About the Programme
- GATI (Gender Advancement for Transforming Institutions) is an innovative overarching Pilot Project supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST).
- It ushers a new intervention programme for gender equality in science and technology in India.
- Project GATI was announced on 28 February 2020, the National Science Day, by the Hon’ble President of India.
- Project GATI aims to nudge institutions of higher education and research towards supporting diversity, inclusion and the full spectrum of demographic talent for their own success and progression.
- In particular, it aspires to create an enabling environment for equal participation of women in science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics disciplines (STEMM) at all levels, addressing deep-rooted problems.
- It envisages a fresh perspective on not just measures for increasing retention and recruitment but the progression of women throughout their professional journey.
10 Key Principles
- Project GATI pilots a sustainable self-assessment and accreditation model.
- At the core of the model is the GATI Charter based on ten key principles. These principles explicitly acknowledge gender inequality and articulate a commitment towards overcoming systemic and cultural barriers to women’s academic and professional advancement at all levels.
Assessment and Accreditation Process
- Institutions who are signatory to the GATI charter would be expected to commit to adopting its principles within their policies, practices, action plans and institutional culture.
- They would be required to create SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound) action plans for systemic and cultural transformation.
Why in News?
- In a recent workshop conducted by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Professor Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST, highlighted the GATI Project.