Payvand.com - The first competition of electric vehicles design was celebrated at Tehran's Sharif Industrial University in April 2008. Large number of students' teams showed up in the competition and despite the numerous works presented in the exhibition, there was clearly many creative and innovative aspects in electric vehicles systems, which depicted a prosperous future for the younger generation of this country. Nevertheless despite the efforts of the university and the hard working students during the past year, the automobile industry and officials didn't cooperate with the ceremony, and the relationship between the industry and the university, which was considered as one of the goals of these competitions, did not materialize.
Talking to some of the team members who had reached the final stage, the Science correspondent of Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) asked their opinion on supports and the competition quality. One of the members of Tousan team, from Sharif University, believes that poor information systems and marketing about this competition in the industrial section and lack of support of the industrial sector were the main shortcomings of this competition. He said: "The financial support of most of the teams was provided by members themselves and the universities. The auto industry, due to highly competitive conditions and enjoying a high rate of profit in car production, did not support the competitions since they felt they can do without the students' teams."
He pointed out: "By attending this competition and competing in designing electric cars, we learned more about practical and functional matters of our university courses."
Also, one of the members of Hooran team from Arak branch of Elm-o-Sanat (Science and Industry) University, which was one of the successful teams in gaining support of the industry, believes that not describing the competition rules properly and the lack of possibilities in small cities were the major problems of this competition.
A member of Tarh-e-Now, the joint team of Centre and South branch of Azad University which reached the final stage, told ISNA: "Unfortunately in the midst of different levels of competition, the timing and rules changed; but creating the possibility for students activities through such competitions is very useful and we learned a lot during the last year."
According to ISNA, Tika team, from Babol No-shiravani University, believed that the biggest problems in the competition were lack of accurate planning, unapproved laws, some scientific problems in competition levels, such as acceleration test, not paying attention to information systems, not clearly defining the goals of the competition and finally the gap between the university and the industrial sector.
Ra'd team members, from Shahid Rajaii Tarbiat-e-dabir University, in an interview with ISNA, said that holding such competitions is very useful in providing an opportunity for practical training. They said the problems in this competition were predictable because it was the first in its kind.
According to ISNA, despite the promises of automobile companies, especially Iran Khodro, regarding the competition, they didn't support the teams. During the final five days of competition, there were not even any representatives from the car companies there!
Supporting the students' innovations and expanding the relation between the universities and the industrial sector, requires that the officials consider the positive results of self-confident efforts of students and their high capabilities, and that they support these valuable steps by providing the conditions for their continuous and expanding presence in the scientific and industrial domain of the country.
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