GUWAHATI, Feb 11 - With an objective to encourage more girl students from Assam to venture into the field of science and technology and choose challenging career options in such fields, the Women Engineers’ Forum of Assam (WEFA) today organised interactive sessions with two of Assam’s prominent young scientists based abroad, at StartUp Nest, Ambari here through Skype.
The interactive sessions were held under Dr D Borah R-Talk Show, a WEFA initiative to help young students understand the scope, opportunities, challenges as well as rewards in the field of science.
The first interactive session was held with Priyanka Das Rajkakati, brand ambassador of France for Girls in Science-UNESCO under STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) outreach on the topic ‘Space science’.
The second interactive session was held with Angaraj Duara, astrophysicist at Leicester Space Research Centre, England on the topic ‘NASA’s hunt for the secrets of the universe and its spin-off’.
The event was organised in keeping with the celebration of International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
“Ours is an organisation working in the field of promoting science and technology among the students in general and girl students in particular. We have a genuine intention to enlighten, encourage, promote and recognise critical role women and girls play in science and technology,” said Antara Baruah, secretary of WEFA.
A significant number of students from institutes like Assam Engineering College, Maria’s Public School, USTM, etc., took part in the programme and made several queries regarding space science and NASA.
Apart from empowering girl students to pursue technical education, WEFA is also working in the field of environment, plantation in schools and public places and helping a number of girls from BPL families financially to continue with their education.