New Delhi, March 9: “Women are not just the home builders but also the nation builders,” said Union Minister for Science and Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan while expressing government’s commitment to improving the status of women scientists.
Addressing the national conference on “Technological Empowerment of Women” to commemorate the International Women’s Day in New Delhi on Thursday, Dr Harsh Vardhan said that steps must be taken to expand funding to research in Science & Technology by women scientists, as the amount of funding at higher levels was less.
Dr Harsha Vardhan has urged the scientific fraternity to correct the under-representation of women in the field of Science & Technology.
The Minister pointed out that the involvement of women in major achievements helped the GDP to increase by 16%.
Dr Harsh Vardhan granted the Foreign Fellowship in the field of microbiological research on Dr. Karen Nelson.
The Minister also released a report titled “Women in Science: A listening session”. He also distributed the National Awards to women scientists in the Senior and Young category on the occasion. Eminent agricultural scientist, Prof. M.S Swaminathan, well-known nuclear scientist Prof Anil Kakodkar and Secretary, DST and Prof Ashutosh Sharma also addressed the gathering.
The topic of the Conference - “Technological empowerment of women” is relevant, as the endeavour has attracted the attention and support of many international eminent scientists, as well as some government and non-government agencies.
The Conference will cater to different topics which will envelope agriculture, nutrition, health care, sanitation, skill development, entrepreneurship, opportunities and challenges in employment generation and many issues.