Prez for scholarship scheme in science for girl child

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New Delhi, Mar 8 (UNI) President Pratibha Devisingh Patil urged the Government on the International Women's Day today to launch a scholarship scheme for the girl child who wishes to pursue science courses.

''As the enrollment of girls in the science discipline is limited, our efforts to nurture women scientists must, therefore, begin at the school level,'' Ms Patil said, after inaugurating the National Conference of Women Scientists and presenting the National Awards for Women's Development to five scientists.

She also asked the agricultural scientists, including women, to usher in the second green revolution in the country.

Commending the role played by Chennai-based biotechnology park in promoting entrepreneurship among women, the country's first woman President called upon agencies in the Government and outside to take similar initiatives in harnessing women's potential.

Pointing out that women were extensively involved in farming, dairy production and the fishery sector, Ms Patil urged the scientific community to produce women-friendly tools and equipment.

She said the industries such as communications, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and automobile should involve women scientists in their Research and development efforts.

''The time has come to look at the contraints that women face while pursuing the scientific discipline and find solutions to facilitate their participation,'' she said.

Recalling the contribution of Nobel laureate Madam Curie to the scientific world, the President stressed the need for developing a spirit of entrepreneurship among women, thereby creating more jobs for them.

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