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Last Updated: December 1, 2022

 
 

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is committed to fostering diversity and inclusivity within its academic community. One significant initiative in this pursuit is encouraging and promoting women’s applications in underrepresented subjects. Historically, fields such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) have seen a gender imbalance. By actively encouraging and facilitating women’s applications in these subjects, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham aims to bridge this gap and create a more balanced, representative learning environment.

Direct tools like University outreach and collaboration, online women forum, women students testimonies are currently implemented as well as indirect tools like active communication on existing Amrita field projects tackling this issue and research on the root cause of the women under-representation.

1. Promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to Women Applicants

“In India, according to the World Bank data, nearly 43%of STEM graduates are women, as opposed to other developed nations like the United States, Canada, and the UK, where there are fewer women 34%, 31%, and 38%, respectively studying STEM at the tertiary level

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”. (Economic Times 8 March 2022).”

Through university outreach, collaboration at regional and national with the government, industry partners and NGOs, Amrita is actively working on under-representation of women applicants in STEM.

1.1 Margadarshi program for STEM
1.2 Algoqueen – Promote Women to Engage in Programming
1.3 Indo – U.S. Fellowship for Women in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine)
1.4 Online Forums and Thematic Videos to Encourage Women Application in STEM
1.5 Students Testimonies to Encourage Women Application in STEM
2. Understanding the Root Causes of Women Under-Representation is Some Academic Areas: Publication of a Research book “The Braided River” in Collaboration with UNESCO
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Amrita’s UNESCO Chair on Gender Equality and researchers from the research Center for  Women”s Empowerment and Gender Equality have authored a book “The Braided River: the Universe of Indian Women in Science”, in collaboration with UNESCO. The book was released by the UNESCO New Delhi office in 2022. Authored by Dr. Christopher Coley, Christie Gressel, Abhijit Dhillon and Dr. Bhavani Rao, this publication examines these barriers and challenges for women in science in the Indian context and provides actionable recommendations to promote and retain women in science education and careers. Click here to read the book

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Although India has achieved significant progress in supporting science education for girls at the school level, easing Indian women’s entry to higher-level science studies, and assisting them in their scientific careers throughout the last few decades, Indian women continue to encounter numerous visible and invisible barriers and challenges in their personal lives and professional pathways.

The publication was made as a reference tool for relevant stakeholders to mainstream gender inclusion in the Indian science, Technology and Innovation (STI) ecosystem.
In this publication, the authors have compiled a summary of what has already been achieved, outlined the known remaining obstacles, and made suggestions on how to further improve the situation. The team has also produced new ideas and translated them into actionable recommendations for better retaining and promoting Indian women in science education and careers.

For further information on the Braided River: Click here

3. Communication on Field Projects Initiated by Amrita Faculty and Students to Promote Women in Under-Represented Areas

Indian women represent 16.2% of those employed in senior and middle management in 2022. As per the BT-MDRA Survey 2022, female students in the country’s top 25 management schools represent 34.5 per cent of the batches entering the institutes in 2021-22.

Female share of graduates in agriculture, forestry, fisheries and veterinary programs (tertiary) is 27.5% according to the World Bank data.

Amrita communicates systematically on major field projects contracted with major governmental and private institutions. These projects are managed by faculty and students with an indirect wish to inspire students to investigate further in these under-represented areas and stimulate a career project. Below is an extract of a few projects initiated in 2022.

3.1 SANKALP
3.2 WADI Project
3.3 Smart SHGs
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