In a first, 11 chairs named in honor of Indian women scientists to be occupied by women

NEW DELHI: One of the first medical women in the country, a pioneer in India's climate assessment systems and the first Indian woman to obtain a doctorate. Before International Women's Day, some of the iconic, but perhaps forgotten, women of India will be taken out of the dark annals of history and in the spotlight.

The ministries of science and technology and development of women and children have identified 11 scientists of the early twentieth century whose chairs of honor will be established in institutes throughout the country. The range of fields is wide, from cytogenetics to organic chemistry and social sciences. Only women researchers will take positions and could obtain funds of up to Rs 1 crore.

The idea behind installing a chair is to promote research in the field in which the person who bears his name stood out.

‘Chairs will inspire girls to follow the paths of scientists

The only woman in India after which a chair has been instituted is Mother Teresa .

Last month, the women's and children's development ministry had proposed presidents with women's names, for women, in all disciplines.

We hope this helps to highlight women who have been at the forefront of science and inspire girls to follow their path, the women's and children's development minister told TOI.

During the next week, the committee, which includes the general director of DRDO (aeronautical systems) and the president of AICTE, will identify the institutes where the presidents will be established.

These 11 Chairs will be established for an initial period of five years, which can be extended depending on the research requirements.