Executive Committee (2019-2021)

Dr. Lalitha Dhareshwar

Designation: President
Email: lj_dhareshwar@yahoo.com
Educational Qualifications & 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. Rita Mukhopadhyaya

Designation: Vice President
E mail: rita45@gmail.com
Educational Qualifications & 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, the Fogarty international fellowship for post doctoral study in 1988-92, the Govt. 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. Vijayalaxmi Tilak

Designation: Secretary
Email: varalakshmi55@yahoo.com
Educational Qualifications & 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. Madhu Pahwa

Designation: Jt. Secretary
Email: madhupahwa50@gmail.com
Educational Qualifications & 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 & 2017-19).


Ms.Suparna Kamat

Designation: Jt. Secretary
Email: suparna.kamath@gmail.com


Ms. Nootan Bhakal

Designation: Treasurer
Email: nootanbhakal@yahoo.com
Educational Qualifications & 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.


Ms. Chhaya Kelkar

Designation: Member
E mail: cjkelkar@gmail.com
Educational Qualifications & 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

Designation: Member
Email: r.bhuw@yahoo.com
Educational Qualifications & Experience:
BSc: Science

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. Shyamala Bharadwaj

Designation: Member
Email: shyamala.bharadwaj@gmail.com
Educational Qualifications & 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. (Ms.) Srirupa Mukherjee

Designation: Member
Email: srirupam@gmail.com
Educational Qualifications & 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 Pradhan

Designation: Member
Email: rekhapradhan49@gmail.com
Educational Qualifications & 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.


Dr. Surekha Zingde

Designation: Member
Email: surekha.zingde@gmail.com
Education & Qualifications: BSc Chemistry: Bangalore University, Bangalore, MSc Chemistry : IIT, Bombay, PhD, Chemistry: Boston University, USA, PDF: Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai

Dr. Surekha Zingde was the immediate past President of IWSA (2017-19). She is now member of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Zingde is also a member of several committees of IWSA. She retired as Dy. Director, Cancer Research Institute, ACTREC, Tata Memorial Centre, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, in March 2013 after 33y service with the Centre. Her expertise is in Cancer Biology, chronic myeloid leukemia, membrane proteins and signal transduction with present interest in Oral cancer proteomics. Dr. Zingde is Fellow, Maharashtra Academy of Sciences. She is Chairperson of the Indian Scientific Advisory Committee of Lady Tata Memorial Trust. She is a reviewer for several journals and reviewer of thesis from different universities. She is a member of the Scientific advisory committees and Chairperson of the ethics committees of different institutions. Dr. Zingde is involved in syllabus revision and syllabus formation of some colleges in Mumbai. She was Professor of Life Sciences of the HBNI. Dr. Zingde has been a visiting faculty at University of Mumbai-DAE-CEBS, a member of the Research and Recognition Committee of ICT, Mumbai and University of Mumbai and member of government project review and funding committees. She has vast experience in setting up a Research Institute. She provides consultancy for life science research. She was the past President of the Proteomics Society, India during 2014-16. Eleven students have completed their Ph.D and 2 students their MSc under her guidance. She has 75 peer reviewed papers, several book chapters, a monograph and 4 patents.


Sub- Committees (2019-2021):

  • Hostel and Day Care
  • Building Maintenance & Hall Management
  • Nursery School and Education
  • Health
  • Computer
  • Library
  • Scholarship
  • Newsletter
  • Science Awareness Committee
  • Learning Garden

Hostel and Day Care Committee

Convener: Ms. R. Bhuvaneshwari
Co. Convener: Ms Chhaya Kelkar
Secretary: Ms. Madhu Pahwa
Treasurer: Ms. Malathi Rao
Members:
Ms. Vijaylakshmi Tilak
Ms. Asha Khandkar
Ms. Anita Dash
Ms. Snehalata Bhavsar
Ms. Kumud Balakrishnan

Building and Hall Maintenance Committee

Convener: Dr. Sunita Mahajan
Co-Convener: Dr. Niyati Bhattacharya
Secretary: Ms. Chaya Kelkar
Treasurer: Dr. Bakhtaver Mahajan
Members:
Dr. Rita Mukhopadhyay
Dr. Sudha Rao
Dr. Surekha Zingde
Ms. Bhuvaneshwari
Ms. Vijayalakshmi Tilak
Dr. Devaki Ramanathan
Ms. Tripta Tewari
Ms. Sukhvinder Sandhu


Nursery School and Education Committee

Convener: Ms. Nootan Bhakal
Secretary: Ms. Sushma Pradhan
Treasurer: Dr. Sudha Rao
Members:
Ms. Rati Bhosekar
Ms. Kadambari Vinchoo
Ms. Vinita Rajput
Ms. Anuradha Shekar
Ms. Sweta Naik

Health Committee

Convener: Dr. Bakhtaver Mahajan
Co-Convener: Ms. Madhu Pahwa
Secretary: Ms. Priya Jacob
Treasurer: Ms. Snehlata Bhavsar
Members
Dr. Surekha Zingde
Dr. Varsha Varma
Ms. Manashi Chakraborthy
Ms. Ambika Janakiraman


Computer Committee

Convener: Dr. Rita Mukhopadhyay
Co-Convener: Dr. Sunita Mahajan
Secretary: Ms. Sukhvinder Sandhu
Treasurer: Ms. Tripta Tewari
Members
Dr. Sudha Rao
Ms. Kalpana Sathe
Dr. Paramjit Anthapan
Dr. Aswari Rath

Library Committee

Convener: Ms. Vijayalakshmi Tilak
Secretary: Ms. Tripta Tewari
Treasurer: Ms. Rama Prasad
Members
Ms. Chayya Kelkar
Ms. Manashi Chakraborthy
Ms. Paramjit  Anthapan


Scholarship Committee

Convener: Dr. Devaki Ramanathan
Co-Convener: Dr. Bakhtawer Mahajan
Secretary: Dr. Srirupa Mukherjee
Treasurer: Ms. Nootan Bhakal
Members
Dr. V. Sudha Rao
Dr. Surekha Zingde
Dr. Paramjit Anthapan

Newsletter Committee

Editor: Dr. Shyamala Bharadwaj
Members
Dr. Surekha Zingde
Dr. Vijaya Chakravarthy
Dr. Susan Eapen
Dr. Dhanya Suresh
Dr. Pushpa Rao
Dr. Paramjit Anthapan


Science Awareness Committee

Convener: Dr. Devaki Ramanathan
Co-Convener: Ms. Tripta Tewari
Secretary: Dr. Suparna Kamath
Treasurer: Ms. Manashi Chakraborthy
Members
Dr. Lalitha Dhareshwar
Dr. Bakhtawar Mahajan
Dr. Surekha Zingde
Dr. Srirupa Mukherjee
Ms. Madhu Pahwa
Ms. Vijaya Tilak
Ms. Malathi Rao
Ms. Vijaya Chakravarty
Ms. Anita Dash
Ms. Sukhvinder Sandhu
Ms. Kalpana Sathe
Dr. Pushpa Rao
Dr. Paramjit Anthapan
Ms. Snehalata Bhavsar
Ms. Priya Jacob

LEARNING GARDEN (Sub-Committee of Science Awareness committee)

In-Charge: Ms. Vijaya Chakravarthy
Co-In charge: Ms. Priya Jacob
Admin: Dr. Srirupa Mukherjee
Account: Dr. Suparna Kamath
Members
Ms. Madhu Pahwa
Ms. Sakina Gadiwala
Ms. Manashi Chakravarty
Ms. Malathi Rao
Ms. Kalpana Sathe
Ms. Vijaya Tilak
Ms. Tripta Tewari
Ms. Snehalata Bhavsar
Ms. Anita Dash
Ms. Ambika Janakiraman