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Why women continue to be under-represented in academic careers?

1931 - A time when most women were aspiring to become a successful wife, mother or daughter, Dr. E.K. Janaki Ammal was already setting an example by being an early Indian woman doctorate in basic sciences from the University of Michigan. A competent botanist and geneticist, her seminal work on sugarcane varieties and genetics of flowering plants are recognised to this day. She was a fierce environmental activist and taught Botany at the Women’s Christian College, Chennai. In recognition of her contributions to the field of botany, she was elected as a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy in 1957, was awarded the Padmashri in 1977, and was herself a founding Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences in 1935.She also served as the Director General of the Botanical Survey of India, and even has a flower named after her -- Magnolia Kobus Janaki Ammal! She was indeed a symbol of inspiration to many girls and women of her age.

 

Dr. B. Ananthanarayan: Rustum Choksi Award for Excellence in Research - 2014

Balasubramanian Ananthanarayan, a Professor at the Indian Institute of Science and Chairman of the Centre for High Energy Physics, is one of the most prominent researchers in the field of elementary particle physics and field theory. He is currently working on improving the predictions of low energy and developing an effective theory of the standard model, and also on searches for physics beyond the standard model.

An interview with Dr. Aninda Sinha: Swarnajayanti Fellowship Awardee – 2013-14

Dr. Aninda Sinha was recently awarded the Swarnajayanti Fellowship, instituted by the Department of Science and Technology to celebrate the 50th year of Indian Independence. The awards were distributed to 11 scientists all over India for their contributions and potential for ground-breaking advancements in science in the year 2013-14. The award recognizes Dr. Sinha’s contributions towards pushing the frontiers of quantum field theory and general relativity.