Deep-seated patriarchy although, not yet, had vaporized from every section of the society, but Indian women still had waded through the sea of discrimination to stand out in masses. Ask me about any field where women could not excel and even up with men, in fact, outdo them, names would swiftly depart my lips.
IAS topper 2015? It’s Ira Singhal.
World No. 1 in women’s doubles? It’s Sania Mirza.
Two most powerful women in Asia Pacific prepared by the global magazine Fortune? Chanda Kochhar and Arundhati Bhattarcharya.
Chairperson of india’s largest biotech company? It’s Kiran Mazumdar Shaw.
Countless names in countless realms to make your scroll-down incessant, hence, I break off here itself.
J Manjula has been elected as the first woman director general of the Defence Research and Development Organization‘s Electronics and Communication Systems cluster.
An outstanding scientist, Manjula assumed charge as DG on Wednesday. “It’s a very responsible position and a great opportunity that DRDO has provided me. I hope this inspires more women to take up science,” she told TOI on Wednesday.
Her inclination during her childhood was more towards mathematics and she wanted to pursue a career in it, but she could not. But this didn’t buckle her down, rather she endeavoured, finally joining DRDO in 1987 and worked there for more than 26 years in the department of integrated electronic warfare.
“She has designed and realized fast signal acquisition receivers, high power RF systems, responsive jammers, controller software etc for various systems inducted in Army, Navy, Air Force and Paramilitary,” said a press release.
She was bestowed with Award for Performance Excellence, Scientist of the Year 2011, and India Today Woman Summit Award, 2014.
By Prerna Daga