Women Science Congress Inaugurated - Indian Science Congress, 2019 (Download PDF)


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Minister of Textiles & Industry inaugurated the Women’s Science Congress as a part of the on-going Indian Science Congress, 2019 at Lovely Professional University in Jalandhar. While inaugurating the Congress, the Minister said that science is gender-neutral.

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  • While inaugurating the Congress, the Minister said that science is gender-neutral.

  • About 2.8 lakh scientists, engineers employed in research and development institutions across the country, only about 39,000 are women which makes the female scientific community the largest minority in the country.

  • The data tells us that 81 percent of the females in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) field, there is a gender bias in performance evaluation.

  • One need to find out, how many women in our country, our community file for patents, how many women in our community and in our educational institutions are taught how to commercialize their innovations and inventions.

  • Gender parity is not the responsibility of women alone; it is for the men of the society to ensure that also.

  • It is incumbent upon us to build dream, to desire, to question, to explore, to love science for the sake of science amongst girls too.

  • One of the biggest challenges in the scientific community in terms of education is the challenge of language.

  • English is still the lingua franca of science and pointed a fact from census 2011 that 96.7 percent of our country’s population resorts to the 22 scheduled languages as their first language or as their mother tongue.

  • Translation of some of the best science journals, new scientific studies is not only for university students but also a must for schools so that love for science can be embedded at a very earlier stage.

  • A Souvenir Book on Women Science Congress was also released on the occasion.

  • Women’s Science Congress has been organised at the Indian Science Congress with the focal theme “Future India: Science and Technology.

  • The Women’s Science Congress has been organised to showcase the contribution of women in Science, Technology and the Society.

  • It is disheartening to note that only 65 % of Indian women receive basic education. But now, the world economic forum on the global gender gap has reported that India successfully closed its tertiary education gender gap for the first time.

  • Qualified women are coming out of the education system and it is for the industries to hire retain and promote them. It has become inevitable that the women are integrated into the talent pool.

  • Women are now actively participating in policy making and political leadership. Carefully designed policies with dedicated leadership shall pave way to innovations and discoveries benefitting society.

  • During the two-day Women Science Congress, renowned women scientists and women leaders/decision makers from Government, academia and industry would deliver lectures and participate in panel discussions.

- Published/Last Modified on: April 8, 2019

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