PUNE: MIT College of Engineering (COE), Pune has won the first edition of Schaeffler India ‘Open Inspiration’ finals held in Pune for showcasing its idea of a model hybrid bike.
The Open Inspiration India Competition was held at Schaffer India, MIDC, Talegaon. It is a platform for design thinkers, inventors and researchers to showcase their innovative ideas and products focused on developing sustainable solutions for a better future.
A team of eight final year students of MIT-COE won the first place for designing a model hybrid bike at the competition.
Speaking about their project, Mangesh Panchbhai, one of the members of the MIT-COE team, said, “Our bike works on three modes, petrol, electric and hybrid mode which is a combination of both these modes. While the concept was in our mind right from third year, we started working on it for around five to six months before the competition.”
After their final year exams, Mangesh and his team members wish to continue with further research on the bike.
Akshay Chikne, Rahul Angaj, Shubham Bhujbal, Shubham Sasane, Avinash Kanake, Pooja Mohite and Ruturaj Tavde are other team members.
The second position at the competition was won by the team the of AIT Pune and the third position was jointly shared by team from PVPIT - MIT (team) Pune and BITS Pilani. The award was presented by Dr Alfred Rivinius, CTO Europe - Schaeffler. Schaeffler India will provide mentorship, guidance and support to the four winning teams.
The ‘Open Inspiration India’ programme got 114 entries for the event, out of which 15 finalists were shortlisted from multiple colleges across India.
With focus on ‘Inter-Urban mobility’, ‘Eco-friendly drives’, ‘Energy Chain’, ‘ Production Technologies’, ‘Digitalisation and IoT’, the projects submitted included an automated two-wheeler, a Vertical Axis Water Turbine, a modified wheel hub for tractor and off-road vehicles and a simple-to-manufacture Hot Air Engine amongst others.