India is one of the oldest civilizations in the world with rich cultural heritage and diversity of people following variety of religions,/ sects, languages and dialects. Science and technology has been an integral part of Indian civilization and culture. India also has the distinction of possessing the second largest number of scientific workforce, however, the number of women scientists is insignificant. Women have made important contributions in new fields like engineering, biotechnology and information technology but their role and contribution has not been been recognized. Recently, however, there have been talks of women’s empowerment through women owned enterprises by application of ICT specially in rural areas. So far, information and communication technologies ( ICT) have been used for telephony, Email and internet browsing. They can be used for communicating science in rural areas, specially for spreading awareness about health , modern technologies in the field of agriculture and newer sources of energy, etc. However, there are limitations to the use of information technology in rural areas in India due to various factors such as expensive hardware, inappropriate software and weak infrastructure. Further , In many rural areas, electric supply is not there or is restricted to only six or eight hours a day. Landline telephones are still not available in many villages and Internet subscription is not always available in rural and underdeveloped areas. Another difficulty in the Indian context is that internet content is mostly English‐centric. There are large number of languages and dialects in India which poses a challenge for application of ICT. These and other problems and probable solutions will be discussed.

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Science Communication through ICT with special reference to Women's Empowerment

Sudha Chauhan   Indian Council of Medical Research

India is one of the oldest civilizations in the world with rich cultural heritage and diversity of people following variety of religions,/ sects, languages and dialects. Science and technology has been an integral part of Indian civilization and culture. India also has the distinction of possessing the second largest number of scientific workforce, however, the number of women scientists is insignificant. Women have made important contributions in new fields like engineering, biotechnology and information technology but their role and contribution has not been been recognized. Recently, however, there have been talks of women’s empowerment through women owned enterprises by application of ICT specially in rural areas. So far, information and communication technologies ( ICT) have been used for telephony, Email and internet browsing. They can be used for communicating science in rural areas, specially for spreading awareness about health , modern technologies in the field of agriculture and newer sources of energy, etc. However, there are limitations to the use of information technology in rural areas in India due to various factors such as expensive hardware, inappropriate software and weak infrastructure. Further , In many rural areas, electric supply is not there or is restricted to only six or eight hours a day. Landline telephones are still not available in many villages and Internet subscription is not always available in rural and underdeveloped areas. Another difficulty in the Indian context is that internet content is mostly English‐centric. There are large number of languages and dialects in India which poses a challenge for application of ICT. These and other problems and probable solutions will be discussed.

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