Kalam to inaugurate women's conference

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam will inaugurate the third general assembly of the Third World Organisation for Women in Science (TWOWS) at the Indian Institute of Science on Monday. More than 400 women scientists from around the world are expected to take part in the event.

Lydia Makhubu, president of TWOWS, said this year's conference would focus on the impact of women on science and technology in the new millennium.

"We think that it an important issue to focus on given the rising status of women in many scientific fields despite the obstacles," an official release quoting her said.

The conference will be divided into four thematic tracks-education, health, environment and new technologies. Each track will consider the role of women in these tracks and will explore how that role may be broadened.

There will be an exhibition during the five-day conference highlighting the achievements of women scientists.

The Indian Air Force on Saturday performed a full dress rehearsal of the ceremonial parade that will be held during President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on Monday.

The President will award the Presidential Standard and Colours to the Aircraft and Systems Training Establishment (ASTE) and the Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IAM) respectively at a presentation parade to be held on the ASTE premises.

Saturday's rehearsal was done in the presence of the Air Officer Commanding in Chief (AOC-in-C), Air Force Training Command S. Bhogwani and other senior officers of the Indian Air Force.