India Launches "SWATI" Portal to Promote Women in STEMM

  • 13 Feb 2024

A pioneering online platform, "Science for Women- A Technology & Innovation (SWATI)" Portal, was unveiled on 11th February, 2024, aiming to facilitate policy-making to tackle gender disparity in STEM fields.

Key Points

  • Comprehensive Database: The "SWATI" Portal, developed, hosted, and maintained by the National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR), offers a comprehensive interactive database. It is the first-of-its-kind initiative in India dedicated to women in STEMM.
  • Dynamic Growth: The objective is to compile data on all women scientists in the country, providing easy access to valuable information for policy-makers and researchers.
  • Inauguration: Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government, inaugurated the portal at the Indian National Science Academy (INSA). The launch underscores the commitment to address gender parity and promote inclusivity in scientific endeavors.
  • Advocating for Equality: President of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), emphasized the importance of education as a tool for achieving gender parity. The event highlighted the need to empower women in all sectors, including STEM fields.
  • Objectives of SWATI Portal: The SWATI portal aims to amplify efforts to include every Indian woman in science, spanning academia and industry. It seeks to facilitate long-term research on equality, diversity, and inclusivity, promoting emerging opportunities for women in S&T endeavors.