STCS Vigyan Vidushi

About the Programme

The STCS Vigyan Vidushi programme is a summer school intended to introduce undergraduate and postgraduate women students to advanced topics in theoretical computer science and systems science. The two-week programme will be held online, and will consist of technical courses taught by faculty from STCS, TIFR. Lectures will be supplemented by problem-solving sessions, to enhance students' understanding.

The programme also aims to encourage students to take up research in these areas. To promote interactions and introduce students to life as a researcher, there will also be mentoring sessions conducted by students and faculty from TIFR and outside. A distinguished lecture series consisting of eminent women scientists will be part of the programme, to give insights into current research trends.


Programme Structure

The programme will be organised from June 21st to July 3rd, 2021. All participation will be completely online.

The daily schedule consists of about two hours of lectures in the morning, followed by about two hours of problem-solving sessions in the afternoon. Participants will be divided into smaller groups for the afternoon sessions.

Most days will also have either a mentoring session, or a lecture by an eminent researcher.

Participants will be expected to actively attend all the sessions.

Subject to changes, the following courses will comprise the technical portion of the programme:

  • Quantum computation
  • Coding theory
  • Decisions and Risk Models
  • Cryptography



The programme is intended for women students who have completed or are enrolled in their third year of undergraduate education in CS/EE/ECE or related fields, including mathematics and statistics. They should also have taken basic courses in linear algebra and probability. Students who are already enrolled in a PhD programme, are not eligible for the summer school.

To apply, please submit your details, including academic transcripts of all complete semesters, and a 300-word writeup on your background, courses and topics you find most interesting, and what you expect to get from the summer school.

Please have the following ready before starting the application:
1. Recent passport size photo (as a JPEG file)
2. Academic transcript for all semesters completed (as a single PDF file)
3. A 300-word writeup, describing your background, courses or topics you find most interesting, as well as what you hope to obtain from the programme

(The application form will require you to log on using your Google ID)

Link to the application form

Applications are now closed. If you've applied, we will inform you regarding your application soon. Please monitor the email address you have provided in your application.

The programme intends to draw participation widely from multiple institutions and locations, and selection will be based on diverse criteria.

There is no fee for the programme.

The last date for application is April 21st April 30th (extended).

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