Monday, 22 April 2024

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

CeNS celebrated “International Day of Women and Girls in Science” celebrated on 14th Feb 2022 with the theme "CeNS women in Science Reach out". The women scientists and research scholars from CeNS gave technical cum motivational talks to young women students from four city colleges, namely, Bishop Cotton Women's Christian College, Maharani Lakshmi Ammani College for Women, MES College of Arts, Commerce and Science, and Vijaya College. The event, which was held via an online platform, began with welcome remarks by Dr Geetha Nair, scientist, CeNS, followed by inspirational opening remarks by Prof. B L V Prasad, Director, CeNS. While acknowledging the various challenges women face while pursuing higher education, he stressed that one could overcome hurdles such as internal conflict, conflict with family and society if one is passionate about whatever one wants to persue in life. In the technical session, Ms Athira M, MsNurjahan Khatun, and  Ms TrupathiDevaiah, all senior research scholars, spoke about their respective research works covering topics such as thin films, liquid crystals and quantum dots. They also talked about how they were motivated to take up scientific research and the support they received from their family and teachers during the journey. Dr. Kavita Pandey and Dr. Neena John, scientists from CeNS, presented some of the interesting scientific research work they are carrying out in the field of super capacitors, nanoscience and technology. Both shared interesting anecdotes from their research career, with a message to students that gender discrimination will have no consequences if they are truly passionate about taking up scientific research as a career option. The college students interacted with the research scholars and scientists during the question and answer session. The event concluded with thanks from Dr Shankar Rao, scientist, CeNS.