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Science research institutions need to give more opportunities to women: Smriti Irani
In Kerala, while inaugurating the permanent campus of phase one of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) at Vithura near Thiruvananthapuram on January 14, the Union HRD Minister, Smriti Irani said that 'the endeavor of science research institutions must be to give more opportunities to women, Dalits and those from economically backward sections to excel themselves'.

Calling for more Opportunities for Girls in Science Education and Research, Irani said that the Department of Higher Education will allow the new IISER Centre to recruit five foreign faculties as part of improving research and international exposure to the students as part of the new Global Initiative of Academic Network (GIAN) in the presence of Kerala Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy.

The first phase that has been inaugurated by Irani has three buildings namely, chemical science block, hostel and a central dining hall. The audience was informed that the blocks for physics and biology and additional hostel facility for 500 students will be constructed within the next 15 months.

The issue of gender inequality in science courses and scientific research has been debated among academia; it has been found and validated by quite a few studies that gender-biased culture in curricular transaction prevails.

It is being said that women learn differently than men. Therefore, both the learning environment and methods of teaching were needed to be made more female friendly to attract more girls in science courses through cooperative and collaborative methods of instruction.

Attracting more girls to science education needs to be treated as a challenge, not a matter of passively waiting for opportunities or help to come. There is a need to feminise science education.

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