The Delhi government is introducing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education for girl students in its schools to ensure majority of them opt for the stream and stereotypes like boys for science and girls for humanities are broken.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia made the announcement on Friday at the launch of mobile app EY STEM Tribe, which features modules on Science and Technology like climate change, space exploration, artificial intelligence, 3D printing or blockchain.
"In India, only 2 per cent of the CEOs are female. And only one per cent of the CFOs are female. Higher secondary classes of Delhi government schools have 57 per cent students as females while only 43 per cent are in Science stream. This situation and stereotypes like boys for science and girls for humanities need to be broken now," Sisodia said.
He said his government was introducing STEM Education for girls in partnership with EY, a corporate which has come up with the app. It is a global company dealing in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services.
"Through the EY STEM Tribe platform we want to encourage our girl students to acquire 21st century skills necessary to secure jobs not just in India, but globally. We want more girls to be inspired to pursue science and related subjects," he added.
Earlier on Monday Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched a scheme to honour good samaritans who take accident victims to a hospital and said at least 3,000 lives were saved during the pilot project of the initiative which ran for 18 months."The chances of survival increase by 70-80% if an accident victim is taken to the hospital within one hour of his accident, which is the 'Golden Hour'," Kejriwal said while rolling out the 'Farishtey Dilli Ke'. Under the scheme, the city government will incur the treatment expenditure of eligible road accident victims and give incentives to those who helped them.