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National Conference on Technological Empowerment of Women

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The National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI), the oldest Science Academy of the country, is organizing a “National conference on the technological empowerment of women” on the occasion of International Women’s Day, this year at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on March 8-9, 2018. It would be inaugurated by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Minister, Science & Technology(S&T), Govt. of India. The topic is so relevant that this endeavour has attracted attention of many eminent scientists of world repute and also the support of about dozen governmental and non-governmental agencies; there would be discussions on the topics like Women in Science and how technology application and commercialization has impacted women.

The main subjects that would be discussed in the conference are:

  • Frontiers in Science & Technology;
  • Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Security;
  • Health Care and Sanitation (Swastha and Swachh Bharat);
  • Skill development and enhancement;
  • Entrepreneurship development;
  • Employment Generation – Avenues, Opportunities and Challenges.

NASI believes that women’s involvement in all developmental activities of science and technology would speed up the socio-economic progress of the country and bring a new dimension. Application of Science & Technology for reducing the drudgery of women in rural areas is equally important. To instill this and spread the message in the Indian Science and technology Society NASI has organized this national conference on Technological Empowerment of women in pursuit for national progress. NASI-Distinguished Chair, Dr. (Mrs) Manju Sharma, former Secretary to the DBT, GoI, who is coordinating this mega-event, expressed that ‘the number of women in the educational institutions (both in urban and rural) is increasing across all streams, the time is ripe to list what more we need when the National Ecosystem is more supportive than ever before, as the programmes like ‘Skill India’ and ‘Start up India’ are helping to provide several opportunities to women.’ The national conference is being organized with a view to focus on the importance of Science & Technology interventions, emerging opportunities and inclusiveness of women in S&T endeavors. Several eminent speakers from India and abroad have been invited to share their experience, views and expertise on the related issues, like Prof. MS Swaminathan, Prof. Anil Kakodkar, Dr. Karen Nelson, Prof. P. N. Tandon, Dr. Jenny Graves, Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Prof. Geraldine Richmond, Dr. VijayRaghavan, Dr. A S Kiran Kumar, Dr. Nitya Rao, Mrs. Bincy Baby, Dr. Kiran Mazumdar – Shaw, Dr. Jennifer Ann Thomson, Dr. T. Mohapatra, Prof. Anil Gupta, Prof. Sabah Almomin, Prof. Paramjit Khurana, Dr. Nand Kumar Sai, Prof. Dean E Brenner, Shri Amitabh Kant and several other distinguished scientists and industrialists. The concluding session will have Smt. Maneka Gandhi, Hon’ble Minister for Women and Child Development, GoI, as the Chief Guest.

It is realised that Science and Technology is integral part of the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ programme in spirit and action; therefore, a systematic and pragmatic approach would be developed as an outcome of the aforesaid conference which would be a part of the recommendations, apart from several other important issues and inferences expected to be the conclusive points. The Academy gratefully acknowledges the support of the reputed governmental and non-governmental agencies, like DST & DBT, GoI; CSIR; MoES; DRDO; ISRO; DAE; ICAR; ICMR; Wellcome Trust; MAHYCO and other Industries.