To mark the International Women’s Day, the inaugural grant will be released on March 8, 2021 at IIT Madras.
The institute is likely to increase the $2 million endowment by the end of the 2021. It will help to support the programmes taken by the female students, faculty and researchers. The Endowment Fund will aim to offer Rs. 70 lakhs for several initiatives.
Talking about the uniqueness of this program, Prof. Ligy Philip, Dean, IIT Madras, said, “The ‘Women Leading IITM’ is a well-thought-out initiative by IIT Madras, with support from IITM Foundation, to nurture, develop and support women talent at IITM. This program will definitely help the women talent of IIT Madras to excel in their fields and come out as S&T leaders.”
Highlighting the objective of the programme, Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras, said, “IIT Madras has made good progress in the last several years in increasing the percentage of women in the student population, from the UG level all the way up to the doctoral programme. The participation of women in the non-teaching staff is also very good, and we are making every effort to close the gap in the case of faculty. The WLI programme will be a powerful catalyst to enable us to reduce the hurdles faced by women students, faculty and staff at IIT Madras to achieve their full potential.”