Women Scientists Scheme

News: An inspiring journey of 100 women scientists who returned to science after a break in career has been documented into a book form.

Background:

  • The women scientists featured here had to discontinue their pursuit of career in science due to family responsibilities and social reasons. The book, which chronicles their journey to restart their career despite several obstacles, can be a beacon of light for more Indian women in similar situations.

Women Scientists Scheme:

  • Knowledge Involvement in Research Advancement through Nurturing (KIRAN) division (now WISE-KIRAN) of the Department of Science & Technology (DST) supports women with break-in careers to return to science through the Women Scientists Scheme (WOS).
  • Through various components of Women Scientists Scheme (WOS), DST addresses challenges confronted by those women who had a break in their career and desire to return to mainstream science.
  • The booklet presents select stories of women who completed their training under WOS-C component of this scheme and are now achieving greater heights in their careers.
  • WOS-C is a flagship scheme of the department and a recipient of Nari Shakti Puraskar, 2015 (Rani Lakshmibai Award) conferred by the Hon’ble President of India.
  • WOS-C is implemented by TIFAC, New Delhi, an autonomous organization under DST. In the program, one-year long training is provided to women, having qualifications in science/engineering/medicine or allied areas in the field of IPRs and their management.