While India is celebrating 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav' at India@75, it is significant to highlight the women achievers leading the way across Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Without the presence of women in the field of STEM, innovation is limited.
As per World Bank data out of 114 economies, 107 economies have fewer female than male STEM graduates. Globally, 18% of girls in tertiary education are pursuing STEM studies compared to 35% of boys. Even within the STEM fields, women prefer to study life sciences and are less represented in majors like computer science and mechanical and electrical engineering. Worldwide, only 33% of researchers are women. Women account for just 22% of professionals working in artificial intelligence and 28% of engineering graduates.
However, in India, the scenario is comparatively better with nearly 43% of the total graduates in STEM being women. It is one of the highest in the world albeit there is only 14% of scientists, engineers, and technologists in research development institutions and universities. Therefore, it is imperative to encourage participation of more women in STEM to further innovate and better represent the needs of society.
With this in view, Confederation of Indian Industry is hosting Women in STEM Summit to celebrate the success and achievements of women luminaries who have made a significant mark in the arena of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
The summit will also deliberate upon the opportunities for Women in STEM; STEM leadership; role of government, industry & academia in ensuring equality; breaking the biases, etc.
A Compendium on Women in STEM: Vanguards of India@75 will be released during the summit on 22 July 2022.