Pune: Most of the registrations for the Baja SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) competition this year come from Maharashtra. Of the 214 teams from 22 states and three countries including India, Nepal and Mexico, 27% of the participating teams are from the state. The event was inaugurated on Friday.
Of the 214 submissions, 138 teams are registered for the conventional m-BAJA and 76 teams for the e-BAJA event. m-Baja uses a mechanical motor, while e-Baja is a competition of eclectic cars.
The competition asks students to design, build, test and validate a single-seat, four-wheeled all-terrain vehicle (ATV) to participate in a series of events that will be run in three phases this year and give the teams the opportunity indicate in phase I and II to participate virtually or physically in phase III or in both, according to the official announcement.
Rashmi Urdhwareshe, President of SAE India, said the competition gives engineering students the opportunity to apply their acquired knowledge in class. She also said that in addition to the technical and design aspects, the competition also teaches the students in the areas of team building, leadership, problem solving, communication, marketing, among others. “A vehicle design may seem good, but when testing it, there can be a problem that needs to be resolved quickly. This tests their problem-solving skills. There are many skills they learn while working on the project or during the competition, ”she said.