1.Share a few words about you with us (native, educational background, previous experience etc.,)
I was born and brought up in Chennai. I completed my school education till X standard in S.B.O.A School and Junior college and continued my higher studies in S.B.O.A Matriculation and Higher Secondary school. I chose Biochemistry in my undergraduate degree as and it is the allied subject for MBBS students. The only college in 1990's which had Biochemistry was Bharathi women's college, in which I pursued both my Under-graduation and Post-graduation. I pursued my M.Phil and Ph.D at Dr.A.L.M.Postgraduate Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Madras,Taramani Campus and also cleared SET examination.
Previous Experience: I have a total experience of 19 years in teaching. My first experience in teaching was at Prof.Dhanapalan College for women, Kelambakkam. Then I had an opportunity to work at Bhakthavatsalam Memorial College for women, Korattur. I had gained a lot of experience as an Assistant Professor at Meenakshi College for Women. Kodambakkam. I have served about 10 years in our college and I have lot of exposure and freedom to do my duty as a head of the department of Biochemistry in our college and I would like to serve with dedication in the years to come.
2.Who is/are your inspiration behind your success?
My parents are my first inspiration. My father inspired me and encouraged me to take up sports. He wanted me to become a state player in hockey. I played for chennai district. I had played many matches for my school and had won matches as a main player. He wanted me to do my research, when he was with us. This is fulfilled with the support and encouragement of my husband. He helped me throughout my research work.
3.. Share your experience of being a hockey player during your school days and tell us how that sporting spirit helps you till date?
I love sports. I was a district Hockey player and played at Ooty and Chengalpattu for Chennai. As a player, I feel active and energetic. This activeness is always with me. Sports always keep us fit. As a sportswoman, I always aim for success. This spirit helps in my career too.
4.The milestones you reached after joining TSN- explain
As a HOD, I have tried to give my best in this college. Our department had organized many Inter collegiate competitions, Career Development Programme, Rally and Training Programme in Nutrition, conducted by Govt. of India. According to me the Milestone I have reached is the first National conference organized by our department in association with Zoological society of India (ZSI).
5.Brief your experience in conducting National Conference in our college Our Department feels privileged in organizing the first National conference in our college. We had an opportunity to invite experts from ZSI, Bodhgaya. We had great experience in sharing our knowledge with experts in and around Tamilnadu. Around 60 scholars from different research institutes and colleges shared their scientific knowledge with us. This event would not have happened without the support of the management and the dedicated staff members of the department.
6.Do you plan to pursue any further research? If you get an opportunity in the future, on what aspect would you focus your research on? I would like to pursue research in our department .We would try and get projects in the years to come. The department has planned to work on the Nutritional status of school children. We would form a team to work on the project.
7.There is general lack of scientific thinking among general public, especially students. What factors do you attribute for this scenario?
Students seek education as job oriented programme. But they should realize that education is a tool to attain knowledge. When they pursue higher studies, their knowledge can further be developed.
8.As a convener of the Enviro Club for Students, what are your plans?
The Enviro Club has planned to conduct hands on training - "Best out of waste", inviting experts from outside. This programme will enable the students convert waste materials into useful products, besides improving their creativity. This would also enable us to keep our environment clean. If time permits we would take the students to sewage treatment plant.
9.Having the experience of working with women staff and teaching girls students in your department, express your views on women empowerment
God has given me the gift to be acquainted with women both in my family and career. I feel that women have a stronger mind than men. They should always be courageous and should not hesitate to shoulder higher positions. They should throw away the thought as weaker sex and march towards success.
10.What is your view about "Know Your Faculty"?
Know your faculty is an innovative thought. I am able to relish my memories and share my views through our college website.