The issue of under
representation of women in science is being seen with a
great deal of concern all over the world. Over the years,
several Academy Fellows had suggested a need to address this concern.
In order to, examine and study the current status with regard to women
in science in the Indian context; the factors influencing the science
career for Indian women; and to suggest recommendations, the Council of
the Indian Academy of Sciences had in January 2003 constituted a
committee on "Women in Science". This
had come up with many initiatives and
action plan for consideration by
the Council and Fellowship. This
led to the formation of the Panel of Women in Science to carry
out the recommendations made by the committee.
The Indian National
Science Academy (INSA) had also set up a committee so that INSA and
IASc could work together and come up with joint set of recommendations
and action points). A report “Science career for Indian Women
– An examination of Indian women’s access to and
retention in scientific careers” has been brought out by INSA.