Women empowerment issues – Jobs,Reservation and education

[pib] POWER Initiative


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : POWER Initiative

Mains level : Women in sciences

The Union Minister for Science & Technology has launched a Scheme titled SERB-POWER (Promoting Opportunities for Women in Exploratory Research).

Try this MCQ:

Q.The POWER initiative sometimes seen in news is related to

a)Reforms in the DISCOMs

b)Renewable Energy Sector

c)Women Empowerment

d)Health Sector

POWER Initiative

  • It is a scheme to mitigate gender disparity in science and engineering research funding in various S&T programs in Indian academic institutions and R&D laboratories.
  • The Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), a statutory body of the DST has been contemplating to institute a scheme to mitigate gender disparity in science and engineering.
  • SERB – POWER Scheme will have two components namely (i) SERB-POWER Fellowship (ii) SERB- POWER Research Grants.

A. Salient features of the SERB-POWER Fellowship

  1. Target: Women researchers in 35-55 years of age. Up-to 25 Fellowships per year and not more than 75 at any point in time.
  2. Components of support: Fellowship of Rs. 15,000/- per month in addition to regular income; Research grant of Rs. 10 lakh per annum; and Overhead of Rs. 90,000/- per annum.
  3. Duration: Three years, without the possibility of extension. Once in a career.

B. Salient features of the SERB – POWER Research Grants

POWER Grants will empower women researchers by funding them under the following two categories:

  1. Level I (Applicants from IITs, IISERs, IISc, NITs, Central Universities, and National Labs of Central Government Institutions): The scale of funding is up to 60 lakhs for three years.
  2. Level II (Applicants from State Universities / Colleges and Private Academic Institutions): The scale of funding is up to 30 lakhs for three years.

Why need such a scheme?

  • Integration of the gender dimension in research design has gained considerable attention in the global scenario.
  • Enhancement of participation and promotion of women in the research workforce has to be one of the prime priorities.

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