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Private firms employ more women in R&D: STI

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  • August 21, 2020
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Private firms employ more women in R&D: STI

Part of: GS-Prelims and GS-III – Science and Technology

In News:

  • Science and Technology Indicators (STI), 2018, a periodic compendium of the state of scientific research in India was recently released. 
  • Prepared by: The National Science and Technology Management Information System (division of the Department of Science Technology). 
  • Based on: Data provided by a range of scientific establishments across India.
  • Findings: 
    • India’s private sector research companies appear to employ a larger proportion of women in core research and development activities as compared to government-funded major scientific agencies. 
  • The large drop in the number of women between the doctoral and professional stages may be due to:
    • Social pressure on women to have a family and sacrifice professional career.
    • Patriarchal attitudes in hiring practices. 

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