Oct 29, 2009
School of Engineering, Coimbatore
The fourth annual SAE National Student Convention was organized at the Amrita School of Engineering in Coimbatore, on October 5 and 6.
Nearly 750 students from 40 colleges in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala participated.
Every year, SAE ISS (Society of Automotive Engineers, Indian Southern Section) provides this opportunity to all SAE collegiate chapters in South India to get together, discuss, display and celebrate their successes.
During previous months, college students had participated in zonal contests in various categories. The Convention provided the platform for the winners from those contests to compete in Business Plan, Auto Quiz, Aero Design, Fabrication and Computer Aided Manufacturing and such other competitions over the two days.
BAJA ATV made by PSG Tech and a solar car manufactured by the students of Rajalakshmi Engineering College were popular exhibits.
Day two of the convention began with club presentations that highlighted activities of various SAE collegiate chapters.
“We are proud that our Amrita Collegiate Chapter was adjudged the Best Collegiate Club in the Southern Zone,” stated Dr. Thirumalini, the club’s faculty advisor.
The Convention also saw good participation from industry professionals. Mr. Jacques Foulquier, Director and VP, Renault Nissan Technology and Business Centre, India was the Guest of Honor at the inaugural function. Mr. P. P. Rao, Executive Director of UCAL, was the Chief Guest at the valedictory function.
Live satellite streaming was used to bring distinguished lectures of industry experts to students. Latest Trends in NVH in Automobiles by Dr. Pranab Saha, Brake Technology by WABCO-US and Energy Management for Performance and Fuel Economy by Mr. F. Canal of Renault Nissan (R&D) were all well-attended by students.
The first evening, participants were treated to a cultural extravaganza arranged by the host campus. Amrita students joined in with renowned violin maestro Balabhaskar to sing Sarvesham Swastirbhavathu.
The Amrita team came in for high praise from one and all. Stated S. P. Subash Chandrasekar, Chair of the SAE IRTT Student Chapter, “Excellent time management, superb food, peaceful environment … the extraordinary student volunteers … the Convention was a great success.”
Added his co-chair K. K. Sudharshan, “A great gathering of SAE members from various regions of South India … I thank the Amrita people who took great efforts for making the arrangements … I would whole heartedly say that the accommodation, food, music troupe etc., were excellent. I liked the speech by Amrita’s Vice-Chancellor.”