SAEINDIA is an affiliate society of SAE International, registered as an Indian non-profit engineering and scientific society dedicated to the advancement of the mobility community in India. As an individual member driven society of mobility practitioners, SAEINDIA comprises members associated with transforming the transportation industry - which includes engineers, executives from the industry, government officials, academics and students. Principal emphasis is placed on industries such as automotive, aerospace and commercial vehicles. SAEINDIA promotes and undertakes initiatives for knowledge dissemination and advancement in mobility technologies catering to land, sea, air and space. Out of many student centered events, BAJA SAEINDIA is one of the grandest event falling under the umbrella of SAEINDIA.



To advance mobility knowledge and solutions for the benefit of humanity.

Vision :

SAE is the leader in connecting and educating mobility professionals to enable safe, clean, and accessible mobility solutions.

SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. Our core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development.

SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series.


Objectives -

The primary objective of BAJA SAEINDIA has always been to develop an understanding in the fresh and curious minds about entering the industrial reign. The purpose is to help the undergraduates enlarge their spectrum in technical and practical approaches, to trigger the prefrontal cortex and increase problem-solving and planning skills, enhance the managing capability, along with core technical knowledge.

The philosophy hasn’t changed since the event’s birth back in 2007 – the teams still need to build a simple all-terrain vehicle for recreation purposes that are aesthetically and ergonomically sound while still being a fun and durable machine in real-world conditions. This year, the evaluation process of BAJA SAEINDIA is threefold, students have to clear the Virtual Baja preliminary round showcasing their model design, followed by a virtual dynamic event which includes their virtual finalized model, and the physical event, with on-track buggy performance evaluation.

The buggies are evaluated on various factors such as cost, aesthetics, and the quality of the fabrication, as part of the static evaluation. The business event is further conducted, which exhibits the creativity level and business approach of the teams. There are also many dynamic tests such as acceleration, Braking, maneuverability over all-terrain, to evaluate the manufactured ATV. But none of these tests are more grueling than the endurance race where the drivers and buggies are pushed to their limits till a winner emerges.

History -

The history of BAJA SAEINDIA is rich and interesting. It can be tracked down to when the Delhi College of Engineering students participated in the Mini Baja in 2002 and this was followed up by other persistent attempts by other institutions like VIT, SVNIT, and RV College of Engineering along with participation in other subsequent editions of the international event.

Acknowledging the efforts and interest shown by undergraduate students in the offroad vehicles, the Society of Automotive Engineers in India (SAEINDA) with Dr.KC Vora at the helm and Dr. Pawan Goenka, as the Chairman of the steering committee launched the BAJA SAEINDIA in 2007 with a vision to enhance the exposure, and to nurture the potential and budding skills of these curious and engineering minds. The Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) and NATRIP came forward to lend a helping hand to them through an earmarked zone at its upcoming proving grounds – NATRAX, situated at Pithampur, Indore.

Though the first event, a step in the unchartered territory of holding a mega-event of this scale, didn’t receive much participation, it initiated a wave in the nation, giving a pathway to the engineers to plan, execute and perform up to their best capabilities, which in a bigger view, helped to fuel the growth of Indian automotive industry. The events in succession improved, year after year, increasing the participating teams manifold(140 colleges in 2008-2009, 155 in 2010 to 400 in 2017). Another big leap for SAE BAJA event in India was eBAJA. Taking inspiration from Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, electric version of SAE BAJA was launched in the year 2015. The main objective of eBAJA is to promote the electrical mobility and making the young engineers ready for the future of automobile industry.
Moving forward with the future of mobility and integrating new technologies into the automobile industry while keeping sustainability in mind, BAJA SAEINDIA has initiated two more event categories in 2024: aBAJA and hBAJA. aBAJA includes autonomous driving features in the vehicles, while hBAJA focuses on using greener energy sources such as CNG or hydrogen-powered cells. This will not only make participant students aware of current trends but also prepare them for the future of the industry.


Since 2007, BAJA SAEINDIA has been committed to bridging the gap between students and the industry. Over 17 editions, the competition has engaged thousands of students and professionals from the engineering community. The 18th edition will redefine the definition of competitive motorsports. Designed to be conducted in 3 phases, BAJA SAEINDIA 2025 embraces both the virtual and physical platforms to create the most riveting edition yet.

The first two phases, The Preliminary Round and Virtual BAJA SAEINDIA, will test the technical and professional capacity of teams over an online platform. Every individual event encapsulates the essence of the physical rounds and is specifically designed to keep up with the pace of the rapidly evolving industry. The scope of the competition being so vast and unique, has attracted students from other nationalities as well to participate in this edition. BAJA SAEINDIA 2025 has received over 190 registrations with teams waiting for a chance to test run their designs using premium simulation software in the exclusive Virtual Dynamic Events

BAJA SAEINDIA established in 2007 has consistently strived to connect students with motorsports industry, aiming to bridge the gap between both. Throughout 17 successful editions, the competition has actively involved numerous students and professionals from different engineering community. It started with mBaja category i.e., a combustion engine vehicle in 2007, introducing eBaja in 2015 i.e., a vehicle driven with the help of an electric motor and now aBaja an autonomous vehicle (driverless vehicle) and hBaja i.e., a vehicle using CNG fuel or hydrogen fuel cells to run, in order to aware participants of the current trends and prepare them for the future. The upcoming edition with all 4 categories is divided into 3 different phases, will seamlessly integrate both virtual and physical platforms, promising to deliver the most captivating and thrilling experience.

Host Universities

About Chitkara University

In the year 2002, Chitkara Educational Trust established its Punjab campus 30 kilometres from Chandigarh, on the Chandigarh–Patiala National Highway. In the year 2010 Chitkara University was established by the Punjab State Legislature under “The Chitkara University Act”.

Chitkara University, the best university in Punjab is a government-recognized university with the right to confer degrees as per the Sections 2(f) and 22(1) of the UGC Act, 1956.

The sprawling campus of the University is equidistant from Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula, Ambala and Patiala. The University offers multi-disciplinary programs, all of which are designed to be industry-relevant. As a result of this student-centric approach, Chitkara University is renowned as one of the best private universities in the North India region. From business management programs to programs in nursing and medical laboratory technologies; and from computer science, electronics and mechanical engineering programs, to hotel management and architecture—Chitkara University, Punjab is a veritable cornucopia of educational services.

It is because of the cumulative effect of an elaborate in-campus academic infrastructure; strong national and international collaborations; and a robust on-campus recruitment record—including regular recruitment by reputed blue-chip companies—that the University finds favor with national as well as international students.

A healthy number of foreign students regularly study at the campus and number of them also visit on exchange programs, adding to the cultural diversity found on campus. The University in Punjab provides several opportunities for local students, too, to visit foreign universities and institutions on such exchange programs, thereby helping them receive invaluable international exposure.

The University has at the centre of its philosophical core the commitment to excellence in education. It is the strong academic heritage of the University, and such firmness on matters of principles that has seen it grow from strength to strength in such a short span of time.

About Ajeenkya DY Patil University

Ajeenkya DY Patil University (ADYPU) located in Pune, Maharashtra, India was Established in 2015, it offers a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programs in Engineering, Design, Management, Film & Media, Law, Architecture, Liberal Arts, and Hospitality.

Ajeenkya DY Patil University focuses on providing an industry-oriented curriculum and has strong collaborations with leading organizations. The university's state-of-the-art infrastructure includes well-equipped labs, design studios, research centers, libraries, and sports facilities. The faculty consists of experienced academicians and industry professionals who mentor and guide students.

ADYPU encourages research and innovation, supports student research projects, and provides resources for research activities. The university also promotes extracurricular involvement, cultural events, sports, and social initiatives to foster the holistic development of students.

About B V Raju Institute of Technology (BVRIT)

B V Raju Institute of Technology (BVRIT) was established by the eminent philanthropist (Late) Padma Bhushan Dr. B.V. Raju under the aegis of Sri Vishnu Educational Society (SVES) in the year 1997. BVRIT was granted UGC – Autonomous Status from the year 2014. The Institute is also duly approved by the AICTE and the Government of Telangana State and is affiliated to JNTU, HYDERABAD. CSE, IT, ECE, EEE, Chemical, Mechanical, and Civil Engineering branches in BVRIT are accredited by NBA. BVRIT is accredited by NAAC with an A+ grade.

This institution is also looked after by a body of distinguished professionals from IITs, engineering and government sectors, led by Sri K. V. Vishnu Raju Garu. He is a graduate in Chemical Engineering from REC, Trichy and a postgraduate from Michigan Technological University, USA.

The purpose of establishing BVRIT was to provide quality technical education in a perfect ambiance for the all-round development of a student. Under the hegemony of our Chairman, Sri K. V. Vishnu Raju, BVRIT made a quantum leap in its reputation for its best teaching-learning practices, high-quality intake, excellent infrastructure facilities, the highest number of placements, etc

National Automotive Test Tracks Pithampur, Dist Dhar, Madhya Pradesh

NATRAX is one of the state-of-the-art testing and certification centres under NATRiP, a flagship project of Ministry of Heavy Industries, Govt of India planned under the Automotive Mission Plan launched by Government of India. It is located in the vibrant industrial township of Pithampur (Dist Dhar), which is 50 km from the commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh i.e. Indore, situated on NH-3 By Pass Road (Indore-Mumbai). The centre has been developed in approx 3,000 acres of land received from Government of Madhya Pradesh.

NATRAX is the largest proving ground in Asia and one of the largest in the world. It is a modern Automotive Proving Ground to provide one stop solution for comprehensive testing and evaluation, Research & Development and Certification to entire automotive and auto component industries.

The objective of NATRAX proving ground is to offer world-class testing and evaluation services catering for all categories of vehicles from 2/3 wheelers to heavy commercial vehicles as per National and International standards. NATRAX is emerging as a Centre of Excellence for Vehicle Dynamics to cater for the design and development activities of OEM’s in the country and abroad. The test tracks at NATRAX, while are meant primarily for development tests for Automotive and Auto component sector can also be used for homologation tests. These test tracks are open air laboratories with stringent specifications and quality control to meet International standards.