Hope Foundation in association with the IEEE India Council and Women In Engineering Affinity Group, IEEE Pune Section has instituted the Pralhad P. Chhabria Awards from the year 2017, in memory of Late Shri Pralhad P Chhabria, Founder President, Hope Foundation. These awards applaud young women for their achievements in undergraduate science / engineering college and/or professional arena.

Late Shri Pralhad P. Chhabria always encouraged and supported education of young women.  He firmly believed that women are far superior to men and have always been.  They have the ability to make whatever they get, greater.  And providing them with good education in turn ensures that they not only share their knowledge and skills for their family; but for the community and the nation.

These award/s are listed under the following categories:-

    1. Award 1 Category: Winner – Young female students who are in their final year of undergraduate studies (Science, Engineering, Technology)
    2. Award 2 Category: Runner Up –  Young female students who are in their final year of undergraduate studies (Science, Engineering, Technology)
    3. Award 3 Category: Winner – Young women who are in the early stage of their career (Research, Industry, Academia)
    4. Award 4 Category: Runner Up – Young women who are in the early stage of their career (Research, Industry, Academia)

Receiving these awards is an acknowledgment of individual achievement against all odds and an appreciation of the efforts focused on contributions in the fields of science, engineering & technology. The awards are intended to encourage young women to reach their full potential and achieve for themselves as well as those they are associated with. These awards will transform the lives of young women and can play a critical role in their personal and professional development.

Each award category (Winner) comprises a prize of Rs.1,25,000/- (Rupees One Lac Twenty Five Thousand Only), a medal, and a citation which is sponsored by Hope Foundation.

Each award category (Runner Up) comprises a prize of Rs.50,000/- (Rupees Fifty Thousand Only), a medal, and a citation which is sponsored by Hope Foundation.

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Winners of 2022

Best Woman Professional (Early Career)

Winner – Saakshi Dhanekar

Saakshi is an Assistant Professor (Grade 1) with the Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Jodhpur. She works in the development of gas- and biosensors based on nanomaterials, heterostructures, and MEMS. Prior to joining IIT Jodhpur, she had worked as SERB Research Scientist and INSPIRE Faculty at Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Centre for Applied Research in Electronics (CARE), IIT Delhi respectively from 2013-2019. In addition to teaching, she has two ongoing Govt. sponsored projects through which she is developing indigenous sensors to be used in AI and IoT applications. Currently, she has 6 Ph.D. students under her supervision and 2 patents to her credit. She has published several research articles and conference proceedings in the past few years. Her current research area includes MEMS, nano silicon, metal oxides-based gas, and biosensors for societal applications with application in AI and IoT.

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Runner Up – Neethu George

A power systems researcher with Hitachi Energy Technology Services Private Ltd., Neethu works in the broad area of power system protection, monitoring, and analytics, especially for upcoming grids with increased contribution of renewable energy sources. She is also engaged in the identification of new research problems through discussions with the R&D team, customers, and fellow researchers and eventually, developing innovative solutions for the identified problems, which can be practically implemented and delivered to end customers successfully. She is also involved in the exploration and utilization of various tools, including the most advanced and futuristic technologies, in collaboration with a global team of researchers for the most successful outcomes.

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Best Outgoing Student

Winner – Shatakshi Singh Tomar

Shatakshi is a final year student pursuing her B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from Mody University of Science and Technology, Rajasthan. Apart from her curriculum, she has a few research papers that have been published in reputed journals and conferences to her credit. As an active IEEE volunteer with various IEEE Communities across the region including IEEE Delhi Section, IEEE India Council, and currently, is the chairperson of IEEE Student Branch, Mody University of Science and Technology. She has many accolades to her credit. She won the SoftTech Hack 2020, received a cash prize for a paper presentation given by the Computer Society of India, was the runner-up at Ideathon 2020, won the first position at a 6-day Code Coding contest, and others.

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Runner Up – Nupur Kulkarni

With an excellent academic record throughout her education, Nupur is currently pursuing her B.E. under the Savitribai Phule Pune University. She has been a University Rank holder for merit in academics for two consecutive years. An active student even beyond academics, Nupur has won honors like being one of the finalists at Technology Infusion Grand Challenge 2021 organized by La Trobe University, Australia. She was also the winner of the Smart India hackathon (SIH) 2020 for the problem statement proposed by DTE towards IT and Cyber Security – Captcha for Visually Impaired.

Nupur has authored a research paper on Doodling Based Captcha Authentication System and has more papers in the pipeline to be presented at conferences. She has also authored a chapter in the book “BlockChain for Smart Systems: Computing Technologies and Applications” which will be published soon.

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Winners of 2021

Winner – Dr. Anupama Ray

Dr. Anupama Ray is an Advisory Research Scientist at IBM Research, India. She is an IBM Quantum Ambassador and a Qiskit Advocate. She completed her Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. Her doctoral research focusing on developing and applying multi-dimensional deep recurrent neural networks for document analysis and computer vision applications. At IBM Research she has been predominantly working in the area of natural language processing: building NLP systems for low-resource languages, domain-independent information extraction systems, and natural language generation. She has interests in Quantum ML, Quantum NLP, and AI for societal applications.  She has published several papers in top-tier conferences and journals and has received several Best paper awards. She has been the recipient of the Research Division Award, Eminence and Excellence Award, and Outstanding Technical Achievement Award for her innovations and contributions at IBM Research.

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Runner Up – Dr. Lavika Goel

Dr. Lavika Goel is an IEEE Senior member since November 2020. She is Ph.D. (2015), M.E.  (2010), and B. Tech (2008)  with distinction in Computer Science & Engineering from Delhi Technological University, Delhi, India. Her research areas include nature-inspired intelligence, optimization algorithms, hybrid intelligent systems, soft computing, remote sensing, and satellite image processing. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Malaviya National Institute of Technology (NIT), Jaipur, India. She earlier worked at Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani during 2015 – 2020. She holds corporate experience working at Oracle India Private Ltd.

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Winner – Deeksha M S

Ms.Deeksha M.S is a final year undergraduate student of Electronics and Communication Engineering at the NIT Surathkal. She holds departmental rank one with a CGPA of 9.72/10. Being passionate about researching signal processing applications in a biomedical setting, Deeksha has undertaken multiple projects in collaboration with prestigious institutes such as IISc Bengaluru and EPFL Switzerland. She aims at obtaining a doctoral degree to grow into a skillful biotech entrepreneur and has successfully procured Ph.D. admits to Johns Hopkins University and Georgia Institute of Technology. Strongly believing in social interdependence, Deeksha strives to contribute to society through her outreach programs to the underprivileged sections. She shall partly utilize the prize money for her education while dedicating most of it to expand her social services. She aims to provide equal access to resources to all students at an early age.

Runner Up – Annesya Banerjee

Annesya Banerjee, is a Final-Year Undergraduate student in the Department of Electronics and Tele-Communication Engineering at Jadavpur University studying Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.). She achieved a position among the Top 20 students in the State-Level Board Examinations and now holds the Top-most rank in my department with a CGPA of 9.84/10. She is a recipient of the prestigious Jagadis Bose National Science Talent Search (JBNSTS) Senior Scholarship. Her academic excellence has also been recognized through the Department Gold Medal and Scholarships from Jadavpur University. She has led her team in multiple innovative research projects, which have received appreciation nationally and internationally.

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Winners of 2020

Ms. Janani R, currently a final year student pursuing her Electronics and Comm. Engg. at Anna University. She has won accolades in technical and management skills. She has inspired young women to get involved in STEM filed through the Girl Script Foundation and Sagacity Hunt Team. Her research on Design and Fabrication of Wheelchair and Stretcher using IoT is poised to be a path breaking help to many people in the country. Ms. Janani also volunteered in the IEEE Smart village South Asia Working Group which gave her the platform to help the Tribals of Sirualai using one of the upcoming domains – ‘Hydroponics’. She has also done research in Nanophotonics and Nanomedicine and her patent for wheelchair-cum-stretcher is under review.

Dr. Anupama Kowli,  is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical Engg., at IITB, She completed her B. E. in Electrical from VJTI, Mumbai, and her Masters and Ph.D. from Grainger College of Engg., the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her doctoral research has been on “Reinforcement Learning Techniques for Power Networks”. She was awarded the BHAVAN Fellowship by DST and IUSSTF to visit Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the US in 2020 to facilitate research in grid-integrated energy-efficient buildings. She was also invited as a visitor to conduct research in Isaac Newton Institute, the University of Cambridge under the Mathematics of Energy Systems program in April / May 2019.

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Dr. Esther Florence Sumarsingh, an Associate Professor at SSN College of Engineering, Chennai has completed her B.E. in Electronics & Comm. followed by Masters and Ph.D. in Design, Development, and Performance Evaluation of Conformal Textile Antennas. She has developed the novel textile-based microwave components that led to her first patent. She has filed three more patents for developing low-cost testing (sensing) devices for various applications including healthcare; while she also started working on wearable product development including a patent filed for offering a cost-effective wearable alternative to polysomnography for the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea.

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Winners of 2019

Ms Shubhi Sareen, who is currently pursuing her final year B.Tech at Delhi Technical University won the Best Outgoing Female Student.  She has always been an ace student with top scores through her entire academic.  She holds the First Rank at the departmental level with an aggregate CGPA of 9.82. She has organized as well as actively participated in various academic and co-curricular activities.  She is the Co-Founder and Chapter Head of Delhi Women in Machine Learning and Data Sciences.  Shubhi has worked on different research projects and is highly appreciated by her professor for her ability to tackle complexities and pressure. Beyond academics, Shubhi has worked towards helping students through The Mentorship Program that allowed students to be paired with leaders in the field to enhance their professional development.

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Dr. Rajlaxmi Chouhan, currently working as Assistant Professor at IIT Jodhpur won the Vest Woman Professional (early career stage) Award. Her research interests include image processing, image quality assessment and noise-aided image denoising. She was awarded the National Award for Best M.Tech. Thesis in Electronics and Electrical Engineering in 2012 by Indian Society of Technical Education, New Delhi. Her current research on image quality assessment aims to quantify naturalness of an image and to develop online image tamper detection systems that potentially block spreading of misinformation online. She has published 27 papers in international conferences and journals, and is currently supervising two doctoral students.

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Winners of 2018

Ms. Jayati Vijaywargiya has been declared the winner for “Best Outgoing Student”. She is in the final year of B.Tech (Computer Engineering) at Mody University, College of Engineering and Technology, Madhya Pradesh. With consistent academic excellence, Ms. Jayati has done her Bachelor Thesis in a research institute, GSI, Darmstadt, Germany. There she built a GUI to analyse and calculate relevant parameters affected due to Quenching in superconducting material. The physical model used for developing the Quench Calculation Software was a rod of Cu+NbTi insulated by a non-conducting material.

She was also part of the GET Involved 3-month Summer internship there. Also, as part of the internship at DRDO, she made an object detector and analyser software on QT. Jayati has 4 research papers that have been selected to be published.

Dr. Soma Biswas has been bestowed with the award of “Best Woman Engineer” (professional in early career). She is currently working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru.

Dr. Soma’s primary focus at IISc is on cutting-edge research and teaching. She works in the general area of Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition with a special focus on surveillance applications and cross-modal retrieval. She has also been involved as the Principal Investigator for many Government and private projects which are of national interest and have also mentored a few start-ups in her area of interest.

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