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Women Achievers Who Have Made History

“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.
-Michelle Obama

In India, despite the struggles and challenges women face , there have been and still are many women achievers who have made the country proud . They have worked hard for their rights and marked their presence in various fields, emerging as role models for countless others. Let’s know about the feats of 6 Indian women achievers who have scripted history in their fields.

1. Smt. Droupadi Murmu

The Honorable President of India, Smt. Droupadi Murmu is the 15th President of India. She is the first person from India’s designated tribal communities to be elected president. She is the youngest and first individual born after India’s independence in 1947 to have been elected president. She is only the second woman after Pratibha Patil to serve as the President of India. Smt. Droupadi Murmu did schooling at Unit II high school and her graduation in arts from Rama Devi College. Both institutes are in Bhubaneswar.Before joining politics, she worked as a primary school teacher and soon became the junior assistant in the State Irrigation and Power Department in the Odisha Government from 1979 to 1983 .Later,she worked as an honorary assistant teacher in the Shri Aurobindo Integral Education Centre in Rairangpur till 1997. She started her political career in 1997 as a councillor in Rairangpur Notified Area Council . She was Vice President and later President of BJP’s Scheduled Tribe Morcha in Odisha. The Honorable President was appointed as the ninth governor of Jharkhand between 2015 and 2021, becoming the first woman to hold the position. She held various portfolios in the cabinet of the Government of Odisha between 2000 to 2004. She has diverse administrative experience having handled ministries such as transport, commerce, fisheries and animal husbandry in the Odisha government. She was honored with Nilakantha Award for the best MLA in the year 2007 by the Legislative Assembly of Odisha.

2. Ruchira Kamboj

The first female Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, Ms. Ruchira Kamboj (née Patni) is an Indian diplomat from the Indian Foreign Service, 1987 batch . She has previously served as High Commissioner of India to South Africa, First female Indian Ambassador to Bhutan and Ambassador/Permanent Representative of India to UNESCO, Paris. She was the All India women’s topper of the 1987 Civil Services batch and the topper of the 1987 Foreign Service batch. From 2011-2014, she was India’s Chief of Protocol, the first and only lady so far in Government to have held this position. In this capacity, she directed all outgoingvisits of the President of India, the Vice President of India, the Prime Minister of India and the External Affairs Minister of India. She also dealt with all incoming Heads of Government and State to India. She is concurrently accredited as High Commissioner of India to the Kingdom of Lesotho. She has several OpEds to her credit, in different newspapers and magazines, on a diverse range of topics.

3. Dr N. Kalaiselvi

Dr N. Kalaiselvi has been appointed as the Director General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) -1st woman to head CSIR – India’s largest research organization, which is a major win for women in science in India. She was previously the first woman scientist to head the CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CSIR-CECRI) in 2019. She is a senior electrochemical scientist and an expert on lithium-ion batteries. She has contributed to the Mobility Mission Concept Note that the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) started and also played a key role in and oversaw the efforts of CSIR-CECRI in the compilation of the Technical Report on National Mission for Electric Mobility (NMEM). She will also hold the charge as Secretary, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), a part of the Ministry of Science and Tech, being the Director General of CSIR.

4. Madhabi Puri Buch

Madhabi Puri Buch is the first-female chairperson of India’s markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) since March 1, 2022. She is the first woman chairperson to lead SEBI,and Non-IAS. She has been credited with bringing rapid changes conducive to the system and corporatization of the organization to improve efficiency. She had worked in various capacities as executive director of many companies like Zansar Technologies, Innoven Capital, and Max Healthcare. Buch had also served as an independent Director of the Indian School of Development Management (ISDM) and as consultant for New Development Bank (BRICS bank). Buch has passed several landmark regulatory orders at SEBI.

5. S Radha Chauhan

S Radha Chauhan, a 1988 batch IAS of UP cadre, has been appointed as the DoPT (Department of Personnel and Training) Secretary in the Central Government. S Radha Chauhan is a senior IAS officer of the UP cadre. S. Radha Chauhan was the Chief Executive Officer of Government e-Market (GeM) SPV. She was also the Joint Secretary, Secondary Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development. She was earlier the President & CEO of National e-Governance Division, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India. She headed the team that initiated the eGovernance-based Mission Mode Project in the School Education sector. She was part of the Expert Group Meeting on United Nations Post 2015 Agenda- “Governance, Public Administration and Information & Communication Technologies for Post 2015 Development” and presented the country’s overview on the subject of ICT in Education.

6. Dr. Alka Mittal

Dr. Alka Mittal was appointed an Interim Chairman and Managing Director of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), the first woman to head the country’s largest oil and gas producer and also among the country’s biggest PSUs. Dr.Alka Mittal joined as Director (HR) of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited in 2018. She was also the first woman to hold the charge of a full-time Director in ONGC’s history. She is also known for implementing the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) in the ONGC, engaging more than 5000 apprentices across all work centres. She had previously worked as the Head CSR at Corporate Office and took up major CSR projects across India. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the National Institute of Personnel Management and has been the President of Forum Of Women In Public Sector (WIPs) northern region.

References:
● The Hindu
● The Economic Times
● Indian Express
● TimesOFIndia
● CNBCTV18
● ThePrint.in
● ICEGOV2022

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