Susmita Sarkar


The usefulness of female leaders has come to light more and more recently, especially in times of crisis. Women have received recognition for their flexibility, resilience, and leadership abilities throughout the Covid-19 epidemic. Additionally, women have continuously shown themselves to be capable leaders in a variety of fields and businesses even prior to the pandemic. They have demonstrated their capacity to navigate and correct malfunctioning systems in addition to leading, resulting in constructive transformation and social equilibrium.

In this context, it is pertinent to highlight the achievements of Susmita Sarkar, a visionary leader and a Founder-Trustee of Dream Institute of Technology. Hailing from a family of philanthropic industrialists, as a woman entrepreneur and educational leader, Susmita Sarkar shoulders multiple responsibilities, including overseeing the day-to-day operations of the institute and making critical decisions as the Chairperson. Her commitment to excellence and dedication to advancing the institution’s mission have earned her recognition as one of India’s pragmatic women leaders in higher education.

From the Scratch

Raised in a household where education was not just valued but revered, she was immersed in an environment where the pursuit of knowledge was celebrated and continuous learning was seen as essential for personal and professional development.

From a young age, Susmita’s parents emphasized the importance of curiosity, creativity, and perseverance. They encouraged her to ask questions, explore new ideas, and never shy away from challenges. These traits became foundational in her approach to both academics and life.

One of the most influential figures in Susmita’s life was her father, whose dedication to his profession as an engineer went beyond mere career ambition. He was not only a man of great intellect and skill but also a beacon of generosity and innovation in his field. As a philanthropist, he dedicated countless hours to advancing engineering through research and development projects aimed at improving the lives of others. Through her father’s example, Susmita learned the importance of combining ambition with selflessness, of striving not only for personal success but also for the betterment of others.

A Strong Passion for Innovation

Susmita Sarkar’s academic journey in Electrical Engineering has been both enriching and rewarding, shaping her expertise and passion for the discipline. She earned her Bachelor of Technology degree from Utkal University, delving into fundamental principles and applications.

Seeking deeper specialization, she pursued a Master of Technology degree in Power System Engineering from the esteemed Regional Institute of Technology Jamshedpur. This program allowed her to explore complexities of power systems, gaining insights into design, operation, and optimization.

Throughout her academic journey, Susmita actively engaged in research, projects, and practical applications, applying theoretical knowledge to real-world challenges. She particularly enjoyed the design and development aspect, finding satisfaction in conceptualizing innovative solutions and bringing them to fruition through meticulous planning and execution.

Journey towards Dream Institute of Technology

As the inception of the Sarkar Trust in 2004 heralded a visionary mission in the realm of education, Susmita Sarkar emerged as a pivotal figure in its journey. Over the years, as the Sarkar Trust matured and expanded its reach, Susmita Sarkar’s responsibilities evolved in parallel.

In 2020, following her father’s untimely passing, Susmita Sarkar assumed the mantle of leadership as the Chairperson, honing her skills as she took on the responsibility of overseeing the entire organization. As both a woman entrepreneur and educational leader, she serves as the driving force behind DIT, addressing the concerns of faculty, staff, and students to propel the institution to new heights.

In her capacity as Chairperson, Susmita embraced the opportunity to lead with integrity, foresight, and empathy, collaborating closely with faculty members and stakeholders to guide the institution towards continued growth and success. Drawing upon her accumulated experience, expertise, and unyielding passion for education, she spearheaded various initiatives aimed at enhancing the quality of education, fostering an environment conducive to innovation, and instilling a culture of excellence within the college community.

On a Personal Note

Beyond her professional endeavors, Susmita Sarkar is deeply committed to contributing to society in multifaceted and impactful ways. Despite facing constraints of limited resources, she is driven by a fervent desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others, particularly those who are less fortunate.

One of the avenues through which Susmita channels her efforts is by striving to provide meals to underprivileged children. Susmita is also actively engaged in environmental clean-up initiatives aimed at preserving and protecting natural ecosystems. By participating in clean-up efforts, she contributes to the collective endeavor of safeguarding the environment for future generations, fostering a sense of responsibility and stewardship towards the planet we call home.

Furthermore, Susmita is deeply passionate about supporting children’s education, recognizing it as a fundamental pathway to empowerment and opportunity. Through sponsorship programs, she strives to provide access to quality education for children who may otherwise be deprived of this essential resource, empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and realize their full potential.

All in all, as an active member of the Rotary community, Susmita has embraced Rotary’s core values of service, integrity, leadership, diversity, and fellowship. Rotary has provided her with invaluable opportunities to connect with fellow professionals, community leaders, and like-minded individuals who share a common commitment to service and making a positive impact in the world.