To improve the literacy of women in the country, National Institute of Technology (NIT) has appointed top women executives of the renowned technology firms as chairpersons in the Board of Governors of the Institute. This is set to work as an encouragement for more girls to enter the world of engineering and perform better.
The five executives appointed as chairpersons are- Kumud Srinivasan, president of Intel India, has been made chairperson of the prestigious NIT-Trichy; Vanitha Narayanan, managing director of IBM India Private Limited for NIT-Suratkal; Aruna Jayanthi, CEO of Capgemini India for NIT-Calicut; Vasantha Ramaswamy, founder director of Aprameya Associates, of NIT-Rourkela and Jaya Panvalkar, formerly head of NVIDIA's Pune design centre, for NIT-Surat.
Each of the women is gem in their respective fields. Narayanan after completing her masters in business from Chennai and Houston worked at IBM and is now a member of IBM’s integration and values team. Srinivasan is associated with Intel for over 25 years and under her supervision the company has the largest non-manufacturing site in India after US. In Capgemini, Jayanthi looks after the technology and outsourcing services having 40,000 employees. As for Ramaswamy, she developed Slewing Ring Bearings that made mining easier.
Appointment of such successful women in the Board of Governors will break the stereotype that engineering is a field for men. As for now, the area of concern for HRD Ministry is to increase the number of girls in engineering institute and such a step can be helpful.