IEEE Women in Engineering Kharagpur Section, India organized WIE track "WIE @ 2016
TechSym" at 2016 IEEE Students' Technology Symposium on Friday, 30 September 2016.
The event started with a heart-warming video message from R10 WIE Coordinator Dr.
Celia Shahnaz. An insightful Keynote Talk, a challenging 3-minute "Talk-it-Up"
challenge for female authors and an interactive Panel Discussion garnered healthy
participation from TechSym attendees.
Keynote Talk: The speaker for this
segment Dr. Uday Shankar, Rajiv
Gandhi School of Intellectual Property
Law, IIT Kharagpur gave a beautiful
and insightful keynote talk on "Women
Empowerment". He interacted with
attendees too and answered their
queries. In his talk Dr. Uday touched
upon the importance of gender-neutral
perspective towards Women
empowerment. He highlighted rights,
laws and policies made for Women
Talk-it-Up: The 3 minute "Talk-it-Up" challenge was introduced for
the first time in the history of IEEE WIE AG KGP activities, Kharagpur.
The challenge was to give a scintillating 3 minutes talk either on the
work presented in the Symposium or on the research domain in which
the participants work. The objective was to impress the intellectual lay
audience. The contest was meant
only for female TechSym participants. Eight participants faced the challenge.
Best of the three won. The winners walked away with cash prizes
(First prize of 3000.00 INR went to Manjula Raja, Subhasmita Sahoo won
second prize of 2000.00 INR, and third prize of 1000.00 INR went to Yogita Nafde)
and certificates along with WIE goodies. The event was judged by
Dr. Alok Kanti Deb, 2016 Chair, IEEE Kharagpur Section and
Dr. Karabi Biswas, Electrical Engineering, IIT Kharagpur.
Panel Discussion: A Panel discussion on the topic "Women: A Journey to Becoming a Frontrunner" was held.
The Panelist consisted a mix of top notch
senior academicians Dr. Sushmita Mitra, IEEE Fellow, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata and
Dr. Sudeshna Sarkar, HoD, Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Kharagpur, young and dynamic
Dr. Chetna Singhal, Electrical and Electronics Communication Engineering, IIT Kharagpur and Working Moms on leave Mrs.
Shriya Khare and Mrs. Sharmila Lakkaraju. Several points were raised during the session.
Participants shared their views and commented on certain issues which made the discussion session intriguing.