India’s 20 Pragmatic Women Leaders in Education Industry 2021

“There has been a lot said about how women have done a better job leading during the Covid-19 crisis than men. Between March and June of this year, women were rated by those who work with them as more effective. The gap between men and women in the pandemic is even larger than previously measured, possibly indicating that women tend to perform better in a crisis. In fact, women were rated more positively on 13 of the 19 competencies that comprise overall leadership effectiveness.

But as we’ve observed even before the pandemic, women have proven to be better leaders, irrespective of the stream they are holding respectable positions in. Also understanding the fact that women are even capable of fixing something which is already broken, the world has always relied on women, to bring a balance to society. In turn, showing the world how to be true icons of leadership and achievement, women like Sudha Murthy have displayed their real prowess as educationalists and corporate geniuses, doing so, they easily secured their spots on the long list of Indian Role Models.

Throwing the spotlight on such women highlighting those education leaders, who not only excelled as prime motivators but also helped their respective institutions move freely, despite the current times of uncertainty revolving around the education sector. Furthermore, when discussing the careers of such women education leaders, there’s a phenomenon referred to as the “glass cliff.”, which is obviously related to the term glass ceiling, which describes the invisible barrier to advancement that women often face when they are up for promotion to the highest levels of an organization. The “glass cliff” describes the idea that when an institute is in trouble, and a female leader is put in charge to save it, she always overcomes the barriers surrounding her, and thereby, comes out as a solution to the invisible glass ceiling.
Not limiting their reach to certain areas of expertise, women education leaders who have been featured in this edition, namely – India’s 20 Pragmatic Women Leaders in Education Industry, have undeniably become icons, giving back to the educational fellowship relentlessly. And, it’s a service opportunity for us as well, considering the month of March to be the month celebrated in the name of women. We talk about their achievements and giving them a platform to showcase their work, we analyzed them on several factors, basing our study over the period of 2020-21.
By confessing about me being a staunch feminist, I truly believe women are the solution to the crisis we are facing, and it’s high time we give due credit for their hard work and dedication, they’ve put in over the years. Dedicating this issue to women in general, I look forward to reading and knowing about more such women in the near future, and will always guarantee to give my best, in helping women leaders get their true recognition, that they always deserve.

Name of the Awardee Designation Name of the Institute
Mrs. Aishwarya Nitish Pro Chairperson Narasu's Sarathy Institute Of Technology, Salem
Dr. M. Akila Principal KPR Institute of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore
Smt. Abha Meghe Director Meghe Group of Schools, Nagpur
Mrs. Indira Lohia President & Director Vidya Mandir Public School, Faridabad
Dr. Kamal Shah Dean (R & D) Thakur College Of Engineering & Technology, Mumbai
Mrs. Kangana Yadav Managing Director CERT and Shree Ram Group Of Institutions, Meerut
Mrs. Kavita C. Das Principal St. John’s High School, Chandigarh
Dr. Y. Madhavee Latha Principal Malla Reddy Engineering College For Women, Secunderabad
Dr. M. Mala Chairperson & Managing Trustee Tagore Educational Group, Chennai
Ms. Manisha Gupta Founder Manaskriti School, Faridabad
Dr. Marie Fernandes Principal St. Andrew’s College Of Arts,Science and Commerce, Mumbai,
Dr. Meenakshi Annamalai Director Karpaga Vinaya College of Engineering and Technology, Chengalpattu - TN
Mrs. Nellie Ahmed Tanweer Founder / Managing Trustee Maria’s Public School, Guwahati
Ms. Nishtha Shukla Anand Director Communication Shoolini University, Himachal Pradesh
Dr. Parul Kumar Principal Navy Children School Visakhapatnam
Ms. Rajasree Secretary Rishi MS Institute of Engineering & Technology for women, Hyderabad
Dr.Madhu Chitkara Pro-Chancellor Chitkara University, Punjab
Mrs. Sandra Shroff Chairperson Shroff S.R.Rotary Institute Of Chemical Technology, Gujarat
Ms. Sheeja P R Principal SNS Academy, Coimbatore
Dr. Srija Unnikrishnan Principal Fr. Conceicao Rodrigues College Of Engineering, Mumbai