In India, where a majority of the female population continue to be illiterate, it is a privilege to be educated and more so to become a scientist.

In early 1970's, a few scientists got together and started thinking if it was enough to work sincerely sitting in a laboratory, doing experiments, publishing work and living in an ivory tower. Or do they have some social responsibility to take science to the masses? Is it not their moral responsibility to use science and technology (S&T) for upliftment of the “not so privileged” class of society, particularly women? They came to the conclusion that unless they formed an association of likeminded women scientists, this was not possible. Thus in 1972, twelve founder members representing a wide spectrum of scientific disciplines and associated with different scientific institutions came together and registered Indian Women Scientists’ Association (IWSA) on 13th June, 1973 with Society Registration Act and under Public Trust Act on 19th July, 1973.

IWSA is an All India social welfare, voluntary, non-profit, secular, non-political charitable organization. It has ten branches namely, Roorkee (1979), Hyderabad (1979), Pune (1980), Kolhapur (1982), Delhi (1987), Kalpakkam (1987), Vadodara (1988), Lucknow (1997) and Amravati (2010).  IWSA has about 2060 life members; its head quarters is located in Vashi, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra.

IWSA’s membership is open to all women with a background in S&T and associate membership is open for those interested in science and with scientific temper..

Activites of IWSA at a glance:

Community-Based Activities Science-Based Programmes

Community health care centre

Day care centre

Nursery school

Working women’s hostel

Library/reading room

Scholarships and awards

Diploma in Nursery/ Crèche Teacher's Training course

Courses in computer skills and I.T. Training

Sunday science laboratory /Techshiksha

Popular science lecture series (with BRNS support)

Science workshops for students/teachers

Science nurture programme

Research projects

Environmental/ Science awareness


Refresher courses



  • Take science to masses.
  • Develop scientific temper in society.
  • Promote scientific accomplishments among women scientists.
  • Understand the problems of women in sciences.
  • Be a representative body of women in S&T.



Foundation stone ceremony of hostel and other activities was held on 12th April, 1986, at the hands of well known social worker late Padmashree Ms. Anutai Wagh.


This building complex includes a Hostel, Child Care Centre, Community Health Care Centre, Library, Science/Demonstration Laboratory, IWSA office and a Committee Room.  It was completed in Sept. 1987.


Naming ceremony of the IWSA Hostel as “Jitendra Mafatlal Mehta” Working Women’s Hostel was performed on 9th January 1989, at the hands of late Rev. Mother Teresa and Shri. Nana Chudasama.


With the aim of bringing science to our people, IWSA started “Science for Citizen” Library in 1974 at Matunga, Mumbai, which was shifted to Vashi premises in 1989.


IWSA’s Day Care Centre was started in 1990.


Computer Training Courses were started in October 1991.


IWSA Nursery School for Tiny Tots started in 1993.


Training of Teachers (TOT): Pre-primary non-formal method of teaching programme was started in January 1995. 


IWSA’s new “Shree Mahalakshmi Temple Charities” W.W. Hostel Wing was added in 1998.


IWSA’S Multipurpose Hall, for carrying out its multiple activities, was constructed in 1998 with the financial support from “ICICI”.

Friends of IWSA:

IWSA is assisted and encouraged by several eminent male scientists and technologists in the country, who give support to our cause and objectives whenever we call upon them. These experts are designated as ‘Friends of IWSA’.

We request all well-wishers, especially men, as they cannot become official IWSA members, to come forward and generously support our activities by donating in cash or kind, or just by their gracious presence in our many programs. 


IWSA’s varied programmes are stand-alone events, requiring constant generation of funds. Hence IWSA accepts donations for all programmes, which are exempted under 80G (under section 12A of the Income tax Act, 1961).

  • IWSA accepts donations in cash/ cheque /bank transfer--(with request-- please contact
  • Cheque should be payable to “Indian Women Scientists’ Association”.
  • Donations are also acceptable from abroad.

Donations in the form of books for IWSA library are accepted. Toys, games, books, puzzles and other educational material for our toddlers in the day care and nursery school are also accepted. 


IWSA needs volunteers for its various science-based and community activities.
You can:

  • Participate in a program as per your expertise for science nurture /workshop/refresher courses.
  • Give a lecture in popular science lecture series program.
  • Help in administration.
  • Create some activity for day care and nursery school toddlers.
  • Help in execution of any planned programme or activity of IWSA.
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