IIT-Madras launches new programme for women

Chennai: In view of the International Women’s Day, the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M) has launched the ‘Women Leading IITM’ (WLI) program to boost women leadership in science and technology.

A $2 million endowment will be raised with the support of Alumni and CSR Grants from Corporates, which would be used to fund projects to recruit, develop and nurture women faculty, researchers and students.

A release from IIT-Madras said the Institute has already made considerable progress on improving the number of women students, faculty, staff and creating opportunities for success.

This program will help to build on the progress achieved so far and accelerate further progress.

The program will make grants each year to accelerate women technologists’ careers as well as provide a supportive environment for women to thrive at IIT Madras.

The inaugural grants will be issued today, coinciding with the International Women’s Day celebrations.

The Institute is planning to raise the USD two million endowment by the end of 2021, which will provide annual grants to support programs taken by women students, faculty and researchers.

In the first year alone, the Endowment Fund plans to grant Rs 70 lakh for various initiatives.

Meanwhile, this International Women’s Day, Capgemini has reiterated its commitment towards gender diversity with a focus on its gender balance initiatives.

Its fareWelcome!programme is designed to support women colleagues during the maternity phase – assist in transition from office to maternity leave, help stay connected with the organisation and colleagues during the maternity break and ease ‘back to work’ transition process.

Women Sponsorship Program is a step towards building a strong pipeline of women leaders for future roles who are willing to take their career to the next level through sponsorship and advocacy of senior leaders. Finding an advocate within the senior leadership circles can help high-potential women leaders get much-deserved access and visibility.

On the occasion of International Womens Day, Havmor Ice Cream plans to share joy and cheer to all women. To mark the occasion, Havmor will give a free scoop of ice cream to all women visiting its exclusive brand outlets; HavFunn and for every free scoop, the brand will donate Re.1 towards educating the girl child.