VP Venkaiah Naidu calls for bridging gender divide in STEM-related employment


The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, today said that while India produces the highest percentage of women STEM graduates in the world (about 40 percent), their share in STEM jobs in India is very low at 14 per cent and needs to be improved. He further added that under-representation in post-graduate and doctoral studies too needs to be rectified expeditiously.

Further, he focused on the need to update engineering curriculam to ride data science revolution. He urged institutes to offer technical courses in regional languages. He further said that educators must adopt creative methods to engage children in mathematics. Need of the hour is to inculcate scientific temper in people, especially in children, said VP. He also interacted with fraternity of Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai while inaugrating New Residential Wing of the Institute.