Number of Women Scientists is Dismal: Experts

They recommend that women must be encouraged with facilities like child care, flexible timings and more

Published: 09th February 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th February 2015 05:07 AM   |  A+A-

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QUEEN'S ROAD:The number of women scientists in various institutions in India is alarmingly low, said Dr Vineeta Bal of National Institute for Immunology, New Delhi.

women scientists.JPGShe was speaking at the Indo-French ‘Women in Science' seminar held recently. She presented statistics gathered in 2008 on the number of women scientists in various institutions.

A revised statistic was unavailable, she said and added, “There is no use saying that things are better now, because I am sure the numbers have not come to equal the number of men.”

Prof Ram Ramaswamy, prof and former V-C of Hyderabad University said, “Some quotas must be made for women in science or else the numbers will always remain low.”

Experts recommend

  • Collaborations with various countries must make it compulsory for a certain number of women to go to that country to further their knowledge.
  • Men must be instrumental in removing social and domestic barriers against women.
  • Universities must have facilities for women scientists such as child care, flexibility in timings and more.
  • Institutions must do away with archaic rules that forbid spouses from working together in the same institution.
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