The Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology (IASST), Guwahati (an autonomous institute under the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India), has celebrated the “7th International Day of Women and Girls in Science” virtually on 11th February 2022, under the banner of 75th Year of India’s Independence: Azadi Ke Amrit Mahotsava. The online celebrations commenced with a welcome address by Dr. Arundhuti Devi, Associate Professor and Chairperson of the ICC, IASST. Prof. Ashis K. Mukherjee, Director, IASST, delivered the inaugural lecture by highlighting the role of women in science and emphasizing the importance of eradicating the existing gender gap for the nation’s overall development and achievement of sustainable development goals. Prof. Mukherjee also highlighted the contribution of some of the social reformers, such as Raja Rammohan Rai, Pandit Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar, Savitribai Phule Periyar EV Ramaswamy, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, and Mahatma Gandhi. They worked throughout their lives to empower women and abolish social taboos against women’s rights. Dr (Mrs.) Atya Kapley, Senior Principal Scientist & Head, Environmental Biotechnology and Genomics Division CSIR-NEERI, Nagpur, the guest of honor and resource person of the day, delivered a speech on this year’s theme of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, “Equity, Diversity, Inclusion: Water unites us” as given by the UN. She highlighted her research activities on water resource management and wastewater restoration using biotechnological tools. She also shared her views regarding women’s empowerment and inspired Women and Girls to participate in science-related activities. Dr. Kapley also mentioned the schemes and opportunities for women in research and start-up works. The virtual webinar was attended by the faculty members, officers, staff, and the research scholars of the institute. The scholars of IASST also actively participated in this function and discussed their opinions regarding the problems faced by women and girls in the society and mentioned solutions for a better tomorrow where there shall “no gender gap” exist. The program ended with the vote of thanks delivered by Dr. Kamatchi S, one of the members of the ICC, IASST.
Dr. Arundhuti Devi, Associate Prof. IASST was moderator of the event
Lecture delivered by Mrs Atya Kapley, presently working as Senior Principal Scientist & Head, Environmental Biotechnology and Genomics Division CSIR-NEERI, Nagpur, India
Faculty, Staffs, research scholars of IASST actively participating in the talk in virtual mode