EY STEM reaching 200 Vigyan Jyoti Program schools
New Delhi: To launch the EY STEM app in 200 Vigyan Jyoti Program schools throughout India during the summer break, EY Foundation and Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti signed a Memorandum of Understanding. Young girls in the 13–18 age range who want to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) careers can do so with the aid of the EY STEM app. Ten thousand female students are targeted by the app as part of the Vigyan Jyoti initiative.
The Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser has made it possible for schools participating in the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti’s Vigyan Jyoti Program and the EY Foundation to collaborate.
Education has been a crucial component of our Foundation’s operations for the past 20 years, according to Santosh Pathak, Head of the EY Foundation. With the EY STEM app, we hope to inspire young people’s curiosity about STEM fields, encourage them to pursue STEM jobs, and help them reach their full leadership potential. By working together with Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, we intend to increase access to the EY STEM app and inspire plenty of females to pursue STEM-related higher education in the years to come.
The National Education Strategy 2020 has a number of programmes in place to fulfil its goals of ‘access, equity, diversity, and excellence,’ as the Prime Minister stated in a discussion on the policy. Partnerships between the government and industry will be essential for the effective implementation of numerous programmes with these aims at their core. The alliance between the EY Foundation and the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti of the Ministry of Education is both timely and excellent in this regard. Prof. Ajay Sood, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, expressed congratulations on behalf of his office to all parties involved in the introduction of the EY STEM app.
The Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, started the Vigyan Jyoti Program (VJP) in 2019 as its flagship programme to encourage young, deserving girls, particularly those in classes IX through XII, to pursue careers in STEM subjects that are underrepresented by women. The Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, an independent arm of the Indian Ministry of Education, is the DST’s VJP implementing partner.
In order to hasten gender parity in the technology sector, the EY STEM app was introduced in 2019 in India (Delhi NCR) and the US (Atlanta and Seattle) by the Global Women in Technology (WIT) leaders. More than 50 schools and nonprofit organizations participated in the pilot, and 91,000 exercise steps were accomplished. In India, the software was tested in 45 private and public schools with more than 6000 females. Girls contributed around 1 million minutes of “real-life actions” to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. With the EY STEM app, EY hopes to encourage 100,000 females worldwide to pursue careers in STEM by the year 2022.
The free-to-use app connects girls with a variety of educational opportunities, from investigating cutting-edge technology like blockchain and artificial intelligence to discovering how design thinking can help address some of the most difficult problems in the world. The app aims to foster not only confidence and competence in STEM, but also to develop skills like critical thinking and problem-solving, creativity and systems thinking, as well as social skills and teamwork. It does this with the help of inspiring stories of pioneering women.