1. Tell us briefly about yourself
I was born in Chennai. I did my primary schooling at Tiruchendur and my High school at Mettur. I did my B.Sc(Maths) in Meenakshi College, Chennai and my M.C.A from P.S.G College of Technology Coimbatore. My interest in research led to do M.Phil. in Computer Science and later Ph.D. in University of Madras. My first job was ISO Project assistant, where I had visited a few leading companies in Chennai along with my Co-ordinator, where I have gained lot of experience in interacting with people of all cadres. Later I joined as Lecturer in Auxilium College Vellore. Then I moved to Chennai and joined Satyabama College of Engineering. In 1996, I joined T.S.N, and I am proud to say that I have been here since inception. In between one year I moved to Sri Muthukumaran institute of technology , but later I rejoined T.S.N and started my second innings .
2.Share with us about the significance of your name
The one unique and profound element of each and every one of us is the name we are given. I was named after the famous novel “Ponniyin Selvan” character Vanathi by my Paternal Aunt, who is a voracious reader. The author has portrayed her character as timid and soft spoken, but I am totally opposite to the portrayal of the character. People are always curious to know how I got my name, what it means and how to pronounce it. I feel special about my name which makes me notable, wherever I go.
3.Share with us your experience as a sports personality
My favourite sport is Table Tennis. I have won prizes in our college staff events in various sports. I have emerged as winner in Women Table Tennis tournament conducted by University of Madras for staff in the year 2006.More than indoor games , I love to play outdoor games. I also play Shuttle cock, Ball Badminton, Ring Tennis, Throw Ball, Carrom and Chess. I have extended my help in sports activities to all Physical directors in our college for girl students’ sports activities. I used to accompany with our girl students and Physical director of our college to take part in inter- college Sports competitions. Team Spirit and Fighting Spirit are two most essential attributes of a successful sports person. These attributes have helped me to be successful in my career.
4.More than a working place, how you bond yourself with TSN College?
I always have great respect towards T.SN College, as it has given me wonderful experience for the past 19 years. I am really blessed to work with a good management, which is the prime reason that I have never thought of shifting to other place, the encouragement shown by the management has resulted in my productivity in the various roles played by me in our institution. I also have worked with all the Principals, who have served in this college and have learnt new things from them, which also has paved for my success as a HOD and Convener in various committees.
5. Tell us about your experience as the Chief Superintendent of University Examinations during November-2015 floods and how you and your team managed the situation?
Though it is an un expected event , our team really did a fantastic ground work in conducting the exams smoothly . I should thank first and foremost our Management, Vice-President (Education&Training), Principal and Vice Principal for their constant support rendered to the committee. My committee members’ untiring support and dedicated involvement lead us to conduct the exam successfully in spite of all the obstacles. This experience has taught me to face any crisis and how to handle the situation smoothly. I believe team work always leads to success.
6. As a Computer Science person, how do you see the world of computers helping lives of poor?
In this Digital era, Computers play a vital role in our day-to-day life. The Students from downtrodden society with ICT knowledge have realized a significant change in their social and economic life. The role of ICT in e-governance applications introduced by the Government has helped the poor people to directly access the services and get benefitted.
7. Many say the youth of today have lost their communication skills due to their technology addiction (Mobiles, PCs etc) what is your view on this?
My personal opinion is that communication has taken a greater leap in the act of socializing the present day youth. Technology has many positive effects on youth today, primarily helping them in education and study based needs. The major role of Parents and Teachers is to educate our youngsters about the pitfalls in technology and help children integrate media into their lives in a positive way.
8. Name a few scientists who have inspired you?
The three scientists who inspired me in their field of work are
a) Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, for his pioneering work on scattering of light. He was the first Asian and first non-White to receive Nobel Prize in the science. Raman also worked on the acoustics of musical instruments. He was the first to investigate the harmonic nature of the sound of the Indian drums such as the Tabla and the Mridangam.
b)Dr.A.P.J Abdul kalam the former president of India and a world-renowned space scientist. His definition for knowledge to Youth is Knowledge = Creativity + Righteousness + Courage.
c) Mary Kenneth Keller, Computer Science
The first woman to earn a doctorate in computer science field, in 1965. The Dartmouth University broke their 'men only' rule to allow her to work in the computer science centre, where she helped to develop the computer language BASIC.
9. Express your feelings when you received your doctorate and share with us about your Viva Voce?
It was a moment of utmost delight and happiness for me since it had been my long cherished wish. I would also like to express my deepest sense of gratitude to my Husband and my loving son for their support and encouragement. I made my Parents feel proud of me by attaining this degree.
“ஈன்ற பொழுதின் பெரிதுவக்கும் தன்மகனைச்
சான்றோன் எனக்கேட்ட தாய்.”
My viva was conducted amidst lot of obstacles, but I was successful in my presentation. I would like to thank my family members and my friends, who supported me by attending the viva to boost my morale.
10. Do you like travelling? If so which place you like the most and why?
I love to travel because there is always something new to experience. I really enjoyed our family trip to Coorg, which is one of the most affluent hill stations in Karnataka. In Coorg, we enjoyed the majestic beauty and cool ambience of the hill station. The trip was awesome with lot of fun and adventure. I also enjoyed my foreign trip to Amman, Capital of Jordan. It is world’s most amazing place to visit. My future plan is to travel around the world.