HRD Ministry Smriti Irani nominated two women scientists to the IIT council. Tessy Thomas and Vijayalakshmi Ravindranath will be taking an active part in the apex body of 16 IITs. This is for the first time that IITs have women scientist under its club. Earlier for ages, the council has been a den of male directors and scientist.
The two scientists appointed by the Ministry are qualified enough to act as role models. Thomas is in charge of Agni-4 missile project of Defence Research Development Organization and also was the first women to head India’s missile programme. Ravindranath has been associated in the formation of National Brain Research Centre. She has even lent her hands on research for neurogenerative disorders that can be effective to develop disease modifying therapies.