Student team of Indian Institute of Technology (IITGN) has bagged third prize at national level design competition. The CAD Design completion was organised by Autodesk in association with National Skill Development Coorporation (NSDC).

The third year mechanical engineering students form IIT Gandhinagar - Shashank Agarwal and Dhwanil Shukla - came up with an innovative idea of a unique electric powered vehicle. The students conceptualised two wheelers which could be conjoined to become a four-wheeled vehicle.

The competition which is one of the biggest of its kind in the country received more than a thousand entries from students of various design institutes and leading engineering colleges including many IITs.Referring to the contemporary transportation challenges in the country, the organisers asked the students to design a low cost personal transport considering aspects like Transformability, Foldability or Modularity.

Agarwal said, "The design will allow the vehicle to be dismantled into 2 two-wheelers according to their requirements, for example, for commuting through crowded lanes and more convenience in congested parking areas and so on.""We have designed the two-wheelers in such a way that they can accommodate removable fabric roofs for harsh weather conditions. The design has also taken into consideration various safety issues usually faced by the two wheelers," added Shukla.

The competition was held in several phases beginning with an online submission of design by students from North Zone, South Zone and West Zone. While 10 designs were selected from each zone, the IITGN team won the second prize at the regional round.

At the next level of the competition, 4 teams of each zone (North, West and South) were allowed to take part at final national level competition which was held at IIT Madras.While the IITGN team bagged the third prize at the finals, the first and second prizes were won by Fr,C, Rodrigues Institute of Technology, Vashi, Mumbai and PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore respectively.

Source: Times of India