Executive Committee (2017-2019)

Dr. Surekha Zingde

President

Email: surekha.zingde@gmail.com

Educational Qualifications and experience:
BSc Chemistry: Bangalore University, Bangalore
MSc Chemistry : IIT, Bombay
PhD, Chemistry: Boston University, USA
PDF: Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai

Surekha retired as Dy.Director, Cancer Research Institute, ACTREC, Tata Memorial Centre, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, in March 2013 after 33y service with the Centre. She is presently the President of IWSA. Her expertise is in Cancer Biology, with focus on Oral cancer proteomics.  She is Professor of Life Sciences of the HBNI. She is a member of the Indian Scientific Advisory Committee of LTMT. She is a reviewer for several journals and reviewer of thesis from different universities. Surekha is a visiting faculty at University of Mumbai-DAE-CBS, a member of the Scientific advisory committees and Chairperson of the ethics committees of different institutions.  She has vast experience in setting up a Research Institute. She provides consultancy for life science research. She is the immediate past President of the Proteomics Society, India.


Dr. Lalitha Dhareshwar

Vice President

E mail: lj_dhareshwar@yahoo.com

Educational Qualifications and experience
BSc (Hons) Physics: Bangalore University, Bangalore
Ph.D Physics:   University of Mumbai
Raja Ramanna Fellow of DAE (2010-2015)

Lalitha has worked for forty-five years at BARC, in the field of High power lasers, laser plasmas and applications. She was the Head of the Laser and Neutron Physics Division of BARC prior to her retirement in July, 2010. She was instrumental in carrying out several prestigious projects in BARC and has guided several students to obtain their PhD. She has been invited by International Laboratories and Universities, in USA, Japan, Germany, France, Russia, Spain, Italy, Poland, Lithuania, Czech Republic and other countries, for Scientific Collaboration and Training scientists and research scholars, in the latest field of Lasers & Plasma Physics. Lalitha is a member of Shri Ram Chandra Mission, a spiritual organization. As a Prefect, Spiritual Trainer, she has strived to impart spiritual training through meditation. She had formulated and conducted Value Based Education programs for several schools and colleges in Mumbai, as well as in Maharashtra and Gujarat.

Dr. Shyamala Bharadwaj

Secretary

Email: shyamala.bharadwaj@gmail.com

Educational qualifications and experience
B.Sc.(Chemistry) Mumbai University
M.Sc.(Chemistry) Mumbai University
Ph.D  (Chemistry) Mumbai University

Shyamala retired as Head, Fuel Cell Materials and Catalysis Section, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai in December 2015 after 38 years of research at BARC. Her expertise is in the field of chemical thermodynamics, catalysis, fuel cells and hydrogen energy. As professor of HBNI and Mumbai University, she had guided several M.Sc. and Ph.D. students. She is often invited to review Ph.D. theses from various universities, IITs etc and to review projects from DST and BRNS. She regularly reviews manuscripts for several international journals and is the regional editor of Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry. She has won several Awards, such as NETZSCH-ITAS Award in the field of Thermal analysis and DAE Group Achievement Awards.  As Hon. Secretary of Indian Thermal Analysis Society, she was involved in organizing several National Symposia and Workshops on Thermal Analysis in various parts of India. She has also organized several National Symposia and Workshops in Materials Chemistry and Chemical Thermodynamics.  Shyamala has several publications in refereed international journals. She has co-edited a book on “Thoria based nuclear fuels” (published by Springer, 2013) and written several chapters in various books.

 

Dr. Rita Mukhopadhyaya

Treasurer

Email: rita45@gmail.com

Educational qualifications and experience
BSc: Life Sciences, Viswa Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal
MSc: Life Sciences, Viswa Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal
PhD: Applied Biology,  University of Mumbai

Rita has a research career spanning 35 y. She is presently a Senior Scientist, Bioscience Group, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai. Her current area of research is in Radiation Stress Biology, with particular interest in radiation induced gene expression and regulation in microbes and insect model organisms. Rita also focusses on high throughput sequencing methodologies and Bioinformatics.
Rita has received the INSA DFG Bilateral exchange award for visiting scientist in  2015-16, theFogarty international fellowship for post doctoral study in 1988-92, theGovt. of India Merit Scholarship for post graduate study: 1980-82, the Rayat Shikshan Sangtha’s `Karmaveer’ award for women in education and social work: 2009-10, the CAPS award for women achiever’s of Navi Mumbai, 2008-09. Rita was adjudged the All India best
cadet (Junior wing) NCC in 1975.

Ms. Madhu Pahwa

Jt. Secretary

Email:madhupahwa50@gmail.com

Educational qualifications and experience
MSc (Botany), Allahabad University, Allahabad.
B.Ed (Botany), Annamalai, Unviersity, Annamalai

Madhu has over 20 years of teaching experience in the field of Biology. A gold medalist in Botany from Allahabad University, she has also been a part of her family business.
Madhu was a Teacher at Sacred Heart High School, Vashi during June-1986 to Oct-1988, and at ICL Jhunjhunwala College of Science Arts & Commerce, Vashi during Nov-1988 to June-2008.  
 Madhu has been associated with IWSA since 2013 and actively involved in the Science Nurture program of the association for several years and an EC member (2015-17).

Ms. Chhaya Kelkar

Jt. Secretary

Email: cjkelkar@gmail.com

Educational qualifications and experience
MSc: Science

Chhaya has been associated with IWSA 1999. She has been a member of EC for several terms and Convener of the Hostel and Library committees.  She is actively engaged in IWSA activities.

Ms. R. Bhuvaneshwari

Member

E mail:r.bhuw@yahoo.com

Educational qualifications and experience
BSc:

Bhuvaneshwari has been associated with IWSA for a large number of years. She has been the Treasurer in the Executive committee (2015-17) and is presently the Convener of the Hostel and Day care committee. Bhuvaneshwari is an active participant in the various programs of IWSA.

Dr. (Ms.) Srirupa Mukherjee

Member

Email: srirupam@gmail.com

Educational qualifications and experience
M.Sc:,B. Ed.,M. Phil., Ph.D

Srirupa retired as HOD in Chemistry, ICL MJ College, Vashi, Navi Mumbai & PG Lecturer in Organic Chemistry at University of Mumbai, Ruparel College Center.  She was UG Examiner and Moderator in Organic chemistry, University of Mumbai.
Srirupa is a recipient of the National Science Talent, (N.C.E.R.T) scholarship.  She has received Research Grants from Univ. of Mumbai (2005 & 2007). She has  twelve publications in International Journals.
Srirupa has been honoured with Rashtriya Gaurav Award (2012) for contribution in teaching and social services. She has served IWSA in different capacities in all the educational activities and programmes of IWSA. She has been the Treasurer of IWSA, Executive Committee 2011-2013 and 2013- 2015.

 

Ms. Sushma (Rekha) Pradhan

Member

Email:rekhapradhan49@gmail.com

Educational qualifications and experience
B.Sc (Home Science ):  Nagpur University
Post graduate Diploma in Dietetics: Board of Technical Education, Maharashtra State
B.Ed: Mumbai University
M.Ed: Optional Subjects- 1.Mental Health & Child Guidance
           2.Educational & Vocational Guidance, Mumbai University

Sushma has worked as a dietician in India and Canada for a couple of years. Taught in various high schools in Mumbai for about 30 years and retired in 2007. She has been associated with IWSA since 2003.
Sushma has been on the Nursery School and Education committee since 2003. At present she is the Convenor of the Nursery School & Education Committee and IWSA course co-ordinator of the SNDT Diploma course in Nursery / Creche Teacher’s Training.

 

Ms.Vijayalaxmi Tilak

Member

Email:varalakshmi55@yahoo.com

Educational qualifications and experience
BSc: Chemistry/Biology  
MA: Russian:   

Vijayalakshmi joined BARC in 1982 as a specialist in Russian.  She retired from BARC in 2015.  Vijayalakshmi has been actively involved with the Science Nurture program of the IWSA as well several other activities, such as waste to manure project, kitchen water recycling and solar energy for IWSA. 

Ms. Nootan Bhakal

Member

Email:nootanbhakal@yahoo.com

Educational qualifications and experience
BSc Chemistry:  University of Mumbai
MA Hindi    SNDT University Mumbai
Ph.D Hindi    University of Mumbai

Nootan retired as Vice Prinicpal of VArtak College, Vasai in 2015 after 30 y of service.  She has translated around 25 books, on literary, scientific and technical aspects from English to Hindi and Gujarati and vice versa.  As Secretary of “Chetan Memorial Trust” she facilitates educational activities for the underprivileged.  The trust also inculcates scientific temper, rationalism, secularism and all forms of art.
Nootan has been actively involved with IWSA with the Nursery School and Education Committee of which she is now the Secretary.

Dr. Devaki Ramanathan

Immediate Past President

Email:devakir66@yahoo.com

Educational qualifications and experience
M.Sc (Physics) – Bombay University
Ph.D (Physics) – Pune University

Devaki was a Senior physicist in Technical Physics & Prototype Engineering Division of BARC, Mumbai for 39 years.
Her specialisation is in Ultra high vacuum technology, Field emission/Field in microscopy, surface physics, Mass spectrometry technology, Glow discharge & ICP. MS. She has published a number of papers in National & International scientific journals including a paper in the prestigious international journal “NATURE”.
She has been an active member of a number of professional societies. Devaki has served IWSA in different educational activities & programme

 

Sub- Committees:

Hostel and Day Care Committee

Convener

Ms. R. Bhuvaneshwari

Co. Convener

Ms Chhaya Kelkar

Secretary

Ms. Vijaylakshmi Tilak

Treasurer

Ms. Malathi Rao

Members

Ms. Asha Khandkar
Ms. Madhu Pawha
Ms. Vijaya Chakravarty   

Dr. Sudha Padhye (Permanent invitee/ advisor)
Office bearers of Board of Trustees and  E.C.

 

 

Building and Hall Maintenance Committee

Convener

Dr. Niyati Bhattacharyya

Secretary

Dr. V. S. Rao

Treasurer

Dr. Bakhtavar Mahajan

Members

Ms. Chhaya Kelkar
Ms. R. Bhuvaneshwari
Dr. Sudha Padhye (Permanent invitee/ advisor)
Office bearers of Board of Trustees, E.C, and Hostel Committee

 

 

Nursery School and Education Committee

Convener

Ms. Sushma Pradhan

Secretary

Dr. Nootan Bhakal

Treasurer

Dr. Sudha Rao

Members

Ms. Rati Bhosekar                  
Office bearers of Board of Trustees and E.C.

 

 

Health Committee

Convener

Dr. Bakhtawer Mahajan

Secretary

Dr. Srirupa Mukherjee

Treasurer

Ms. Madhu Pawha

Members

Ms. Ambika Janakiram
Ms. Snehalata Bhavsar
Dr. Jyoti Taskar
Office bearers of Board of Trustees and E.C.

   

Computer Committee

Convener

Dr. V.S. Rao

Secretary

Dr. Lalitha Dhareshwar

Treasurer

Dr. Rita Mukhopadhyaya

Members

Dr. Sunita Mahajan                        
Ms. Tripta Tiwari                            
Office bearers of Board of Trustees and E.C

   

Library Committee

Convener

Ms . Chhaya Kelkar

Secretary

Ms. Rama Prasad

Treasurer

Ms. Snehalata Bhavsar

Members

Ms. Vijayalaxmi Tilak
Dr. Anjali Bhagwat
Ms. Meena Bhobe
Office bearers of Board of Trustees and E.C.

 

 

Scholarship Committee

Convener

Dr. Devaki Ramanathan

Co-Convener

Dr. Bakhtawer Mahajan

Secretary

Dr. Susan Eapen

Treasurer

Dr. Nootan Bhakal

Member

Dr. V. Sudha Rao
Dr. Sudha Padhye (Permanent invitee/ advisor)
Office bearers of Board of Trustees and E.C.

 

 

Newsletter Committee

Editor

Dr. Shyamala Bharadwaj

Co Editor

Dr. Susan Eapen

Member

Dr. Dhanya Suresh
Dr. Devaki Ramanathan

 

 

Science Awareness Committee

Convener

Dr. Lalitha Dhareshwar

Co-Convener

Dr. Susan Eapen

Secretary

Dr.Devaki Ramanathan

Treasurer

Ms. Tripta Tiwari

 

Office bearers of Board of Trustees and E.C.

Member

Ms. Manashi Chakraborty
Dr. Bakhtaver Mahajan
Ms. Madhu Pahwa
Ms. Rama Pasad
Ms. Vijayalakshmi Tilak
Ms. Malathi Rao

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