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 Indian Navy’s all-women crew aboard INSV Tarini on Navika Sagar Parikrama, the name given to its expedition for circumnavigation of
the globe in 2017-18
U.S. Science and Technology Forum to provide opportunities to Indian woman scientists, engineers and technologists to undertake international collaborative research in premier institutions in U.S.A. to enhance their research capacities and capabilities in global perspective. In order to attract, train and retain promising girl students in S&T domain, CURIE (Consolidation of University Research for Innovation and Excellence in Women Universities) facilitates developing state- of-the-art infrastructure in women’s universities.
Recently, the Union Minister for Science and Technol- ogy Dr Harsh Vardhan launched SERB-
of India, 2003. Science, Technology, Innovation Policy – STIP 2020 also echoes the sentiments that fundamental change in attitude towards women in science related careers is must. There is an immediate need to invest on supporting infra- structure, incentivising institutions to promote gender equity, and transparency in decision making to bridge the persisting gender gap in STEM. Especially in a country like India, where science and technology is still largely a government and public sector dominated area, it is important that clear policies are formulated to pave way for creating more opportunities for
POWER (Science and Engineering Research
Board – Promoting Opportunities for
Women in Exploratory Research) scheme
offering fellowships and research grants to
top performing woman researchers. A great
morale booster for young woman scientists
is SERB Women Excellence Award, which
is conferred by the President of India. Like-
wise, to boost the participation of woman
scientists in biotechnology research, DBT
conducts a Biotechnology Career Advance-
ment and Re-orientation Programme (Bio-
CARe) and to recognise the contribution of senior and young woman scientists in the country, who are working in biol- ogy and biotechnology areas. National Women Bio-scientist Award and Janaki Ammal-National Women Bioscientist Award have also been constituted by the DBT.
Empowering women in science and technology and their full and equal participation are some of the core objectives mentioned in the Science and Technology Policy of the Govt.
women in these fields. There is high work related stress, personal and professional- life imbalance and sexual harassment ex- perienced by female scientists all over the world. It is hoped that intrinsic factors like self-motivation, confidence and dedication, as well as extrinsic institutional factors like flexible work timings, female-friendly management policies, fair appraisal and mentorship will improve the productivity of women in STEM. It will not only enable women to chase their dreams but science
itself would be benefitted to achieve 2030 agenda of sustainable goals.
*The writer is Director, CSIR-National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS), New Delhi, and CSIR-National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR), New Delhi.
A great morale booster for young woman scientists is SERB Women Excellence Award, which is conferred by the President of India
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