The edtech platform Avishkaar, which focuses on AI, robotics, and app development, conducted the poll titled “India’s Future in Next-Generation Tech & STEM.”
According to a multi-city poll including 5,000 parents and as many school kids, only around 57 percent of women students are interested in pursuing a career in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM), compared to 85 percent of boys (aged 5-15 years).
The edtech platform Avishkaar, which focuses on AI, robotics, and app development, conducted the poll titled “India’s Future in Next-Generation Tech & STEM.” Participants came from Delhi-NCR, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Pune, Hyderabad, and Cochin for the online exercise (Kochi).
According to the poll, 95 percent of all students interested in STEM fields, including females, cited male role models as sources of inspiration, indicating a dearth of female representation in the area.
According to the poll, 56% of parents want their children to study IT/Technology above any other topic, however this figure drops to 33% among parents who have daughters.
STEM is a broad subject that includes anything from aeronautics to software engineering to urban planning and science research.
According to the poll, due to societal pressure and a lack of hands-on learning in the school curriculum, parents are less interested in their daughters choosing STEM careers.
According to the poll, parents continue to have a strong influence on their children’s job choices, with 30% of parents believing that the work climate in STEM-related professions in the United States is better for males than for girls.
“With this study, we set out to understand parent and student expectations, but we ended up uncovering the cause behind the STEM gender gap. ThePrint spoke with Avishkaar COO and cofounder Pooja Goyal on how gender prejudice among parents is seeping and being perpetrated by the children.
In order to attract more female students to STEM fields, we are testing a range of response methods. These include “encouraging female students to succeed,” “supporting more female students through scholarships,” and “being more gender neutral in our advertisements,” she stated.
Among the survey’s other results, 42% of parents with children aged 13 to 17 believe their child’s present school curriculum is not preparing them for a future in STEM. Among kids, meanwhile, 73 per cent say their school is doing enough to encourage them to seek a career in STEM and next-gen IT.
While IT/Technology is the most popular field among parents, science came in second, with 46% of those polled wanting their children to study it. Only 23% of parents want their children to study arts-related courses, while 43% want them to study math.