The 6th edition of the Baja SAEINDIA came to an exciting end yesterday at Pithampur, Indore. 91 teams competed in the 2013 Baja SAEINDIA for the title in the endurance round. The event took place at the NATRIP facility in Indore on 14th February, 2013
College of Engineering, Pune were announced winners with KRISHNA Institute of Engineering and Technology, Ghaziabad & PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh declared as first runners-up and second runners-up respectively.
This year BAJA 2013 saw participation from two all girls’ team from Pune and New Delhi each. On 14th Feb, all the cars went under strict Technical Inspection at Pithampur’s Baja site and around 15 teams were rejected under Zero Tolerance policy. In an inaugural programme, with guests like Dr. Bharat Soni of University of Alabama USA, Dilip Chabbaria of DC Design and Mr. Ambush Sharma of Ministry of Heavy industry & Public Enterprises, the event started with basic Static Evaluation Round which comprises of Design Evaluation, Cost Evaluation and Marketing Presentation.
The on-ground event was followed by HR recruitment on February 18th & 19th, 2013, where selected participants appeared before participating industry heads for Group Discussion & personal interview round at the Indore Institute of Science & Technology, Indore. A total of 63 students were offered placements which included 54 on the spot confirmations.
Dr. Pawan Goenka, President, Automotive & Farm Equipment Sectors, Mahindra & Mahindra and the mentor of BAJA SAEINDIA event, said, “Since inception, BAJA has grown in popularity and has become a bigger event nationally. The increased number of participation and finalists has further enhanced the quality of this event”.
He further added, “Mahindra & Mahindra ltd. is delighted to be associated with BAJA SAEINDIA 2013 as the title sponsor and further strengthen this association. With BAJA, we are taking forward the philosophy of Mahindra Rise to a next level. Competitions such as BAJA SAEINDIA provide students the right platform to showcase their skills and acquire real life experience posed with challenges which is critical to their success in long term”.
Dr. KC Vora, Advisor, BAJA SAEINDIA and Deputy Director & Head, ARAI Academy said, “To meet Technology Road Map of India’s vision, we need lots of good engineers. This Human Resource can double up by encouraging women to enter into engineering. Baja is one such initiative, where we orient them towards STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics)”.
The students walked away with over Rs 30 lakhs worth of Prize money.