Opinion | The role of women in developing a knowledge economy3 min read . Updated: 05 Mar 2020, 10:08 PM IST
Indian economic success requires scientific skills that can foster a knowledge economy, the emergence of which depends on how gender balanced the workforce is
A rapidly growing India requires a highly skilled technical workforce that is crucial for developing a knowledge economy. Unfortunately, half the scientific potential of India—women in science—is squandered. Women make up only 14% of the 280,000 scientists, engineers, and technologists in research and development institutions across the country, according to a recent study. Today, fewer women apply for or hold key scientific positions as several barriers prevent them from progressing in their careers, in comparison with their male counterparts.
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