October, 2016

Ashoka University Launches Women in Computing Society Supported by GCWL

Ashoka’s Women in Computing Society was launched on 29th September 2016. Sponsored and supported by GENPACT Center for Women’s Leadership, the society aims to encourage and support academic and professional development of women pursuing computer sciences.

The launch featured a talk by Rashmi Mohan — a technologist, an engineer and an entrepreneur. Rashmi is a former Senior Engineering Manager at Yahoo! Labs in Bangalore with 15+ years of experience in various technical and management roles in the industry. At Yahoo! labs, she led a group of scientists and engineers to build prototypes and proof of concepts of cutting-edge ideas.

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Rashmi is particularly interested in promoting and encouraging women in technology. She is an ACM India Council Secretary and is actively involved in the Computer Sciences community in the country. Furthermore, she has been associated with the Grace Hopper Conference in Bangalore for five years as program chair, mentor, advisory committee member and founding member of the All Women Hackathon.

Simran Bhuria, a CS major undergraduate student at Ashoka and the founding president of the society explains what the society aims to do, “The sex-ratio of women in computer sciences is very skewed. There are only eleven women in CS in two undergraduate batches combined at Ashoka University. Through such activities, we are hoping to ensure that women entering the University see Computer Sciences as a viable option and gets access to connect and collaborate with the larger community of women in CS. The aim and mission at WiCS is to build, support, encourage and strengthen the community of women in CS at Ashoka University.”

In addition to the talk, the Launch featured a Computer Sciences Quiz.

“WICS is a fantastic initiative. What women currently need is collaboration, co working and support. I think it will be a good platform for women and men to come and work together. Women usually don’t get as many opportunities as men do. This society is a great way to overcome that.’ said Rashmi at the end of the session.

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