Addressing the first year students of M.A Communication at the Department of Communication, Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication, the Vice-Chancellor Dr. Ramakrishna Ramaswamy said that there have been fewer than five women heading scientific laboratories in our country. Although women are enthusiastic about academic pursuits in the discipline, they frequently disassociate themselves from the practice. He referred to this phenomenon as the leaky pipeline.
Dr. Ramaswamy talked about the books Lilavati's Daughters : The Women Scientists of India and A Girl's Guide to a Life in Science that he edited and put together along with Rohini Godbole. The initiative sought to rediscover the struggle of Indian women pursuing scientific study and practice. He opined that excluding women in the field of science meant excluding a vital point of view, one that would have otherwise helped complete the picture.
The seminar was the first of the talks organized for the first year students as part of their course called Seminar on Media and Society.