STEM Current Affairs - 2020

TIFAC under Ministry of Science and Technology launches Vigyan Jyoti

On March 8, 2020, TIFAC operating under Ministry of Science and Technology launched Vigyan Jyoti. The scheme was announced to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Highlights

The Technology Information Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) launched Vigyan Jyoti in order to encourage women to take science as their career. Under the scheme, selected qualified women from more than 500 women are to be provided opportunities to attend science camps at NITs, IITS and other leading institutions in the country.

Vigyan Jyoti

The Vigyan Jyoti was launched by the Central Government to promote STEM Education among girls. STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. It was launched in October 2019. It is essential to bring in such initiatives because according to ministry of science and technology only 24% of total passed out students are in the field of STEM and only 22% of the post graduates are women.

TIFAC

TIFAC was formed as a registered body in 1988 under DST (Department of Science and Technology).

Department of Biotechnology held International Summit on Women in STEM

On January 25, 2020, the Department of Biotechnology held an International Summit on Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) on the following theme

Theme: Visualizing the Future: New Skylines

The summit aimed to increase the participation of women in STEM field.

Highlights

The summit show cased the success of several women in the field of STEM. The summit also hosted different sessions on empowering women through networking, leadership building, interactive exercises with scientists.

The summit served as a platform for the students to interact with leaders in the field. This will help them widely in developing ideas and frame a future plan in their career.

Constitution

According to Article 51A, it is the duty of every citizen to develop scientific temper, spirit of inquiry and humanism.

Significance of the summit

The National Science Foundation predicts that around 80% of the jobs created in the next 10 years will be STEM oriented. However, India lags students in the field of problem-solving, innovation and creativity.

Also, women are under represented in the field. According to UNESCO, only 29% of STEM R&D are contributed by women.

The hinderance in India’s growth in STEM is that the contribution of education system towards STEM is lagging.