Scientist Kuljeet Kaur is working on ‘experimental indirect astronomy’, which is one of the few ways to study the cosmos without telescopes.
Two horticulturalists at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute in Kalimpong are trying to save the region’s Darjeeling mandarins.
Archaeologist Sushmita Sen Pramanik studies the early-historic phase of the Indus Valley civilisation, trying to fill gaps in Gujarat’s early trade history.
With the help of a government grant, Vanita Prasad, a scientist-entrepreneur from Baroda, is developing an innovative solution to the mammoth problem of waste management in India.
Urmi Nanda Biswas, an applied social psychologist, talks about her recent comparative study on female foeticide in Orissa and Gujarat.
Nina Sabnani, a filmmaker, illustrator and researcher in ethnography of numerous indigenous artist communities across India, talks about how stories must be constantly retold to keep them alive.
Nidhi Singh, a researcher at Banaras Hindu University, wants to provide evidence on the link between climate change and the increase in vector-borne and other diseases in Varanasi.
Kavita Shah, an environmental biotechnologist at the Institute of Environmental and Sustainable Development, BHU, talks about how resourcefulness can be a crucial asset to further a career as a researcher.
Two science journalists have discovered that even though women are doing all kinds of research, there is a visible lack of women scientists in the country.
Prachi Torney, a chemist at Goa University and an expert at transforming matter talks about the necessity of synthesising naturally existing compounds and the need for more women in research.
Ayusmati S. Manaskanya, an oceanographer at the National Institute of Oceanography in Goa, believes than an understanding of the Earth’s climate history can help make better statistical models to predict future climate.
Mayurika Lahiri, a cancer biologist researching the early changes that happen when cancer develops, is also the face behind the daycare revolution at IISER Pune.
Monika Panchani is involved in the study of influence of local deities in the protection of the Great Himalayan National Park.
“At my university, more women are doing PhD than men. Maybe because women have more patience, that’s why research suits them.”
Richa Rikhy uses advanced techniques, such as animal culture of mutant flies and genetic engineering, to do marvellous things on the microscope.
“They want to bring serious researchers back into JNU. The UGC that way has done a great job with the faculty recharge program, starting in various universities to try to get the stagnation out.”
Mamta Rani has already made seminal contributions to fractal modelling, and would see her work applied to the social sciences if only she could find some respite from administrative duties.
“I have been very lucky to have a very supportive environment wherever I went. If that would be the case for everybody, women would be able to do a lot of things much better.”
Despite the creation of self-help groups and microfinance schemes, Hemlata Manglani’s case studies reveal that the social environment for women’s enterprises in Haryana has not improved.
A combination of research involving cancer chemistry and veterinary sciences gives Ramadevi a wide scope to influence many student scientists she is about to mentor.