Roundtable Industrial Jobs for Women Discussing the Role of Women in India's Food and Pharma Industries
CII Hosts Roundtable on `Role, Opportunities and Challenges of Women in Indian Pharmaceutical and Food Industries'.
Mumbai/India‒ A special roundtable session `Role, Opportunities and Challenges of Women in Indian Pharmaceutical and Food Industries’ organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) took place in Mumbai. The visiting U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret A Hamburg, M.D., participated in the event. During the discussion, participants expressed the need to make the Indian pharmaceutical industry attractive for women. They also noted that encouraging women entrepreneurs was very necessary to increase the participation of women in the sector. As of now, women constitute only 8-15 per cent of the workforce employed in the Indian pharmaceutical industry.
The forum called for enhanced co-operation in areas of regulatory capacity building, training and education, guidance on meaningful collaboration among regulatory organizations and similarly among academic institutions.
CII is committed to driving the capacity building initiative for India’s food and pharmaceutical industry through two of its institutions. The CII Institute of Quality, which is based in Bangalore trains companies on quality assurance. The CII Food and Agriculture Centre of Excellence works on capacity building in various aspects of food and agriculture sector. The organization is working closely with the Government in driving globally harmonious food regulations. It is also represented on the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India for doing this work.