CHANDIGARH, India, July 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --
SAEINDIA, a professional Society of Automotive Engineers and Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, a part of the US$ 20.7 bn Mahindra Group today announced the commencement of the redesigned Virtual Round of BAJA SAEINDIA, which will be held between July 13 and 14, 2018 at Chitkara University, Punjab. This also kick starts the 12th edition of the much-awaited BAJA series with Mahindra as the title sponsor.
With around 360 teams from various engineering colleges of India, five students from each team totalling over 1800 students, the battlefield is a fertile ground for these students to come up with their ideas. In these two days, the registered teams will be scrutinized for their knowledge and capability to participate successfully in the main event. Like last year, all the teams at the Virtual BAJA 2018 will make a presentation on their design, followed by a VIVA or Extempore, which will carry equal weightage in their final selection. The evaluation process will test every participant's knowledge on Rulebook and General Mechanical and Automotive Engineering.
BAJA SAEINDIA tasks the students to conceptualize design, build, test and validate a single-seater four-wheeled All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) to take part in a series of events spread across a course of four days. The finale will be held at the NATRAX facility of NATRIP at Pithampur near Indore, from 24th to 27th January 2019 followed by HR meet on 28th & 29th January 2019. There will be one more event in Punjab from 8th to 10th March 2019 followed by the HR meet on 11th March 2019.
In India, the BAJA SAEINDIA (Society of Automotive Engineers) began its journey in the year 2007 and was launched under the leadership of Dr. Pawan Goenka (during his tenure as SAEINDIA President) and the convenorship of Dr. K.C. Vora. As SAEINDIA ventured on to the unchartered territory of holding a mega-event of this scale, NATRIP came forward to lend a helping hand through an earmarked zone at its upcoming proving grounds- NATRAX, situated at Pithampur, Indore. Similarly, IIT Ropar came forward to organize the 2nd leg of BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 at Roopnagar. Last year Chitkara University also joined the effort by hosting the virtual rounds. It's a great honor for Chitkara University to host this prestigious event.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Subodh Morye - Head Marketing & PR BAJA SAEINDIA, said, "We are delighted to announce the 12th edition of BAJA SAEINDIA 2019. Events such as these help build and nurture the acumen of young engineering talent in maths, science, and engineering. Additionally, we are also happy with the encouraging response for eBAJA."
Speaking at the event, Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Vice - Chancellor Chitkara University, said, "I am ecstatic to see that over the years, BAJA SAEINDIA has grown in popularity and has become a bigger event nationally signifying its increasing popularity. I have seen the enthusiasm of students who have been participating in this competition. I must say BAJA SAE is the most popular platform in INDIA for young engineers to demonstrate their team-work and engineering skills. We are glad to extend our support in providing industry-ready engineers to the Automobile industry through this competition and look forward to continue supporting BAJA SAEINDIA."
Last year, Team Lakshya from Chitkara University participated in BAJA SAE INDIA 2018. Team bagged 10th position in Acceleration run and 14th position in Design evaluation out of 60 participating teams. Team also completed 4 hours of the endurance run on an off-roading track built by experts in the automotive industry which includes running on stones, wooden logs, muddy water, etc.
A remarkable feature unique to BAJA SAEINDIA is the adoption of a new theme every year. This year the theme for BAJA 2019 is 'Adventure Reloaded'. The passion, hard work and perseverance of the budding engineers, who start their journey from scratch and traverse throughout the year to come up with their dreams converted into reality, the fervour to take up challenges and ability to maximize efforts are rightly justified by this theme. It will drive the standards and boundaries of their capabilities to new scales and at the same time prove BAJA to be a ground of glory.
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 the design, cost evaluation, sales presentation, acceleration, maneuverability, sledge pull and main 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 nine years Mahindra is the title sponsor and proudly continue to remain the same this year too, and others like ARAI, Altair, Anand Automotives, Ansys, AVL, Bharat Petroleum, BKT, Bosch, Briggs & Stratton, Chitkara University, Continental, Compage Automation Systems Pvt Ltd., Cummins, Eleation, GM, IAC, iCAT, ITW Chemin, IIT Ropar, Lear, L&T, LNCT, Math Works, Medanta Hospital, MP Consulting, NATRiP, OYO Rooms, Padmini Engineering, Power Equipment, Radisson Hotels, Think Creative Solutions Ltd., Varroc, V J Production and Wurth are also proudly continuing their support towards the event. It is also supported by SIAM, ACMA, ASDC and AICTE.
About Chitkara University:
In the year 2002, Chitkara Educational Trust established its Punjab campus 30 kilometres from Chandigarh, on the Chandigarh-Patiala National Highway. In the year 2010, Chitkara University was established by the Punjab State Legislature under 'The Chitkara University Act.' Chitkara University, the best university in Punjab is a government-recognized university with the right to confer degrees as per the Sections 2(f) and 22(1) of the UGC Act, 1956.
Chitkara University has been founded by Dr. Ashok Chitkara and Dr. Madhu Chitkara who have been passionate teachers for more than 40 years now. Chitkara Education brings with it a reputation that has been earned through years of serving the career - needs of the student community. It is a reputation for excellence and innovation among coveted employers for preparing graduates who have the knowledge and skills they need for success in their workplace.
Chitkara University is one of the pioneers in India to have its own Innovation Centre in operation for five years now. Five years of innovation at Chitkara University has led to filing of over 130 patents. Chitkara University encourages industry events that are beneficial to students community. Chitkara University is known for its efforts being put into research and innovation for engineering disciplines in collaboration with national and international reputed organizations.
Within a decade, most of Chitkara University academic programs are ranked among the top 50 programs in the country which speaks volumes about their string academic heritage, highly committed faculty, extensive industry collaborations, great international connections, and state of the art campus facilities.
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