Women in Science

An Indian Academy of Sciences Initiative


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 for "Women in Science" (WiS), in January 2005, to carry out recommendations made by the committee and to suggest measures for obtaining suitable solutions.

The Panel is currently chaired by Prof. Sandhya S. Visweswariah. The Panel has undertaken several initiatives towards fulfilling its objectives.

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  • Women in Science | News

    • 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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