. The 'Open' category competition is endorsed by the World Cube Association.

The School Category competition has only three competitions namely 2x2x2, 3x3x3 and 4x4x4 cubes. However, the Open category, there are a total of eighteen (18) different competitions. 

In 2014, I took part in my first Rubik's cube competition. I had made a lot of progress by now and was taking 15 seconds for a solve(3x3x3). In the school category, I won 1st prize for 2x2x2 event, which was totally unexpected.

I took part in six events of the Open Category, namely - 2x2x2, 3x3x3, 4x4x4, 5x5x5, 3x3x3 single handed and 3x3x3 blindfolded category.

In blindfolded solving, you have to memorise the cube, put on a blindfold, and then solve it without looking at it. It's not as hard as it appears, but if you make one small mistake, you will end up with an unsolved cube. In 2014, I got a time of 5 minutes- not a very good result for blindfolded. So throughout 2014, I tried to improve my blind solving time.

In 2015, I took part again in both School category and Open category competition and this time too, won the 1st prize in 2x2x2 cube school category. I improved my timings in all events. Apart from above six categories I participated in Megamix and Pyramix category also. I improved a lot in 3x3x3 blindfolded, where I got a time of 1:25.

I started becoming curious about solving bigger cubes blindfolded. I noticed that no one in Singapore had gotten a successful solve in 4x4x4 or 5x5x5 blindfolded in a competition, so I decided to learn and concentrated on those two events. These are considered the some of the hardest feats in cube solving. Memorising a 4x4x4 is the same as memorising two 3x3x3 cubes. Memorising a 5x5x5 is the same as memorising four 3x3x3 cubes. Using memory tricks and a lot of practice, memorising this is easier, but the chances of failure are much higher. 

In 2016, I won 2nd prize in 2x2x2 school category. In Singapore Open Category, I took part in three new events- 4x4x4 blindfolded, 5x5x5 blindfolded and 3x3x3 multiple blindfolded. In the Multiple blindfolded event, the aim is to solve multiple 3x3x3 cubes at one go blindfolded. I attempted to solve six cubes in multiple blind folded category and was successful to solve four out of six. In Singapore open Category competition I am happy to share that I established Singapore's national record for 3x3x3 blindfolded, 4x4x4 blind folded as well as 5x5x5 blindfolded categories. I was very happy with my performance, as I was doubtful whether I could get a successful solve in 4x4x4 blindfolded and 5x5x5 blindfolded especially. 

I would like to thank my parents, friends and all well-wishers for encouraging me in this hobby, and I hope to continue to improve in the future. Rubik's cube is a very interesting hobby. It takes determination and patience until you get the knack of it, but once you cross these initial hurdles, it is difficult to get separated from the cube! So friends, join the cubing community right away!

Thank you,

Shantanu Modak

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