CSIR holds webinar to highlight role of women researchers in fight against COVID-19

AcSIR and CSIR launch Vigyangranth- the PhD Thesis Repository portal, aimed at giving a holistic view of R&D initiated and carried out by Indian research scholars

New Delhi: The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India (CSIR) recently organized a webinar on “CSIR Women Researchers at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19”. Five women research students belonging to various CSIR laboratories shared their research work related to PPEs, COVID-19 drugs, viral sequencing, disinfection systems and so on which were taken up as a part of CSIRs fight against Covid-19.
Also on the occasion a joint initiative Vigyangranth- the PhD Thesis Repository was launched by the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research, India (AcSIR) and CSIR. It aims to give a holistic view of R&D initiated and carried out by Indian research scholars in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) with respect to their relevance to (i) Broad Heads of Research (targets for societal needs), (ii) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by United Nations, (iii) National Thrust Areas of Research, (iv) Disciplines, in addition to value of the contributions as deep discoveries in science and frontline advancements in technological space.
The portal was launched by the Chief Guest Lt. General (Dr.) Madhuri Kanitkar, Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Medical). At the online event organized by CSIR to mark the United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Dr. Kanitkar pointed out that theses repository is a valuable contribution to make the information and knowledge accessible to the world at large and also called upon the women scientists to follow their passion in science.
Speaking about Vigyangranth, Dr. R S Sangwan, Director, AcSIR said that the portal has been developed on the suggestion of the PM who, while Presiding over the Society Meeting of CSIR in 2020, emphasized the need and significance of a databank of researchers pursuing PhD in the country and of a Portal reflecting research work and topics directly relevant to national problems, needs and demands. He informed that close to 7000 thesis abstracts are available currently which are searchable by keywords and discipline.
Earlier, welcoming the audience, Dr. Shekhar C Mande, Director-General, CSIR said that in recent years CSIR is putting in place processes to have more representation of women in the system.