• 203 entries from 185 Engineering Colleges registered for the Virtual Round of BAJA SAEINDIA 2022

Pune, December 8, 2021: SAEINDIA, a professional Society of Automotive Engineers, today announced the start of the Virtual Round of the 15th edition of much-awaited BAJA SAEINDIA series (Digital Event).

203 entries across 185 Engineering colleges in India were received for BAJA SAEINDIA 2022, out of which 130 teams are registered for conventional m-BAJA & 73 teams are registered for the e-BAJA event. Teams across 25 cities have registered along with 2 international teams, from North America and Nepal. 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, being conducted in three phases this year, giving the teams an opportunity to participate virtually in PHASE-1 & 2 or physically in PHASE-3.

Upon successful conduction of the Preliminary round in September 2021, the virtual round is ready to begin in full swing. Embracing the current pandemic challenges, this round will be held on a digital platform involving static as well as dynamic events, considering the risk and health concerns of all stakeholders involved.

This round will incorporate Virtual Dynamic events with the help of Automotive Simulation Software, IPGCarMaker, combined with Digital Static Events for 2022 edition, similar to BAJA SAEINDIA 2021. This includes the Virtual Static Events Evaluation such as Design, Cost, Manufacturing & Sales Presentation as well as the Dynamic Events such as Acceleration, Brake, Gradeability, Suspension & Traction, Manoeuvrability, and All-Terrain Performance held virtually through IPG CarMaker software.

During the Press conference, Mr. Harshit – Convenor, SAEINDIA said, A very warm welcome to all the esteemed guests on the 15th edition of BAJA SAEINDIA. This gives me immense pleasure to announce how BAJA SAEINDIA has been working diligently to get past the COVID challenging times and able to achieve greater heights. Improving every year, this year, we fractionated the whole season into 3 phases, the preliminary round, which was conducted in September; the virtual round, and a physical round, in the month of February and March. I am delighted to announce that we have received a total of 203 participants, with 130 teams for mBAJA and 73 teams for eBAJA. Colleges from all over the nation are aspiring to perform their very best and hit the podium. There are significant no. of teams from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra, Delhi, and Punjab. Teams from Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Himachal, and Odisha are also participating. Furthermore, intending to expand the spectrum of learning, we introduced the participation of international teams till Phase-2, for both mBAJA and eBAJA. We have received participation from Nepal and North America. A special acknowledgment to our sponsors who have seen the value of this student evaluation and continued to be the pillars of strength for this event. With this, I welcome all the teams and wish all the best to the teams. Go ahead and prove yourself and your hard work to the fullest. All the best the OC members, I wish for another enthralling season!

Dr K C Vora, Organizing Committee Chairman, BAJA SAEINDIA illustrated the history of BAJA since 2007. He also explained how eBAJA since 2015 is supporting the Manpower requirements of ever-expanding Electric Mobility Industry in India and expects 30% penetration of Electric Vehicles in India by 2030.

Dr. Madhu Chitkara – Pro-Chancellor, Chitkara University, Punjab added, “At Chitkara University, we believe in building a skilful society and promoting research, innovation in collaboration with industry and academic institutions. The vision of BAJA SAEINDIA and our university is in sync. We joined hands in the year 2015. As the host institute of Virtual BAJA SAEINDIA for the last 6 years, we feel proud in supporting this program.”