India’s 20 Pragmatic Women Leaders in Higher Education 2022


In this celebrated month where we pay tribute to women in general and their contributions towards society, we as humans often forget the efforts women have put in towards helping countries, institutes, and organizations, to achieve excellence, irrespective of the scenario around. Understanding the fact that for centuries women in India were constrained to the four walls of the house, and education was reserved for the privileged men, now is the right time to give wings to such education leaders, who are trying their best to bring balance to the educational sector.

Working as educators, activists and in turn forming a backbone for a more equitable world for women. A wider prevalence of women’s education didn’t just mean more women being educated, but it meant women entered the public sphere, thus, paved the way for women to be leaders, women in science, and a life of independence and dignity for them. Be it easter year icons like Savitribai Phule, Fathima Sheikh, Ramabai Ranade, or today’s icons like Sudha Murthy, our country has seen women coming from all walks of life, giving in their best to push the education system beyond the threshold. 

Over the years, Women Leaders in Education have proven to be better leaders, irrespective of the stream they are holding respectable positions in. Dedicating one whole issue to such women education leaders of today, and acting as a platform to showcase their exemplary work to the world, we have curated a list of women leaders, across the length and breadth of our country. From individuals who have excelled as expert educationalists and some of them venturing into the field of entrepreneurship, over the period 2020-21, our team has put in explicit effort in bringing in this issue. Also, having laid prime focus on personalities who are nothing less than stalwarts in the field of education and individuals who have led lives as prime examples, this issue, namely – “India’s 20 Pragmatic Women Leaders in Higher Education 2022”, is an effort to show the world, the true Naari Shakti. This alphabetically arranged list is curated based on various aspects like the current position they are holding, research publications put out, experience in multiple roles and across multiple domains of education, their educational backgrounds, and their future goals, in helping their institutions stand out.

All in all, we ardently believe that the list of Women Leaders in Education featured in this edition will help everyone understand how it is to be an education leader today. And we hope that these women leaders will serve as true role models to young girls, boys, and humanity in general, giving them thorough motivation to work towards a life filled with success. 

Name of the Awardee Designation Name of the Institute
Anindita Ghosh Secretary Narasu's Sarathy Institute Of Technology, Salem
Gauri Bhattacharya President Datta Meghe College Of Engineering, Navi Mumbai (MH)
Geetha Rajaram Director Global Institute of Management Sciences, Bengaluru (KA)
Jaya Mishra President Shri Shankaracharya Technical Campus, Durg (CG)
Jonnalagadda Padmavathy Chairperson Srinivasa Ramanujan Institute Of Technology, Anantapur (AP)
Kasireddy Malathi Reddy Vice-Chairperson Omega PG College, Ghatkesar (TS)
K Geetha Paramahamsa Vice-Chairperson City Engineering College, Bengaluru (KA)
Lalitha Thomas Director Jyoti Nivas College, Bengaluru (KA)
Mariazeena Johnson Chancellor Sathyabama Institute of Science & Technology, Chennai (TN)
Nuzhat Parveen Dean School of Law, Bennett University, Greater Noida (UP)
Preeti Bajaj Vice Chancellor Galgotias University, Greater Noida (UP)
Radhika Bhandari Director WIIA, Shilaj (GJ)
Ritu Bhandari Presidential Secretariat Indus University, Ahmedabad (GJ)
Seema Saini CEO N. L. Dalmia Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mira Bhayandar (MH)
Sheetal Mahendher Professor and Head of the Department (QT) ISBR Business School, Bengaluru (KA)
Supriya Pattanayak Vice-Chancellor Centurion University Of Technology & Management (Cutm), R.Sitapur (OD)
Susmita Sarkar Chairperson Dream Institute Of Technology, Kolkata (WB)
T. Sasilatha Dean AMET Business School, Kanathur (TN)
Usha Manjunath Director and Professor Institute of Health Management Research, Bengaluru (KA)
Urvashi Makkar Director & Professor Institute of Management Studies, Ghaziabad