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Panel to oversee implementation of report on women in science

The Government today constituted a Standing Committee to oversee the timely implementation of the recommendations of the task force for women in science.

The 18-member committee would be headed by Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Prithviraj Chavan.

Mr Chavan told journalists here that the report of the task force was being studied and all feasible action on it would be completed in a time-boound manner.

He said that a sub-committee would be set up for development of women-friendly policies and practical support systems inclusive of crèche, campus housing, transport, facilities for the elderly, mentoring, and so on.

Earlier, Mr Chavan interacted with several women scientists at the Women Scientists Meet 2009 organized by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

On the basis of the discussions at the meeting, it was decided that the efficiency of existing gender sensitive schemes will be studied and actions taken to enhance their efficiency through revision of parameters and strengthening of implementation systems.

An official press release said attempts would be made to make gender audit in scientific establishments obligatory: webpage information should carry statement of graduated goals and set up monitoring goals. It said special schemes would be developed to avoid under-employment of women.

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