TO be a woman is not easy! Any woman will vouch for this! She has many roles to play in her lifetime and all roles come naturally to her. The beauty lies in the fact that with all the feminine traits intact, a woman is capable of multitasking and that seems to be a blessing! There is no field that has not been explored by a woman today. Aspiring and ambitious women have actually brought about a ground-breaking and enduring influence over our society. Women from different walks of life have touched our lives in different ways.
In Hyderabad too, women are making a difference, in their respective fields and treading on the road that leads to success.
Women scientists of Hyderabad are woking hard with grit determination and perseverence.
They have devoted their lives to science and are achievers to the core.
Prof Aparna Dutta Gupta of the Department of Animal Sciences in the University of Hyderabad, Gachibowli, works on insect development and reproduction.
She has won many prestigious awards, including the Fellow of National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad and Bangalore and is a research guide for many students. She says: “Hyderabad is a city of opportunities for scientists. The labs are wellequipped and I am happy about the quality of students coming here. Unfortunately many brilliant girl students forsake their career to get married. I feel such girls should understand their worth and get their family members to cooperate with their ambitions. I have been able to successfully counsel the parents and the would-be husband in some cases. I have been rather lucky in this regard! My husband, Prof S Dutta Gupta, has supported my ambitions.” Dr. Rupinder is a trained Yeast Geneticist and Molecular Biologist at Center for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostic (CDFD), Nampally. She has done her PhD from IMTECH, Chandigarh and her Post Doctoral at Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Says Rupinder: “The work environment in Hyderabad is good, though a career in research takes its toll and gets pretty intense at times! I feel commitment and dedication are a personality trait and not based on gender.” Another scientist Dr Rashna Bhandari, working on Cell Biology and Biochemistry at CDFD as Head and Principal Investigator, says: “The atmosphere in Hyderabad is very professional and conducive to world class research. I feel those who pursue studies are ambitious and this is not based on gender.” Rachna’s husband is a scientist in the CCMB.