The shortlisted 12 Indian student teams were: Team BITS (Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani), DTU Supermileage (Delhi Technological University, Delhi), Team Averera (Indian Institute of Technology – Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi), Team Panthera (Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women, Delhi), Team ETA (K.J.Somaiya College Of Engineering), Team Contriver (Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management and Engineering, Mumbai), Team Kaizen (Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar), Project Garuda (RV College of Engineering), Team Inferno, Team FUTURAMIC (Sir M Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology, Bangalore), Team Hypergreen SRM University Delhi – NCR, Ghaziabad) and Team Eco-Titans (VIT university, Vellore).
Team Panthera of Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women, India won the Perseverance and Spirit of the Event. They inspired not only the judges, but the young girls back home in their town. They continuously showed perseverance, both on the road to Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2017, but more importantly motivating the other teams at the competition with their resilience. As the first all-girl team from India, they went against the norm. It's not every day young girls grow up thinking they will one day be a mechanical engineer, but this group of girls went against all odds and went ahead to build their vehicle whilst still convincing their university to support their participation. Receiving official support at the last minute, the team overcome many hurdles to finally step foot on the competition ground after trying for the second year.
The all girls team from Panthera was a star team at the event with the regional media, other participants and even those attending the festival keen on meeting and interacting with the enthusiastic and energetic group of mechanical engineers. So much so, that the famous singer/songwriter Pixie Lott came off stage to meet with the girls. The enthusiastic girls defied convention and silenced naysayers who told them to send boys instead when they tried to purchase raw materials for their vehicle.“We were very excited and encouraged to be given the opportunity to meet Pixie” said Team Panthera’s Kashika Tripathi, 20. Participating in Shell Eco-marathon Asia has helped prove to ourselves and others that machines and tools can equally belong in the hands of women. We hope to inspire more girls back home and from around the region to be bold in pursuing careers in science and engineering.”
Nitin Prasad, Country Chairman, Shell India said, "I am very proud of Team Panthera. The all girls team were determined and had all the grit and determination needed for this exciting competition. Make the Future is an excellent platform that aims to engage with young minds and encourage innovative thinking. India's participation in SEM past few years has been commendable. We had 12 teams this year, one of the highest, and we hope to see a similar response in the future as well"