IIT Roorkee, JNV And DST Join To Bring Gender Parity In STEM

IIT Roorkee and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) have collaborated to bring gender parity in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) through Vigyan Jyoti Scheme.

IIT Roorkee, JNV And DST Join To Bring Gender Parity In STEM

The objectives of IIT Roorkee under the Vigyan Jyoti are to motivate girl students towards career in STEM

Roorkee, Uttar Pradesh:

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) have collaborated to bring gender parity in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) through Vigyan Jyoti Scheme.The launch event of the scheme happened on February 19, 2020. The Chief Guest of the event was Sonam Wangchuk, founder, SEMCOL and the Guest of Honour was Prof Ajit K Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee.

The Chief Guest of the launch event, Sonam Wangchuk, Founder, SEMCOL, said, "In today's day and age where women are breaking barriers in every other field, it is important for us as scholars to promote more female participation in STEM courses. I applaud IIT Roorkee for becoming the Knowledge Partner on this noble scheme".

The Guest of Honour of the launch event, Prof Ajit K Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee said, "We are delighted to work with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) to improve gender parity in STEM".

The coordinator from IIT Roorkee for Vigyan Jyoti program and faculty advisor for NSS and NCC, Prof Pranita P Sarangi also added, "With real-life stories, motivational lectures and interactive sessions, we have been successful in bringing interest in science and technology and for setting higher goals among girl students from JNV and Kendriya Vidyalaya". 

She also appreciated the efforts and enthusiasm of SC Joshi, Principal of JNV, Haridwar, and other teachers of the school in implementing this program to help the XIth class girls.

In this formal inaugural program, the girls from JNV and KV also interacted with many lady faculties, students from various branches and degree programs at IIT Roorkee and received information on higher education and carrier prospects in STEM.

The DST has several women-centric programs under KIRAN Division which provides various opportunities to women scientists and technologies. Most of the initiatives are related with research & development. 

To attract women into STEM field the DST is now starting Vigyan Jyoti - School Component which will be value-added in STEM education at the school level.

The main objectives of IIT Roorkee under the Vigyan Jyoti Scheme are to motivate girl students towards career in STEM field; to enhance girls participation in underrepresented areas of STEM and ensure gender parity; to provide enabling environment and add on in STEM education; to give exposure of various scientific careers and to counsel students as well as parents. 

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