AIMING TO create women leaders, the Department of Science and Technology is developing a framework to rate and rank science institutes depending on the proportion of women employed.
The initiative, under the new Science and Technology Policy 2020, will cover government and private institutes, which will be rated on a number of parameters that includes promotion opportunities, leadership positions and support structure, such as creches.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, said the framework is being conceptualised as a part of the new policy’s push towards “inclusivity, equity and diversity’’.
The last science policy was drawn up in 2013, and the new version is expected to be unveiled by December.
“The representation of women in engineering courses at IITs is around 10-12 per cent. Even in our own department, we have said that all the committees