NEW YORK AND SINGAPORE, 30 JUNE 2010 - In an initiative aimed to promote diversity in computing and encourage women to pursue advanced education and careers in computing, Wipro Technologies and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) have agreed for Wipro to fund scholarships for women students majoring in computer science and related programmes to attend research conferences around the world.
Wipro Technologies is the global IT services business of Wipro Limited.
Funding programme begins next year
According to the technology company, its funding will expand a programme currently administered by the ACM Council on Women in Computing (ACM-W) to help women in the computing field attend conferences over the next five years beginning in 2011.
We believe that an organisation's ability to embrace and imbibe diversity within its DNA deeply influences its competitiveness and success, said I.Vijayakumar, chief technology officer, Wipro Technologies. We are pleased to sponsor this ACM-W Scholarship Program, and in general to bring more women into science and technology, and to create better real-world solutions to complex issues that make a difference in improving living standards around the globe.
Wipro's financial support will allow ACM-W to offer larger scholarships than in previous years, and to enable participation by women in both international and local events, said an ACM-W spokesperson.
About 20 recipients will be identified as ACM-W/Wipro Scholars each year, with individual funds ranging from US$600 to US$1200, depending on distance to conference venues.
For information on application and notification dates and conference details, click here.
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