Bhubaneswar: Indian Ambassador in USA Nirupama Rao inaugurated the Women’s Science Congress of the 99th edition of Indian Science Congress (ISC) on Thursday held at KIIT University campus.
“We lack the number of Indian women scientists. We have to encourage participation and retention of Indian women scientists in science and technology, which is important for national development and the success of other programmes,” she said.
Focusing on the theme ‘Science and Technology for Inclusive Innovation – Role of Women’ in science, Rao called for policy solutions to remove gender-based disparity in science and other sectors as well as redoubling efforts to make science more inclusive.
Addressing the Women’s Science Congress, Minister of State for Human Resource Development (HRD) Dr.D. Purandeswari, said that the development of women cannot be complete without their equal participation in science.
Among others General President of 99th Indian Science Congress Prof. Geetha Bali, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO Dr. Gretchen Kalonji, Minister of Textile and Handloom and Science and Technology, Government of Odisha Usha Devi were present on the occasion.