Formula Student India 2015 at Coimbatore. A Formula racing car created by a team Aligarh Muslim University’s B Tech (Mechanical Engineering) students won the ‘Most Popular Car’ and was ranked 19th in the ‘Formula Student India’ 2015 held at Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. The ‘Society of Automotive Engineering, Z H College of Engineering and Technology (SAE ZHCET) Team which won accolades for AMU was led by Arpit Upadhay and had 25 members.
While felicitating the students for the achievement, Aligarh Muslim University Vice Chancellor, Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah (retd) said, “I m glad that this team of students have introduced something new.” He added that innovations come with crazier ideas. “Some thing good comes out of crazy and wonderful ideas. I am proud that our students are capable of innovating new things,” said General Shah.
While, urging the students to keep the processing of these ideas going, General Shah announced a cash reward of Rs one thousand to each student in the SAE ZHCET team.
Encouraging the students for the hard work in creating and designing the Formula Car, the Chairman, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Prof Arif Suhail said that we use to advise these students not to work in late hours. “However, these 25 members of SAE ZHCET kept their determination and worked rigorously to create and design this car. Today they have made us all proud,” said Dr Arif Suhail.
“The students in the SAE ZHCET team are not only representing the university in the national and local levels but soon they will be traveling overseas with their creations to represent AMU,” said Faculty Advisor, SAE ZHCET, Dr Nafees Ahmad- II. “The NAAC team which recently visited AMU spent a lot of time talking to SAE ZHCET members,” he added. Dr Nafis also said the visiting multinational companies in the ongoing RECRUFEST 15 in AMU have shown interest in work of these students. He also pointed out that the team of these students has also displayed their talent during the Alumni Meet. He thanked the Vice Chancellor, General Shah for providing financial and moral support to the SAE ZHCET team.
The Team Captain, Arpit Upadhay who is a third-year B Tech (Mechanical Engineering) student pointed out that in the previous ‘Formula Student India’ event, the AMU team was ranked 60th. “But this year, we made a leap from 60 to the 19th rank and we hope to reach top five in the 2016 event of Formula Student India,” said Arpit. He also pointed out that the Formula Car designed and fabricated by his team has also secured 19th rank in overall competition out of 80 International teams.
Arpit and his team’s creation, the Formula Car, which won the honours in Coimbatore, has a special front attack innovator, a digital RPM indicator and a modified Honda CBR 250 engine.