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DST, Govt. of India invites application for Call for Expression of Interest to Participate in Pilot of GATI
Gender Advancement for Transforming Institutions (GATI) is an innovative Pilot Project launched by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). It ushers a novel intervention program for promoting gender equity in science and technology. Project GATI was one of DST’s three initiatives announced on 28 February 2020, the National Science Day, by the Hon’ble President of India at a celebratory program dedicated to Women in Science held at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. Call for Expression
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Criteria for Selection of Pilot Institutions:
The total number of institutions selected to participate in the Pilot Program will be about 25 from across the spectrum of institutional diversity.
Pilot Institutions will be selected by careful evaluation of the EoI Application submitted, balancing diverse factors such as:
• Representative category and affiliation (Central University, State University, Deemed to be University, Autonomous Institution); Nature of Funding (Government, Private); Distinctive specialization and mandate (teaching, research, disciplines thereof); geographical location; etc.
• Level of commitment to promoting Gender Equity as evidenced through
— currently implemented gender policies
— ongoing gender enabling programs and activities
• Ability to successfully engage in the pilot based on
— will of the institution to work towards achieving gender equity through time-bound policy initiatives and action plans
— commitment to engage with enabling programmes through an institutional steering committee and a nodal contact for synergetic interactions.
Universities, Research institutions (of DST, CSIR, DBT, ICMR, ICAR etc.), Institutes of National importance, and other autonomous S&T Institutions are invited to participate in pilot of Gender Advancement for Transforming Institutions (GATI) programme of Government of India.
GATI aims to nudge institutions of higher education and research towards supporting diversity, inclusion and the full spectrum of 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 (STEMM) disciplines at all levels, addressing deep-rooted problems.
The Assessment and Accreditation Process
The pilot institutions would be expected to endorse the GATI Charter on gender equity. They would thereby commit to adopting its principles within their policies, practices, action plans and institutional culture. Further, they would be required to create SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound) action plans for systemic and cultural transformation. A metric-based self-assessment application followed by peer review would lead to institutional recognition and GATI Award.
It is hoped that looking beyond awards, participating institutions will diligently work towards peer recognition as beacons of gender equity. Successful completion of the pilot would provide insight for nation-wide implementation of the GATI Charter. In time, all institutions would be expected to demonstrate continuous and sustained progression towards transformative change over several cycles of accreditation.
Guidance and Support
GATI is a community-based project. It brings together a large number of stakeholders and will create a peer network of participating institutions. Contribution of each institution to the mission will be valuable. The defining feature of GATI is that it will not just assess, accredit and recognize institutions through certification and awards. It would also engage, mentor, partner and support institutions as they work towards reaching the global best practice gender equality. Participating organizations will be provided with the requisite training and support at every stage as they undertake to complete the application, prepare for the review process and work towards institutional recognition and GATI Award.
The overarching programme is being undertaken in partnership with the British Council. The Council will facilitate collaboration between selected institutions under GATI with Athena SWAN accredited universities and research institutions in the UK.
Intimation to Selected Institutions:
• The list of selected institutions will be displayed on the DST Website.
• A congratulatory letter informing selection will be sent to Head of Institution via email as well as to the nominated nodal person.
On-boarding the GATI Pilot Program
• Selected institutions will be required to sign the GATI Charter on Gender Equity.
• Selected institutions will be required to give an undertaking for synergetic completion of the self-assessment and accreditation process in accordance with a well-defined timeline.
• Heads of selected institutions and the nominated nodal person will be invited to the formal launch of the GATI Pilot at a celebratory event.
• Nodal Person will receive further information on orientation, workshops, peer-review moderation and other supporting documentation to begin their data collection for the GATI Pilot.
How to Apply-
Process of Applying to the GATI Pilot
In response to this call, Institutions will be required to express interest in joining the Pilot Program by submitting
• Application in the prescribed format providing
— validated data on student gender ratio and faculty/staff gender ratio at various levels, with focus on STEMM domains.
— information on current policies , ongoing programs and enabling activities related to gender advancement
— endorsement by the Head of the Institution (Vice Chancellor, Director or equivalent), thereby communicating commitment to synergetic participation in all activities envisaged under GATI.
— name of the nodal person with designation and contact details for all future communication.
Mode of Submission: EoI Application for participating in the Pilot must be submitted in the prescribed format via email to email@example.com, GATI, KIRAN Division, DST.
Contact for queries, if any:
Dr. Chhama Awasthi
KIRAN Division, Technology Bhavan
Department of Science and Technology
New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi110016
Phone: 011 26590439
Shri Pawan Kumar
KIRAN Division, Technology Bhavan
Department of Science and Technology
New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi-110016
Phone: 011 26590290
Last Date for Apply– 03 January 2021
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