Pan­thera all-girls team wins for per­se­ver­ance

New Straits Times - - Higher Ed -

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.

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