Mahindra BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 successfully concludes Eleventh Edition!



Mahindra BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 successfully
concludes Eleventh Edition


•       Concludes
the first part of its 11th Edition
•      
Smt. Kashibai Navale College of Engineering Pune wins eBAJA and D.Y. Patil
College of Engineering, Pune wins mBAJA
•       Shri
Vishnu Engineering College For Women from Andhra Pradesh bags 2nd position in
eBAJA and College of Engineering, Pune and Institute of Technology, Nirma
University stood 2nd and 3rd respectively in mBAJA


Indore, January 28, 2018: The much awaited eleventh edition of the Mahindra
BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 at Pithampur finally came to an end yesterday, leaving
behind many exhilarating moments. A total of 46 out of 86  mBAJA teams and 7 out of 25 eBAJA teams
competed the endurance round comprising both mBAJA and eBAJA.
Smt. Kashibai Navale College of Engineering from
Pune was declared the ‘Best eBAJA Team’ and D.Y. Patil College of Engineering
from Pune was declared the ‘Best mBAJA Team’
. The endurance event was flagged off by Mr. Babul Supriyo, an Indian
playback singer, actor and politician and Minister of State for Heavy
Industries and Public Enterprises along with Dr. Pawan Goenka, Managing
Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

This was
the fourth edition of eBAJA which aims to provide a platform to leverage the
onset of Electric Mobility in India. The event saw participation from 160
colleges at Pithampur.
About 388
teams had registered in the 11th year of BAJA SAEINDIA series, out of which 221
(161 for Pithampur and 60 for Ropar) teams qualified for the finale. However,
only 112 (87 teams for mBAJA and 25 for eBAJA) made it to the Endurance round.
This year was remarkable with 4000 students from different parts of the country
celebrating the BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 theme ‘Ground
to Glory’.

Showing
appreciation for an event such as BAJA, Dr.
Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said,
“India
is blessed with immense talent but knowledge and creativity gets restricted in
classrooms and therefore it is desirable that such competitions are encouraged.
BAJA provides students a pragmatic exposure to real-world challenges as faced
in the industry and spurs them towards discovering out-of-the-box solutions. It
therefore gives us immense pride to have played an instrumental role in
bringing BAJA to India around 11-years ago. The success and enthusiasm shown by
students towards BAJA year after year shows that our role might have spurred
many innovations that will benefit society over the long term.”
Mr. Mukesh K. Tiwari, Convener BAJA SAEINDIA 2018
& Dy. General Manager, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (Two Wheeler Division)
said,
“India is a land that has always spurred unconventional ideas and transformed
them into reality thereby benefitting all nations. India’s youth are a treasure
trove of knowledge and not bound by any restrictions. If provided freedom and
an unhindered environment to grow – the youth can innovate and come up with
unconventional solutions. It is with this objective that we supported BAJA
SAEINDIA all these years so that engineering students can innovate and come up
with practical solutions for various issues facing the industry and
society.”  

Various
other awards to the teams for static events were presented. Marathwada Mitra
Mandal’s College Of Engineering from Pune and Smt. Kashibai Navale College of
Engineering, Pune (mBAJA) and bagged the Engineering Design award whereas Dr
D.Y Patil Institute of Technology, Pimpri (Pune) won the Go Green- Emissions
Award.
In
addition to total prize amount of Rs. 22,
40,000/-
for BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 Pithampur, the students walked away with
excitement and a sense of accomplishment for having participated in such a
competitive event.

The
four-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, CAE, 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, sled pull, maneuverability and Suspension &
Traction. Durability Evaluation Round saw the vehicles undergo endurance tests
of one hour for eBAJA and four hours of mBAJA. 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 2nd
part of 11th edition of BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 is scheduled at IIT Ropar, Punjab
from 8th to 11th March 2018.
About BAJA SAEINDIA

BAJA
SAEINDIA is an educational pursuit for the engineering college students, an
out-of-classroom-education system, where engineering students from all over
India can participate as a team, giving them pragmatic exposure to real world
challenges as faced in the industry. Originally started in the USA by the SAE
International as Mini BAJA SAE, today it is being organized in several
countries. In India, it is being organized as BAJA SAEINDIA. An international
student level competition in which teams from universities all over the
country, design, analyze, fabricate and validate an all-terrain vehicle. This
is evaluated during a series of Static, Dynamic and Durability events like
design, cost evaluation, sales presentation, acceleration, maneuverability,
hill climb and endurance.
Over the
years, BAJA has grown in popularity and has become a bigger event nationally
signifying its increasing popularity. It serves as a platform for young
engineering talent to showcase their skills and acquire a real-life experience
while overcoming obstacles and challenges- something that is critical for their
long-term success. These engineers showcase their passion for automobiles by
conceiving, designing and fabricating a 4-wheeled single-seater All-Terrain
Vehicle.
Mahindra
is playing a prominent role in slating the event since its inception under the
able leadership of Dr. Pawan Goenka as the Chairman of the Steering committee
of BAJA SAEINDIA. Since last 8 years Mahindra is  the title sponsor and proudly continue to
remain the same this year too, and others like ARAI, Altair, Anand Automotives,
Ansys, ASDC, AVL, Bharat Petroleum, BKT, Bosch , Briggs & Stratton,
Chitkara University, Continental, Cummins, Device Electronics, Eleation, GM,
IAC, iCAT, ITW Chemin, IIT Ropar, Lear, L&T, LNCT, Math Works, Medanta
Hospital, Mentor Graphics, M P Consulting, NATRiP, OYO Rooms, Padmini Engineering,
Priya Events, Power Equipment, Radisson Hotels, Think Creative Solutions Ltd.,
Varroc and Wurth are also proudly continuing their support towards the event.
It is also supported by SIAM and ACMA.
About eBAJA

eBAJA is
an event initiated by SC and OC of BAJA SAEINDIA which engages more than 1000
engineering students every year. To leverage the onset of electric mobility in
India we had started this event under the convenorship of Mr. Subodh Morye in
2015. This is a platform where engineering students get an opportunity to build
an electric vehicle on the same dynamics of BAJA rulebook and experience the
wonder that this vehicle does with electric power. During a session with, His
Excellency Late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, former president of India, he suggested
the organizing committee to utilize this platform for national prosperity.
Overwhelmed by his thoughts the organizing committee decided to include a new
sub event to its 8th season – named eBAJA. As the conventional BAJA is all
about petrol driven ATVs, eBAJA vehicles will run on electric motor powered by
rechargeable Lithium ion battery pack.
eBAJA is
the concept of electric driven BAJA ATVs to lay emphasis on “Electrical
Mobility. Fossil fuels take millions of years of solar energy and rare geographical
events to get produced and are harmful in nature. Hence, there is a need to
move towards sustainable as well as clean technology which can help us achieve
energy independence and stabilize human -induced climatic change. Also, these
fuels are perishable resources of energy, which can cause energy scarcity in
future, we need to come up with alternate resources of energy for the
development of mobility and have a sustainable growth. Therefore, we believe
that electric mobility is the future which will play a significant role in the
growth of the nation.
Through
this event we intent young minds of our nation get an opportunity to experiment
and explore the electric science of mobility which is to be the future.

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