The Hindu Business Line | Hyderabad, January 11 |
To encourage girls to take up STEM, entrepreneurship
With a view to encouraging girls taking up STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) courses and entrepreneurship, San Francisco-based Girls In Tech has opened its Indian chapter, with Hyderabad as its headquarters. The GIT has lined up a series of events that include hackathons, investment pitching events, workshops and interactions with mentors for girls. “Our aim is to support and raise the visibility of women in STEM, entrepreneurship and innovation,” Sree Divya Vadlapudi P, Managing Director of GIT in India, has said. Addressing the inaugural here on Monday, she said the GIT would work with the US government, the Telangana State and the industry. Quoting a 2013 research, US Consulate General (Hyderabad) Michael Mullins said that four out of 1,000 young students in India opt for science and technology.
“This figure does not tell us how many of these are women, but that is not difficult to guess. The comparable figure was 110 for Japan, 76 for Germany and Israel, and 46 for South Korea,” he said. Stating that unintentional biases sub-consciously keep women away, he said women in STEM jobs in the US earned 33 per cent more than those in non-STEM occupations and experience a smaller wage gap relative to men. – Courtesy /
Girls in Tech (GIT) is a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of girls and women who are passionate about technology. Our aim is to accelerate the growth of innovative women who are entering into the high-tech industry and building successful startups. Created in February 2007 by Adriana Gascoigne, Girls in Tech was born out of the need to provide a platform for women to cultivate ideas, learn new skills and advance their careers in STEM fields. Girls in Tech is headquartered in San Francisco, California and has multiple chapters around the world, from Paris, France and Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Hyderabad, India and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Girls in Tech offers a variety of resources and curriculum for members to further their educational and professional aspirations. These programs include Lady Pitch Night, Catalyst Conference, Coding and Design Bootcamps, Hackathons, XChange, Global Classroom, GIT WORK, and others. – http://girlsintech.org/