About the Initiative
STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in 4 specific disciplines – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. India stands as one of the leading nations in terms of producing a substantial number of scientists and engineers. However, according to the Annual Status of Education Report 2019 (ASER), there is a significant decline in girls’ enrollment in STEM subjects as they advance through the education system. Despite 43% of STEM graduates in India being women, their representation in STEM jobs is a mere 14%, highlighting an ongoing gender imbalance within STEM fields.
Addressing the issue requires action on two fronts: a societal level demanding long-term commitment, and a policy and institutional level that can be initiated promptly. To commence this process, schools play a crucial role in dismantling gendered stereotypes surrounding intelligence. They should actively promote the participation of girls in STEM subjects during secondary and higher secondary education, while also fostering their interest in pursuing careers in STEM fields.
An initiative to promote the participation of girls in STEM subjects during secondary education, while also fostering their interest in pursuing careers in STEM fields through interactive and engaging workshops
About the Expert
Dr. Anupma Harshal is an independent woman in STEM, with over 22 years of experience as an Academician in Research Administration. A capacity-building trainer, an avid Foldscope, and a high-achieving mentor.