Union human resource development minister Smriti Irani has appealed to the University Grants Commission to allow ‘any time, anywhere PhD facility for women’ after going through a higher education survey report showing the ratio of women faculty was much less when compared to men across the country.
Irani was addressing students at the silver jubilee function of Maharshi Karve Stree Shikshan Samstha’s Cummins College of Engineering on Friday.
Although she did not elaborate, she said, “When I tried to find out the reasons for fewer women faculty, the biggest cause given to me was that women leave education once they are married or when it becomes hard to balance work and family. Hence, I have appealed to the UGC to allow women to complete their post-doctoral studies any time and from anywhere.”
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Irani said the biggest challenge for professional women is to prove their worth. “We need to work 10 times more than men. People believe that if you are competitive then you are not domestic enough. I hope the new generation will usher in a new era and not use gender, but will succeed purely on their merit and capacity to deliver,” the minister said.
On biases against women, Irani said, “We still ask a married women who works, how she manages to balance home, how she manages to cook and whether she takes care of her motherly duties. These questions are not asked to married men who work. We haven’t overcome these mental blocks. On the other hand, there is nothing bad about nurturing and being feminine, ” she said.
News Courtesy: The Times of India