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SERB-POWER initiative

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    30th Oct, 2020
  • The Minister of Science and Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan launched the SERB-POWER initiative.
  • The scheme aims to mitigate gender disparity in science and engineering research funding programmes in Indian academic Institutions and Research and Development Laboratories.
  • SERB-POWER is Promoting Opportunities for Women in Exploratory Research and has been exclusively designed for women scientist.
  • SERB is Science and Engineering Research Board. It is a statutory body operating under Ministry of Science and Technology.
  • SERB-POWER Fellowship targets women researchers of age 35 to 55 years.
  • It will provide 25 to 75 Fellowship per year. The selected candidates under the scheme will receive Fellowship of 15000 rupees per month in addition to a regular income. Also, they will receive 10 lakh rupees per annum as a research grant and Rs. 90,000/- as overhead in their career.
  • According to the Global gender gap index published by the World Economic Forum, India ranks 112 among 153 countries in 2020. Worldwide women account for only 30 % of all researches.

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