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 committee 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.

Evaluating and Enhancing Women's Participation in Scientific and Technological Research: The Indian Initiatives – A report of National Task Force for Women in Science, DST.

M. Sharma and K. Mishra, Eds., "Role of Women Scientists and Teachers in promotion and application of Science & Technology: Easing the Drudgery of Women", (2013) – Reports and recommendations of the workshops held under "The year of Science" on "involvement of women scientists and teachers in science and technology; and application of science and technology for the welfare of women" organized by The National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) Allahabad (2012-2013)

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    • Women in Science Panel, Indian Academy of Sciences

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    • Vera Rubin, astronomer who proved existence of dark matter, dies at 88

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    • An article published in "The Guardian" on 10 best unsung female scientists

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    • Do You Know the Botanist Janaki Ammal, She of the Magnolia Kobus Fame?

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    • Perimeter Institute’s Emmy Noether Visiting Fellowship

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    • Obituary


      We are very sorry to announce the untimely demise of Prof. Charusita Chakravarty, one of the stars of our community of women scientists, at a young age of 52, after a valiant battle with cancer, today on 29th March 2016 in Delhi. May her memory inspire many a young women in the coming years!

    • Women’s Science Congress seeks raison d’etre

      By: Mihika Basu
    • Science of Sexism?

      Posted on June 20, 2015

      Nobel Laureate Sir Tim Hunt's joke about having women in the lab has raised the 'sexism in science' debate again! An article published in 'Mumbai Age'. MORE

    • Women Scientists: Reflections, Challenges, and Breaking Boundaries

      Posted on April 16, 2015

      Contains portraits of sixty notable female scientists, including eight of the sixteen women Nobel prize winners. MORE

    • Country report of India of the AASSA meeting

      Rohini M. Godbole and Ramakrishna Ramaswamy

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