SAEINDIA announces Mahindra presents BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 Virtual Round to be held at Chitkara University, Punjab

Chandigarh, July 13, 2017: SAEINDIA, a professional Society of Automotive Engineers, today announced the commencement of the 11th edition of the much-awaited BAJA series. Mahindra & Mahindra is the title sponsor and the event is known as Mahindra presents BAJA SAEINDIA 2018.

The redesigned Virtual round of BAJA SAEINDIA will be held on 14th & 15th July, 2017 at Chitkara University, Punjab. The teams have already started feeling the heat of this upcoming Mega Event which is due to be held in Chandigarh. With around 388 teams from various engineering colleges of India, 5 students from each team totalling over 2000 students, the battlefield is set and ready for these students to battle out their ideas.

In these two days event, the registered teams will be scrutinized for their knowledge and capability to participate successfully in the main event. Like last year, all the teams at the Virtual BAJA 2017 must make a presentation on their design, followed by a VIVA or Extempore, which will carry equal weightage in their final selection. The evaluation process will test every participant’s knowledge on Rulebook and General Mechanical and Automotive Engineering. Based on the performance in Virtual BAJA, the teams would be selected for participation in the main event to be held IIT Ropar, Punjab or NATRiP, Pithampur near Indore.

BAJA SAE Series® is an event for the undergraduate engineering students, organized globally by the Society of Automotive Engineers, USA. The event spread like a wildfire since its inception in the year 1976 and broaden its horizon in the countries like USA, Mexico, South Africa, Korea, Brazil & India.

In India, the BAJA SAEINDIA (Society of Automotive Engineers) began its journey in the year 2007 and was launched under the leadership of Dr. Pawan Goenka (during his tenure as SAEINDIA President) and the convenorship of Dr. K.C. Vora. As SAEINDIA ventured on to the unchartered territory of holding a mega-event of this scale, NATRiP came forward to lend a helping hand through an earmarked zone at its upcoming proving grounds- NATRAX, situated at Pithampur, Indore. Similarly, IIT Ropar came forward to lend a helping hand at it Roopnagar location from 2018.

BAJA SAEINDIA tasks the students to conceptualize design, build, test & validate a single-seater four wheeled All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) to take part in series of events spread across a course of 3 days. The finale will be held at the NATRIP facility at Pithampur near Indore, from 24th to 28th Jan, 2018 followed by HR meet on 29th & 30th Jan, 2018 and IIT Ropar from 8th to 11th March, 2018 followed by the HR Meet on 12th March, 2018.

A remarkable feature unique to BAJA SAEINDIA is the adoption of a new theme every year. This year the theme for BAJA 2018 is ‘Ground To Glory’. The passion, hard work and perseverance of the budding engineers, who start their journey from scratch and traverse throughout the year to come up with their dreams converted into reality, the fervour to take up challenges and ability to maximize efforts is rightly justified by this theme. It shall drive the standards and boundaries of our capabilities to new scales and prove BAJA to be a ground of glory for all the people associated to the event in the form of learnings they take away from the event.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Pawan Goenka, Executive Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, “Mahindra is delighted to be associated with BAJA SAEINDIA 2018 as the title sponsor. With BAJA, we are taking forward the philosophy of Mahindra Rise to the next level. Year on year there has been an increase in participation from colleges and this is testimony to BAJA SAEINDIA’s growing popularity and its national significance. I am glad that BAJA SAEINDIA has been a forum that gives young engineering talent the platform to turn those dreams into a reality.”

Speaking at the conference, Mr. Shoaib Sadiq, Convener Virtual BAJA 2017 & HR Lead SAE BAJA 2018 said, “This event has been built through shared passion and ardor among students all over the country, who have the zeal and the intent to venture further. Students undergo a leap’s bound in terms of technical knowledge along with an experience, which leads to the addition of an astonishing dimension to their overall persona. These individuals are surely propelling the Indian Auto Industry to new heights”.

Speaking at the conference, Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Vice Chancellor Chitkara University said, “I am delighted to see that over the years, BAJA has grown in popularity and has become a bigger event nationally signifying its increasing popularity. I have seen the enthusiasm of students who have been participating in this competition. I must say it is an apt platform for the young engineering talent to showcase their skills and acquire a real-life experience. We are glad to extend our support and look forward to contribute more to this competition”.


BAJA SAEINDIA is an educational pursuit for the engineering college students, an out-of-classroom-education system, where engineering students from all over India can participate as a team, giving them pragmatic exposure to real world challenges as faced in the industry. Originally started in the USA by the SAE International as Mini BAJA SAE, today it is being organized in several countries. In India, it is being organized as BAJA SAEINDIA. An international student level competition in which teams from universities all over the country, design, analyse, fabricate and validate an all-terrain vehicle which is evaluated during a series of Static, Dynamic and Durability events like design, cost evaluation, sales presentation, acceleration, manoeuvrability, hill climb and endurance.

The first edition saw the participation of 27 teams while for the decade edition there are 413 teams that have registered to be among the 150+ teams that will battle it out on NATRiP’s proving ground for BAJA SAEINDIA. Such a phenomenal growth has been achieved without any marketing or promotional expenditure.

Over the years, BAJA has grown in popularity and has become a bigger event nationally signifying its increasing popularity. It serves as a platform for young engineering talent to showcase their skills and acquire a real-life experience while overcoming obstacles and challenges – something that is critical for their long term success. These engineers showcase their passion for automobiles by conceiving, designing and fabricating a 4-wheeled single-seater All-Terrain Vehicle.


BAJA thrives on the students’ love for their subjects and their thirst to learn hands-on. The passion recirculates back into BAJA by having the alumni members, organizing and coordinating the event throughout the year, which is the primary reason why BAJA SAEINDIA is a grand success and why it gets better every year. BAJA is a platform of the enthusiasts, by the enthusiasts and for the enthusiasts.


About eBAJA


eBAJA is an event initiated by the Steering Committee & Organising Committee of BAJA SAEINDIA which engages more than 1000 engineering students every year. To leverage the onset of electric mobility in India we had started this event under the convenorship of Mr. Subodh Morye in 2015. This is a platform where engineering students get an opportunity to build an electric vehicle on the same dynamics of BAJA rulebook and experience the wonder that this vehicle does with electric power. During a session with, His Excellency Late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India, he suggested utilizing this platform for national prosperity. Overwhelmed by his thoughts, the organizing committee decided to include a new sub event to its 8th season – named eBAJA. The conventional BAJA is all about petrol driven ATVs, while the eBAJA vehicles runs on electric motor powered by rechargeable Lithium ion battery pack.



eBAJA is the concept of electric driven BAJA ATVs to lay emphasis on “Electrical Mobility” which will play a significant role in the growth of the nation. This year we have 48 teams individually registered for eBAJA.


About Sponsors


Mahindra is playing a prominent role in slating the event since its inception under the able leadership of Dr. Pawan Goenka as the Chairman of the Steering committee of BAJA SAEINDIA. Since last 5 years Mahindra is the title sponsor and proudly continue to remain the same this year too, and others like ARAI, Altair, Anand Automotives, Ansys, ASDC, AVL, Bharat Petroleum, BKT, Bosch , Briggs & Stratton, Chitkara University, Continental, Cummins, Delphi, Eleation, Endurance, GM, IAC, iCAT, ITW Chemin, John Deere, Lear, L&T, Math Works, Medanta Hospital, Mentor Graphics, M P Consulting, NATRiP, OYO Rooms, Padmini Engineering, Polaris, Priya Events, PTC, Radisson Hotels, Varroc, Volvo, Wurth and Xitadel are also proudly continuing their support towards the event.

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