Shell Eco-marathon: Limelight on future talent


The competition, which is over two decades old, provides a platform for engineers to showcase their talent, while addressing the global energy challenges.

Setting a benchmark in encouraging the workforce of the future to innovate and showcase their talent, Shell India, one of the global leaders in India’s energy sector, is set for the first phase of registration for its Shell Eco-marathon 2017.

This unique competition challenges students around the world to design, build and drive the most energy-efficient car. It encourages student teams to take to the track to see who goes further on the least amount of fuel.

This year, phase one of the registration process will open on July 12 and close on August 11, 2016. The Indian finalists will compete with other Asian countries in Singapore, in March, 2017.

Shell Eco-marathon is part of ‘Make the future’ programme which was started in 1939, as a competition to promote festival of ideas and innovation and provide a platform for engineers to showcase their talent, while addressing the global energy challenges.

Talking of the initiative, Vikash Mishra, country head, external relations, Shell India says, “’Make the Future’ is an exciting opportunity for budding innovators to exhibit their talent on a global platform. Here, not only does science meet innovation, but the importance of sustainable development is highlighted. We, at Shell India, strongly believe that this concerted effort will bring together the participation of important stakeholders to discuss the global issues of energy and look at the various solutions, which is the need of the hour. We would like to extend our best wishes to the participants, and hope that they strive in this competition, making their university and nation proud.”

With this initiative, the company aims to inspire a new wave of scientists and engineers to create a future with smarter and cleaner energy, that can shape the world for generations to come. In Asia, the Shell Eco-marathon was first held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2010.

Previously, ten Indian student teams from top technical institutions—Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS) Pilani; Delhi Technological University; Jamia Millia Islamia; Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar; Sir M Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology, Bengaluru; SRM University, Chennai; RV College of Engineering, Bengaluru and VIT University, Vellore— qualified in the seventh edition of the Shell Eco-marathon at Manila, Philippines, in March 2016.

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