Somaiya Institute of Research and Consultancy (SIRAC) is a constituent of Somaiya Vidyavihar University in association with the Mumbai Chapter of The National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) celebrated National Science Day (NSD) – 2020 at their Vidyavihar campus. The theme for NSD-2020 was “Role of Women in Science and Society”. The event witnessed eminent speakers including TIFR Dean Prof. Sugra Chunawala, SNDT Vice-Chancellor Sashikala Wanjari, IIT-B Associate Dean Prof. Prita Pant, while Dr. R Chidambaram former Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission, GOI and Principal Scientific Advisor to the PM graced the event as Chief Guest.
Dr. R Chidambaram said, “If India envisions itself achieving the status of a developed nation, increase in Women literacy is imperative”
Professor Prita Pant of IIT Bombay added, “If women researchers remain devoted to their research purpose, no discrimination in teaching technology, gender bias can hold them back.”
SNDT Vice-Chancellor Prof. Shashikala Wanjari shared her thoughts on importance of women at prominent positions asserting “Rate of Literacy of women has direct impact in the rate of growth of a country. A balance of holding positions by women in all eminent committees, organizations and boards contributes to a better plan of action”
Vice Chancellor V. N. Rajsekharan Pillai of Somaiya Vidyavihar said “We are proud of the talented women leaders in all areas of science academicians at Somaiya Vidyavihar, we believe that women’s contribution as scientists and academicians is especially important to deal with the many challenges that the world faces“