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Tessy Thomas and V. Ravindranath became first Women directors in IIT council

Sep 2, 2014 17:15 IST

Tessy Thomas and V. Ravindranath on 1 September 2014 became first Women directors in IIT council. The appointment was confirmed by Union HRD Ministry.
About IIT Council

IIT Council is the apex body of 16 IITs. IIT council is headed by HRD minister and consists of three members of Parliament, chairpersons and directors of all IITs, chairperson of UGC, director general of CSIR, chairman and directors of IISc, nominee of HRD ministry and three appointees each of the ministry and AICTE.

About Tessy Thomas

Tessy Thomas is the Project Director for Agni-IV missile in Defence Research and Development Organisation. She is the first woman scientist to head a missile project in India.

Tessy Thomas was conferred the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for her outstanding contribution for making India self-reliant in the field of missile technology.

About Vijayalakshmi Ravindranath

She was the first to initiate newer areas of research to revitalize the growth of modern neuroscience in India.

She became the first Director of NBRC (National Brain Research Centre). Her research on neuro generative disorders can be used to develop disease-modifying therapies.

She became the Member of the Governing Council of International Brain Research Organization and the Asia Pacific Regional Council.

She was awarded with Padma Shree award in 2010.

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