GNA University Phagwara team Brainiacs comprising of students of B.Tech. Mechanical and Automation Engineering (MAE)& B.Tech. Robotics and Automation Engineering (RAE), showcased their engineering prowess at the prestigious SAE INDIA Tifan-24 competition held at MPKV Rahuri, Maharashtra. The event was organized by SAE India and sponsored by industry giants John Deere and Mahindra, and saw fierce competition among 80 teams from across India.

The Brainiacs from GNA University made a mark with their innovative project, an Automated Multi Vegetable Transplanter. Their ingenuity and hard work paid off as they clinched the runner-up trophy along with a cash prize of 1,00,000/-. The team’s creation also earned them accolades for being the Best Cost Effective Machine and the Best Working Prototype with cash prizes of Rs. 25000/- and Rs. 15000/- respectively. The total cash prize amounts to be Rs. 1,40,000/-.

The awards ceremony was graced by notable figures including Dr. P.G. Patil, Vice-Chancellor of MPKV Rahuri, Mr. Maneesh Pant, ETEC Business Director of John Deere, Ms. Neha Mishra, Technical Director of Cummins, and Mr. KrishnatPatil, Chairperson of SAE India Off-Highway, among other dignitaries. The prestigious awards were received by Mr. Yogesh Thakur, the Faculty Advisor, Team Captain AkhilDadwal, and all the team members.

In their acceptance speech, the team expressed heartfelt gratitude to the Chancellor of GNA University, S. Gurdeep Singh, Vice-Chancellor Dr. V.K. Rattan, Dean Academics Dr. Monika Hanspal, and Dean School of Engineering, Design and Automation Dr. C.R. Tripathy. They also acknowledged the unwavering support from all the faculty members, which was instrumental in the development of their machine at the university campus.

Dr. C. R. Tripathy, Dean School of Engineering, Design and Automation stated that the winning team not only brings glory to GNA University but also serves as an inspiration to aspiring young scientists and engineers. This remarkable achievement reflects team’s dedication, perseverance, and the unwavering support they received from their mentors, teachers, and parents. He also emphasized that the advanced labs in GNA University on the technologies like CAD/CAM, 3D Printing, CIMS, PLMS, IIOT helped the team to achieve this extraordinary achievement. He also expressed his gratitude towards S. Gurdeep Singh Sirha – Pro-Chancellor, GNA University for providing new technologies by establishing advanced labs and various centers of excellence in the upcoming technologies.

S. Gurdeep Singh Sirha, the Chancellor, GNA University expressed immense pride regarding this accomplishment of GNA University team stating, “We are thrilled to celebrate the success of students in this prestigious SAE INDIA Tifan-24 competition. Their achievement is a testament to our institution’s commitment to nurturing talent and fostering a passion for technical education.” The team’s dedication, innovative thinking, and hard work have truly paid off, and we look forward to witnessing their future endeavours.

Dr. V. K. Rattan, the Vice-Chancellor, Dr.Hemant Sharma – the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dr. Monika Hanspal, Dean Academics also congratulated the students for this extra-ordinary achievement and also congratulated SAE INDIA Tifan for conducting these kinds of events. They also motivated the students to participate in various events globally and showcase their acquired knowledge and skill.