Board of Trustees

Dr. Niyati Bhattacharyya


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Education Qualifications :
M.Sc (Chemistry), D.I.I.T, Ph.D (Chemistry)
She was a Fellow and Research Associate of the Centre of Advanced Studies at UDCT, Mumbai. She was former Senior Scientist at the Bombay Textile Research Association, Mumbai and Professor and Head of the Post graduate, Dept. of Fibre Science & Chemical Processing, SNDT Women’s University.
Dr. Bhattacharyya is a visiting faculty, subject expert in R.R.Committe,and Examiner of fibre science and chemical processing, in SNDT Women's University. Also, a subject expert in a Govt. Textile Research Institute (ICAR), Mumbai and Mumbai University. More than 65 research papers in National & International Journals, guided M.Sc and Ph.D students.
Author of a book “Natural Dyes for textiles and their Eco friendly Applications”
Besides these Dr. Bhattacharyya is associated with the IWSA, to promote and inculcate scientific temper to the society, especially to children and women. She was President of IWSA (2001-2003) and now a member of the Board of trustees.

Dr. Bakhtaver Mahajan


Education Qualifications :
Ph.D (Biochemical Genetics) - Bombay University
She was President, IWSA (2007-2009). She recently retired from Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. With a PhD in Biochemical Genetics from BARC (Bombay University), for the first ten years of her scientific career, she worked as an Assistant Editor with Science Today, a Times of India publication. In 1990, she joined HBCSE and worked in the areas of biology, health and environment education. Besides research publications, booklets and posters in these areas, she has authored three (two with co-authors) books: Microbes and Disease (Oxford University Press--OUP), New Biology and Genetic Diseases (OUP) and Health Matters (HBCSE publication). She also initiated and led the Indian Biology Olympiad movement for the first three years, wherein Indian students won laurels for the country. In 2004, she conceptualized and led a major health and environment education programme, Health and Environment: Action-based Learning (HEAL).
She had been elected as Fellow, Maharashtra Academy of Sciences (2002), received the Rayat Shikshan Sanstha’s award in the memory of Savitribai Phule (2003), and is on the editorial board of International J. of Biology Education. She is the first recipient of the Homi Bhabha Award for Science Education - 2006, instituted by the TIFR Endowment Committee.  She was an independent elected municipal councilor from Anushaktinagar, Mumbai, 1976-1982.

Dr. V. Sudha Rao


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Education Qualifications :
M.Sc (Food & Nutrition) – SNDT Women's University
M.S (Grain Science) – Kansas State University, USA
Ph.D (Food Technology) – Bombay University
Worked as Senior Scientist in Food Technology Div. BARC, Mumbai for 34 years
She has 67 publications in scientific journals. She is a fellow of Maharashtra Academy of Science and many professional organizations. She is a co-ordinator at SNDT Women’s University for pre primary teachers’ training programme. She is also member on research council of Institute of Chemical Technology. She is an Expert Member, Panel on Food Irradiation (under Technology Vision 2020). Mission Projects of TIFAC (Technology Information), Forecasting & Assessment Council, Govt. of India, New Delhi. She has been a very active member of IWSA and served in its various programmes. She was Vice president, IWSA for 2 terms : 2009-2013.

Dr. Sunita Mahajan


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Education Qualifications :
M.Sc (Physics) – Bombay University – 1st Class
Ph.D (Computer Science) – SNDT University
Career : 31 years of service in Computer Division of B.A.R.C and served as group leader.
Specialisation : Computer software and parallel processing technology. Worked on fastest super compter in India like ANUPAM etc.
Retired from BARC in 2000 and joined SNDT University as Associate Professor. From 2003, she is Principal, ICS, MET league of colleges. She has taught subjects like computer operating system, computer Architecture, parallel processing techniques, parallel Algorithms, Grid computing, Data mining. She is a member of Computer Society of India.
She has been a very active member of IWSA and has contributed in many ways. She was President, IWSA from 2005-07. She was convener of IWSA, Computer sub committee and is continuing as member in the committee till date. She is also member of Board of Trustees, IWSA.


Dr. Susan Eapen


Prof. Susan Eapen is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Indian Women Scientists’ Association (IWSA). She is a member of “The National Academy of Sciences, India” as well as “Maharashtra Academy of Sciences”. A 15th batch BARC Training School Scientist in Biology and Radio-biology, she retired in October 2011 as Head, Plant Biotechnology and Secondary Products Section of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and Professor, Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI). She had been working at BARC, Department of Atomic Energy for more than 39 years and has contributed immensely towards development of plant biotechnology and phytoremediation which are very relevant today in the present Indian scenario.

      As a PhD guide of the University of Mumbai and Homi Bhabha National Institute, she has guided 10 PhD and several MSc students. She was a member of several committees like Bio-safety Committee, Women’s Cell (BARC) etc. She is a member of several associations such as Plant Tissue Culture Association (India), Indian Society of Cell Biology and Society for Genetics and Plant Breeding. She is currently a member of the Planning Committee of Nehru Science Centre.      She has published about 140 papers in National and International journals, has contributed several chapters in books, has presented several papers in National and International symposium and has trained several international scientists in the field of plant biotechnology. She was also involved in the “Cotton Mini Mission” project of Government of India and is a collaborator for several BRNS funded programs all over India. During one such collaborative project with Tamil Nadu Agricultural University her team has come out with a high yielding salt tolerant rice variety.  Incidentally, she has developed the first genetically modified pulse crop way back in 1986.

      Prof. Susan Eapen was until recently the Associate Editor of international journals “In-Vitro Plant” and “BMC Biotechnology” being published from USA and United Kingdom respectively. She is a recipient of UNESCO and British Council fellowships and has worked under the Indo-FRG bilateral program in Free University of Berlin. She is considered one of the pioneers in transgenic plant research and her interest varies from plant biotechnology, production of secondary metabolites from in vitro cultures and phyto-remediation. She was invited by the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2007 to chair a session and give a plenary talk on Symposium in “Pollution Ecology.

Objectives of the trust

To develop scientific temper in our society, by disseminating scientific knowledge through lectures, Seminars, discussions, exhibitions etc.

To establish and maintain and support Science libraries and reading rooms for advancement of education of the society.

To purchase own, construct, hire, take on lease or otherwise acquire places, houses, classrooms, conference-halls, buildings, auditoriums and laboratories for the purpose of running educational and scientific research projects.

To promote understanding of the economic and social problems facing women, in general.

To establish and maintain Working Women’s Hostel and to grant boarding and lodging facilities to deserving working women upon such terms and for such period in each case as the trustees may deem fit.

To conduct programmes in the area of women and child welfare by establishing child-care and child-welfare centres, dispensaries, family welfare units and cancer detection centres.

To promote professional accomplishments in the scientific field.

To be a representative body for the Indian Women scientists working in natural and physical sciences, including applied sciences such as engineering and medicine.

The above objectives can be fulfilled by organizing programmes independently or in collaboration with like-minded Organizations.


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