One-day Seminar Highlighting the Role of “Women in Chemistry”
The National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science & Technology (CSIR-NIIST), Thiruvananthapuram organised a one day seminar highlighting the role of “Women in Chemistry” on 13th October 2011 as part of the celebrations of the International Year of Chemistry 2011 (IYC-2011). The year also coincides with the centenary of the award of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Madame Marie Sklodowska Curie, whose life and work continue to inspire students to pursue careers in chemistry. IYC-2011 is a celebration of the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind, with the aim of increasing public appreciation of chemistry in meeting world needs, encouraging interest in chemistry among young people and generating enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry. The Government of India is especially promoting science education for women through the Human Resource Ministry, Department of Science & Technology, Department of Biotechnology, the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research and related organizations. It is in this context that NIIST, a constituent laboratory of the CSIR, organized a special program for providing an opportunity to young college students, especially girl students of various colleges in Trivandrum to interact with some of the best women chemists in the country. The seminar was inaugurated by Prof. H. Ila, Senior Scientist at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore and a specialist in synthetic organic chemistry. Dr. Suresh Das, Director, CSIR-NIIST presided over the function. Prof. Charusita Chakravarty from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – New Delhi, Dr. M. Lakshmi Kantam from the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Hyderabad and Dr. Aruna Dhathathreyan from the Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI), handled various technical sessions.