Prof (Smt) Vanaja Iyengar –Founder AMSSOI

Prof Vanaja Iyengar’s education was mostly in Hyderabad. She was a multi-linguist.  She won a scholarship, which took her to Cambridge to study Mathematics and she was there from 1947 to 1950.

She participated in the youth construction bridge in Yugoslavia helping to build the Zagreb-Belgrade rail link and refused to join the chorus against Tito though that was part of the official Communist approach.  She went to Czechoslovakia and Hungary as a member of the Indian left wing student’s delegations to the world youth and student’s festivals and congresses

She taught Mathematics at the Osmania Women’s College, Nizam College and the University.  She was and is remembered as an extraordinary and even peerless teacher.  She is also remembered for her moral integrity

concern for her students and an unshakeable sense of responsibility.  She started as a lecturer, went on to become a Reader, then professor and Head of the Department of Mathematics.  She was awarded Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics by Delhi University in 1958. She was one of the founders of the Osmania University Teachers Association.

She was the founder Vice Chancellor of Sri Padmavathi Mahila Viswavidyalayam at Tirupathi from 1982 to 1986 literally bringing university to life. National recognition came to her when she was awarded the Padma Sri in 1987. She was given the Best Teacher Award of Andhra Pradesh and the Fellow of Rajiv Gandhi Foundation in 1996-98.

She was in-charge Vice-Chancellor of Osmania University.  She became a Life Trustee of the Andhra Mahila Sabha founded by the late Smt Durgabai Deshmukh.  She was one of its Vice- Presidents for some years and in 1994 she was elected as its President and remained at this post till her death.  Her reputation, sincerity and charm helped the Andhra Mahila Sabha to progress in a comprehensive manner.

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