Panthera all-girls team wins for perseverance
THEY were the only fully-female team in a race dominated by male participants, competing in a discipline still mainly dominated by men.
Back home in India, they were not discouraged even when they faced rejection from sponsors who said they did not have confidence in an all-women team.
At this year’s Shell Eco-marathon Asia, although Team Panthera from the Indira Gandhi Delhi Tech- nical University for Women did not end up in the race on track for not completing the mandatory technical inspection on time, they still won the offtrack award for Perseverance and Spirit of the Event.
In an earlier interview with the Financial Express, team manager Manu Priya Vats was quoted as saying that “appropriate programmes can be introduced at a high school level to interest, excite and spread awareness among girls to take up mechanical engineering as their preferred career choice.”
She added that the establishment of technical schools that are only for women can also encourage the participation of girls in this field.
Team Panthera celebrate winning the award for spirit and perseverance.