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    Nimita Pandey

    Despite various Government policies and schemes for promoting women scientists in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), we have not yet realised their proportionate representation in Research & Development as well as Innovation. Gender disparities are more evident in the post-COVID era. Factually speaking, women’s participation is not merely about justice or equal rights, it the also in¬† of the benefit of science, economy and society, at large.

    What are the barriers for women to pursue  STEM careers? Is the prevailing institutional culture and policy instruments adequate for women scientists? How such issues can be addressed through STI Policy 2020?


    The barriers are well known. An assessment of policy instruments, institutional frameworks and milieus is necessary. We can learn from examples and initiatives in other countries. STI Policy can have a section on Gender in STEM/STI outlining objectives and goals but the idea that there is an iniquitous situation and it has to be addressed can be used in drafting the policy. In other words a conscious effort is needed.

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