The Baja SAE India 2015 has concluded at Pithampura near Indore leaving behind many exhilarating moments. The three day event started with basic Static Evaluation round which comprised of Design Evaluation, Cost Evaluation and Marketing Presentation. In the final round, the teams showcased their prototype of a rugged single seat, off-road recreational four-wheel vehicle and were evaluated on various parameters, including engineering design, cost and technology innovation.
The objective of the competition was to simulate real world engineering design projects and their related challenges. Each team’s goal was to create a safe, easily transported, easily maintained and fun to drive prototype without any direct involvement from professional fabricators. However, the teams were free to design their own transmissions with the only restriction being the speed limit to 60kmph.
The Dynamic Evaluation Round tested the vehicles for acceleration, speed, hill climb and manoeuvrability and the Durability Evaluation Round saw the vehicles undergo endurance tests. The Endurance Event assessed each vehicle’s ability to operate continuously and at a speed over rough terrain containing obstacles in any weather conditions.
The highlight of BAJA 2015 was the new track and with natural hurdles spread over 4.5 kilometres. The track was designed in a manner to pose more challenges and test not only the success of vehicles but also of those driving that vehicle.
About 323 teams had registered in the 8th year of BAJA SAEINDIA series, out of which 122 teams had qualified for the finale. However, only 74 teams could make it to the Endurance round. This year was remarkable with 8000 students from different parts of the country working towards BAJA SAEINDIA 2015 theme ‘Beyond Boundaries’ and achieving it with great success.
Speaking on the occasion, Pawan Goenka, Executive Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, “It’s heartening to see thousands of students coming together once again to celebrate the spirit of BAJA. Increase in participation from colleges and BAJA SAEINDIA’s growth since inception indicates its growing popularity and national significance. This forum gives young engineering talent an opportunity to showcase their skills, innovate and acquire a real life experience posed with challenges which is critical to their success in the long term. Mahindra & Mahindra is delighted to be associated with BAJA SAEINDIA 2015 as the title sponsor and with BAJA, we are taking forward the philosophy of Mahindra Rise to the next level”.
Aravind Bharadwaj, President, SAEINDIA said, “Creation of industry ready skilled engineers is a prerequisite to achieve the targets that have been set forth in the Automotive Mission Plan 2016 for India. BAJA is one such initiative from SAEINDIA that provides an opportunity for students to get hands on learning experience in vehicle design. The rapid increase in the number of teams from SAEINDIA clubs in colleges across the country and the unparalleled enthusiasm of everyone involved with this event is clear evidence that BAJA SAEINDIA is making progress in the right direction.”
Subodh Morye, Convener, BAJA SAEINDIA said, “BAJA SAEINDIA is a platform that offers students a chance to showcase their talent and skills in presence of auto experts in addition to presenting them with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the industry of which they aspire to be a part. Amongst the thrill and adventure, we assess the abilities of participants by testing them on parameters such as leadership skills and theoretic and practical knowledge.”
He added, “Indore is a hub of industry and young talent. Its proximity to infrastructure such as the NATRIP facility makes it the ideal venue for hosting an event of this nature. The enthusiasm of the city is palpable simply from its response- Indore has shown the highest participation closely following cities such as Pune and Chennai. I am confident that like every year, this year too will showcase the most promising talent in the country.”
Rustamji Institute of Technology, Gwalior bagged the Engineering Design award whereas SRM University, Chennai and Institute of Engineering and Technology- DAVV, Indore won the Go Green- Emissions Award. Special awards like Dronacharya Award was given to the team of Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering & Technology, Sangrur- Punjab and Venus International College of Technology, Gandhinagar. The Endurance Award which assessed vehicles ability to operate at a speed over rough terrain was bagged by College of Engineering, Pune followed by VIT University, Vellore.
KL University, Guntur was declared winners of the ‘Best eBaja Team’. This was the first edition of e-BAJA which aims to provide a platform to leverage the onset of Electric Mobility in India. The event saw participation from 12 colleges. However, only eight colleges competed in the endurance round.
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