DST, IBM Collaborate To Scale Up Initiatives For Nurturing Girl Students Interest In STEM Areas

New Delhi: To nurture curiosity of woman college students in Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), the Department of Science Technology and IBM India have introduced collaborations to scale up ‘Vigyan Jyoti’ and ‘Engage with Science’ initiatives, a press release mentioned on Friday. The Vigyan Jyoti programme was launched by the DST in 2019 to encourage woman college students to pursue larger schooling and profession in STEM fields. It supplies a scholarship, go to to close by scientific establishments, science camps, lecturers from ladies scientists and profession counselling.

It is carried out by Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in 58 districts, with the participation of about 2,900 college students. “The partnership with IBM India will strengthen the current activities and will be expanded to include more schools in the future. Women tech experts working at IBM India will interact inspire girl students to plan for a career in STEM under the programme. This will strengthen the DST’s initiative to increase the number of women in technology fields,” the assertion mentioned.

The IBM will work with Vigyan Prasar, a physique underneath the DST, to assist popularise science via a number of strategic initiatives, together with ‘Engage With Science’. This is an interactive platform that will probably be constructed on high of the India Science Over-The-Top platform to encourage and encourage highschool college students to pursue science & expertise for a profession.

As a part of the collaboration, IBM will run the day-to-day actions of the programme, together with scholar workshops, seminars, and leverage its experience to mentor the scholars. The platform will make college students work together, take part and get entangled with the sampling and energetic consumption of S&T content material, together with Cloud, Big Data, and so forth. via the utilization of gamification instruments and Artificial Intelligence /Machine Learning parts. “The Department of Science & Technology (DST) and IBM India announced collaborations to scale up two DST initiatives–Vigyan Jyoti and Engage with Science (Vigyan Prasar), on October 8,” the assertion mentioned.

Announcing the collaborations, Professor Ashutosh Sharma, secretary DST, mentioned the partnership with IBM will make these programmes of DST and Vigyan Prasar attain the scholars and lecturers in interactive methods on a big scale. “The Engage with Science platform will make students interact, participate and get involved with the sampling and active consumption of S&T content, including Cloud, Big Data through the usage of digital tools,” he added. “In 5 years from now, we want to see the proportion of girl students enrolled in engineering and technology streams increasing to one-third of the total,” Sharma mentioned.

The DST has been engaged on growing the share of girls within the STEM associated areas — tutorial in addition to analysis establishments. The new Science Technology Innovation Policy (STIP) – 2020 too will emphasis on this facet. “DST and IBM India aim to create a robust STEM ecosystem that nurtures critical thinkers, problem-solvers, and next-generation innovators through Inspire Awards-MANAK (Million Minds Augmenting National Aspirations and Knowledge) a programme targeting to build one million ideas rooted in science from school students,” the assertion added.

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