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Thursday , September 5 , 2013
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- Deoghar cradle in auto design contest

BIT-Mesra’s Deoghar extension centre has made it to the list of elite engineering cradles in the state by bagging an opportunity to participate in an all India-level technical competition in 2014.

The institute in the temple town, which is more famous for being Lord Shiva’s abode than a technology hub, has designed an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) for the prestigious Baja SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) competition.

Baja SAE is a global platform to test engineering skills of students across the world. It is a technical event conducted every year, providing opportunity to budding and aspiring engineers to showcase their mettle and compete with the best peer engineering groups from across the world.

In the India leg to be held at Pithampur, Madhya Pradesh, in February 2014, 125 engineering institutions will take part in the meet.

“This is the first time that our centre has made it to the national round of Baja SAE competition. Our design was approved in the first round, which took place from July 25-27 in Bangalore this year. We are coming up with an ATV that is capable of sustaining rugged terrains and cross the boundary successfully,” said Shubhanshu Shekhar Shukla, a third-year mechanical engineering student.

“Our technology can be used for making special vehicles for security personnel and armymen, who often have to travel across tough terrains,” Shukla added.

Apart from Shukla, there are 23 other budding engineers in the team called Team Veloz. “Our vehicle will cost around Rs 6.18 lakh. We have started looking for individuals or groups, who can help us with funds,” said Mrigank Mohan, another member.

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