Global Technology Company Microsoft has brought forth an endearing project to entice Indian Girls to take up Technology affiliated courses. Christened ‘India DigiGirlz’, the program is geared specially for the female high school students.
What does this program offer?
Discussion & awareness about future career prospects start much earlier than anticipated says Saundarya Rajesh, Founder President of Chennai-based recruitment consulting firm Avtar Career Creators, “We found that the career conversations start much earlier and, by class XI, it is all decided and the girls have embarked on their career journeys. Class Eight [VIII] and Nine [IX] is where the real action is.” In simpler terms, it is vital to impart all possible knowledge to the student so that they can make a very informed decision.
Such a choice will be governed by logical thinking & not by peer pressure or cultural stereotypes feels Jacky Wright, VP of Microsoft IT, who was in India for the launch of the program, “Lack of women in sciences and engineering is a global problem. Awareness is the key.” Detailed statistics suggest that less than 15% of IIT students are females. Such a skewed ratio can be easily remedied if the girls are given the tools to test & see if they have an inclination towards technological fields.
Microsoft’s DigiGirlz is all about offering aspirations to the girl student. The program will include interactive sessions with employees from the tech companies. The company is also planning to hold talks about successful women in tech field said Wright, “Girls need to see role models. If they see it can be done, they will do it.”
Microsoft’s educational endeavors have been covered by us in the past. Hope this effort bears fruit & India’s girl child rises in technology. What do you think?