Ropar (Punjab): Hard work finally paid off for the students of Government College of Technology, Coimbatore as they emerged overall winners of the second leg of the 11th edition of Mahindra BAJA SAEINDIA series which concluded at IIT Ropar in Punjab on Sunday.
The Coimbatore lads took away a cash price of Rs 1,50,000. Finishing on the runners-up position were Government College of Engineering, Aurangabad who walked back richer as they received Rs 1,00,000 as cash prize.
Sh. Varinder Singh of Chitkara University, Rajpura got the unique Dronacharaya Award, which is meant for the mentors (faculty members) who helped students to make their ATVs. The Pride of Punjab (Punjab & Chandigarh) Award is grabbed by PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh.
It is the first time that there have been two legs of the prestigious event in the same year and IIT Ropar looked fully decked up to host the international student level competition where engineering students from across the country participate as a team, giving them exposure to real world challenges as faced in the industry.
With a final goal to design and build a prototype of a rugged single seat, off-road recreational four-wheel vehicle, all the teams who converged from various parts of the country gave their best shot as they were judged on innovation, sustainability, design, acceleration, manoeuvrability, durability and other elements.
On the last day, the endurance race took place in which 25 colleges were able to qualify. The newly designed track at Ropar did not disappoint as the vehicles of all the teams took on the terrain and tried their best to make it till the end.
Pune colleges have had an impressive run in event so far. Over the years, the number of colleges qualifying for the event has gone up.
Pune’s Modern College Of Engineering have been participating in the event since the year 2007.Speaking to Sakal Times, Kedar Harpale of Modern College Of Engineering spoke about how their journey has been so far in the event.
“ This being our 10th edition, we’ve experienced alumni who have mentored us throughout the event. This has been a great learning curve for all us and we’ve a long way to go from here. First of all, team work is the most important thing when it comes to such a big event. We have to design a durable vehicle which can sustain all the hurdles for 4 hours and to achieve this we have to test our vehicle for 500km+. This will also give us an idea on what can be the best optimized option for us,” Harpale explained.
“When it comes to engineering, without practical knowledge it’s just science. So participating in such events changes our perception as well. This event has also helped us to get industrial based knowledge and you also know what exactly happens on the ground zero. And achieving something in these events is just an icing on the cake. This also makes CVs impactful hence helping you getting a job for sure,” Harpale stressed.
“This being one of the biggest ATV events in India, it has helped us achieve our dream of building a car, Harpale added.
Huge response from students
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 25 teams for BAJA made it to the Endurance round. This year was remarkable with 4000 students from different parts of the country celebrating the BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 IIT ROPAR theme ‘Ground to Glory’. Looking at the massive response for the event, the organisers revealed that they are planning for three legs of the event and might look for a place down south. So if all plans fall into place, BAJA action might soon be a leg affair.