Guwahati: A reputed city of the school, Kendriya Vidyalaya Khanapara, has started a STEM+E Club (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics + Entrepreneurship Club) for girl students. The STEM+E Club was inaugurated by a leading scientist of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Monday.
Shilpi Soni, scientist (Engineer-SG), Group Head, ARTG/HSTA, Space Application Centre, ISRO, Ahmedabad, had attended the event digitally as the Chief Guest.
The club was organized in an effort to engage and inspire girl students of classes 8,9 and 10 to take up STEM+E subjects in Class 11. Further, girl students of classes 11 & 12 were motivated to continue their study of STEM+E subjects with more confidence.
The event was presided by the principal of KV Khanapara, Dr. Sanjay Kumar.
The event was organized under the initiative of STEM+E Club founder Captain Hibah Ihsan Muhammad of class 12 under the guidance of the principal and teachers.
The principal delivered the welcome speech in the event which was initiated by the teacher-in-charge of KV Khanapara, Navaneeta Bhattacharyya. In his speech, the principal declared the establishment of the STEM+E Club for girl students in the school.
The chief guest, Shilpi Soni, in her address to the teachers and the students congratulated the founder of the club for taking such an initiative and also for coordinating with ISRO. She also appreciated the principal and the teachers for supporting the students to form the club.
She also spoke about the importance of science and technology in building the nation and asserted the low percentage of females who take up STEM+E as a career option, and a far lesser percentage of females who are at top positions in this field.
She said, "We females form 50% of the world in terms of population but we also need to aspire, stand up, push the boundaries, share the major responsibilities & contribute ~50% towards making world an equitable place for mankind with sustainable development."
Soni also pointed out that the percentages of women in this field are 30% in under graduation and 18% in graduation but in career, women are only 8% with less than 0.1% only in top leadership positions.