Vigyan Jyoti encourages science uptake among rural girls

For thirty-two girl students and ten teachers from far flung rural areas of North East it was almost a dream come true occasion to interact with scientists from institutions like NASA and learn about opportunities in science and  technology.

The students were introduced to various emerging technologies in the field of biotechnology, 3D printing, flexible electronics, design, polymers, solar cells etc. during DST’s Vigyan Jyoti programme organized by Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati. They also received counseling about various career options in science and technology through expert lectures, interactions and access to research labs during this three week long residential programme.

Department of Science & Technology (DST) launched this as a dedicated program for girl students to pursue their careers in Science, Engineering and Technology. The programme aims to encourage and inspire girl students to pursue higher education and become self-reliant and also offers exposure for girl students coming from rural background to help understand how to plan their journey from school to college and thereafter from research to a job of their choice in the field of science.

Apart from the NASA scientists, the students also interacted with Indian army personnel and learnt about their upgraded technologies and innovations on the occasion of Technique Programme, an annual Techno-Management festival of IIT Guwahati.

The participants also received a scholarship of Rs 5,000 after the completion of the programme as part of the Vigyan Jyoti Programme’s commitment. A day visit to Science museum at Guwahati was also arranged. The program has not only encourage these young girl students to pursue career in Science, Engineering and Technology but also given them guidance on how to balance work and life.

DST extended more than 2 crore of budgetary support to 15 top notch academic institutions including IITs, IISER and Universities to launch Pilot of Vigyan Jyoti. Class XI girls will be benefited by this new programme.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018