Lauding the efforts of girl-students in all subjects, minister for Agriculture and Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) Tota Singh emphasised the need to encourage them by setting up modern science laboratories in schools in the rural areas.
Addressing delegates at an international seminar on 'Promotion of Teaching & Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths & Medical' (STEMM) organised by Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University in coordination with the Cambridge University, UK, at Fatehgarh Sahib, he said they needed opportunities and a proper platform to bring them on par with their counterparts in cities.
Central University, Lucknow, vice chancellor RC Sobti, said girls had grabbed about 30% of the employment opportunities in the IT sector and 50% in the Biotech sector.
He also said that men should change their attitude towards women for women to be empowered.
Voicing similar sentiments, London School of Economics director Dr Inderjeet Seera and Cambridge University professor Dr Vizzy pointed out that science and technology had plenty of opportunities for girls and said they should be encouraged to take up research.
Speaking on the occasion, former Rajya Sabha member and ex-chairman of the Minority Commission Tarlochan Singh highlighted the importance of education in becoming self dependent.