New Delhi: The KIRAN Division of the Department of Science & Technology (DST) has undertaken an initiative to hand-hold women scientists who are Principal Investigators (PIs) of projects sanctioned recently under the WOS-B program of the Women Scientist Scheme (WOS) by mentoring each project individually through subject matter experts and the WOS fellowship scheme as most of these women are returning to mainstream science after a break in career.
PIs of projects sanctioned very recently under WOS-B were mentored at a workshop organized at the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) Central Institute of Aromatic Plants (CIMAP), Lucknow. The aim of the workshop was to provide guidance to women scientists in developing a clear roadmap of the project.
With individual external mentoring of WOS-B projects from the very beginning, they will be able to begin the project with refined and focused objectives and the right methodology, and have concrete delivery and outcomes for societal benefits.
53 women scientists (PIs) and 25 mentors participated in the workshop held at CIMAP from 5 to 7 December in which the roadmaps of Women Scientist Scheme and WOS-B projects were also formulated.
Under the Women Scientist Scheme-B of the DST, proposals are invited from women scientists and technologists who wish to utilize their scientific knowledge and temperament for the benefit of society.
WOS-B focuses on projects leading to science and technology based solutions of societal issues and challenges for social benefits. Such projects are expected to deliver possible solutions by way of development of viable technology or technique, and/or lab-to-land technology transfer, its adaptation, and scaling up.
This information was provided by the Communications Team at the Dept. of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology.