Scholarship encouraging Women in Science and Technology

Dow India partners with MUICT

Mumbai - July 20, 2009

In a drive to support the development of women in science, Dow Chemical International Private Limited (Dow India), in partnership with the Mumbai University Institute of Chemical Technology in (MUICT) in Mumbai, has inaugurated the DOW INDIA ICT WOMEN’S SCHOLARSHIP, a full scholarship for completion of a doctorate course undertaken at the Institute.  To be awarded annually, the initial scholarship was awarded to Ms Rekha B.N., a post graduate in Chemical Engineering at an award ceremony held on Monday, July 20.

Applications for the scholarship were launched in May 2009.  The scholarship includes the yearly tuition for the full duration of the doctorate, as well as an additional allowance to cover materials and consumables. A Dow India scientist will serve as the guide for the scholarship’s thesis and will help counsel the awardee throughout the five years of study for the doctorate.  Applications were invited from female students from premier institutes around the country and were reviewed by a group of professors from the University as well as senior Dow India R& D leaders.  A group of seven female students qualified for the final personal interview.

“Research & Development is a core focus at Dow India and we were impressed by the caliber of Ms Rekha B.N, and indeed of all the applicants for the scholarship,” said Dr. Ramesh Ramachandran, President & CEO, Dow India.  “Dow thrives on the diversity of its scientific population.  At Dow, we believe that innovation and creativity is inherently dependent on diversity of thought – the unique perspectives that female doctorates bring to the scientific discussion is a critical component for successful innovation.  We are proud that one in four scientists in India are women which stands as a testament to Dow’s commitment to encourage women in science and we hope that this small step will help continue to promote the importance of science & technology as a career stream choice for women.”

Ms Rekna B.N. was presented with her award in Mumbai on July 20 at a small ceremony attended by Ramesh Ramachandran, president & CEO, Dow India, Prof. G.D. Yadav, director, ICT, Sarada Namhata, director and site leader, Dow India R&D centre Pune, Dr. Manoj Kharkar, director chemistry & catalysis, Dow India R&D Pune, a team of scientists from Dow India R&D centre, ICT faculty members and a host of students.

Originally from Bangalore, Ms. Rekha B.N., holds a bachelors degree in chemical engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University and a masters degree in chemical engineering from University of Mumbai.  She has presented in a variety of forums and presented a project on ‘Studies in Extraction process’. Rekha won Best Solution Prize -Young Innovators Choice Competition-2008 held by University Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai and is the recipient of the Best Achiever Award -2006 from the department of chemical engineering, M.S.Ramaiah Institute of Technology for excellence in academics and extra-curricular activities.

The Mumbai University Institute of Chemical Technology (MUICT), previously known as UDCT was founded in 1934 and was awarded the status of the Institute in 2002 and renamed MUICT. It enjoys a prominent place amongst the premier institutes that are engaged in education, training and research in the field of Chemical Engineering, Chemical Technology and Pharmacy in India. Excellent symbiosis of academic excellence and industrial relevance has been a focus point of MUICT. Further information on the institution can be found on the Internet at

About Dow India

Dow Chemical International Private Limited (Dow India) is committed to consistent growth through its expertise as a science and technology leader, its experience as a leading chemical company, and its engagement with the communities in which it operates.  With more than 1100 employees, in 12 locations across the country, Dow India has established three Centers of Excellence in the areas of Engineering (Chennai), Research & Development (Pune) and Transactional Services and Expertise (Mumbai) as well as three manufacturing sites and a variety of commercial offices.  As a responsible corporate citizen, Dow India provides free artificial limbs and technology development for the ‘Jaipur Foot’ initiative; built homes through the ‘Habitat for Humanity’ Jimmy Carter Work Project, and is actively working in collaboration with the Byrraju and Anarde Foundation to supply clean drinking water to villages in India.  Further information can be found at

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