Vice-Chacellor Najeeb Jung, and SAE India Chairman, Mr. I.V. Rao felicitate the winning team at the Faculty of Engineering Auditorium; Friday Nov. 16, 2012 (Photo: Iymon Majid)

Engineering Students Win Rs.100,000 in an Automotive Design Contest

In a special felicitation ceremony held in the engineering faculty auditorium on Friday Nov. 16, Jamia recognized and congratulated a team of eight mechanical engineering students who had won first place in a national automotive design competition called SAE Efficycle, which is organized under the aegis of  Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), a prestigious international engineering society. The competition carried a cash prize of one lakh rupees.

In addition, the team also won the ‘durability’ race in which participating teams race their vehicles. The race carried a cash prize of Rs. 30,000, thus taking their total winnings to be a whopping Rs.130, 000.

The Vice-Chancellor, Mr. Najeeb Jung, and Mr. I.V. Rao, chairman SAE India and Head of Research and Development at Maruti Suzuki, felicitated the students with mementos, and a cheque of one lakh rupees (The same cheque they received on winning the contest).

Vice-Chancellor Najeeb Jung, and SAE India Chairman, Mr. I.V. Rao felicitate the winning team at the Faculty of Engineering Auditorium; Friday Nov. 16, 2012 (Photo: Iymon Majid)

In an interview with Jamia Journal, Prateek, the team leader of Thor said, 125 teams from all over India participated, but only 62 teams were selected for the competition, which included teams from institutes such as IITs and NITs. Going into the competition he said, they were confident they would win something, but it was a bit of a surprise when they won first place.

Speaking about his team, Prateek said:  “This product is a result of hard work done by each and every single member of my team.”

About SAE Efficycle

SAE Efficycle is a national level Inter-Collegiate competition organized by SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) India every year at  University Institute of Engineering & Technology, Chandigarh. A team of eight budding engineers have to design, validate and fabricate a hybrid three wheeled Electric vehicle. This year over 125 colleges from all over India, including IITs and NITs registered for the event out of which 62 colleges were selected for the final round.

About the Team

Team Thor, named after the old Norse god of thunder, comprised eight mechanical engineering students, namely:  Prateek Bansal, the team leader;  Ankur Wadhwa, the design head; Alan Babu, another designer; Akhil gupta, in-charge of the Braking system; Ankit Garg, in-charge of Steering and Tire; Sagar Gupta, in-charge of the Electrical system; Shubham Garg, in-charge of Marketing; and Mohd. Areeb, had the role of an Anthroprometeric. The team’s faculty advisor was Prof. M.M. Hasan.

Team Thor: (L-R) Alan Babu, Mohd. Areeb, Sagar Gupta, Shubham Garg, Akhil Gupta, Ankur Wadhwa, Ankit Garg, and Prateek Bansal with their hybrid electric rickshaw a the Faculty of Engineering; Friday Nov. 16, 2012 (Photo: Iymon Majid)


About the Vehicle

The vehicle is  a three wheeled hybrid battery and human powered vehicle, which has the capacity to act as a good viable option for local transportation.  The cost of the vehicle is estimated to be Rs 28,000 with a battery life to be very close to around 8 hours.

In a written statement provided by Team Thor, it said: “The team believes that the motor of their vehicle, the innovatory spring suspension, and the easy driving helped them to win the competition.”

The hybrid electric rickshaw built by engineering students, for which they won first prize; Faculty of Engineering; Friday Nov 16, 2012 (Photo: Iymon Majid)


Message to Students

In a message to students of Jamia, Prateek, the team leader, said: “Apart from studies, try to indulge in some other extra curricular activity, be passionate about things; being students … its difficult to get any sort of monetary help in your projects but never make it as a constraint; take help from your professors, start something, and as you proceed you will definitely find solutions to the problems.

To know more about the contest and the team, you can download and read a report on SAE Jamia here: SAE Jamia Report

Prateek Bansal, team leader, being presented with a memento by Vice-Chancellor Najeeb Jung at the Faculty of Engineering Auditorium; Friday Nov. 16, 2012 (Photo: Iymon Majid)


About Khalid Jaleel

Khalid Jaleel is a PhD student in the Department of Political Science. He can be reached via email at: khalidj [at]

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