Distinguished women scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs and other professionals engaged in S&T discussed ways to ensure equal participation of women by creating an enabling environment, to promote their leadership in S&T and reach out the benefits of S&T for improving the quality of life of women.
Vigyan Prasar in collaboration with Department of Biotechnology (DBT) organized the two-day National Seminar on Women Leadership in Science & Technology: Opportunities & Challenges; on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2017.
Union Minister for Science & Technology & Earth Sciences Dr Harsh Vardhan while inaugurating the seminar expressed confidence about the capabilities of women & appreciated the committed and compassionate nature of women. He strongly suggested increasing representation of women in science related programmes and said that a larger scale programme should be organized next year with better representation of women in science.
Dr Manju Sharma, Former DBT Secretary and one of the iconic women leaders in science stressed that mentoring, conducive environment, support of academies, belief in capabilities of women are crucial to escalate women leadership in science and technology.
Mental & biological barriers need to be overcome to increase women’s participation in science, Professor K VijayRaghavan, Secretary Department of Biotechnology pointed out. He also added that a change of attitude is needed to provide women with a support system to help them function as professionals efficiently.
Conceived in the wake of the declaration of February 11 as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the seminar witnessed, discussions on opportunities and challenges for professionally qualified women scientists to contribute to the landscape of insights on this area. The seminar dedicated its efforts to the spirit of excellence demonstrated by women in science and technology.
The UN statement for International Day of women and girls in science states that equal participation of women and girls in the fields of science is a critical right and a means by which women can achieve their aspirations in life.
The convergence of women leaders in science from different parts of India helped share experiences and recommendations on ways to escalate efforts and create long lasting impact in the area.
The areas of discussions during the seminar included: