India Education Diary | Monday, September 07, 2015 |
New Delhi: Teams representing 25 universities and technology institutes across India, have cleared Phase I registrations and are gearing up for Phase II registrations to compete in the seventh year of Shell Eco-marathon Asia (SEM Asia). Shell Eco-marathon challenges high school and university students from around Asia to design, build and test energy efficient vehicles.Student teams are encouraged to stretch the boundaries of fuel efficiency in a real world urban environment, and winners are determined by the mileage achieved on a litre of fuel, rather than speed. From a number of participants at SEM Asia, the winning team will cover the maximum distance using the least amount of energy. Commenting on this year’s registration process, Dr. Yasmine Hilton, Chairman, Shell Companies in India, said, “I am delighted to see that nearly 60% of students who participated last year are fielding entries again this year. This is testimony to the experience and learning and development opportunity that Shell Eco-marathon provides to young scientific minds. I wish them the very best of luck in their endeavour.”
Teams from India that have cleared Phase I of registrations include Sir M Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology, Bangalore; Delhi Technological University, New Delhi; Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani; Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) University, Vellore; RV College of Engineering, Bengaluru; K.J.Somaiya College Of Engineering, Mumbai; M.N.M Jain Engineering College, Chennai; SRM University, Chennai; Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar; Government Engineering College Barton Hill, Trivandrum; Indian Institute of Technology – Banaras Hindu University (IIT BHU), Varanasi; Yadavrao Tasgaonkar Institute of Engineering & Technology (YTIET), Bhivpuri, Karjat; M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore; Aautosync Innovations Chitkara University, Chandigarh; Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women, New Delhi; Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi; KIIT University, Bhubaneswar; Dr. B.R Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar; ITM University, Raipur; Manav Rachna International University, Faridabad; Gautam Buddha University, Greater Noida, Lovely Professional University, Phagwara.
The teams will field Prototype and UrbanConcept vehicles. , The Prototype class focuses on maximum efficiency, while passenger comfort takes a back seat. The UrbanConcept class encourages more practical designs. Cars are also divided by energy type: Internal combustion engine fuels include petrol, diesel, liquid fuel made from natural gas and ethanol. In the electric mobility category, vehicles are powered by hydrogen fuel cells and lithium-based batteries.Rashmeet Kaur, team manager from Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women, which is putting forth a Prototype concept named ‘Iris’, said, “It’s a matter of great honour to be able to create a design fulfilling all criterion put forth by Shell, and be given the opportunity to bring the design to life.”Aditya Gupta, team manager for Team ALTERNO v2.0 from IIT BHU, said, “Our team is extremely motivated with the results of Phase I and we are preparing for the second round. We have high targets this time and are aiming to be amongst the top three teams..”The registration process for SEM Asia started with submission of car designs in the form of pictures and sketches. In the second round, which is scheduled from 28th August to1st September 2015, shortlisted teams are expected to provide technical details of their vehicle. For the final selection of teams, the judges will be evaluating their vehicles based on their technical details. The grand finale of the competition will be held in Manila in Philippines from March 3rd-6th, 2016. – Courtesy
/ Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2016