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About CWST 2021

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” - Marie Curie

The Centre for Nanotechnology Research (CNR), Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, India, calls for an International event on “Celebrating Women in Science & Technology (CWST-2021)” on the occasion of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, February 11, 2021. The event CWST-2021 aims to recognise and celebrate the achievements of distinguished women scientists across the globe despite various socio-psychological challenges faced by women. Though the contribution of women in higher education and research is increasing in recent times, huge strata of the women population still remains under-represented. The untapped potential of educated and trained women is a loss for themselves as well as the society as a whole. Thus, the event intends to motivate young women researchers towards Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). WST-2021 holds a special fireside chat by “Dr. Donna Strickland, Nobel Laureate in Physics (2018), University of Waterloo, Canada” and invited lectures from renowned women scientists on their research, their pathway and to further understand the barriers that limit women to engage and lead the STEM fields. The event provides an international forum for the exchange of technical information and to collaborate with the experts through invited talks and discussions.

About CNR

The Centre for Nanotechnology Research (CNR) at VIT, Vellore was established in June 2008 to support Academic and Research Programs in Nanotechnology. The centre is operating at the forefront of nanotechnology with a strong focus on “Printed and Flexible devices for Energy, Sensors and Health care” to provide solutions to various global issues. The centre has a unique operating model combining expertise from different branches of science and engineering to work on a common theme of Nanotechnology enabled flexible devices.

The centre has a strong relationship with the leading nanotechnology experts both from the national and international level. The successful evolution of the centre has provided a unique opportunity and a nourishing atmosphere for students, researchers and the society. The major focus of the centre is on Printed and flexible devices towards research areas of national priorities such as energy, sensors and healthcare. The centre is equipped with the state of the art research equipment in nanomaterials synthesis, characterization and computational tools. CNR undertakes consultancy on nanomaterials characterization and provides a requisite technical support to academic institutes and industry.

CNR ensures excellence in basic and applied research, provides a strong research culture and maintains gender equality. CNR also nurtures the highly cross-disciplinary team members exploiting nanotechnology on the convergence of various scientific domains leading to a significant scientific breakthrough and addressing key societal challenges.

For further details:https://vit.ac.in/centers/cnr

About VIT

Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) was established in 1984 as Vellore Engineering College by the Honourable Chancellor Dr. G. Viswanathan with the aim of providing quality higher education on par with international standards. VIT is recently recognized as Institution of Eminence (IOE) by Government of India. Having fully committed to its vision - "Transforming life through excellence in education and research", VIT is focussing on quality teaching-learning process, research and innovation, which would make the institute distinct from others. Currently VIT has 4 campuses – in Vellore, Chennai, Amaravati (AP) and Bhopal (MP). The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) of the MHRD, Government of India, has identified VIT as the best Private Engineering Institution in India for 5 years in a row (NIRF-2016 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 rankings) and achieved 15th position among the engineering institutions in India by NIRF 2020. VIT is Ranked No.1 Private Institution for Innovation (ARIIA 2019 award) by Govt. of India. VIT is the first in India to get 4 star rating from QS, the world universities ranking organization. In addition to this, the consortium of industries, FICCI conferred VIT with the “Excellence in Faculty award". VIT has consistently received “A” grade in the past three cycles of NAAC accreditation. Besides, VIT also has received the coveted ABET (USA) accreditation (14 Engineering programmes), which is widely recognized throughout the world. VIT has already been ranked by the major International rankings such as QS World University Ranking (Ranked in the top 801-1000 in 2020) QS Asia University Ranking (Ranked 215 in 2021) QS India University Ranking 28 in 2020); THE World University Ranking (THE World University rank 801-1000, THE Asia University Rank 201-250, THE India University rank 28 in the year 2020); THE Emerging Economies University Ranking; US News Ranking, and Shanghai ranking (Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 901 – 1000 for the year 2020).

CWST 2021 Speakers


Dr. Aida Todri-Sanial

University of Montpellier, France

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Dr. Anitha Devadoss

Swansea University, UK

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Dr. Deepa Khushalani

TIFR - Mumbai, India

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Dr. Donna Strickland

Nobel Laureate in physics (2018)

University of Waterloo, Canada

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Dr. Mitali Mukerji

CSIR-IGIB New Delhi, India

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Dr. Mudrika Khandelwal

IIT-Hyderabad, India

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Dr. Pratibha Jolly

Former Principal, Miranda House, University of Delhi, India

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Dr. Ritu Srivastava

CSIR-NPL, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Rohini Godbole

IISc Bangalore, India

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Dr. Shobhana Narasimhan

JNCASR Bangalore, India

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Dr. Vatsala Thirumalai

NCBS Bangalore, India

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Organising committee

Chief Patron

Dr. G. Viswanathan


Mr. Sankar Viswanathan
Vice President

Dr. Sekar Viswanathan
Vice President

Mr. G. V. Selvam
Vice President


Dr. Rambabu Kodali
Vice Chancellor

Dr. S. Narayanan
Pro-Vice Chancellor

Dr. K. Sathiyanarayanan

Faculty Coordinators

Dr. Nirmala Grace A.
Director, Centre for Nanotechnology Research
Dr. Vimala R.
Dr. Mangaiyarkarasi R.
Dr. Sakthi Swarrup J.
Dr. Swati G.

Website Designer

Prof. George Jacob


How to Register :

All the participants - UG/PG students, Ph.D/Postdoc, faculties, scientists from R&D institutes and industry researchers - are requested to fill the form on or before February 8, 2021.

Registration Fee :

Absolutely free!

For Registration (Click here)

Venue :

It is a virtual event. Each session will be broadcasted separately in ZOOM Webinar to accommodate first 500 interested participants.

So the participants are requested to join each session with zoom registration ID and Password (ZOOM Live - Click here)

If the webinar reaches the maximum capacity, the participants are advised to watch the session at YouTube LIVE stream (YouTube Live - Click here).

e-Certificate :

Participation certificate will be given to registered participants based on ZOOM/YouTube attendance.

Contact Details

For any queries contact:

Email: wstcnr2021@vit.ac.in
Phone: 0416 - 2202461, 62

Dr. Nirmala Grace A.
Professor and Director
Centre for Nanotechnology Research
Vellore Institute of Technology
Vellore-632 014, Tamilnadu, India

Mobile: +91 9791322311
Email: director.cnr@vit.ac.in