parama-mukhopadhyayDigging Deeper: Parama's Story

The KGP Chronicle (March 7, 2020)

Parama Mukhopadhyay (IIT-KGP Research Fellow, Mining Engineering) tries to answer why women are lagging behind in the mining sector in India

"What is your department?"

"Mining Engineering"

"Mining? Are girls even allowed in Mining Engineering? Will you get any job in mining after you finish your study? Why mining? Is it suitable for girls?"

These questions--that come with raised eyebrows--are common for us while discussing our subject area with others. Us-the WOMEN in Mining in India! The above-mentioned questions are well-justified if we consider the number of women and job opportunities for them in the mining sector, not only in India, but worldwide.

Let's focus on the Indian scenario. Our country has different types of mineral reserves, and the mining industry contributes a sizeable amount to the country's economy and generates a good number of employment opportunities every year. Unfortunately, since historical times, this sector is highly male-dominated and even hostile towards women. (Read More)