Increase in women scientist’s extramural research funding
International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy & New Materials (ARCI), an autonomous R&D Centre of Department of Science & Technology (DST) celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) while highlighting the trend of the overall increase in extramural research funding for Women Scientists from 13% in the year 2000-01 to 29% in the year 2014-15.
Dr. G. Padmanabham, Director, ARCI, said that increase in extramural research funding to women scientists was a healthy trend, and many efforts were underway, such as being part of Athena SWAN (Scientific Women's Academic Network) initiated in the UK for learning from the best practices in this direction. He also assured all possible support at ARCI in increasing the equity of Women Scientists in their endeavors and success.
The IWD programme was organised by the Internal Complaints Committee of ARCI. Director, ARCI, in his address, focussed on the importance of gender diversity, which enhances the innovation and overall output in any organizational environment. He said that the goal is to have equal opportunity and responsibility for both women and men, and several initiatives at different levels are being taken by the government and other relevant agencies world over.
Prof. Gita delivered a motivational talk titled “Women Technopreneurs and Enabling Policies.” She narrated her story of becoming an entrepreneur from a scientist and a teacher. She also emphasised on the qualities required by a scientist to build a career as a technopreneur. She encouraged young researchers to do translational research, which contributes to the Nation’s economics. Her journey from scientist and professor to an Entrepreneur profoundly inspired the researchers and staff at ARCI.