Commemorating the International Women’s Day, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) organised a seminar on “Women in Science, Education and Research (WISER-2013)” at Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL), Ramgarh Ranges, in Chandigarh on Friday.
More than 350 women scientists, technologists, officers and staff from various laboratories of DRDO across the country attended the seminar, which highlighted the contribution of women in science, education and research.
Mamta Sharma, chairperson of the National Commission for Women (NCW), inaugurated the seminar.
Highlighting the inner strength of women in multi-tasking, she expressed her concern on the increasing gender gap and incidences of domestic violence.
She said: “It’s not just today we are celebrating Women’s Day. Every day is made for women, without whom this world is incomplete.”
Praising women’s calibre, she said there was no field where they had failed to leave a mark. To curb female foeticide, she emphasised the need for sensitising society as a whole. Taking a pop at women marrying NRIs and being betrayed thereafter, she said: “May be you are physically weak, but your brain works faster than men. Stop becoming a victim and speak for your rights.”
Congratulating the women scientists and engineers, she asked every woman to promise herself to make a difference.
VK Saraswat, scientific adviser to the defence minister and DRDO director general, was the guest of honour. He said concrete steps should be taken to fill the gender gap by giving women their due share and representation in decision making.
S Sundaresh, scientist and chief controller of research and development, armaments and combat engineering, DRDO, highlighted achievements of women and stressed the need for educating girl child for overall success and growth of the country.
TBRL director Manjit Singh said education was the best way to empower women and infuse confidence in them.
Those present during the occasion included Tessy Thomas, Agni Putri (DRDO’s AGNI missile project director) who spoke on “Women as technical manager, and Amita Arora, advocate, Punjab and Haryana high court who spoke on “Women rights”.
Rajesh Kumari was the convener of the seminar, which ended with a vote of thanks, followed by a cultural programme.