Gender Equity towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of India

02 Feb 2022   -   06 Feb 2022
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Women in India face several challenges in moving up the academic and administrative ladder due to systemic barriers and structural factors. Gender equality in scientific laboratories and institutions of higher education is not only about numbers but also about various micro and macro level factors operating at institutional level. There exist various policies and enabling environment in different institutions in India but a common approach or guiding principles to bridge the gender gap is still lacking. In science and technology sector it is difficult to assess and evaluate the merit of existing process/procedures from gender lens. This clearly demonstrates a need for multi stakeholder interventions. While gender equality in science is an important consideration, it is also in the larger interest of scientific progress and society. Therefore, Department of Science and Technology Supported Gender Advancement for Transforming Institutions (GATI) Framework for Development for Advancing Gender Equity in Science and Technology and Higher Education in India. GATI pilot project ushers a new intervention programme for gender equality in science and technology in India. In particular, it aspires to create an enabling environment for equal participation of women in science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics disciplines (STEMM) at all levels, addressing deep-rooted problems. It envisages a fresh perspective on not just measures for increasing retention and recruitment but the progression of women throughout their professional journey. NIT Rourkela is one of the recommended institutions of national importance selected for the Gender Advancement for Transforming Institutions (GATI) pilot project in 2021.