Chandigarh, July 12, 2018:-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.

With around 360 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. Like last year, all the teams at the Virtual BAJA 2018 will make a presentation on their design, followed by a VIVA or Extempore, which will carry equal weightage in their final selection. 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,and engineering. Additionally, we are also happy with the encouraging response for eBAJA.”

Speaking at the conference, Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Vice – Chancellor Chitkara University said, “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."

BAJA SAEINDIA tasks the students to conceptualize design, build, test & validate a single-seater four-wheeled All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) to take part in a series of events spread across a course of 4 days. 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.

About BAJA SAEINDIA

BAJA SAEINDIA is an educational pursuit for the engineering college students, an out-of-classroom-education system, where engineering students from all over India can participate as a team, giving them pragmatic exposure to real-world challenges as faced in the industry. Originally started in the USA by the SAE International as Mini BAJA SAE, today it is being organized in several countries. In India, it is being organized as BAJA SAEINDIA. An international student level competition in which teams from universities all over the country, design, analyze, fabricate and validate an all-terrain vehicle. This is evaluated during a series of Static, Dynamic and Durability events like the design, cost evaluation, sales presentation, acceleration, maneuverability, sledge pull and main endurance.

Over the years, BAJA has grown in popularity and has become a bigger event nationally signifying its increasing popularity. It serves as a platform for young engineering talent to showcase their skills and acquire a real-life experience while overcoming obstacles and challenges- something that is critical for their long-term success. These engineers showcase their passion for automobiles by conceiving, designing and fabricating a 4-wheeled single-seater All-Terrain Vehicle.

Mahindra is playing a prominent role in slating the event since its inception under the able leadership of Dr. Pawan Goenka as the Chairman of the Steering committee of BAJA SAEINDIA. Since last 9 years Mahindra is the title sponsor and proudly continue to remain the same this year too, and others like ARAI, Altair, Anand Automotives, Ansys, AVL, Bharat Petroleum, BKT, Bosch , Briggs & Stratton, Chitkara University, Continental,Compage Automation Systems Pvt Ltd., Cummins, Eleation, GM, IAC, iCAT, ITW Chemin, IIT Ropar, Lear, L&T, LNCT, Math Works, Medanta Hospital, MP Consulting, NATRiP, OYO Rooms, Padmini Engineering, Power Equipment, Radisson Hotels, Think Creative Solutions Ltd., Varroc, V J Production and Wurth are also proudly continuing their support towards the event. It is also supported by SIAM, ACMA, ASDCand AICTE.

About eBAJA

eBAJA is an event initiated by the Steering Committee& Organising Committee of BAJA SAEINDIA which engages more than 1000 engineering students every year. To leverage the onset of electric mobility in India we had started this event under the convenorship of Mr. Subodh Morye in 2015. This is a platform where engineering students get an opportunity to build an electric vehicle on the same dynamics of BAJA rulebook and experience the wonder that this vehicle does with electric power. During a session with, His Excellency Late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India, he suggested utilizing this platform for national prosperity. Overwhelmed by his thoughts, the organizing committee decided to include a new sub-event to its 8th season – named eBAJA. The conventional BAJA is all about petrol driven ATVs, while the eBAJA vehicles run on an electric motor powered by a rechargeableLithium-ion battery pack.

eBAJA is the concept of electric driven BAJA ATVs to lay emphasis on “Electrical Mobility” which will play a significant role in the growth of the nation.This year we have 48 teams individually registered for eBAJA.