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'Women Leading IITM Program' - Launched By IIT, Madras To Boost Women Leadership

'Women Leading IITM Program' - Launched By IIT, Madras To Boost Women Leadership

A new program, Women Leading IITM, has been launched by the IIT Madras on the occasion..

Sukanya Bharti 08 Mar 2021 17:12 PM IST

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A new program, Women Leading IITM, has been launched by the IIT Madras on the occasion of the Women's Day. The program has been launched to boost women's leadership in the science and technology stream.

The grants will also be made to the program each year to accelaerate the career of women technologists and also to provide an encouraging environment to thrive at the institute. The institute has also planned to raise the $02 million funding by the end of the year 2021 to impart annual grants to support programs takne by women students, researchers and faculty. With this fund, the institute aims at providing opportunities for alumni to support women role models and promote gender dievrsity.

The objective of the program is to provide emotional as well as physical safety for women, to create opportunities and Postdoctoral Fellowship, to support admin in delivering a better mentorship program for women faculty and to encourage leadership among them and to reform their hurdles into career growth.

Director of IIT, Madras, Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, while elaborating the initiative, said that the institution has made good progress in enhancing the women intake from the UG level up to the Doctoral level in the last several years. He furtehr added, "The participation of women in the non-teaching staff is also very good and we are making every effort to close the gap in the case of faculty. The WLI program will be a powerful catalyst to enable us to reduce the hurdles faced by women students, faculty, and staff at IIT Nadras to achieve their full potential".

By the ned of the year, the Endowment Fund is aiming at granting the amount of Rs. 70 lakh to various initiatives which will be raised through Alumni and CSR grants.


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