Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), established in 1966, is the leading automotive R&D organization of the country set up by the Automotive Industry with the Government of India. ARAI is an autonomous body affiliated to the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Government of India. The Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, has recognized ARAI as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (SIRO). Further, ARAI is one of the prime Testing and Certification Agency notified by Government of India under Rule 126 of Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989.
ARAI has been playing crucial roles assuring safe, less polluting, more efficient and reliable vehicles. Working in harmony and confidence with its Members, Customers and Government it provides services and expertise in the areas of Engineering Services, Certification & Standardisation, Research & Development, Technology Development and Knowledge Initiatives. And also offers Automotive Technologies and India Specific Data Bases for automotive product development for Indian market. ARAI has been assisting Government in formulating automotive standards and regulations. ARAI serves hundreds of customers in a year including Automotive OEMs; Engine, Component and Systems Suppliers; large number of SMEs; and host of Industries / Organisations from Non-Automotive sectors too.
The state-of-the-art Laboratories of ARAI are well equipped with the most advanced facilities in the areas of Emission Evaluation, Noise Vibration and Harshness, Structural Dynamics, Powertrain Engineering, Computer-aided engineering, Vehicle Evaluation, Active & Passive Safety, Material Evaluation, Automotive Electronics, Forging & Heat treatment Research and Calibration etc. ARAI also has a renowned Academy. E Mobility-Centre of Excellence, Environmental Research Laboratory, Virtual Calibration Centre, Futuristic Adaptive Smart Techniques (FAST) Laboratory are some of the recent additions to ARAI’s comprehensive capabilities.
ARAI has its registered office at Kothrud, Pune, India. It’s two divisions viz., Forging Industry Division (ARAI-FID) and Homologation and Technology Centre (ARAI-HTC) are situated in the industrial hub of Chakan near Pune. ARAI has its regional office in Chennai, India named as Regional Centre South which co-ordinates with a wide customer base in the southern region. ARAI also has representatives in China and Korea. The institute has many strategic alliances with Domestic and Global Organisations in the automotive and other fields too.
Industrial Visit was organized at ARAI, Pune on 12th October, 2019 which is the open day of ARAI, where ARAI allows outside students once in a year to visit their labs. The visit was organised for final year and third year students of Automobile. Dr. S. S. Pawar, Head, Automobile and Mr. Vaibhav Bhagat (Class Coordinator of B.E. Automobile) shared the responsibility for successfully conducting the event. A total of 50 students participated in this event. The visit was organized to make student familiar with working of Automobile systems and also aware about facilities provided by ARAI for testing of Vehicles.