The second phase Vigyan Jyoti Programme started

Highlights:

  • The second phase of Vigyan Jyoti programme was started on February 11, 221. 
  • It was started on the occasion of International Day of Women and Girls in Science
  • The Vigyan Jyoti Programme will spread the programme to encourage the girls to take interest in science.
  • It would also encourage them to build a career in STEM.
  • The programme would spread to 50 more districts in addition to the 50 more districts across India.
  • It would improve by learnings of the past one year and will be expanded to more districts in country in order to empower the women.
  • The programme was started because women are under-represented and is a multi-dimensional problem. 
  • This problem is needed to be seen from all the angles.
  • In the line, the New Education Policy and the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy would also help in removing the constraints.
  • These policies would also help in making best use of the demographic dividend so as to progress long in a short time. 
  • This in turn would help in increasing the number of women in science.
Vigyan Jyoti programme : A Fact File
  • It is a new initiative that seeks to encourage girls to take interest in science and build career in this field. 
  • The programme was launched by the Department of Science & Technology (DST) in December 2019. 
  • It was launched with the objective of creating a level-playing field for the meritorious girls who wants to pursue STEM. 
  • The programme is currently running successfully in 50 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNV).  
  • In the year 2021-22 it will be expanded to 50 more JNVs. 
  • It addresses the underrepresentation of women in various areas of STEM. 
  • The programme at first cater to the girls at school level of Class IX to Class XII in order to encourage and empower them to pursue STEM courses.