I moderated a panel discussion for an in-house ‘Women in Technology’ event in Bangalore this month.
The three women on the panel were an impressive lot — a former defence scientist, a renowned mathematician currently on the Prime Minister’s panel and a former-CEO-turned-entrepreneur.
But there was one common thread that bound them together — their fight against society, among other odds, to gain their glories.
“When I told my family that I wanted to join IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Kharagpur 40 years ago, my relatives said I will be ‘an unmarketable product in the marriage market,’” said Jharna Majumdar, a professor at a technology institute in Bangalore and the retired Head of Aerial Image Exploitation Division (AIED) at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
She has done extensive research on (Sorry, but I just have to mention this acronym too) PPDIESAGRP or Parallel Processing and Development of Image Exploitation System on Aerial and Ground Based Reconnaissance Platforms. Phew! No offence meant but that may have some potential to scare off prospective grooms.