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Panel for women in science set up

EMPOWERING WOMEN: President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is flanked by Governor T.N. Chaturvedi and Union Minister for Science and Technology Kapil Sibal at a conference in Bangalore on Monday. — Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash  

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BANGALORE: Union Minister of State for Science and Technology and Ocean Development Kapil Sibbal on Monday announced the setting up of a national-level task force for Women in Science to encourage women to take up the study of science and pursue it as a career.

In his opening remarks at the inauguration of the five-day Third World Organisation for Women Science (TWOWS) conference on "Women's impact on science and technology in the new millennium" here on Monday, Mr. Sibbal said noted nutritionist Mahtab S. Bamji will head the task force.

Mr. Sibbal said gender equity and equality cannot be achieved through formal measures alone. There is a need to change the mindset of people and bring about a structural change in society by empowering women to play their rightful role in science and technology activities.

Representation of women in science, engineering and technology has not shown any substantial increase in the past few years, Mr. Sibal said.

President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who inaugurated the event, urged women scientists to take up research in weather forecasting to predict occurrences of earthquakes and other natural disasters, solar energy and biosciences.

C.N.R. Rao, President of The Academy of Sciences for Developing World (TWAS), M.H.A. Hassan, Executive Director of TWAS, and Lydia Makhubu, President of TWOWS, spoke.