Beyond Glass Barriers
Sabiq P V, Chair for IEEE Malabar Section
IEEE Malabar Subsection, IEEE Women in Engineering along with NIT Calicut, organized a two-day
online national workshop for women in engineering, entitled “Beyond Glass Barriers – 2021 (BGB 2021)” from 28th to 29th December 2021. The aim of this workshop is to inspire, empower and lead budding women in the area of Engineering and Technology. Eminent women personalities from engineering, academia and industry deliver sessions on various topics that include professional leadership, personal branding and entrepreneurship. First edition of this flagship event was organized in offline mode at National Institute of Technology, Calicut in 2019. The second and third edition of this flagship event was organized in online mode due to the pandemic situation.
“Beyond Glass Barriers” is an inspiration, to move beyond the hindrances in a woman professional’s or woman student’s life that prevent her from realizing her true potential and contributing the best of her abilities and talents for the benefit of families, communities and countries. When women are living safe, fulfilled and productive lives, they can reach their full potential, contributing their skills to the workforce. In the span of three years, BGB is unwavering on its mission to set a platform to bring
together women leaders in academia, research, administration and industry and to give an insight into personal branding, entrepreneurship and startups for women through better professional networking.
Honorable Mayor of Calicut, Dr Beena Philip, inaugurated the third edition of Beyond Glass Barriers 2021 and declared the IEEE MSS-ROSE (Recognition for Outstanding Services in Engineering) award
constituted by Malabar Subsection to honor women who have made outstanding contributions in
engineering. The first edition of ROSE Award was bestowed upon Dr. Lillykutty Jacob, Former
Professor, NIT Calicut and an active IEEE volunteer. Ms. Sarada Jayakrishnan, DGM of Terumo Penpol Pvt Limited & Chair for IEEE Kerala Section delivered a talk on the topic “How professional activities and engagements have helped you for career excellence”. The second day started with a paper presentation by registered participants in two tracks; professional and student. This was followed by a
panel discussion on the theme “Challenges and survival techniques during COVID and what beyond
COVID”. Dr. Maria Francis, Assistant Professor at IIT Hyderbad, Ms. Aisha Nazia, Project and Sports
Management Professional, Ms. Aswathi Dinil, Tedex Speaker and Ms. Asha Chacko George,
Relationship Manager at TCS were the panelist. The event was a grand success with over 100 participants attending the workshop.