This was our first pit stop for the #STEM4GirlsFestival2018, where we engaged 378 young girl students of different economic backgrounds from 13 schools over two days. Interacting with students from Kerala, India’s first state to achieve 100% literacy was quite a humbling experience.
The Calicut leg of the festival was inaugurated by Dr. Anitha A B, Executive Director & Principal Scientist, Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (CWRDM). It was interesting to hear her story about overcoming odds to study and work in a not-so common field of integrated river basin planning and other water related topics.
Dr. T.R Resmi, Scientist & Head in charge, Isotope Hydrology Division(CWRDM) shared her journey with the young girl students and encouraged them to take up a career in STEM. She summarized her session with these inspirational words - think where you want to reach, the path will then form automatically.
Dr. E. Jayashree from the Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR), a multiple award-winner for her contribution in the field of agricultural engineering brought a different dimension to the event and urged the students to follow their passion. Her advice to the young ones was to be courageous and go beyond.
The medium of instruction was in English and Malayalam. The girls also taught us to say Kozhikodileeku Swagatham (Welcome to Calicut), and refused to bid us farewell but said Veendumkaanaam which transliterates to see you again.