Need to improve participation of women in research: Secy DST Kolkata, Nov 7 (PTI) Secretary of the U

Need to improve participation of women in research: Secy DST Kolkata, Nov 7 (PTI) Secretary of the Union Scienceand Technology Department (DST) Prof Ashutosh Sharma onThursday underscored the need of intervention by differentstakeholders to improve the participation of women inresearch.

Addressing the Women Scientists' and EntrepreneursConclave of the India International Science Festival (IISF)2019, here he referred to entrepreneurship efforts supportedby organizations like WEE (Women Entrepreneurship andEmpowerment) Foundation supported by DST.

Sharma said that one needs absolute clarity aboutproblems and solutions instead of just talking about theproblems.

Stressing on the need of interventions by differentstakeholders to improve the participation of women in researchhe highlighted DSTs schemes like Vigyan Jyoti which targetsto increase the representation of women in top reputedinstitutions like IITs.

The Vigyan Jyoti scheme brings holistic science campwhich imparts training to get into IITs and has many scienceinstitutions to partner in it.

Secretary, Department of Scientific& IndustrialResearch and Director General CSIR, Dr Shekhar C Mande saidthe conclave is an effort to acknowledge the contribution ofwomen in catalyzing sustainable growth and help in the strikein the domain of scientific research.

In the different sessions eminent women scientists,leaders and experts mentioned that specific cultural andfinancial challenges that prevent women from reaching topinstitutions needed targeted attention.

It was pointed out that increasing representation ofwomen in science technology and innovation hinges on everywomans shoulders and each one should contribute towards it.

Delegates at the conclave were inspired by thepresence of role models like Sarita Devi, a farmer from Sikarin Rajasthan, who has successfully gained about Rs 25 lakhfrom 1 acre of land and who is influencing other women farmersto become competent and gain from their farmlands.

Another woman achiever Major General Dr MadhuriKanitkar talked for 'Growing together without growing apart'.

She said that life is a continuous learning process and womenhave a multitude of responsibilities of managing work-lifebalance and caring for elderly parents.

The two-day conclave consists of six differentsessions on different aspects of increasing participation ofwomen in science technology and innovation. PTI SUSRG RG