Get to Know Dr. Chandrani Prasad Verma: India’s First Woman Mining Engineer

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For International Women in Engineering Day 2023, Discover Some Facts About Dr. Chandrani Prasad Verma: India’s Trailblazing Female Mining Engineer

“On International Women in Engineering Day 2023, we honor a brave woman who defied societal norms and legal obstacles to become India’s trailblazing female mining engineer. Dr. Chandrani Prasad Verma has forged an extraordinary path, inspiring countless women in India to pursue mining careers and making notable contributions to the industry.

Despite societal constraints and legal bans that prevented women from entering the mining field, especially underground, until the 1990s, Verma fearlessly followed in her father’s footsteps. Her unyielding determination shattered barriers and ignited inspiration in many.

Here are 7 key facts about India’s first female mining engineer:

  1. Chandrani Prasad Verma spent her childhood in the Western Coalfields Limited colony in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district.
  2. She embarked on her journey after completing her high school education and obtaining a diploma in mining and mine surveying.
  3. Currently, she holds the position of Senior Scientist at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research – Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CSIR-CIMFR) under the Ministry of Science and Technology in the Government of India.
  4. She also served as a lecturer at Ramdeobaba Kamla Nehru Engineering College and the Government Polytechnic in Nagpur.
  5. After graduating with First Merit in Mining Engineering, she joined CIMFR as a research fellow.
  6. In 2003, she achieved a remarkable feat by securing a CSIR fellowship after attaining a score of 91.5% and securing the 26th All India Rank in the GATE 2003 examination.
  7. In September 2016, Chandrani Prasad Verma achieved a significant milestone by completing her PhD in ‘Web Pillar Design in Highwall Mining,’ a modern technique used to extract coal from a high wall.”

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