Delighted to announce the Vedica Scholars Class of 2017-18!
As the Vedica family grows exponentially, we are proud to welcome our third batch of Scholars. With diverse academic and professional backgrounds from across India, each of these young women possesses the defining qualities of a future successful professional.
“My interview at Vedica was an early insight into what I could gain out of this programme. If just an hour of interaction can help me learn so much, I eagerly await what 18 months at Vedica would help me achieve. This re-imagined management programme is definitely a catch. Moreover, being with women from diverse backgrounds would help each of us acquire so much from the others. At Vedica I wish to assimilate all that I can from the unique curriculum and inspiring mentors that Vedica offers. Looking forward to this life-defining journey!”
Aabha is a graduate in Computer Science and Technology from Dronacharya College of Engineering. She has been an active participant in college fests, competitions and seminars. On completion of her Engineering she interned with AON Hewitt for 6 months and then continued working with AON for another year. During her stint with AON she learnt a lot about corporate life but somehow she felt the need to delve deeper, learn new skills and gain exposure to new horizons. She feels Vedica is a great opportunity and wants to make the most out of it.
“The learned faculty at Vedica will impart a holistic learning experience which will let an individual to step out of their comfort zones and to grow as a person in the upcoming 18 months. The unique curriculum will enhance my skill sets and mould my way of thinking to build a career and be able to make a transformation in society.”
Aarthy graduated with a Bachelors in Electronics and Communication from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore. She worked for Tata Elxsi as a Software Engineer in the Embedded Product Design division. She is a passionate classical dancer and is also interested in adventures. She is a member of the Science and Adventure Club and was part of a team that trekked to Tapovan and Nandanvan in the Himalayas, scaling a height of 16,000 ft. At Vedica, she is looking forward to enhancing her leadership skills.
“What drove me towards Vedica was the course structure, which is a core of management studies, layered with the liberal arts. I am keen on getting a chance to interact with bright minds, and garner opportunities which will not only help me expand my worldview but also prepare me for the world outside. I am truly looking forward to be a Vedica Scholar.”
Aashmi graduated from Christ University, majoring in Mass Communication, English Literature and Psychology. She has been an active participant in her college fests, and helped organise a Tedx at her college. She has volunteered for several NGOs including Dream a Dream and Dharma Foundation for the elderly.
She has interned with the Outlook magazine as a content writer and has hands-on experience in the advertising sector.
“I believe Vedica with its innovative curriculum will provide me with a broader perspective of things, and strengthen my aspirations. I look forward to being guided along my career path at Vedica.”
Aashima graduated in Instrumentation and Control from Thapar University, Patiala. She has worked with ZS Associates, a sales and marketing consulting firm, during which she learnt about data analytics, problem-solving and team management. Alongside her work, he also volunteered with the NGO Bhumi. As a stepping stone ahead, she wants to use her skills and passion and apply them to working in the educational sector in India.
“I believe Vedica can help me grow as a professional woman, both intellectually and emotionally. I am a team player and am particularly excited about the ‘Shadow a Woman CEO’ module.”
Aishwarya graduated with a Bachelors in Science from Biyani Girls College, University of Rajasthan. Her exposure to NCC camps and different adventure sports has given her the discipline and focus needed to excel. Her experience in an international student exchange programme to Japan, changed her perspectives towards education and society. She is a dedicated and an observant person, who loves to write and to explore. Aishwarya loves to meet people from different cultural backgrounds and diverse mindsets.
“I am excited to begin my journey at Vedica. Apart from its inspiring list of mentors and fellow Scholars, the thing which attracted me towards Vedica was its unique approach to blend management studies with other skills. After spending three years in the professional world, I look forward to returning to academics. I want to strengthen my core skills before I resume my journey.”
Aishwarya is a designer and business strategist with three years’ experience in organisational leadership, product development and entrepreneurship in the textile industry. A maverick by default, after graduating from NIFT Mumbai, she chose to begin her professional career by working with Purkal Stree Shakti, a not-for-profit in Dehradun. While working directly under the CEO and managing 165 women associated with this programme, she gained experience in various dimensions of the organisation. Her worked with product performance analysis, market research, competitive profiling, customer segmentation, recruitment and training of new hires. Aishwarya envisions herself as a change maker and a leader aspiring to make prominent contributions to society. Vedica will definitely help her realise this vision. In her free time, she can be found sipping lemon tea, illustrating the simple stuff about everyday life and watching world movies.
“Vedica has an attractive and unique experiential learning offering, the ‘Shadow a Woman CEO’ module. This programme will help me apply the key skills and knowledge taught in the classroom. It is very exciting!”
Akshita studied at the Villa Theresa School, Mumbai and then graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology from Sophia College, Mumbai. Along with her friends, she started Raah, an awareness programme for school children and parents about mental health. It succeeded in sensitising parents about their children’s psychological well being.
She later went a step further and became a fellow at Teach for India where she went to Dharavi Transit Camp Municipal School to teach students of the second and third standards. Teaching gave her the strength and the patience to handle children and ignite a hunger in them to learn things in a very creative manner.
“I believe Vedica will help me prioritise personal growth. The unique course will enhance my skills and steer me towards a successful career so that I can become a contributor to society.”
Ashwini graduated with a Bachelors in Computer Science from RGTU, Bhopal. She worked with Reliance on its Jio 4G project in Mumbai as an Asst Manager. This nationwide project gave her an edge to explore new products and various areas of Telecom Industry. Her job role included designing the Bill and Pay solution, requirement gathering and further modelling, designing, developing and testing the applications. At Vedica, she is eager to enhance her managerial and analytical skills.
“I came to know about Vedica through a newspaper article, and I applied right away because I was captivated. I felt that it could change the entire direction of my professional life. Coming from a small town, moving to Delhi is a big step for me and I look forward to each and every thing that’s coming through. The unique ‘Shadow a Woman CEO’ Programme, faculty and mentors, the multidisciplinary course structure and the diverse lot of peers are the things that I cannot wait to experience.”
K B Athira completed her Bachelors of Technology in Civil Engineering from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. She has always believed that in order to help others, first we have to help ourselves. Therefore, she has been working throughout her school days as a tuition teacher for younger students. She believes that every girl should learn to become self sufficient in her own way, no matter how small the job; and dream big, no matter her circumstances. She wants to set an example for girls especially from her area as they are forced to marry and lead an idle life at home even though they have studied really well. Right after her graduation, she started working as a Guest Lecturer at Thiagarajar Polytechnic, which is the first aided polytechnic in India. It was a great opportunity for her as she could work and interact with highly experienced teachers and a diverse group of students. She loves to read and is very interested in political and socio-economic subjects.
“What attracts me about Vedica is its curriculum, the outstanding faculty and a diverse mix of people from all walks of life. I believe the programme is all about transforming myself while getting a grip on Management as well as the Liberal Arts. Vedica will enable me to widen my horizons and explore myself while offering a fresh perspective towards building a successful career.”
After having graduated with a Bachelors of Technology in Biotechnology, Anamika worked with Infoedge (Naukri.com) as Content Developer. During her graduation she had participated in several seminars and workshops. She has been awarded first prize in Technical Oral Presentation for innovating thermodynamically controlled tamponades for Post-partum Hemorrhage (PPH). She has interned with the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Centre For Biomedical Research, University of Delhi and analysed Protein Expression in Cardiovascular Diseases.
Sensitive to the environment and nature, Anamika has participated in the Rio+21 IYWC and the India Water Cooperation Certification Programme. In both professional as well as educational areas, she has consistently received certificates and appreciation for her diligence and quality work.
“I believe Vedica will be a life changing experience. The unique course structure along with the extraordinary team of mentors will help me inculcate a diverse set of skills and values. I’m looking forward to my journey as a Vedica Scholar.”
A graduate in Economics from Ambedkar University, Delhi, Anika has been an active participant in her college societies and fests. She has attended the Small Industries Management Program (SIMAP) at IIT Delhi. Anika has also interned on a research project with the prestigious Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research where she presented a paper on “Migration: Education as a ‘magic pill’ and a reason to stay”.
“Vedica is a unique Programme because it is designed entirely for women aiming to excel at their workplaces. I admire the unparalleled mix of courses. It will multiply my knowledge and sharpen my skills. Throughout my journey at Vedica, I want to learn new perspectives and explore myself thoroughly.”
YOLO! You only live once! Bhunisha believes that one should enjoy life, even if that entails taking risks as if there would not be another chance for it. Bhunisha has worked with Mindtree as a Software Engineer. She has a Bachelors of Engineering in Electronics & Communication from SSGI, Bhilai, Chhattisgarh. She was Treasurer for the Cultural-Tech Fest organised by her Branch. During her training period in Mindtree Kalinga, she had hosted and organised an event, “One Good Deed”, for orphanage children.
“The mechanical style of a traditional MBA has never attracted me. I was looking for something different until I came across Vedica. Vedica will groom me with the required skill-set to become a successful global leader. Its class diversity will help me gain perspective. Given the stressful lives we lead today, I believe Vedica’s distinct curriculum, with a focus on personal growth is essential for a balanced life.”
Chaitali has a degree in Bachelors in Management Studies from H.R. College, Mumbai. She has taken part in social entrepreneurial projects at the grassroots level with tribal communities in Maharashtra. She has worked with an NGO named Child Rights and You where she analysed and reported on problems faced by children from drought-prone areas. She has interned with a private investment company as a Financial Analyst. Chaitali is inquisitive, adventurous and has great passion for dance and fitness. Before joining Vedica, Chaitali was working with a social marketing start-up company.
“Vedica’s mission statement resonates with my concept of education. I am very excited about the new journey I’ve begun with this innovative programme. I believe Vedica will be a milestone in my life and I will be a part of the admirable list of young women leaders it has produced.”
Deepanshi, an inquisitive mind and mellifluous being, graduated in chemistry from Shyam Lal College(SLC), Delhi University. Studying the science of chemicals elevated her analytical skills. Having a desire to know about different languages other than Hindi and English, she got herself into Instituto Cervantes (Embassy of Spain) where she learned Spanish, as a language and a culture too. It equipped her with a sense of adoption of different forms of cultures. She has widely participated in her college events. She has performed as a vocalist with her college band at different levels in pan-city concerts and events. She has deep interest in western music, along with singing she is into playing various musical instruments like guitar, drums and keyboard. She is a voracious reader, traveller and an explorer. She is eager to explore interdisciplinary learning, to work committedly and to set an example everywhere.
“I believe Vedica will help me with education as well as with overall development. Having a mentor who can guide me will help me push myself to achieve what I know I could be capable of. The mix of liberal arts, communication, management and leadership skills is the most attractive aspect of the Programme.”
Before joining Vedica, Devika was working as the Payroll/HR Assistant in Anjaneyap Global Inc. She completed her Business Economics from Gargi College, Delhi University. She has always had a professional drive; thus her main objective for joining Vedica was to discover her strengths and explore different opportunities in the corporate world.
“The unique programme offered by Vedica will help me achieve my career goals and learn new skills needed to develop myself. There is a lot of scope for peer learning which I believe will enrich my experience.”
Divya graduated from NIT Trichy. She has a work experience of three years. She worked for two years as an Analyst at HSBC and for a year as an Officer at Canara Bank. She volunteered at an NGO in Bangalore and taught English and mathematics at a school in Trichy. She wants to contribute towards reforming the education sector in India in the long run.
“Vedica is an opportunity for me to explore multidisciplinary subjects. I hope to gauge my knowledge and skills and be able to choose a career that aligns with my interests. Vedica’s unique pedagogy will help me gain both industry-relevant knowledge and personal skills.”
Garima graduated with an Honours in Chemistry from Sri Venkateshwara College, Delhi University. She interned with Ashoka University in its career development office and communications team. She also volunteered as a Teaching Associate and Programme Coordinator in Shades of Happiness Foundation, a youth-driven NGO, which endeavours to educate, enable and empower the impoverished sections for establishing an inclusive society. She conducted workshops to create awareness on menstrual hygiene and sanitation.
“In India’s archaic pattern of higher education, the effort to learning outcome ratio is low. Vedica arrests this trend and seeks to fill the gaps. Its unique pluri-disciplinary course and induction of practical know-how through the ‘Shadow a Woman CEO’ module intrigues me the most. It provides the best platform for enthusiasts like me to explore the world through a different lens.”
Harshita is from Lucknow and studied Information Technology. She considers dance as an impressive form of self expression and has been a part of her college dance team. Contributing to society is an important part of her life and she looks forward to doing it in as many ways as she can.
“I was attracted to Vedica for three reasons: Its multi-dimensional curriculum, its esteemed global teaching panel, and its commitment to creating confident women professionals. So far, I have struggled to find my passion among the numerous interests that I possess. Vedica will be the biggest turning point in my career.”
An English graduate, Iha has worked with digital marketing, radio and broadcasting, print advertising and freelance writing. She has a knack for the liberal arts and wants to learn professional management skills. In a span of three years, she has worked her way from being a fresher to a much sought-after senior digital content writer. Her understanding of the fast-developing digital marketplace communication has helped her gain solid recognition in the workplace. She aims to build a career in communications.
“At Vedica, I look forward to meeting peers from diverse backgrounds and eminent personalities from various sectors who will enrich my learning experience as well as offer me new perspectives in multiple ways, but will also help me gain a distinct perspective towards life. The unique pluri-disciplinary course curriculum, the ‘Shadow a Woman CEO’ module and their overall pedagogy is sure to bring out the best version of me thus empowering my personal and professional growth. Eager to be a part of the Vedica family.”
Isbah graduated with a Bachelors in Chemistry from Shivaji College, Delhi University. She was granted an opportunity to be a part of a research project at the undergraduate level itself. As a project head, she was primarily responsible for designing the workflow throughout the project and was given the exposure of working in eminent institutions like AIIMS and Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology. She brought out two of her publications as well. Apart from that, she has been holding managerial positions in her college as well, thus was actively involved in conducting departmental fests and seminars. ‘Bringing a change in the society and making it a better place to live in’, is one of the principles which kept her associated with NGOs like CanSupport and Sukarman. She is excited to be part of Vedica.
“I strongly believe in experiential learning. As I explored, Vedica began to emerge as the only programme for me. I absolutely loved the idea of focusing on creating women professionals/scholars and I am excited to be a part of it. A diverse set of curricula, strong mentoring support and students from all backgrounds will provide an open environment and opportunity to learn new things. I am excited to have started my journey as a Vedica Scholar.”
Ishita has always wanted to experiment with diverse fields. She has worked with startups as well as social sector organisations. She began her work journey with Careers360 (Leading education technology & media company) as Sr Counsellor as well as Content Strategist. She also worked with the Centre for Social Research and Chaitanya as a volunteer and fellow, on issues like women’s empowerment, rural development and micro-finance.
An arts graduate, she has also studied Object Oriented Programming and learnt German during her free time. Ishita loves to read and occasionally writes on her blog. She recently developed a love for photography and trekking. She strongly believes in creating socially sustainable organic farming opportunities in the country.
“Making appropriate choices is a must for an individual to lead a holistic personal and professional life. I truly believe that I can achieve this through Vedica, an institution which can intellectually groom, mentor and inspire me to do my best and give back to the community at large.”
Ishwarya graduated with a Bachelors of Engineering from the PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore. While she is an adventurer outdoors, her true passion lies in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. She likes trying new things and working within an acceptable level of discomfort. Apart from being a competent person in her professional life, she aspires to be a resilient leader.
“With a wonderful group of academicians, entrepreneurs, women leaders and experienced vibrant peers, I think it will give me a wonderful opportunity to reinvent myself and evolve as a true leader. The unique curriculum and the ‘Shadow a Woman CEO’ module will definitely set apart a Vedica Scholar from the rest.”
Pooja graduated from Madras Christian College, Chennai. She co-edited a hall magazine and this helped her understand the real value of reading and improving critical and thinking skills. She acted as a convener for cultural events at college. This gave her an opportunity to hone her leadership qualities. She likes to discover new places and different cultures and learn from them. She loves reading poetry and enjoys writing at times. She loves to stay inspired and work for the betterment of society.
“The Vedica Scholars Programme for Women provides the right blend of training and preparation to help me discover my untapped potential, cultivating and nourishing my personal and professional skills.”
Jyothi graduated in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from NITK, Surathkal. She worked at Essential Energy India Pvt Ltd as Senior Engineer in Quality, HSE and Technical Training Department. She was awarded a Certificate of Merit by Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, New Delhi, for scoring among the top per cent of total KVS students in her AISSCE.
“It is my belief in what Vedica stands for, and the uniqueness of the Programme which convinced me to become a part of the Vedica family. The well-crafted ‘Shadow a Woman CEO’ module, the unique blend of Management Studies with Liberal Arts and the marvellous Governing Council makes me believe that Vedica will help women pursue their dreams.”
Kamini Singhal graduated with a Bachelor of Technology in Electronics & Communication from SRM University. She worked with Cognizant Technology Solutions as a Data Analyst in the healthcare domain where her expert coding skills and bend towards innovation always kept her in the limelight. She single-handedly developed a financial goal predictor automation tool which saved a million-dollar expenditure for the client. She is certified in Microsoft SQL, embedded systems and Linux coding and has deftly functioned across several technological domains.
Apart from her technical prowess, she is a trained Kathak dancer, a sitar player and a Madhubani painter. She has exhibited her paintings in various art exhibitions and continues to do so. A scholar in Sanskrit, Hindi and Social Studies for three years, her diversity is a true match for her enthusiasm and ever-increasing thirst for knowledge.
“The ‘Shadow a Woman CEO’ module is the component that immediately deepened my interest in Vedica. Including the Liberal Arts has made the curriculum even more special.”
Kanthika is a Computer Science graduate. She participated in the Technology Entrepreneurship Programme organised by the ISB. She was the chief representative of the Incubation Cell and the Green Club in college. In addition to these she held the position of chief coordinator for literary activities in college. She bagged prizes for her participation at the Intercollegiate level competitions. She also stood as a state topper in her English language and studied her intermediate school with a scholarship awarded for excellence in SSC examinations.
“Vedica is an amalgam of knowledge, with a distinctive edge of being a management course touching upon the Liberal Arts. This unique combination coupled with excellent mentorship, accomplished faculty and diverse curriculum is what convinced me that this was the right choice for me. I wish to be a T shaped professional and under the aegis of Vedica which has modules like the ‘Shadow a Woman CEO’, ‘Personal Growth’ and an innate focus on communication, I am sure I will be able to achieve this.”
Karishma graduated from Delhi University’s Keshav Mahavidyalaya and then worked with Ernst & Young.
She has always been an active participant in extra curricular activites and debating was one of her most loved passions in college. She was also an active participant in Model United Nations and has won accolades in them. She enjoys reading case studies, having intellectual discussions and understanding the surroundings and scenarios around her better.
At EY too she was a leading member of the culture team which held the responsibility of organising various events. Apart from that she was also interested in various EY Cares initiatives helping women, children, blood banks, pets, etc.
“Vedica, with its unique women-focused curriculum will help me discover leadership and management from a new perspective through constant mentoring. The healthy blend of liberal arts and management, will enable me to evolve into a versatile personality. With its network of bright inspirational women, Vedica will help me connect with women professionals from across the globe. Looking forward to being a part of this phenomenal programme!”
With a strong inclination towards analytics and a curiosity to build things, Kaushika majored in Mechanical Engineering from Amrita University. She joined Larsen & Toubro where she quickly rose to the position of Senior Engineer and was responsible for various stages of design, proposal engineering and vendor management for Indian and Foreign Warships. She was able to set up various processes, quality control measures and develop design databases which helped the organisation reduce cost and complete projects before deadlines. During her college years, she was the elected Mess Representative and Girls’ Representative in the Society of Automotive Engineers(SAE) collegiate club and had also participated in an international level ATV design and build competition. Kaushika has also received the Governor’s certificate (Rajya Puraskar) for her dedicated efforts as a Girl Scout in school. As a trained classical vocalist, she has won numerous laurels since childhood.
“I believe that the fresh views, dedication and focus of today’s women will drive the world tomorrow. Vedica, with its re-imagined curriculum, top academicians, women leaders and driven peers will instill in me the knowledge and experience to be that woman who has a larger worldview and leads from the front with strength and empathy.”
Keerthana has worked as a Software Developer for 4 years in Arrk Solutions and L&T Infotech after a Bachelors in Electronics and Communication Engineering. A firm believer in giving back to society, she has been a part of the Rotaract movement since 2012, as a member of Rotaract Club of Bangalore Northwest and Rotaract District Bangalore.
She is an avid reade, has a flair for languages and has completed a basic level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. Writing, travelling and sketching are her other areas of interest. She has also been involved in debate clubs, theatre and Indian classical music through school and college.
“Leveraging Vedica’s unique pedagogy I wish to better myself academically, professionally and personally. I look forward to this extraordinary journey with enthusiasm and hope it helps me soar to even greater heights.”
Khyati holds a Bachelors degree in E&C Engineering from G.B. Pant University. Having had almost four years of professional experience with Tata Motors Ltd, she is a seasoned Project Planner, Quality Auditor, Strategist and also a leader of multiple Cross-Functional teams. She is an inquisitive individual with an amazing appetite to learn new things. She volunteered for the NSS during her graduation and motivated people to empower women and to adopt healthy lifestyles. She has also been an active member of CSR initiatives of Tata Motors Ltd.
Besides reading books, listening to music and watching movies, she likes adventure sports.
“This 18-months exclusive Programme would help me in recognising as well as building a new self, personally and professionally; under the perfect guidance of excellent faculty and the successful and inspirational women I look up to. I want to learn leadership and management skills key for thriving in the professional world, and take better and wiser decisions in life. I am looking forward to my journey at Vedica.”
Mahek graduated from Ramanujan College, Delhi University, with a Bachelors in English. This course has given her an insight to society with a better understanding of human relations. She interned with S. Chand Publishing and Sage Publications, in the editorial and commissioning departments. She is passionate about Indian classical music, cinema, theatre, psychological works, cooking and learning new things. Being a Vedica Scholar will take her a step closer to fulfilling her aspirations.
“I chanced upon Vedica by accident. As I got down to details on the curriculum and how it would shape my career, it struck me as a great match for me. I had the tough task of convincing my parents, especially since I had already secured admission into a ‘traditional’ management course. I was determined to be a part of Vedica not only to develop my fundamentals but also to shape myself up for the challenges that lie ahead. Deeply humbled and excitedly looking forward to the road ahead.”
Mahita graduated from St. Francis College in Retail Management and Information Technology with Retail Management as her major. She played a very active role in organising college fests and also represented her college in other competitions. She stood first in Finopoly at Atharv 2015, an inter-college fest organised by IIM Indore. She was the editor of the college magazine and played a very important role during its launch. During her graduation she had exposure to the Landmark Grou, LG Electronics and a leading media house, which gave wings to her keen interest in content writing. Before joining Vedica, she was the editor of the blog My Indian Sports.
“Vedica offers just the right balance between theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience, which is exactly what I am looking for to stimulate my career. The Programme relies on phenomenal faculty and an unconventional curriculum, keeping in mind the current industry trends and norms. Vedica’s vision is in itself groundbreaking.”
Mandavi is a lawyer by profession. She graduated from Delhi University. She strongly believes in giving back to society, which is why she has been involved in projects with the Law Commission of India and the Alliance for Early Child Development, an NGO, on projects relating to maternity benefits. She has been actively involved in academia and was working as a law professor at a law school. She wishes to delve into social entrepreneurship after Vedica.
“I believe in the doctrine “Life is not about finding yourself, but creating yourself”, and with Vedica, I want to learn, experiment, grow and develop the leader inside me to bring a difference to society with honest, dignified intent and diligent work.”
After completing her B. Tech. in Electronics and Communication from JECRC College, Manisha joined a startup, Grampower India Pvt. Ltd as an Assistant Project Manager. She later worked with her family business in silver jewellery and utensils where she was responsible for sales and business development. Manisha believes in being aware of social issues and finding solutions for them. With this thought in mind she started Vantage Emc, an initiative which brings forth tailored learning solutions for students to master a wide range of competencies. During college she started a literary club and also build up an MUN society. She has been an active MUN-er and was appointed the Secretary General of JECRC MUN. She also started the first literature fest, ‘Wonder of Words’ in her college.
Manisha is a Kathak dancer and knows 5 folk dances of Rajasthan (ghoomar, bahwai, teratali, chirmi and kalbelia). Apart from this, she likes exploring new places, meeting new people and experiencing new things. A cup of black coffee with a good novel is her escape. She never misses her morning yoga. One day she would like to be described in Charles Bukowski’s words, “She’s mad but she’s magic; there is no lie in her fire.”
“I got excited to apply for the Programme the moment I read about it. The ‘Shadow a Woman CEO’ module is one of the most interesting aspects of the course structure as it provides a hands-on learning experience. I am confident that Vedica will help me evolve as a person and hone my entrepreneurship abilities.”
Meenakshi Menon graduated with a Bachelors in Commerce from the Ethiraj College for Women (Chennai) and pursued Chartered Accountancy. Having completed the three-year article-ship period, she realised that her interest was more in dealing with people and situations, rather than with pure figures. She thus decided to make a career shift. As a classical dance student for 13 years, she has represented her school and college in numerous cultural programmes. She has also actively taken part in organising events in school and college.
“Albert Einstein once said, “The value of education in a liberal arts college is not learning of facts but the training of the mind, to think something that cannot be taught through books.” Vedica is different from traditional ways of learning through books and exams. It also teaches important values about life and goodness which form the essence of holistic development. I am more than excited to be a part of the Vedica family.”
Nitisha graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration majoring in Finance, from Graphic Era University, Uttarakhand. She did a PG diploma course in wealth management and has also taken NSE certification exams. Nitisha has worked in her family business. She has taken part in many fashion pageants and won a state-level pageant. She has worked with event management firms and international fashion agencies. She believes that learning is a lifelong process and that applying one’s learning in the right direction enables an individual to transform both self and society for a better tomorrow.
“‘I see Vedica as a milestone that will help strengthen myself with the required skills, and attitude. I feel Vedica will heighten my passion for my interests and give me immense leverage in my professional life to pursue something with a greater purpose with the support of the mentors.”
‘Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.’ – Walter Lippmann
With this belief, Palak, a graduate in Political Science from DRC, University of Delhi, took the unconventional path of joining a startup, LetsEndorse, immediately after college. She has interned with organisations like TFI, the Vision India Foundation, the Quality Council of India and served as the department’s Cultural Secretary where she played a key role in organising the department fest. She believes the pinnacle of her pathway is joining the unconventional course offered by Vedica to further her knowledge and explorations. In future she envisions using her skills and knowledge to build the world in her own little way.
“Having a very strong governing council, I am sure that Vedica will help me polish my existing skills and develop a new set that will help me in my future. I also believe that the programme will help me gain real time knowledge with the help its association with the industry and industry experts.”
Palak graduated with a Bachelors in Business Administration from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University in New Delhi. Immediately after her graduation, she joined the India Today Group as a Management Trainee to work with marketing. She has also studied Digital Marketing. Palak also freelances as a content writer.
“‘Women are the most untapped reservoirs of talent in the world.’ Vedica’s essence is to groom women to become successful professionals and to empower them to face challenges with the right attitude. I’m proud to be part of this innovative Programme. I look forward to an incredible journey with exemplary mentors and inspiring women leaders of the future!”
In her position as a Financial Analyst with MSCI, a leading provider of financial market indices worldwide, Payal was responsible for handling global business products and delivering real estate indices for the Nordic and Pan-European region. She holds a Bachelors in Economics from Jai Hind College, Mumbai. Having a multi-faceted dynamism, apart from pure academics, she is a trained performing artist in the dance forms of Bharatnatyam and Latin Ballroom style. Owing to her keen interest in foreign languages, she has also learnt Japanese and French.
“What drew me to Vedica was its holistic curriculum, the ‘Shadow a Woman CEO’ module and the diverse backgrounds of my fellow Scholars. I hope to gain a wider perspective in dealing with challenges at work and life by the end of the programme.”
Pragati graduated with a Bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering from NIT Calicut, after which she joined Oracle as an Application Developer. She is a person of diverse interests and varied skills. As a college student, she was a member of the Literary and Debating Club and the college Magazine Committee.
Inquisitiveness has always been her driving force and she views life as a process of constant discovery, of the self as well as the outside world. She loves travelling, meeting new people and reading.
“Vedica’s unique curriculum, with its perfect blend of classroom teaching and the ‘Shadow a Woman CEO’ module will definitely help me grow as an individual. I look forward to opportunities to learn from eminent guest faculty as well as my peers.”
Pratima graduated with a Bachelors of Technology in Electrical and Electronics from the Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) in 2014. She was admitted to the M. Eng. programme of the National University of Singapore (NUS) with a scholarship.
Driven by her passion to work for society, she returned to India and joined Avanti Learning Centres, which creates high quality education content to distribute to remote corners of the country. She worked with the Dakshana Foundation on their academic programme across 7 different locations in India. The Dakshana Foundation helps underprivileged students by providing them free JEE and NEET coaching. She herself has been the organisation’s beneficiary. She wants to work on improving the quality of education in India. She strongly believes that joining Vedica will help her get better at it. Apart from work, she likes reading, running and blogging.
“Vedica is a dynamic course that offers women leaders a chance to grow and refine their core skills. The faculty and the course at Vedica will give me an opportunity to learn from one of the finest mentors and pursue my dreams. I am looking forward to a life-changing journey in the ‘Shadow a Woman CEO’ experience, which is once in a lifetime opportunity. Vedica will empower me with ample confidence and skills, which will help me impact my country and pursue my passion.”
Priyanka holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Hansraj College, Delhi University. She pursued the Teach For India Fellowship for two years, impacting low income communities and working towards literacy development for low income schools. Post TFI, she worked briefly for an education technology startup in Gurgaon as a Content Associate. Priyanka is also studying for the Company Secretaryship course from ICSI and has worked as a freelance trainer in Jamshedpur. Priyanka is passionate about dancing and teaching. She believes in the motto “Each one–Teach one”. Priyanka wants to step back into the not-for-profit sector post Vedica, devote her time to impact low-income communities and beat stereotypes by also building a sustainable non-profit educational enterprise.
“The saying goes, “It’s a man’s world”. As a young woman, I look forward to joining Vedica to prepare myself and find in me the skills, ability and courage to stand fearlessly in the face of the figurative charging bull, representing the systemic gender inequalities of the old world.”
Priya is a practising Architect and Interior Designer, and was working with Studio One, a boutique architecture and interior design consulting firm. She has worked on some of the leading projects in the Delhi-NCR area such as The Emaar Café and Palm Drive Club. She has also engaged in freelance interior design consulting. She actively volunteered with the Robin Hood Army. She is passionate about fitness, taking her pilates and cross-fit classes very seriously. She also loves baking and hopes to own a bakery one day.
“The unique curriculum at Vedica combines management, personal growth, communication and liberal arts to provide a course set apart from other regular MBA programmes. I am really excited about the prospect of working together with top women business leaders during the ‘Shadow a Woman CEO’ module. This attempt to combine classroom teaching with hands-on work experience is unique and I look forward to more such opportunities at Vedica. I look forward to building my leadership and communication skills through interactions with peers, teachers and professionals. I truly believe it will have a lasting impact on my life.”
Priyal Kalra is an enthusiastic graduate from Kamala Nehru College, who is always on the lookout for new adventures and challenges. She has had experience in the marketing space while working with Spoon University and P&G. She has led local marketing and advertising initiatives in both these firms. She was part of a research project in college which led to the successful promotion of LED and energy efficient lighting across Delhi. She was also the Vice-President of Consumer Club, Kamala Nehru College and was responsible for organising multiple events at college level. She strongly believes in women’s empowerment and has an avid interest in bringing about a change in the way women are portrayed in advertisements, television, films and also in general the society.
Her other interests are travel, writing on food and public speaking.
“I have always been awestruck by birds and have dreamed of flying high. Vedica is an opportunity to spread my wings to see how far I can go. I am very confident that being a Vedica Scholar I will find meaningful employment, navigate my workplace, and crack the proverbial ‘glass ceiling’, which is Vedica’s Mission Statement itself. The unique feature of the ‘Shadow a Woman CEO’ module is something I am very curious about. I not only want to just shadow a woman CEO but also aspire towards becoming a CEO myself.”
Pooja graduated with a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Govind Ballabh Pant Engineering College (GBPEC), Uttarakhand Technical University. She has worked with Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited as an Executive for Operations. Pooja is very active and loves learning new things. She excels at writing Urdu and has played at the national level volleyball competitions in school. She is blessed with good singing skills. Her interests lie in playing, singing and travelling.
“If I ever had a chance of building a masters programme for myself, it would be very similar to what the Vedica Scholars Programme for Women is. What makes this course different from the rest is the way it has been designed exclusively for young women who look forward to holding high managerial positions. The Governing Council, the faculty and various industry speakers are just a few out of the many things that a scholar like me looks forward to. I believe Vedica is a perfect blend of management and liberal studies.”
An Economics graduate from University of Delhi, Poornima worked at UrbanClap as a Business Development Specialist, and later with ‘Farmina’, a leading pet food brand, as a Business Development Manager. She was the Vice President of the Economics Society of her college. She also worked on a project report on the Goods & Services Tax during her work with Siemens Convergence Pvt. Ltd. Her passion to bring social change for women made her intern with ‘Etasha’, an NGO, where she conducted English communication and computer classes for young women, helping them to get job-ready. Poornima looks forward to the Vedica experience, which she thinks will provide her with the right platform and set of skills to achieve her personal and professional goals.
I consider myself the admirer of the different, of the road less travelled. Vedica’s ideology and curriculum made me feel a sense of belonging. It a very progressive course, and I for one, firmly believe that this is what I was seeking. I am enthralled to be a part of a vision which is as highly stimulating.”
A 23-year old who is a poet at the core. She has lived across various cities in the country and calls herself a corporate-bred child. Pulkita lives in Delhi and has been writing a book. A graduate in BBA from Symbiosis, Pune, she has worked in the food industry in the capacity of a sales manager with start ups such as Limetray and Swiggy. Pulkita is a constant learner. Trained in Hindustani classical vocals, she loves sports, dance, acting, travelling and making friends from whom she can learn.
“After graduating from Law School where my horizons were broadened in more ways than one, the prospect of working at a desk and working on assignments without understanding the larger picture was not something I was ready to settle down with. I wanted to have a say in organisational decisions that were taken. I was attracted to Vedica’s emphasis on nurturing women to become significant contributors to society. I see Vedica developing my personality rather than straitjacketing me to a restricted role. The unique approach to teaching management courses with the involvement of industry experts, practice-based learning and the softer aspects of psychology, history and culture that constitute a successful professional, makes this course the ideal package for me.”
A humanities student by choice, Ragini decided to pursue law for strengthening her comprehensive understanding of formulation of legislation and its execution. After successfully completing her BA LLB from Jindal Global Law School, Ragini worked as an Associate with RNA, IP Attorneys. In college, she was a part of the debate society and participated in elocution and debating competitions. Ragini is a trained classical singer and often volunteers to sing for causes. She has offered music therapy for patients in the OPD wing of the cancer care wing at AIIMS. Over the period of her law course, she interned with the National Human Rights Commission and Participatory Research in Asia, apart from interning at the various courts and leading intellectual property rights law firms. She is determined to create a beautiful mélange from the knowledge of law and her learning at Vedica to become a successful professional in sync with the times.
“What attracted me the most towards Vedica is its pragmatic methodology and its focus on creating women professionals. Peer learning will help me mature professionally and personally. Furthermore, the ‘Shadow a Woman CEO’ module will allow me to engage with women leaders and provide me the opportunity to witness how leaders drive organisations. I am looking forward to this enlightening journey.”
Ritu graduated with a Bachelors in Management studies specialising in Finance. She has worked with Accenture as a Process Associate. Her job role was to help a government-owned enterprise to capitalise on their assets. She has also worked with Aranca as a Fixed Income Research Analyst, primarily helping companies which are in distressed debt. Ritu is keen about learning new things and being a Vedica Scholar will take her a step closer towards her professional aspirations.
“Run to the fire, don’t hide from it.” – Meg Whitman.”
The Vedica Scholars Programme for Women perfectly embodies this statement. A management course should be as qualitative as it is quantitative, to help us decipher market data as well as fathom the tricky subject of leading and being led. Vedica’s course curriculum does just that and recognises that management is a more wholesome process. This course will empower me to question established conventions and will help me to invest in innovative thinking.
Ronita graduated in Economics from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi and did her Masters in Financial Economics from Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune. She was one of the five finalists at the XLRI (Jamshedpur)-CITI Bank Financial Inclusion Challenge on Innovations in Financial Literacy and Consumer Protection. She was a member of Enactus SRCC, which is a student organisation engaged in the development of sustainable means of livelihood for underprivileged communities. She has also served on the editorial boards of the SRCC college magazine and the GIPE college magazine. Last but not the least, she has completed a four-year course in Fine Arts from the All India Fine Arts Association.
“The Vedica Scholars Programme for Women will help me realise my potential and hone my skills. The Shadow a Woman CEO Programme offered by Vedica will provide a unique experience to learn about challenges faced at the top leadership level. The innovative curriculum, learning methodology, distinguished faculty, and amazing co-Scholars will be an extraordinary experience in my life. Excited and blessed to be a part of Vedica.”
Sakshi has built and led the Marketing & Sales Team at KarmaCircles, a social learning platform. She designed and implemented the “KarmaCircles Leadership Program” in more than ten colleges, including the IIMs. She trained students on social media marketing and sales skills. She also contributed to product management functions, by suggesting and refining new product features with the engineering team.
Sakshi was also a fellow teacher at Teach India and the Delhi Police Yuva Foundation to empower underprivileged youth with communication and soft skills. During her graduation, she led a team to transform a rural village inspired by the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. She presented an international research paper on “Energy for Sustainable Development of India” at IEEE. She did research projects at DRDO and BEL during her internships. Due to her consistent efforts, Sakshi was bestowed with the best extracurricular student award in her college.
“When I interviewed for Vedica, I knew that I wanted to become a part of it because of the multi-dimensional approach of its unique curriculum. I felt that it would provide me with the right environment and opportunity to be myself, and to explore my interests in the process. I am excited to start with this new journey alongside a diverse group of inspiring women, guided by the esteemed faculty.”
Saloni holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Delhi University. She has previously worked as a research intern at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies. She has also worked as an Analyst at Xceedance, a services company focusing on insurance.
She has been a part of the Economics Society of her college and has also volunteered for Teach India, an initiative by The Times of India. She wishes to indulge in a career related to sustainability by living and doing business in a way that empowers people, respects human rights and values the environment in order to promote long-term development of the society.
The Vedica Scholars Programme for Women boasts of a distinctively designed curriculum and has an array of seasoned mentors and illustrious women leaders. With Vedica I believe that I have started on a journey that will assuredly guide me to growing into an adept and robust professional. I see this never-ending journey as first steps into a knowledge base and ingenuity that will eventually transition into a stimulating and successful career.”
Salvi has done her Masters in English from Delhi University. Prior to that, she graduated from Jesus and Mary College in English. She taught underprivileged children through the JMC Education Programme and has been a proactive member of the Women’s Studies Development Centre with eager involvement in seminars, workshops and festivals organised by the English Literary Association and other societies. She has been an editor in her college magazine. Salvi also volunteered for organisations such as Leaders for Tomorrow, HopeMonkey and Goonj. She is a voracious reader and a lover of Jane Austen’s works. She likes to cook in her free time.
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“Leadership, according to me, is like growing a tree, from its roots. Vedica understands this perfectly. Scholars are exposed to the liberal arts (source of viable seeds) and preparation for effective communication (fertile media for propagating growth). Vedica offers a pragmatic, well-rounded and sound programme to create inspired young women, the leaders of tomorrow; which I find is a perfect fit for me.”
Shalini’s studied at the Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan Senior Secondary School, where she was the student-board chairman and the chief editor of the school magazine. Also, she had the privilege to be a Research Science Initiative (RSIC) Fellow at IIT-Madras, where she completed a project under the title ‘Artificial Neural Networks’, with the department of Biotechnology. She also graduated in Food Process Engineering from the Indian Institute Of Food Process Technology (IIFPT), where she served as the Club Secretary and bagged numerous accolades at university-level competitions. She was a proud volunteer of NGOs like Bhumi, Chennai volunteers, Isha Foundation and was an intern with AID India.
“Vedica’s objective of helping women become complete individuals through recognising their capabilities is what sets it apart. I believe this unique approach to management education is what will not only help me prepare for the corporate world, but also enable to me contribute to the society in a more cohesive manner. This, in turn, will empower me to achieve my future goals.”
Shreya graduated with a Bachelors in Electronics and Communication from the Jaypee Institute of Information Technology in 2016. She started her career as an associate with Quest ontheFRONTIER, a Singapore-based consultancy firm working on gender diversity at workplaces. She interned with Omnicom Media Group as a media planner and strategist which exposed her to how brands interact with its consumers on the digital medium. She is also Director and Founding Member of Moksha Foundation, a Delhi-based NGO. Her work here involves interacting with various stakeholders and implementation partners. Being an animal rights activist, she is passionate about helping animals. She dreams to contribute to their cause in a larger way in the future.
“I want to join Vedica because this opens up a diverse management paradigm as compared to a conventional one. It pushes the envelope beyond a conventional course as it encompasses various subjects for my holistic development. Vedica reinforces my belief in an open and liberal school of thought and strengthens my future prospects.”
Sidhi Baweja is an Economics graduate from Kirori Mal College, Delhi University and holds a post graduate certification in HR management from XLRI. With close to 4 years of corporate experience working at Accenture, she moved to the social sector to understand the systemic issues within the education. Currently pursuing her passion for education, she is involved in redesigning curricula for private schools across Delhi with an organisation called ScrapLabs.
“There are a few things in life that you know will change your perspective on things to come. Vedica is one of them. Everything about it fits in my long-term aspirations and goals. The course structure, the faculty, the eminent pool of mentors and its diverse offerings have captured my attention. I can’t wait to meet my colleagues and venture on this journey!
Simran studied Business Economics at Delhi University. She has been a part of Aon for over 3 years, during which she has been recognised for her quality-focused, timely and accurate deliverables. She was adjudged the Best Trainer in 2016. She has also been active in various Aon-wide initiatives for colleague motivation, fund raising and environmental awareness. Simran has also worked with Udayan Care—an NGO for girl child education.
An avid read and dancer, she also practices various sport and fitness forms. She has won accolades in sports during school, college and even at Aon.
“Vedica is a paradigm shift in the Indian higher education system. Its unique recruiting procedure and presence of eminent professors sets itself apart from other conventional MBA colleges. It provides a bottom-up approach in the learning process, where each Scholar explores her area of interest unlike other institutions where students are guided through predetermined sets of protocols. Its comprehensive course structure along with practical experience through the ‘Shadow a Woman CEO’ module makes Vedica a compelling option.”
Soniya is a B. Tech. in Information and Technology. She belongs to a humble middle-class family in Palwal, Haryana. She has always been excellent in academics, but quite surprisingly to many, the naughtiest child of the class too. She has been a university rank holder during her college days and also been a part of her college’s badminton team. She believes in being the change that she wants to see and aspires to contribute to mankind to the best of her abilities.
“I am delighted to be shortlisted for the Vedica Scholars Programme for Women. I believe Vedica will give me the confidence and knowledge required to succeed in the path I choose.”
Sravanthi has always believed that dreams do come true. To fulfil her own, she opted for Vedica. She graduated in Computer Science from Vasireddy Venkatadri Institute of Technology, Andhra Pradesh. She was a member of the technical entrepreneurship programme in the Indian School of Business and was elected as a team lead for her leadership skills. She is very interested in the fine arts and has performed at many college events. She has worked as an event coordinator for many technical programmes in her college. She always tries to grab opportunities to enable her interaction skills.
“Vedica is a platform where women get a chance to become global leaders. I hope Vedica will help me enhance my skills and see myself as a better person. The ‘Shadow a Woman CEO’ module inspired me to join Vedica. I believe it will help me strengthen my leadership qualities. I am sure Vedica will be a path to reach my goal.”
Sravya graduated in Computer Science and Engineering from VVIT. She completed the NPTEL Online Programming Course on “Programming and Data Structures” by IIT Madras with 70%. She was also certified by Oracle as “Java SE6 Programmer”. She was a member of the Technology Entrepreneurship Programme which is organised by the Indian School and the Jawahar Knowledge Centre (JKC). She worked as an event organiser for TED Club at the Lifeskills Institute for Excellence. She has organised many events in her college.
“Vedica is a good chance to learn from the industry’s most experienced people. Its core values create a sense of belonging in me. The course will not only enhance my knowledge and skills but help me take charge of my personal growth. It is a positive step towards shaping my career and giving it direction. Vedica will prepare me to create lasting impact while contributing to the workforce.”
An Engineer in Electronics & Communication, Srishti worked for Tata Consultancy Services for over a year. She also has experience in business, having worked as a Retail Manager. Taking advantage of every opportunity to exercise her interests, she organised various public events. Before joining Vedica, Srishti was working as a Consultant for Wurth IT, India.
“Vedica’s unique curriculum, which is a blend of management, social impact, and liberal arts, along with the ‘Shadow a Woman CEO’ module, will mould me into a capable and efficient leader.”
Sruthi graduated as an engineer from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. She joined IBM as an Associate System Engineer where she gained experience in process design, application development, system integration and implementation of an enterprise data warehouse. From being the only fresher in the team to mentoring a team herself, Sruthi has become equipped with interpersonal skills to deal with the challenges faced in a dynamic work environment.
She has also volunteered for a year in ‘Mentor Together’, a non-profit organisation which identifies youth from underprivileged backgrounds to be formally mentored on language proficiency, life skills, and career planning.
“The Vedica Scholars Programme for Women is one where the core values of discipline, dedication and self-respect are valued. I believe that with this sort of unconventional curriculum, and the ‘Shadow a Woman CEO’ module, Vedica is just the right platform for any woman to excel. Apart from gaining global exposure, I believe the amalgamation of liberal arts with management practice is something unique which will definitely help me evolve both professionally and personally.”
Suravi received her Bachelors in English from Ravenshaw University. She was an active member of her college’s debating society and cultural society. She also developed an undying love for classical dancing. She is a trained classical dancer with six years of professional training in Odissi. She was appointed the deputy secretary general for two consecutive years for her university’s international debating summit and has been a part of over 60 model UN conferences, parliamentary debates and youth summits. She also volunteered and provided cultural meets and free schooling sessions in NGOs like Adruta Children’s Home and the Bakul Foundation. With an aspiration to creating a significant place in the corporate world she is excited to begin her journey at Vedica.
“The term ‘Vedica’ stands for ‘restoring knowledge’. I feel ever so connected to the programme, it being close to my name (Vedita means ‘keeper of knowledge’). The programme is the best launch pad I can hope for to build a career in business. Vedica provides a network of strong independent women and industry leaders. It would be interesting to see how I get to activate and make the most of this network down the line.”
Vedita Bhatia is a recent graduate from the University of Delhi where she pursued a B. Sc. (Honours) in Mathematics. A scholar in her subject, she was awarded the Sh. Sham Kishan Scholarship for being the Best Student in the Department of Mathematics, 2017. A state-level athletics gold medalist, she is a theatre enthusiast and also served as the President of her college’s street play society. Her interest lies in employing her mathematical skills in studying consumer patterns. Vedita hopes to deploy her creativity in future business engagements.
“According to me, if we want to live our lives to the fullest it is important for us to constantly keep learning. I am positive that the unique curriculum at Vedica will not only provide me with the skill set necessary for the professional world but also the opportunity to grow as a person who can make the right choices in life.”
Veronica graduated with a Bachelors in Business Administration from the Symbiosis International University, majoring in Marketing. She has worked as an intern with Accenture and Garment Technology Expo. She has participated in various extra-curricular activities in school and college. She was an active part of the cultural committee of her college, which helped her polish her leadership skills. She was a volunteer at Amitasha (school for the underprivileged girl child) where she taught girls between the ages of 5 and 14. Vedica for her is the place where she will be able to find the right mix of temperament, intellect and potential that is required in the industry.
“I want to join Vedica because it will give me the opportunity to become an independent woman, stand on my own and make my parents proud. I see Vedica paving the way to my success and the path to fulfilling my dreams.”
A Bachelors of Commerce in Finance, Yachna is looking forward to building her future with Vedica and making her dreams come true.