Speaking to the media at the sidelines of the workshop, Ajay Durrani, MD, Covestro India said, “The world is currently facing a dearth of women in the STEM related fields. The situation is not very different in our country too. Along with business ambitions, Covestro has always aligned its corporate social responsibility activities towards promoting overall wellbeing of the society and support of educational programs like g4g. The campaign #STEM4Girls is our contribution to support government’s ambitious Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao initiative. We, at Covestro, believe such workshops will be able to help the schools, teachers and students to regain the lost affinity towards STEM subjects and professions. Without a strong base in STEM, we believe the dream of becoming an innovation based economy will remain elusive.”
“STEM is a powerful approach to help students enjoy learning and hook them to see the practical application of reading, writing as well as science and mathematics. The education system should make earnest attempts to strengthen the understanding of science at school level curriculum to foster a tomorrow that is filled with innovative minds,” said Dr. Shivprasad Khened, Director, Nehru Science Center, Mumbai.
A recent study by Belong.co reveals that there is one woman engineer for three men engineers, leading to the fact that the Indian technology industry has just 26% women in engineering roles. This reinforces the assumption that science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs attract fewer women.
In addition, Kelly Global Workforce Insights (KGWI) survey on Women in STEM showed that 81% of women in STEM fields in India perceived a gender bias in performance evaluation. Such hostile work culture, coupled with the pressures of home is making women leave STEM professions.
This is also the first time that global STEM education organization, greenlight for girls (g4g), will be holding a workshop in Mumbai. As an international organization headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, greenlight for girls (g4g) introduces girls of all ages and backgrounds to STEM studies and careers through fun, interactive, hands-on workshops delivered by STEM mentors.
Together, Covestro and g4g share a common mission to expose more girls to STEM subjects and role models and increase their participation in STEM careers. Commenting on the initiative, Melissa Rancourt, Engineer, Entrepreneur and Founder of greenlight for girls said “Around the world and across the United States, wherever g4g goes, we see how profoundly interested girls are in science. Our goal is to capture that interest and get girls thinking about the possibilities of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in order to build a future talent pipeline of female STEM leaders worldwide.”
Since 2015, Covestro has been a strong partner and supporter of g4g and together have launched events in various cities across the world.
Just last year Covestro and g4g launched in New Delhi, India, where 200 girls were welcomed in person by CEO, Patrick Thomas. Workshops like these help build great thinkers, innovators, engineers and scientists which are critically needed for the development of our society. This one-week long initiative marks the first ever g4g event in Mumbai.
Dr Juergen Morhard, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany along with Guest of Honor Dr. Pheroza J. Godrej, Godrej Group delivered keynote address to the students at the workshop which is being conducted at Nehru Science Centre, Worli, Mumbai from 8th November 2017 to 15th November 2017. He quoted – “Women scientists and engineers are already creating a ‘Big Bang’. I can hear it, and it’s only going to get louder, bigger and all-encompassing.”
With 2016 sales of EUR 11.9 billion, Covestro is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and the sports and leisure industries. Covestro, formerly Bayer MaterialScience, has 30 production sites around the globe and employed approximately 15,600 people (full-time equivalents) at the end of September 2016.
About greenlight for girls
Greenlight for girls is an international organization dedicated to encouraging girls of all ages and backgrounds to pursue STEM careers by introducing them to the world of science in fun and exciting ways. Founded five years ago by engineer, Melissa Rancourt, g4g has reached over 15,000 students with events held in more than 50 cities with over 1,500 volunteers operating across six of the world’s seven continents, encouraging girls of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in science-related careers, through a variety of hands-on activities. Find more information at www.greenlightforgirls.org.
About Nehru Science Centre:
Nehru Science Centre, among the four National level Science Museums in NCSM, working as the Western Zone Headquarters with five science centres in Nagpur, Calicut, Bhopal, Dharampur and Goa under its umbrella caters to the people in the Western part of India. As a part of its activities, the Centre organizes regular extensive science education programmes, activities and competitions for the benefit of the common people and students in particular.
Nehru Science Centre is visited by over 700,000 people every year who experience and enjoy the basic principles and marvels of science & technology. Situated on Dr. E. Moses Road, Mumbai - 400018, in between Worli Naka and Mahalaxmi Railway Station and spread over 14 acres of land, the Centre provides a natural and free environment for students to learn, familiarize and spend creative holidays and for professionals in the field of science education to have a glimpse of innovations in science education. Close to 1,20,000 school children alone participate in the activities of the Centre.
Nehru Science Centre incorporates innovative ways to communicate science to enthuse, entertain, initiate, excite and bring the developments of science & technology to the doorstep of common people for prosperity, awareness, and improving the quality of life. The centre attempts to enhance public understanding of science and spread scientific literacy.