Indian government & women in science
In the 14 March 2008 issue of Science (subscription required), Pallava Bagla reports that the same retention issues facing women scientists in the U.S. are confronting women in science in India. At a conference on 8 March, Mahtab S. Bamji, the chair of a science ministry task force assessing the status of women in science in India announced that the ministry’s 65 institutions would offer flexible work hours for women scientists with children younger than 3 years of age, and establish day nurseries in all institutions. Additionally, some of the 33 female members of the Indian National Science Academy (total fellowship 774) will receive research grants of up to $25K/yr over 5 years.
Although not a women-specific program, this may be of interest to WIPS readers: In the same issue of Science, Jeffrey Mervis reports that in February, the Bush Administration proposed an increase in the number of prestigious, merit-based Graduate Research Fellowships (GRFs) awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The GRFs provide a 3-year stipend to U.S. citizens or permanent residents for graduate study at the university of their choice.
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