Anukarniya: Podcast series

Season 1: The Role Models

“Anukarniya” is a small initiative to bring experts of various fields for sharing their journey and stories. Our guests also talk about various scholarships and programs related to their fields, which might be your dream career or field of interest. The three major goals of this podcast series are the following –
1. Guidance to the youth to know the path towards their career goal in STEM
2. To disseminate the knowledge about scholarships of the speaker’s field of expertise per episode
3. To discuss the possible ways to face failure because we are taught how to deal with success but not about failures.

To connect to the initiative, feel free to reach out to us. If you want to nominate a speaker or wish to volunteer for the cause you can write to us on Happy learning!

Podcast 13: Subathra Rajendran

Mrs. Subathra Rajendran

She spends her days fulfilling her motto of turning “struggle into strength”. She has a strong sense of empowering women at different stages, and a passion to make the world a better place. She started her career as a Scientist Engineer in the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Sriharikota, design of solid propellant units and then indulging in the design of oil and gas projects. Co-Founder and President of VARUN ADITYA FOUNDATION, supporting Sustainable development goals, social activities, Women Empowerment programs Sponsoring Girl child for their education, Helping the Poor and needy. She is also Chairperson of “Reach to Unreach” an online platform integrating person who can provide support with the person in need during Pandemic Time

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Podcast 12: Shrividya Iyer

Dr. Shrividya Iyer

She is a health care researcher currently working on cancer health outcomes research, with a key focus on both clinical drug development and public health outcomes for diverse tumor types and n parallel trying to apply evolving digital technology to optimize the collection and use of health care data evidence.

Currently, she is also part of an Executive Education program in Digital Health at the Columbia Business School, New York.

Dr. Iyer great proponent for STEM education and Women in Science and Health Care leadership positions, mentors students exploring various career paths within STEM.

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Dr. Rachita Narsaria Ghatawat

Author – poet and nature lover at heart, Dr. Rachita combines her love for creative writing with medicine. Her works have been published on various leading portals. Her firm Spellbound Inc. is a culmination of her passion for teaching and simplifying complex information. An end-to-end healthcare content consultancy, Spellbound Inc.’s clients have spanned the globe in just 7 years of foundation. Ex-president of Mensa Mumbai chapter, she is a strong supporter of women empowerment, gender equality, education, women in STEM and eco-conservation.

Instagram – @rochn87
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SpellBound Inc. – Spellbound

Podcast 10: Bina Nangia

Dr. Bina Nangia

She has been a pioneer in the field of Special Education and Dyslexia for over 25 years. She has been instrumental in raising awareness and setting up special education centres at more than 20 schools across India. Through her holistic approaches to teaching and parenting, Dr Nangia has positively impacted the lives of hundreds of students and parents. She is associated with Hope Ek Asha and does counselling with caregivers of patients with dementia.

Instagram – @binanangia
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Podcast 9: Hannah Slack

Ms. Hannah Slack

She is a Ph.D. student in Psychology at the University of Nottingham. Hannah uses online behavioral experiments to investigate how our sense of agency develops in adolescence.

Games’ link can be found here:
Hannah’s Psychology and Neuroscience Blog:
Twitter: @HannahRSlack
Instagram: @phdstartswithme

Podcast 8: Kathy Nelson

Ms. Kathy Nelson

She recently joined West Monroe Partners as a Principal in the Energy and Utility Practice. She served on UTC’s board of directors for nearly 10 years and as UTC’s Chairwoman from 2017 – 2018.In addition to her day job, Kathy hosts a podcast for women in STEM, titled “Ordinarily Extraordinary – conversations with women in STEM”. She is passionate about educating women and girls on what STEM careers are out there and sharing other women’s stories with the world. She is a mentor, a coach, keynote speaker, working to build positive community for women in STEM.

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Podcast 7: Chinmayi Balasu

Ms. Chinmayi Balasu

She is a second-year undergraduate student at Columbia University in New York City, where she is pursuing neuroscience and medical humanities. In May of 2019, Chinmayi founded the international student-led not-for-profit organization Simply Neuroscience, which works to foster students’ interdisciplinary interests in the brain through neuroscience and psychology education, outreach, and awareness. She also works for women in STEM advocacy efforts as a leadership board member of the international non-profit organization 500 Women Scientists.

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LinkedIn – chinmayi_balusu |
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Podcast 6: Shreya Agrawal

Ms. Shreya Agrawal

She is a Data Scientist at FREE NOW in Berlin. She graduated from NIT Allahabad, BTech in Computer Science in 2017, post which she worked for Deutsche Bank in India for 2 years before moving to Berlin for work. She was always self-motivated about Data Science and Machine Learning, participating in Kaggle Competitions and doing research internships in this field during her undergraduate studies. Her academic interests tapped open her travel interests as well, and she has traveled to more than 15 countries in the last 5 years along with exploring most parts of India.

LinkedIn – Shreya Agrawal |

Podcast 5: Deepa Subrahmanian

Dr. Deepa Subramanian

She is a Chemical Engineer currently working in the area of technology commercialization, with applications in nanotechnology and sustainability. She completed her Postdoctoral Training from Yale University, Ph.D. and Masters from the University of Maryland, College Park, and Bachelors from Mumbai University. Deepa has previously worked for large national and corporate institutions such as the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) @ Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota. Deepa is a great proponent for STEM education, volunteering her time to help students explore various career paths within STEM, including connecting students with industry professionals.

LinkedIn – Deepa Subramanian | LinkedIn
Educational video – UN Sustainable Development Goals
How to Commercialise Your Idea

Podcast 4: Beautey Kumari

Mrs. Beautey Kumari

She is a development professional with over 6 years of working experience with NGOs across India. She has worked in the health and nutrition, child rights, and livelihood sectors in rural, tribal, and urban slums. Beautey is a Microbiology graduate from the University of Delhi and was awarded the gold medal during her post-graduate diploma in Rural Management from Xavier Institute of Social Service.

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Podcast 3: Vrinda Nair

Ms. Vrinda Nair

She is an aspiring scientist and currently specializes in molecular and computational biology with a keen interest in programming. She actively supports for causes and works with Paddling Foundation (break the taboo around menstruation.), ConnectFor NGO (adding social value), 1 Million Women in STEM (1MWIS) (encouraging future generation).

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Podcast 2: Nishaki Mehta

Dr. Nishaki Mehta

She is a physician-scientist. As a cardiologist, she trained at Harvard for her cardiac electrophysiology which deals with electrical heart rhythm disturbances. She holds several patents for her innovative ideas and technologies. She is also a member of the ACC Innovation Council.

Dr. Mehta has produced more than 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts and more than 60 abstracts for international conferences.She is a proud alumnus of GS Medical College in Mumbai and a life member at Mensa international.

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Podcast 1 : Bela Raja

Mrs. Bela Raja

Mrs Bela Raja is a child guidance counsellor and special educator. She works with children who have Special Needs and specializes in the area of Specific Learning Difficulties. Among her body of work, Bela has produced a movie called ‘Little Dreamers’. It is about teaching techniques that can be used by parents and teachers to enhance academic skills in children. Bela is a life member of MENSA, an international society that provides a forum for intellectual exchange among its members.

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1. Season 2 – Anukarniya: A Flame of Inspiration is coming soon.
The new season revolves around the four major agenda –
a. Guidance to the youth to know the path towards their career goal in STEM
b. To disseminate the knowledge about scholarships of the speaker’s field of expertise per episode
c. To discuss the possible ways to face failure because we are taught how to aim for success but not how to deal with failure
d. The “Role of career-breaks and importance of Hobbies or extra-curricular activities”.

The new logo is out

2. Book authored by Anukarniya Team is out for readers and podcast listeners

The book titled, “Empowering Women in STEM”, Anukarniya team contributed a chapter (Chapter 8: STEM Women’s Career Challenges and Possible Solutions) is now on amazon (Link –

Content – The chapter contains the information about scholarships for women at different stages of life and how one may increase their working efficiency, to maintain work-life balance better.

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Founder and Host of Anukarniya:

Dr. Shalini Aggarwal
Gargi (Pen name)

Dr. Shalini Aggarwal

Post-doctoral fellow at Weizmann Institute of Science since November 2022. She recently completed her Ph.D. in Infectious disease under the guidance of Prof. Sanjeeva Srivastava and Prof. Swati Patankar at IIT Bombay and Prof. Graham Roy Ball at Nottingham Trent University, UK. She started Anukarniya in 2020, with a goal to help tribal and rural girls in searching for their path in STEM. She hosts the podcast under the pen-name Gargi, the first female teacher as per Hindu mythology.

The team always welcome more speakers to be a flame of inspiration for the youth out there. If you are interested, you can approach the team or you can recommend the name of potential speaker by
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Twitter – @gargi_aggarwal
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Supporting Organizations –

Mumbai Mensa – Thanks to Imtiyaz and Minouti
Million Women in STEM
– Thanks to Shamira