The Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani on Friday announced on Twitter that the ministry will establish 11 chairs named after women scientists in institutes across the country to honour their contribution in the field. In a series of tweets, she said that this decision has been taken on National Science Day on February 28.

Under PM @narendramodi Ji’s leadership, we’re committed to recognize & encourage Indian women in the field of science,” she said in a tweet. Further adding “Inspired by PM @narendramodi Ji’s vision of Women-led Development, these 11 Chairs will not only honour & recognize Indian women scientists’ contribution to the field of Science but also inspire women & encourage greater participation of young girls in STEM,” Irani tweeted.

Irani also thanked Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science and Technology, for supporting the cause and commemorating achievements of women scientists during this year’s National Science Day celebrations.

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These are the women under whose name these 11 chairs will be established – cytogeneticist Archana Sharma, botanist Janaki Ammal, organic scientist Darshan Ranganathan, chemist Asima Chatterjee, doctor Kadambini Ganguly, anthropologist Iravati Karve, meteorologist Anna Mani, engineer Rajeshwari Chatterjee, mathematician Raman Parimala, physicist Bibha Chowdhuri and biomedical researcher Kamal Ranadive.

Each of these women belongs to a different field in science and the endeavour honours their success and contribution in that particular field. In another tweet thread, she shared details of the institutes in which the ministry plans to establish the chairs. A Chair in cytogeneticist Archana Sharma’s name will be established in one of the institutes under the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) to encourage research activity in this area, she said.

Dr Janaki Ammal, who left her flourishing career abroad and came back to India to serve her country, will also be remembered through a chair dedicated to her in the field of biotechnology. A chair will also be established in the name of Asima Chatterjee, who excelled in the area of Phytomedicine and the Chair of Irawati Karve will be established in her name in social sciences institutes, Irani tweeted.

These are the women under whose name these 11 chairs will be established – cytogeneticist Archana Sharma, botanist Janaki Ammal, organic scientist Darshan Ranganathan, chemist Asima Chatterjee, doctor Kadambini Ganguly, anthropologist Iravati Karve, meteorologist Anna Mani, engineer Rajeshwari Chatterjee, mathematician Raman Parimala, physicist Bibha Chowdhuri and biomedical researcher Kamal Ranadive.

 

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“Dr Darshan Ranganathan Chair in the field of Immunology will be established at several institutes to honour her work for reproducing natural biochemical processes. I hope young girls take inspiration from her and make our Nation proud,” she tweeted.

The National Science Day is celebrated to remember Indian physicist C V Raman’s discovery in 1928 of the Raman effect – the scattering of photons or light particles by matter.

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