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WEST: An I-STEM Initiative

Published on September 08, 2022
Current Context: An initiative, “Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology (WEST)” was launched by the Indian Science Technology and Engineering facilities Map (I-STEM) with the objective to bridge the gender gap.
WEST: An I-STEM Initiative
  • The initiative, WEST, has been launched to empower women with a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) background and assist them to contribute to future innovations.
  • Through this initiative, I-STEM will provide a separate platform for scientifically inclined women researchers and scientists for pursuing research in basic or applied sciences.
  • There will be a Skill Development Program with an aim to provide training to women with STEM backgrounds to brush up on their abilities
  • Access to R&D facilities and R&D software platforms (COMSOL, MATLAB, LABVIEW, AUTOCAD) will also be available for women through the I-STEM portal.
  • I-STEM was launched in 2020 as an initiative of the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India under the aegis of the Prime Minister Science, Technology, and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC) Mission.


Q.1 Recently launched WEST initiative is related to the?
a. Women Empowerment
b. Waste Management
c. Water Harvesting
d. Wind Energy

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