12 July 2018
SAE BAJA has taken the shape of innovation in the past years. Engineers are coming up with more innovative and friendly methods. Earlier, only limited colleges used to participate in SAE BAJA but this year we have seen an increase with 363 colleges applying for the same says Umesh Shah, Convener SAE BAJA 2019 Indore.
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 & 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.
Umesh further told, “SAE BAJA will have 2 rounds this time. One happening in Pithampura and other one in Ropar. We will select 290 teams from 363 colleges and they will compete further. Also, Job placement is given to the engineers on the spot. Last year 100 engineers got placement on the spot during the event.”
With around 363 teams from various engineering colleges of India, 5 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. The evaluation process will test every participant’s knowledge on Rulebook and General Mechanical and Automotive Engineering. Based on the performance in Virtual BAJA, the teams will be selected for participation in the main event, scheduled to be held in Punjab and NATRAX facility of NATRIP, Pithampur near Indore.
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.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Subodh Morye – Head Marketing & PR BAJA SAEINDIA said, “We are delighted to announce the 12th edition of BAJASAEINDIA 2019. Events such as these help build and nurture the acumen of young engineering talent in maths, science,andengineering. Additionally, we are also happy with the encouraging response for eBAJA.”
Speaking at the conference, Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Vice – Chancellor Chitkara Universitysaid, “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.”
The finale will be held at the NATRAX facility of NATRIPat 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.
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.