PUNE: Government College of Technology, Coimbatore were the ones to reach from Ground to Glory in the recently concluded Leg-2 of the 11th Mahindra BAJA SAEINDIA which concluded at IIT Ropar last Sunday.
This was the first time that the event was held in two legs and IIT Ropar did not disappoint as they played a perfect host for the event as well as the engineering students who had come down in large numbers.
Sakal Times caught up with Professor Sarit K. Das, Director, IIT Ropar who spoke about the event and how important it was for the students.
“When we first spoke to Dr Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, he was thinking of having one more leg of the event and when the thought process began where of where to host the event, we were contacted,” he explained.
“The first thought that came to our mind was that it will be helpful for IIT Ropar and the event itself. We at IIT Ropar want to change the paradigm of technical education,” Das informed.
“Today lakhs of students pass out every year from various colleges. When you ask any employer, they say that only 15 to 20 percent of these students are actually job ready and are employable. The reason is that students learn only theory but they do not know how to apply it on the field. Last year we changed our curriculum at IIT Ropar. Most of it is hands-on experience. The theory will be solid but its application will also be given equal importance,” elaborated Das.
“It is all about team work. When students build their cars, it includes controls, suspension, mechanism, engine, emission, breaking. All this is related to computer science, electrical, mechanical and various branches which come together and design the car which further has to be fabricated without outside help and finally the car has to be driven along with various tests which are done on it.
“This teaches the students how to take a multi-disciplinary approach, put everything together and get a product This is what which is very important for India today,” Das stressed.
Speaking on the importance of events like BAJA Das said “If India wants to become a superpower, we should have our own products. We have made big companies but the technologies come from outside due to which the money also is going out.
“We should have our own products. For this we should have new ideas which will come from the younger generation. They should have the knowledge of how to put an idea into practice. If this does not happen, then ideas will remain ideas. For things to change, events like BAJA are vital. Because of such events, people will be interested to start industries,” Das concluded.