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Women in Research and development: Private sector outshines PSUs

Source | | Chethan Kumar, TNN

BENGALURU: Research and development (R&D) activity in India’s private sector has a larger proportion of women compared to government-supported agencies, even as men continue to overwhelmingly dominate the sector.

At least seven out of every 10 women employed by private R&D facilities are involved in research, whereas not even half of the female staff in government-aided scientific agencies have the same role, according to the latest edition of Science and Technology Indicators (STI-2019-20) compiled by the Government of India’s department of science and technology that was released this month. The employment data is for 2017-18.

Only public units in the industrial sector compare well with private R&D facilities. The overall number of women on the rolls at such units is 10 times lesser compared to private R&D facilities. Percentage of women in other central and state government departments, and scientific and industrial research organisations pales in comparison with the private sector.

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