Mahindra sponsored 11th edition of BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 kicks off in Indore

Photo Caption: L-R: Dr. N Karuppaiah- Head Finance Team SAE BAJA 2018 Pithampur & Ropar, Mr. Balraj Subramaniam- Chief Manager Brand, Bharat Petroleum, Mr. Subodh Morye – Head Marketing & PR BAJA SAEINDIA, Mr. Mukesh Tiwari – Convener SAE BAJA2018, Dr. K C Vora  -Advisor, BAJA SAEINDIA & Chairman WS SAEINDIA and Mr. Rahul Hasija, OC Member, SAE BAJA 2018 Pithampur & Ropar at a press conference today to announce the commencement of the 11th edition of Mahindra BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 in Indore
unique platform for engineering students to showcase their passion for
automobiles by transforming theory into practice
to celebrate the passion, hard work and perseverance of the budding engineers
with the theme of ‘Ground to Glory’
221 colleges from 388
entries qualify for the finale
Indore, January
24, 2018
: SAEINDIA, a professional Society of Automotive Engineers, today
flagged off the 11th edition of the much-awaited BAJA series. The
finale of the event, with Mahindra as a title sponsor and over 35 other
industry sponsors, will be held at the NATRIP
facility at Pithampur near Indore, from 24th to 28th
January 2018. About 388 entries were
received for BAJA SAEINDIA 2018, out of which 180 teams were shortlisted for
conventional BAJA and 41 teams were shortlisted for eBAJA in the virtual round.
It will be followed by the HR meet on January 29th & 30th
Mahindra BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 has received an overwhelming response
with representation from all zones- Western,
Northern, Eastern and Southern zones
in India.
The four-day event will
include Technical Inspection, Static Evaluation such as Design, Cost &
Sales Presentation and Dynamic Events such as Acceleration, Sled Pull,
Suspension & Traction and Maneuverability. The endurance round of 2 hours
for eBAJA and 4 hours for mBAJA will be held at the NATRAX facility at
Pithampur near Indore under the aegis of NATRIP, from 24th to 28th
January 2018.
A remarkable feature, unique to BAJA
SAEINDIA, is the adoption of a new theme every year. This year the theme for
BAJA 2018 is ‘Ground to Glory’ which celebrates the passion, hard work and
perseverance of the budding engineers who start their journey from scratch and
traverse throughout the year to turn their dreams into reality. The theme
rejoices the fervour of the students to take up challenges to attain glory. It
stands for the journey of the students and the boundaries they are ready to
challenge, making BAJA the Ground for Glory for all the people associated with
the event.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr.
Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd
said, “This is
the 11th year of Mahindra’s association with BAJA SAEINDIA and given
its increasing popularity, we are proud to take it to the next level, this year
by hosting two events. We will celebrate the spirit of innovation, one that is
aptly themed around Ground to Glory. At Mahindra we are dedicated to hone the skills of young engineering students and
develop the engineering potential of the youth and the technical human resource
required for India. It gives us immense pride to champion a forum that
gives the young engineering talent a platform to turn their dreams into reality”.
Mukesh K. Tiwari, Convener BAJA SAEINDIA 2018
“As the competition commences and the talented participants unleash their
ingenuity towards achieving out of the box solutions, it gives each one of us
immense pleasure to have been associated with BAJA SAEINDIA since the last
eleven years. Over the years, we have witnessed that the enthusiasm level of
the participants have increased significantly and participation levels continue
to soar. We are certain that the current edition will outshine all previous
years and set a new benchmark in terms of innovation.” 
Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman AICTE said,
“BAJA SAEINDA is performing extremely well and is
contributing in arousing interest of students in hands on experiential learning
in engineering education. The event has grown multifold since its inception in
2007. I congratulate SAEINDIA for entering its 11th year. It is desired
that the students who perform well in such national level events get an
opportunity to participate in corresponding international competitions.
However, funding required for registration, shipping of vehicle and students’
travel is huge and a lot of efforts go in obtaining sponsorship. It gives me
immense pleasure in announcing that the teams who perform well in BAJA SAEINDIA
and receive top honours will be provided funding of Rupees 1 lakh/student for a
team of up to 10 students for their participation in International event.
Winning teams are required to apply in the prescribed format available on AICTE
website. This scheme is designed with an aim to bring laurels to the country.
These awards will help in raising the bar of the Indian event too. I wish SAEINDIA
and participating teams a good luck”
For the BAJA 2018 finale, entries from
engineering colleges from across the country were screened at the Virtual Round
held at Chitkara University, Chandigarh in July of 2017, where they presented
their Designs for the BAJA Buggy vehicle that they wished to design for the
final event. The qualifying teams
were selected through a thorough analysis and comparison of their written test,
CAD Designs, the CAE analysis and the designs of Roll Cage, Suspension,
Steering and Brakes. The entries presented at
the virtual BAJA were virtual mock-ups that would be created with exact
specifications by the participants. The teams in the final round will showcase
their skill, understanding and passion for automobiles while having
manufactured their own buggy race car.
BAJA SAEINDIA also initiated the eBAJA
series in 2015, to leverage the onset of Electric Mobility in India. The mBAJA
vehicles run on 10 HP B&S Gasoline Engine, common for all 180 teams,
whereas eBAJA vehicles will run on electricity, propelled by an electric motor
and powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack.
With the increasing popularity of BAJA
SAEINDIA, two BAJA’s will be held this year onwards. While one continues to be
in Pithampur, Madhya Pradesh, the other one will be held at IIT Ropar in Punjab
from 8th March to 11th March 2018. This move will help
cater to 60 more teams who will have the opportunity to participate.

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.
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, Eleation, GM, IIT Ropar, iCAT, ITW Chemin, Lear, L&T,
LNCT Indore, Math Works, Medanta Hospital, Mentor Graphics, M P Consulting,
MYFM, NATRiP, OYO Rooms, Padmini Engineering, Polaris, Priya Events, PTC,
Radisson Hotels, V J Productions, Varroc, Volvo and Wurth are also proudly
continuing their support towards the event. It is also supported by SIAM, ACMA,

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
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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