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IIT-Madras launches mentorship initiative to tackle underrepresentation of women in research

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, Friday launched the STEM women scholars’ and researchers’ development (STEWARD) initiative focussed on mentoring women PhD research scholars at all levels.

UNESCO data from 2014-16 show that only around 30 per cent of female students select STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)-related fields in higher education.

Female enrolment is particularly low in information technology (3 personal cent), natural science, mathematics and statistics (5 per cent) and engineering and allied streams (8 per cent).

 

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