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Nearly 600 budding techies from 14 colleges will showcase their prowess at automobile engineering at Delta Shootout 2014, a three-day national-level vehicle design competition, which begins on Friday at Adityapur-based National Institute of Technology (NIT).

The inauguration of the event, scheduled to take place on Thursday, was postponed as a mark of respect towards JMM leader and former deputy chief minister Sudhir Mahto, who died on Wednesday night.

The contest, which will see students designing single-seater four-wheelers and driving them through rough terrain during an endurance test, is a one-of-its-kind event in east India.

Adityapur Auto Cluster Limited (AACL) has joined hands with Adityapur Industrial Area Development Authority (Aiada), Adityapur Small Industries Association (Asia) and NIT to organise the contest. State industry department is principal sponsor, while Tata Motors is industry partner for the event.

“This contest aims to test skills of budding techies. The vehicles will be built according to given specifications and will need to withstand a four-hour endurance test on a 2km all-terrain track on NIT campus,” said chairman of organising committee R.K. Sinha.

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