New Delhi: The second section of Vigyan Jyoti programme commenced on the event of International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11, 2021, which can unfold the programme for encouraging ladies to take curiosity in science and construct a profession in STEM to 50 extra districts including to the present 50 districts throughout the nation.
Speaking on the event, Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST hoped that this programme would enhance by learnings of the previous one yr and develop to increasingly districts of the nation to empower girls and assist improve variety of girls in prime science institutes.
“Under-representation of women is a multi-dimensional problem, and we need to see the problems from all angles and give a little push to get the desired result. The New Education Policy and the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy could remove the constraints and make use of the demographic dividend to progress long in short time to help increase number of women in science,” he added.
He instructed that interplay with ladies ought to improve with all kind of function fashions, particularly girls achievers.
Vigyan Jyoti programme, a brand new initiative to encourage ladies to take curiosity in science and construct profession, was launched by the Department of Science & Technology (DST) to create a level-playing area for the meritorious ladies to pursue STEM. It had been operating efficiently in 50 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNV) since December 2019 and has now been expanded to 50 extra JNVs for the yr 2021-22.
The programme addresses the under-representation of ladies in sure areas of STEM. As a primary step, the programme has been began at college degree for meritorious ladies of Class IX to Class XII to encourage and empower them to pursue STEM programs in reputed establishments of the nation.
Vigyan Jyoti actions embody student-parent counselling, go to to labs and information centres, companions function mannequin interactions, science camps, educational help courses, useful resource materials distribution and tinkering actions. Online educational help to college students contains streaming of video courses, research supplies, each day follow issues and doubt clearing classes.
Dr Sanjay Mishra, Adviser, DST and head of KIRAN programmes, together with Vigyan Jyoti, mentioned that there are plans so as to add increasingly districts for this programme within the close to future and the influence of this programme can be seen in 100 districts to encourage ladies in STEM.
Vinayak Garg, Commissioner, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS), mentioned that it is rather vital to offer a conducive surroundings for women and this programme is a large step within the course to encourage ladies taking curiosity in science.
DST is working proactively to convey gender parity in Science & Technology (S&T) area by means of varied women-centric programmes. Apart from Vigyan Jyoti, it runs different women-oriented programmes like Women Scientists Scheme to assist girls with career-break, Indo-US Fellowship for Women in STEMM (WISTEMM) program the place girls scientists can work in analysis labs of USA, Consolidation of University Research for Innovation and Excellence in Women Universities (CURIE) programme for bettering R&D infrastructure and establishing state-of-the-art analysis amenities with a view to create excellence in S&T in girls universities and Gender Advancement for Transforming Institutions (GATI) program in pilot mode. Further, DST has additionally moreover established Artificial Intelligence (AI) labs in girls universities with the aim to foster AI improvements and to organize expert manpower for AI-based jobs in future.