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Principal Scientific Adviser to GoI and British High Commissioner unveil the book She Is – Women in STEAM

Newdelhi:22/9/22:The Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, Prof. Ajay Sood, and the British High Commissioner Mr. Alex Ellis unveiled the book She Is–Women in STEAM by ElsaMarie DSilva and Supreet K Singh on September 21, 2022.

The ‘75 Women in STEAM’ joined the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India and the British High Commissioner at the unveiling of the book that describes the various contours of their journeys in STEAM. Marking the celebration of India’s 75th year of Independence, the book honors 75 women in STEAM (fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) celebrating gender, leadership, and sustainable development in the fields of STEAM. Narrating personal stories of courage, hope, and determination, this book talks about the personal and professional struggles of women who did not have it easy but who for sure are role models for every girl who aspires to work in one of these disciplines. Read more about the shortlisting of the 75 women in STEAM here.

This book, supported by the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, FICCI FLO, and the British High Commission of India, is not only in written form but also has videos of all the achievers which can be accessed through a QR code.

“Over years of our work in the corporate and development sector we have witnessed the patriarchy displayed in the form of all-male panels or ‘manels’ on a variety of subjects, making decisions that affect women directly and indirectly, blatantly ignoring the contributions and voices of women. And whilst we work with women, men, and other genders, in creating a gender-equal world, we decided to bring forth stories of women achievers. This book seeks to make women in the fields of STEAM more visible, celebrate their significant contributions, and acknowledge their journeys which are often fraught with challenges that are gendered. The contribution of women to India’s independence, and subsequent success and progress, has often been underplayed and underestimated. We wish to correct that,” said the authors, ElsaMarie Dsilva and Supreet K Singh.

Providing opportunities for everyone, including women and young girls, makes every country stronger and wiser. That is why the British Government has supported over 300 young Indian female scientists and innovators in STEM to reach their potential. But theres a long way to go, and I hope the examples in this book will inspire the next generation of women leaders, and thats why we are partnering with the Indian Government and the Red Dot Foundation on this work.” Alex Ellis, British High Commissioner to India

Equality for women is progress for all. The ability of women to access, benefit from, develop, and influence these sectors is immense. Our collaborative endeavor has two goals, one is to celebrate and create role models and the other is to harness the potential of this sector to achieve inclusive and sustainable growth of the nation” said Jayanti Dalmia, President, FLO.

The publisher, Beyond Black, is a social enterprise working on using art, books, poetry, films, and events to promote diversity and inclusivity.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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