Leaving behind many exhilarating moments the eleventh edition of the Mahindra BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 at Pithampur finally came to an end on Sunday. 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’.
Total 46 mBAJA teams and 7 eBAJA teams competed in the endurance round comprising both mBAJA and eBAJA. The endurance event was flagged off by Babul Supriyo 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 also remarkable as 4000 students from different parts of the country celebrating the BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 theme ‘Ground to Glory’.
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, manoeuvrability 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.
“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 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,” said Goenka whilr appreciating the event.
Mukesh 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.
The 2nd part of 11th edition of BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 is scheduled at IIT Ropar, Punjab from 8th to 11th March 2018.