M Dr. Manmohan Singh addressing on the first day of the Indian Science Congress
M Dr. Manmohan Singh addressing on the first day of the Indian Science Congress
Bhubaneswar: Expressing concern over the large number of unemployed women scientists due to lack of job opportunities, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called for transparency in selection procedure and gender audits on Tuesday.

Inaugurating the 99th Indian Science Congress here, Singh said despite women making a mark in all fields at high altitudes, a study conducted last year showed that 60 per cent of nearly 2,000 Indian women PhDs in Science, were unemployed. The main reason behind it was lack of job opportunities and added saying, “We should take note of the results of the study.”

Congratulating the creative women scientists like Tessy Thomas, Project Director of the Agni Missile programme and the three women scientists who received the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award, Singh hoped that their examples would motivate other women to take up careers in science.

He also said about “Women Scientists Scheme” introduced by Department of Science and Technology, helped more than 2000 women scientists to resume careers after breaks taken due to family commitments.

Stating that the Department of Science and Technology was formulating a new scheme called ‘DISHAS’, Singh said it would help women scientists in providing jobs.