In an attempt to inspire and support high school girls in India to take up careers in science and engineering, the software giant – Microsoft has made available, the 12 year old DigiGirlz program in India.
DigiGirlz is no new program but just an extension of the event that was launched in the US, many years back (2000). The program involves employees of Microsoft and other technology companies. These employees are entrusted with the job of interacting with female students and introduce them to the wide opportunities available in the science and technology fields, through various workshops and other events.
The initiative is specifically aimed at Class 8 or 9 female students, between ages of 12-14. During a survey conducted in India last year by a recruitment consulting firm, it was revealed that the career conversations for female students in India start at much earlier age and by class XI, it is decided which career to choose. So, to ensure the students have sufficient time to prepare and help them make the relevant choices for their careers in relevant fields of technology, it is best to start training them via hands-on workshops at this age.
Lack of women in sciences and engineering is a global problem. Awareness is the key,” emphasized Jacky Wright, vice-president of Microsoft IT during the launch of the program in India.
Foreseeing India as one of the fastest growing economies, Microsoft is planning to expand the program to more cities and schools across the country.