SAEINDIA

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.

SAE INTERNATIONAL

Mission:

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 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.

BAJA SAEINDIA

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 teams are judged on six main parameters in the Virtual BAJA event which are – their knowledge of the rule book, the design of the vehicle, the project plan, the design methodology, and the design evaluation plan. A total of 400 points are available for each team’s design and the top 120 teams were selected this year to compete in the main event.

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.

BAJA SAEINDIA 2022 -

Since 2007, BAJA SAEINDIA has been committed to bridging the gap between students and the industry. Over 14 editions, the competition has engaged thousands of students and professionals from the engineering community. This season, BAJA SAEINDIA has revised its game plan to navigate the concerns raised due to the pandemic with no compromise on the vibrance and enthusiasm the competition brings. The 15th edition with its strategies revamped, redefines the definition of competitive motorsports. Designed to be conducted in 3 phases, BAJA SAEINDIA 2022 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 2022 has received over 200 registrations with teams waiting for a chance to test run their designs using premium simulation software in the exclusive Virtual Dynamic Events.

BAJA SAEINDIA has been conducting the event in two categories – mBAJA and eBAJA to allow students to have hands-on experience in both conventional systems and developing EV technology. Phase 3 of BAJA SAEINDIA, the Physical Dynamic round, will witness the competitive spirit of students on-site with mBAJA teams battling it out on the tracks of NATRAX, Pithampur and eBAJA teams on the grounds of Cambridge Institute of Technology, Bangalore.

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.

Cambridge Group of Institutions

Cambridge Group of Institutions, under its umbrella has an ICSE school, a Pre-University college, a Degree college, two Engineering colleges namely Cambridge Institute of Technology in KR Puram and Cambridge Institute of Technology - North campus near the International airport where the E-Baja event will be held. For a college that is just 14 years old, it has quickly graduated into the top league and was awarded the 'Best Emerging Engineering College in India - South' by ASSOCHAM in 2018. Cambridge Institute of Technology was also ranked 7th among the Best Emerging Private Engineering colleges across India by the Week magazine in 2021. Across campuses, we have more than 4000 students and 10000 plus alumni. The campuses have a diverse cohort of faculty and students and is truly cosmopolitan in every sense.

We work closely with large corporations and start-ups to understand the latest and greatest technologies they work on and hot skills of the future. The same gets incorporated into our already scientifically designed teachings, thus giving our students a head start in this competitive world. The work-ready talent start being productive, almost immediately from the time they start their jobs and become much sought-after. In spite of the Covid-19 pandemic where unemployment was a major concern, 90% of all eligible students were placed with close to 20% students receiving multiple job offers. In a typical year, students have the opportunity to interview with more than 200 companies. In recognition of the excellent placements, Cambridge Institute of Technology was awarded the Best Placements & Career Building Honorary Award by All India Technical & Management Council.

At Cambridge, we are committed to sustainability. For starters, we have ensured that ours is a Zero waste campus by bringing about a behavioural change in employees and students alike with respect to avoiding single use plastic. Any new initiative or activity on campus is carefully deliberated upon to ensure it is in line with the Sustainable Development goals adopted by United Nations. When we learnt of SAE Indias’ proposal to have the E-Baja event in Karnataka, we expressed our interest to host the event as a mark of support to the SDG’s adopted by the UN and also for the kind of opportunities that it presents to our students and the students of Karnataka in general.

I strongly believe that ‘Knowledge is a treasure but practice is the key to it’. At our campus, students are encouraged to identify real world problems, ideate, propose solutions, pit one solution against the other before finalising on one to design and develop. In that sense, what students do at E-Baja is no different where they explore and experiment, thereby learn and achieve. In the process, they complement their theoretical knowledge with a sound practical skill set, thus laying the gravel for a successful career ahead.

India wants more than 30% of its new vehicle sales to be electric by 2030. While ambitious, it is definitely achievable provided the major pain points like Short Vehicle Range, Long Charging times, High cost of EV’s among others are addressed. Problems are plenty, so is the opportunity to contribute towards life-changing inventions and innovations. As students, participating in an event like E-Baja is the first step towards finding solutions to these pain points. With great challenges come

NATRAX
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.