MAHINDRA & Mahindra Ltd. in association with SAEINDIA, a professional Society of Automotive Engineers, recently commenced the 12th edition of the much-awaited BAJA series. The finale will be held at the NATRIP facility at Pithampur near Indore, from January 24 to 27, 2019 followed by IIT Ropar near Chandigarh from 8th to 10th March 2019.
Total 363 entries were received for BAJA SAEINDIA 2019, out of which 201 teams have been shortlisted for conventional m-BAJA while 50 teams have been shortlisted for e-BAJA from the virtual round.
BAJA SAEINDIA tasks the students to conceptualise 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 event will include Technical Inspection, Static Evaluation such as Design, Cost & Sales Presentation and Dynamic Events such as Acceleration, Sledge Pull, Maneuverability. Suspension & Traction followed by an Endurance Event of four hours.
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’, which celebrates the passion, hard work, and perseverance of the budding engineers and the fervour to take up challenges and ability to maximize efforts.
BAJA SAEINDIA also initiated the eBAJA series in 2015, to leverage the onset of Electric Mobility in India. The conventional BAJA vehicles run on 10 HP Briggs & Stratton gasoline engine, common for all 201 mBAJA teams, whereas eBAJA vehicles will run on an electric motor with six kW peak electric power and powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack. Here, the students are free to source the motor, controller & battery and design their own Battery Management System. This year, we have encouraged more students from Electrical & Electronic engineering field to participate in the event, considering the requirement of Human Resource for Electric Vehicles.
For BAJA 2019, 24 colleges from Pune are among the 70 entries from Maharashtra that have qualified for the finale. For the last few editions of BAJA series, the maximum number of entries from Maharashtra has been from the city of Pune. Colleges from Pune have won the maximum number of awards in the finale in the last few years.
In the first part of BAJA 2018, which was held at Pithampur, Indore, the coveted title was won by Smt Kashibai Navale College of Engineering, Pune for eBAJA, followed by D.Y. Patil College of Engineering and College Of Engineering, Pune who were declared the Joint winners of mBAJA. Govt. College of Engineering College, Coimbatore were declared the winners in the second part of BAJA 2018 which was held at IIT Ropar, Punjab from March 8 to 11, 2018.
For the BAJA finale, entries from engineering colleges from across the country were screened at the Virtual Round held at Chitkara University, Punjab in July 2018, 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 on their CAD Designs, CAE analysis and the designs of Roll Cage, Suspension, Steering & Brakes along with their Rulebook VIVA sessions and evaluation on extempore topics given to them. The entries presented at the virtual BAJA were mock-ups that would be created with exact specifications by the participants. The teams in the final round would showcase their skills, understanding and passion for automobiles while having manufactured their own buggy race car.
Speaking on the occasion Dr Bala Bharadvaj, president, SAEINDIA said, “At SAEINDIA, we have been championing the cause of BAJA SAEINDIA since its inception in 2007. Over the years, we have successfully created excitement about automotive engineering in engineering colleges. In fact, as an organisation, we are dedicated to instilling a passion for automotive engineering and what better platform to do it than BAJA SAEINDIA.”
Umesh Shah, senior VP & COO (CVRBU), Gabriel India Ltd, Convener – BAJA SAEINDIA 2019, Pithampur said, “BAJA SAEINDIA for the past 11 editions has been providing a unique opportunity for the future of automotive engineering by bringing industry and academia together. The event structure offers a hands-on experience that helps students learn critical to professional success skills such as team-work and competitiveness. It is a perfect platform to bring prospective employers to get the best human resource to be inducted in their companies.”