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Tech Trailblazers: Celebrating Indian Women in STEM

Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) have historically been underrepresented, yet their contributions have been invaluable. Recognizing the achievements and challenges faced by women in tech is not just about equality; it’s about acknowledging the critical role they play in advancing technology and science.

Modern Tech Trailblazers

Today, women like Sheryl Sandberg and Ginni Rometty are at the forefront of technological innovation. Their leadership in major tech companies is shaping the future of the industry.

The participation of women in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields in India has shown a promising increase over the years, though challenges remain in terms of representation in professional roles. Here’s a detailed look at the current scenario:

Enrollment in Tertiary Education:

Women comprise 29% of the total number of students enrolled in tertiary engineering and technology programs in India. This statistic is indicative of a growing interest among women to pursue education in STEM fields.

Increase in Female Enrollment in STEM:

The All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) reported an increase in female enrollment in STEM courses from 38.4% in 2014-15 to 42.6% in 2021-22. Comparatively, the female share of graduates from STEM as a percentage of tertiary education in India was 42.7% in 2018, which is higher than in countries like the US (34% in 2016) and the UK (38% in 2016)​.

Global Comparison:

Despite women representing only about 30% of the science world globally, and 35% of the STEM students, India stands out with about 43% of its STEM graduates being women. This rate is the highest in the world. However, there is a notable gap in the transition from education to professional roles in STEM fields. Women’s share in STEM jobs in India remains significantly lower​.

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Growth in Women Opting for STEM:

There has been a noticeable increase in the number of women opting for STEM as a field of study in India. From 2017-18 to 2019-20, the number of women in STEM increased by 53,388, reaching a total of 10,56,095 in 2019-20. This uptrend reflects the growing interest and participation of women in these fields.

Mentorship is a key factor in the success of women in STEM. Supportive communities and networks provide essential resources and guidance. While the enrollment and graduation rates of women in STEM fields in India are encouraging and even surpass those in some Western countries, there remains a significant disparity in their representation in professional STEM roles. This gap highlights the need for further efforts to support and empower women in transitioning from education to career paths in STEM industries.

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