Lack of support, not ‘likeable’ — why India doesn’t have more women in science

From lack of social acceptance, not being ‘likeable’ to socio-economic setbacks — it is particularly hard for Indian women to enter and make a mark in the country’s scientific community. As the world celebrates International Day of Women and Girls in Science on Thursday, senior women scientists, including Infosys Prize laureate Prof. Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay, told The Print that the country has a long way to go in terms of gender representation in this field.

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Podcast: The crucial role of digital technologies and engineering in times of a global pandemic

Technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Big Data are helping elevate the technology space, especially during times like a global pandemic. TechGig spoke to Prof. Hari Balakrishnan, Infosys Prize Winner for Engineering and Computer Science, 2020 in conversation with Prof. Arvind, a Jury member of Infosys Prize, who is a Johnson Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, at MIT to understand the role of technology in enabling accessibility for research and driving collaboration.

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Study any engineering course, but learn programming skills

In conversation with the Times of India, Arvind, the Infosys Prize jury chair for Engineering and Computer Science and Professor at MIT, encouraged students to learn basic computational skills that would be crucial for use in any field. "A very large part of the work done now is driven by collection of data, where computer skills are important", he said.

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Scientists bat for hosting virtual conferences even after COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic led to a massive platform shift for lectures and conferences, thus changing the landscape of academic gatherings for the foreseeable future. The Hindu features multiple researchers, including Infosys Prize laureates Prof. Sourav Chatterjee and Prof. Arindam Ghosh, who have expressed their support for continuing the use of virtual conferences even after the pandemic has abated. Pros that they listed included a lower carbon footprint and a broader international audience.

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