Vibha Gupta

Ashoka Fellow
India,
Fellow Since 2002

Citation

This profile was prepared when Vibha Gupta was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002.
The New Idea
Vibha is training rural women in simple scientific skills and techniques that can broaden their sphere of knowledge and increase their quality of life. With training from the Centre of Science for Villages (CSV), rural women are building skills that help increase their income and make everyday work more bearable. The center also helps dispel general stereotypes surrounding the notion that science and technology are subjects that rural women find useless and difficult to understand.
Vibha and her CSV technical staff design and test simple technical tools at their field-based laboratory in Wardha. The staff trains women to use the tools and provides support for maintenance and repair. Women become more confident in the technology and themselves, using their newfound autonomy to increase productivity and decrease health hazards associated with their daily work. The CSV also specifically trains women to use technology to create economically productive enterprises. Small-scale processing units, alternative energy devices, training on maintenance and repair of household goods and electrical appliances are examples of potential projects. The CSV completes instruction with tips on product marketing.
Vibha is planning to engage a multidisciplinary team of young scientists to structure an interactive approach that involves women at every step of technology development. Vibha hopes to encourage the scientific community to think on a broader scale, resulting in more women-friendly products and technologies.
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