Team Careers360|Jan 16, 2021
Dr. Neelu Ahuja, Faculty UPES awarded ‘Himalayan Nari Shakti Samman’
NEW DELHI - Under the aegis of the Uttarakhand State Law Commission and the Uttarakhand Human Rights Protection Center, 25 women from Uttarakhand were felicitated for their immense contribution in various fields this year on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Dr. Neelu Jyoti Ahuja, faculty, UPES was amongst the 25 women leaders who were awarded the second ‘Himalayan Nari Shakti Samman 2020’.
Ahuja is the head of Department of Systemics, at School of Computer Science, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun. She was awarded her doctorate in 2010 based on the development of a prototype rule-based expert system for seismic data interpretation. She has extensive experience in academic teaching at university levels (both at postgraduate and undergraduate levels). Apart from this, she is also a vigorous researcher. From 2010 to 2017, she was also Head of Research Centre-Computing Research Institute, spearheading intra-disciplinary research and coordinating research activities.
Describing her positive and winning outlook, Ahuja said, “I have always been a disciplined, academically-inclined individual; a firm believer in continually upskilling and contributing to generating new knowledge through research interventions. Being extremely passionate towards my goals, I have chosen a career to contribute to nation building. An avid researcher and academician, I believe in sharing and spreading knowledge and supporting students towards their growth and accomplishments.”
Ahuja has an impressive list of successfully delivered government-sponsored projects to her name. Worth INR 2 crore, the projects ranged from AI applications like Intelligent Tutoring Systems, to technology interventions that facilitate learning for disabled children. She attended the plan meeting on improving access to Priority Assistive Products and Technology, 2017, held in New Delhi in the capacity of a core team member. Ahuja was also a part of the Consultation Meeting for Improving Access to Assistive Products and Technology for Persons with Disabilities and Elders held at WHO SEARO Headquarters, New Delhi, India, in 2016.
“An attitude to always encourage students to discover their potential and excel, has been the way to work for me,” Ahuja adds. Whether it is winning coveted titles, prizes, placements, or highly acclaimed recognitions, students have done it all under her guidance and brought many laurels to UPES. “Developing them as ethically-strong, environmentally-conscious, well-rounded professionals, placing them as leaders of tomorrow, has been my end goal always,” she concludes.