India Inc. leads industry-wide movement for more women in STEM2 min read . Updated: 16 Oct 2019, 02:53 PM IST
- RBS India, in collaboration with prominent industry leaders, organised the first WiT Growth Summit that saw over 1,000 women participating
- WiT was envisioned as a collaborative platform to ensure it is scalable and replicable for widespread adoption and nationwide impact
As India looks towards growing into a $5 trillion economy, its strength in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is one of the most important pillar, according to Debjani Ghosh, president, NASSCOM. Ghosh was speaking at the first ‘WomenInTech’ (WiT) Growth Summit, organized by RBS on Wednesday.
She said "with 2.5-3 million new jobs predicted to be created by 2025 in the IT-BPM Sector, it is imperative to grow female talent in technology to optimise our full potential. The ongoing success of WiT forum, with the strong participation from the technology industry and the vibrant talent, will ensure we create a more inclusive platform enabling more women to flourish in this field."
RBS India, in collaboration with prominent industry leaders, organised the first WiT Growth Summit that saw over 1,000 women participating in a carefully curated series of sessions, masterclasses, and mentorship classes by over 150 leaders. The Summit saw participation of over 100 STEM organisations which discussed the current and impending disruptions that are shaping the industry and presented an opportunity for women in this sector.
Lynne Highway, HR Director Services ＆ Functions at RBS said: “I am proud to see RBS form powerful partnerships with other organisations committed to increasing the number of women in STEM careers at events like the WiT growth Summit. These events, along with strategic interventions across the industry will have a great impact in empowering more women to take up STEM careers and leadership positions."
Anuranjita Kumar, managing director and head of international hubs, RBS and chairperson WiT said, “The technology industry has three times more male engineers to females, owing to various challenges in the sector. WiT was set up with a mission to break through these barriers to enable and empower women to thrive in STEM careers. WiT has crossed significant milestones over a short span with the help of a strong partner network which has demonstrated its commitment to this shared vision. I am extremely humbled to see how the industry has come together at the WiT Growth Summit to take this movement to the next level."
The Summit resulted in over 50 STEM hirings at the WiT Career Fair.
RBS institutionalised WiT in 2018, in partnership with Amazon, IBM, NatWest Markets, Sapient, Deloitte, American Express, Volvo, JC Penny, ANZ, Uber and TCS, academia like IIT and Ashoka University and NGOs like Literacy India, Avtar, Timeless Life Skills Foundation - to make strategic interventions across the industry to encourage women to pursue and sustain careers in STEM.
WiT was envisioned as a collaborative platform to ensure it is scalable and replicable for widespread adoption and nationwide impact.
From a forum of 15 members and a target of positively impacting 1,00,000 girl students, today the initiative has over 150 members and has already impacted 2,20,000 females in India with chapters in Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune, and Chennai.