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Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Islamabad students design car for competition in Germany

Islamabad: Students of the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute (GIKI), who have manufactured a fuel-efficient car for a competition in Germany, were awarded sponsorship amount under the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) project of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) at a ceremony held here Wednesday.

The team will participate in the Shell ECO Marathon, which is an annual competition that challenges engineers of the future to design, build and drive a vehicle using the least amount of energy.

In 2008, there were more than 330 teams from all over the world competing to develop the world's most fuel-efficient car. This is for the first time that Pakistan has been selected to participate in the competition, which will be held in Lausitz, Germany, on May 4-10, 2009.

The first-ever such project in the country is sponsored by STEM, a joint venture of HEC and Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), Toyota Motors and Shell Pakistan.

The 8-member team led by Khurram Aziz is participating in the 'Urban Concept' part of the competition, which means that the car would be a scaled down version of the normal cars but it will be road legal.

The other team members include Shahbaz Alavi, Salman Javed, Khwaja Umer Riaz, Syed Salik Hussain, Muneeb Tariq, Fawad Ahmad and Mohammad Haseeb Ali.

The car manufactured by the students weighs approximately 130kg and the manufacturing cost is Rs0.3 million.

The main features of the car include a low friction streamlined body, extremely low weight, simple and easy to troubleshoot mechanism, low pollution emission, spacious luggage compartment, four separately controlled disc brakes for extra safety points and above all low fuel consumption.

HEC executive director Professor Dr Sohail Naqvi was the chief guest at the ceremony. Dr Shaukat Hameed Khan, Rector, GIKI, Dr Muhammad Aslam, Rector PIEAS, Dr Fazle Khalid, Pro-Rector GIKI, Dr Tehsin Hamid, Pro Rector PIEAS and Al Hasanat Rasul, Programme Director, were also present on the occasion.

Dr Naqvi congratulated the team on being the pioneers in the field and appreciated their six-month long effort to make this idea a reality.

"Your achievement is definitely an excellent model for the engineering students throughout the country," he said. The News

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