Women Role Models in STEM Shine at myAvtar Career Conference, 2024

STEM Shine at myAvtar Career Conference, 2024

Bengaluru, May, 2024: Avtar Group, India’s leading Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Solutions firm, hosted the myAvtar Career Conference (MACC) at Karnataka Trade Promotion Organization (KTPO), Bengaluru today.

myAvtar Career Conference (MACC), the career extravaganza brought together inclusive companies and a vast pool of women talent from the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) under one roof. Participating Companies included, Aditya Birla Group, Publicis Sapient, Broadridge Financial Solutions India Limited, Moody’s, Renault Nisan Tech, IBM India, Google Cloud, HDFC ERGO, ACT, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Gallagher, Happiest Minds Technologies Limited, Stryker, Verisk, AKJ Somaiya Institute Of Management, among many others.

Tailored for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), MACC offered a unique platform to connect, collaborate, and converse with like-minded professionals, industry-leading companies, and renowned experts in the industry. The conclave was an ecosystem designed to foster learning, sharing, and networking for women in the STEM field; an opportunity to explore new horizons in the STEM field, to grow personally and professionally, and to unlock a world of possibilities. The conference witnessed a large gathering of students, educators, professionals, and industry leaders who shared their knowledge, experiences, and insights.

Avtar Group also announced the winners of their inaugural “Women in STEM” Awards. This Awards recognize and celebrate the outstanding achievements of women who are making significant strides in the STEM fields. In STEM Icons 15 plus years of work experience category, Vaijayanthi Srinivasa Raghavan Senior Director, UPS India Technology Centre, Priya Kanduri, CTO, SVP – Cyber Security Services, HappiestMinds Technologies Limited, Deepti Singh, Deputy General Manager- Head of Department System Installation, Renault Nissan Tech have received top 3 awards. In STEM Divas 8-15 years of work experience category, Subbulakshmi Ramkumar, Deputy Manager, RNTBCI, Yogita Bhanwaria, Senior Manager, Biocon Biologics Limited, MuthuSusithra Devarajan, Team Manager, Broadridge Financial Solutions have received top 3 awards. In STEM Stars 2-8 years of work experience category, Nishtha Mahendru, Consultant, Applied Innovation Exchange, Capgemini, Nidhi Raut, Sr. Engineer, Renault Nissan Technology Business Centre India (RNTBCI), Indujaa Thangavel, Broadridge Financial Solutions have received top 3 awards.

“One of the key sectors that has the potential to boost women’s workforce participation, is the STEM industry. While 43%of STEM graduates are women, they make up only 28% of the STEM workforce. Moreover, women drop out of the workplace due to childbirth, childcare and elder care. Consequently, only 3 percent of women hold CEO posts in the STEM Industry. While research has established that improving women’s workforce participation can boost India’s GDP by 27%, more women in STEM would set the stage for inclusive innovation and solution designs that are equitable for all. Women have historically been underrepresented in STEM, yet they bring invaluable perspectives and ideas to these fields. MACC awards recognizes the exceptional talent, the brilliance, and diverse perspectives of women in STEM,” said Dr Saundarya Rajesh, Founder – President, Avtar Group announcing the awards at the myAvtar Career Conference today in Bengaluru.

“Through MACC, we are acknowledging the remarkable work being done by women in STEM and also addressing the systemic barriers they face. Our goal is to create an environment where every individual, regardless of gender, has the opportunity to thrive and drive progress,” added Dr Saundarya.

At the conference, three organizations with the “Best Programs for enabling women in STEM”Biocon Biologics Pvt Ltd, Kyndryl and Molecular Connections Pvt Ltd were also recognized.

In addition to the awards, the myAvtar Career Conferences hosted a series of panel discussions, skilling tracks conducted by IBM, Google Cloud, Johnson & Johnson and Publicis Sapient exclusively for women. The event also provided a platform for knowledge exchange, mentorship, collaboration, further strengthening the presence and influence of women in the STEM field.

The conference hosted in the hybrid mode –saw an attendance of over 3000 women at the on-ground event, while there were over 2000 attendees virtually. Companies opened up jobs from entry-level to senior-level positions across India – Bengaluru, Chennai, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Pune, Bhubaneshwar, Madurai and Coimbatore.

Foreign Engineering students will be part of future events of eBAJA SAEINDIA: Sanjay Nibandhe, Chairman, Organising Committee, BAHA SAEINDIA 2024

Hyderabad, March 06, 2024……eBAJA is a national-level engineering student out-of-classroom education event with 70 plus electric buggies to promote Telangana state lowering Carbon Footprint said Sanjay Nibandhe, Chairman, Organising Committee, BAJA SAEINDIA 2024, while addressing a press conference at BVRIT Campus, Narsapur in the city outskirts on Wednesday.

We organise events in 4 categories which include mBAJA, which is a mechanical engineering event; hBAJA which was introduced this year aims to upgrade the level of BAJA SAEINDIA competition in line with the new advancements in the field of vehicle technologies, he added.

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Telugu states team is one of the three teams, Sri Vishnu Institute of Technology, participated in hBAJA, which is about Hydrogen Vehicles. This event held in Janbaury. A hydrogen vehicle is an alternative fuel vehicle that uses hydrogen as its onboard fuel. This category we introduced first time this year he said. It is a matter of great pride of Telugus as all girls college Sri Vishnu Institute of Technology developed all terrain buggie using Hydrogen technology, which they displayed to the whole nation in an event held in January this year.

The other two categories are eBAJA, which is about electric vehicles and aBaja is about autonomous vehicles. This category is introduced this year. This category opens avenues for students to explore the next generation of mobility by manufacturing fully autonomous vehicles. All these events are conducted at various locations to make industry-ready automobile engineers said Sanjay, who later unveiled a terrain single-seater e-buggy, designed, and developed by all women engineering students of Mechanical, Electrical, and Automobile stream of Sri Vishnu Institute of Technology, Bhimavarm.

The objective of these events is to give engineering students an out-of-classroom learning experience and produce industry-ready engineers, he said.

295 colleges are associated with SAEINDIA 2024, he said.

SAEINDIA 2024 will showcase 70 electric buggies, each one made by students spending anywhere in the range of Rs 4 lakh to 12 lakh. The winners of the final round to be held on walk away with Rs 8 lakh cash prize.

Mr Hirotake Harada, Senior Vice President of Engineering of Renault Nissan Tech said BAJA SAEINDIA 2024 across all four categories has 3528 males and just 700 women participating. The ratio of male to female participants is 5:1. This has to be changed. He suggested that changes have to be made to the BAJA SAEINDIA 2024 rule book and registration guidelines to make the competition more inclusive.

BAJA SAEINDIA and Renault Nissan Tech are jointly working to improve diversity. Deepti Singh, DGM Renault Nissan Tech, was appointed as Diversity Ambassador. We are aiming to improve the gender ratio from 17% to 50% in the coming future.

Yogesh Nagendiran said six teams from two Telugu states are participating in BAJA SAEINDIA 2024. This year additionally six more teams are participating. The event has a representation of all the states in India.

Acham Trehan, State Head of AP and Telangana of BPCL (Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd said they have appointed Niraj Chopra as their ambassador to promote their speed brand of high-performance fuel.

K. Aditya Vissam, Secretary of Sri Vishnu Educational Society and KV Vishnu Raju, Chairman gave a video message.

A HR Meet will be held towards the end of the event. 12 companies are expected to recruit the students. Last year 142 students were placed through such a meet and 529 were placed between the years 2018 and 2023.