Gender in Physics Working Group

The Gender in Physics Working Group (GIPWG) of the IPA

While the scientific enterprise is intended to be one where both men and women can thrive, the gender gap in the profession has been widely recognised as a serious problem, both within the country and world-wide. This is a major obstacle that limits our enterprise from achieving its full potential. The gender gap in the physics profession in India, as elsewhere, is particularly large. The root causes of the gap are clearly complex, and need to be addressed both in the local and global context.

While the science academies of India as well as the Department of Science and Technology have individually and collectively set up panels to address issues related to gender in all of the sciences, the IPA is spearheading the effort specifically in physics.

The IPA formalised a Working Group on Gender in Physics in May, 2017, with the mandate of co-ordinating national efforts towards gender parity in the Indian physics profession. The working group is intended to, inter alia, collate information on the status of gender parity in the Indian physics profession, facilitate deliberations on the issue, come up with recommendations from time to time to address the gender disparity in physics, network with IUPAP and the corresponding national working groups of IPA's sister-organizations, viz., the Institute of Physics (UK) and the American Physical Society (USA), and also the Association of Asia Pacific Physical Societies of which IPA is a member.

GIPWG (2021-22):

  • Srubabati Goswami (Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad) Chair
  • Aditi Sen De (Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Prayagraj)
  • Madhurima V (Central University of Tamil Nadu, Thiruvarur)
  • Deepa Chari (Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, TIFR, Mumbai)
  • Gautam Menon (Ashoka University, Sonepat)
  • Vandana Nanal (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai;), IPA-EC Representative
  • Prajval Shastri (Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bengaluru - Retd), Past Chair
  • Rukmini Mohanta (University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad), Chair-HEP Gender Group


    Advisory Panel:

  • Bindu Bambah
  • Rohini Godbole
  • Neelima Gupte
  • Sulabha Kulkarni
  • Shobhana Narasimhan
  • Ram Ramaswamy
  • Sumathi Rao

  • Working Group for Gender Equity of the Astronomical Society of India :

    link to WGGE page

  • The Hyderabad Charter for Gender Equity in Physics :

    GIPWG recommendations - Hyderabad Charter

  • International Conference on Women in Physics (IUPAP)13-17 July 2020 :
    Application for country team (India) member (Due to internet connectivity problems last date of application has been extended up to 3rd January 2020.)
    Download DOC / PDF Here
  • Read More : links to Phys News Articles (GIPWG_Intro_apr17.pdf, GIPWG_sept18.pdf )

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