The 9th edition of BAJA SAEINDIA 2016 by SAEINDIA concludes successfully.
The 9th edition of the Mahindra BAJA SAEINDIA 2016 concluded at Pithampur, Indore, leaving behind many exhilarating moments. A total of 129 teams competed the endurance round comprising both mBAJA and eBAJA. The second edition of eBAJA saw nine teams competing for the title on February 20, 2016. The events took place at the NATRiP facility at Pithampur near Indore.
While College of Engineering, Pune were announced winners of the ninth edition of the BAJA series in India, Alard College of Engineering, Pune and SRM University, Chennai were declared as the first runners-up and second runners-up, respectively.
The highlight of BAJA 2016 was the new track and with natural hurdles spread over 5 km. 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.
Smt. Kashibai Navale College of Engineering, Pune was declared the winners of the ‘Best eBAJA Team’. This was the second edition of eBAJA which aims to provide a platform to leverage the onset of Electric Mobility in India. The event saw participation from 11 colleges. However, only nine colleges competed in the endurance round.
About 395 teams had registered in the ninth year of BAJA SAEINDIA series, out of which 179 teams qualified for the finale. However, only 129 teams made it to the Endurance round. This year was remarkable with 8,000 students from different parts of the country working towards BAJA SAEINDIA 2016 theme ‘Passion to Podium’ and achieving it with great success.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Pawan Goenka, Executive Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd said, “I look forward to personally attending BAJA every year. Witnessing thousands of students coming together to celebrate not only the spirit of BAJA but also the philosophy of Rise has given me immense pleasure. Year on year, there has been an increase in participation from colleges and this is a testimony to BAJA SAEINDIA’s growing popularity and its national significance. We at Mahindra have always believed in thinking beyond the conventional and this forum gives young engineering talent that opportunity to showcase their skills. Mahindra is delighted to be associated with BAJA SAEINDIA 2016 as the title sponsor and with BAJA we are taking forward the philosophy of Mahindra Rise to the next level.”
Dr. Aravind Bharadwaj, President, SAEINDIA said, “In our endeavour to foster the ‘Make in India’ initiative and achieve the global aspiration of the Indian automotive industry, it is imperative that there is a steady flow of qualified and passionate engineers from the various universities. 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.”
Sudhir Gupte, Convener, BAJA SAEINDIA 2016 said, “BAJA SAEINDIA is a platform that offers an out-of-classroom learning opportunities for the engineering students and to showcase their talent and skills in presence of auto experts. In addition to that, they learn to plan and execute their ideas by complete coordination and team work. The experience of preparing optimum design by carrying out CAD modelling and analysis by using Altair, Ansys software and development of vehicle as their design fabrication to finally testing and validating the prototype built on their own self, makes them ready for the industry. Significant inputs are provided by industry experts through several multi-locational training programmes and webinars conducted throughout the year. The experience gained helps the students to understand the environment which is similar to the industry they aspire to be part of. 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.”
College of Engineering, Pune bagged the Engineering Design Award whereas Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering, Bengaluru won the Go Green- Emissions Award. Special awards like Dronacharya award was given to the faculty advisor of Amity School of Engineering and Technology, New Delhi.
The students walked away not just with the excitement and a sense of accomplishment for having competed in such a testing event, but also a fair amount of prize money as well which was about Rs 29,80,000.
The three-day event started with basic Static Evaluation round which comprised 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
60 kmph. 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.