Shining Star: Sudha Murthy

I had always been fascinated with science, even more so with its application. Engineering was one of those branches of science that would allow me to utilize my creativity, especially in design. But it was as if I had dropped a bomb inside our house. The immediate reaction was of shock. Engineering was clearly an all-male domain and hence considered a taboo for girls in those days.”

Sudha Murthy began her career in science as a computer scientist and engineer, she was one of the first female engineers in India, and was the first ever female engineer at TATA Engineering and Locomotive Company, and Indian automobile company firm! Murthy is an engineer, teacher, philanthropist and writer. She is currently chairperson of the Infosys Foundation and a member of Public Health Care Initiatives of the Gates Foundation. 

Through the Infosys foundation, Murthy has helped young girls in science from underprivileged backgrounds in India, pursue their education and careers in science! She has actively advocated and worked with educational institutions, in both rural and urban parts of India, to make them more inclusive towards female students! Murthy’s book ‘Three Thousand Stitches’, revolves around her struggles and experiences of being the only female student at her university!