What do you do?
I taught Mathematics to female students from a small town in India for 35 years. I taught, loved and cared for my students as my own children. It is a great achievement for me when they became establish and successful in different professions.
Why did you choose this field?
I love Mathematics! It was a difficult decision for me to study Mathematics during 1970's particularly from India where opportunities for studying science for women was little. I took this as challenge and educate myself with the beauty and glory of Mathematics.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
When I was younger less female students came to learn Mathematics. This situation is now changing but we need more female participants in Science, Mathematics and Technology.
Why do you love working in STEM?
I inspired many of my students throughout my teaching career for learning Mathematics and Science. I was successful in motivating my children as well for learning science. I have shaped not only the careers of my students but also the careers of my two children. Both of them became successful scientists.
Best advice for next generation?
From my professional experience I realized that girls are better in concentration and precision. Girls should use and explore these qualities. They have lots of openings now in terms of careers in STEM. More girls should come and join STEM actively.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
“Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached.” - Swami Vivekananda