A shout for the 'hooligans'

A shout for the 'hooligans'

A team of students from Acharya Institute of Technology recently took a trip which served a dual purpose — they travelled to Pithampur, in Madhya Pradesh, to participate in a national-level engineering and design competition, and in the process, they managed to have the time of their lives. ‘Baja SAE India’ is a competition which is open to both undergraduate as well as postgraduate engineering students, and is held at the NATRAX facility of NATRIP, in Pithampur. Students taking part in this competition had to leave behind the security of their classrooms and try their hand at real-world engineering projects.

(From left) Nishkarsh Singh Chauhan, Sourabh Kumar, Amitav kumar Gupta (captain), Siddhant Kumar, Pinaki Dutta,  Rahul Ghandhi,  Ankit Kumar, Anwar Alam, Vivek Kumar,  Prashant Madhup and Abhishek Kumar. A 17-member team from AIT, who cheerfully christened themselves the ‘AIT Hooligans’, plunged headlong into the challenge with the aim of designing a vehicle by themselves. Among the 80 colleges who took part in the competition, they managed to grab the eleventh place for themselves.  The Hooligans were captained by Amitav Kumar Gupta, and the other members of the team were Pinaki Dutta, Nayan Prakash, Rahul Gandhi, Nishkarsh Singh Chauhan, Sourabh Kumar, Ankit Kumar, Bhavin Tangal, Anwar Alam, Sandeep Hari, Siddhant Kumar, Mayank, Vivek Kumar, Arpit Shah, Prashant Madhup and Abhishek Kumar. Their faculty advisor was Jatadhara G S.

The vehicle that the students were attempting to design is called an ATV, or an all-terrain vehicle. These vehicles have low-pressure tires and handlebars to steer — as the name suggests, they are designed to be able to tackle almost any kind of terrain. To prove that their vehicle could really accomplish this, the students had to test it for a whopping 48 laps, over inclines, mud patches, wooden logs and rocky conditions.

The students confessed to having the time of their lives, and recounted tales of hours spent designing the vehicle and trying to figure out whether it could actually get past all the obstacles during the competition. Eventually, they emerged in the eleventh place and admitted to being proud of the same.

Amitav Kumar, who was captain of the ‘Hooligans’, said, “It was a great experience to be able to explore our knowledge and design this vehicle.”

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