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Ms. Radhika Bhandari
Director, Western India Institute of Aeronautics Pvt. Ltd. Aviation Dean, Indus University

Achiever's Success Story

Women Are The Backbone Of Any Nation

Ms Radhika Bhandari is a young aviation enthusiast and has been exposed to aviation since childhood. With her innately inquisitive nature, she did her engineering in metallurgy; an area where usually males were in majority but she was always interested in understanding fundamentals and Metallurgy was one of those fields where you learn all about ‘Materials’ which is the backbone of Aviation industry. It also made her explore the manufacturing process of various industries that eventually helped her to understand the aviation industry from scratch.

She firmly believes that as being one of the very few female leaders in the Indian Aviation industry, she in a position to bring about a change in the male dominant aviation industry and empower women to make a career in this field, an area where they had less representation earlier. It was very interesting for her to know that India has the highest proportion of female commercial pilots in any country, which is 13%, and the global average is about 5%. With this intention, she got into this field to give her contribution in other aviation fields.

Ms. Bhandari is a big advocate of multidisciplinary skills and her upbringing has been done in manner wherein she has been encouraged to pursue multiple skills in a balanced manner. From learning to be a trained Bharatanatyam dancer, she is also a rifle shooter and horse rider.

She is currently working in the aviation industry as a Director of Western India Institute of Aeronautics Pvt. Ltd. from Ahmedabad. A multitasker by nature, she is also the Dean of Aviation at Indus University.

Ms. Bhandari is passionately curious about the vast heritage of India’s intellectual tradition. She firmly believes that India’s knowledge system is a huge repository of brilliant ideas, finest thinkers and original thinking. She would like to learn, restore and integrate this knowledge system into aviation academia to make our education system more holistic, global and yet local in approach, keeping us rooted in our civilizational ethos.

It is true that women are the backbone of a nation.

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