The first day’s conference called ‘Dhruti’ will be inaugurated by Vinita Sharma, Head, Science of Equity, Empowerment and Development (SEED Division), Department of Science and Technology. This will be followed by a panel discussion.
Dr. Parsons spoke about the importance of the three days and the need to embrace science and technology.“One of the things that strikes me about the conference is the extent to which it is addressing the three very different communities within the Women and Technology Community. We have a strong community here. Conferences like this will allow us the opportunity to understand where that strength comes from and build on it,” she further elaborated.
“Women have the patience, perseverance, the ability to multi-task, and be sensitive to obstacles. As women contributing to technology, I would say we should take the sensitivity that we have being pushed to learn by society, in a very positive way,” remarked panelist Prof. Hema A. Murthy from IIT Madras.
Other expert panelists included Ms. Jyothi Mahpsekar, President, Stree Mukti Sanghatana; Dr. Mala Ramanathan, Professor at Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Science and Technology, Trivandrum; Dr. Ranjini Parthasarathi, Professor at Anna University and Dr. Saraswati, Post-Doctoral Scientist, Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Notable among talks on the first day was one by Dr. Kiranmayi Pendyala from Advanced Micro Devices wherein she recounted stories of several women who had risen to the top of their fields in computing.