Dr Neerja Masih is an academician, defense food analyst, nutritionist, researcher, social scientist and a fitness and wellness conscious person.
She is a former Major from Indian Army, passed out of Officers Training Academy in March 98 in Army Service Corps.
Dr Neerja Masih has handled various responsibilities like Food quality control for Armed Forces. She has been trained at Defense Food Research lab, Mysore.
She is currently shaping young minds at Isabella Thoburn College, Nutritional Biochemistry and motivating girls.
Dr Neerja is passionate about working on women issues & environment.
We present to you an exclusive interview with the multi-talented and dynamic personality, Dr Neerja Masih. Keep reading as she tells more about her and her work.
1.Tell us more about your work?
With a desire to take the lesser traveled road, I joined Indian Army.
Got commissioned to Army Service Corps in 1998, served for 10 years and took release as a Major.
I worked with men and learnt that – “to be treated as an equal you have to behave as an equal”
Army life was tough & challenging but it helped me prove myself as a woman.
Currently I am Head, Department of Biotechnology at Isabella Thoburn College, Lucknow. A Doctorate in Biochemistry, MBA in HR & IR.
I have travelled to more than 10 countries ( US, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, Korea, singapore, Philipines, Sri Lanka to name few) and delivered lectures on “Environment- a Global challenge” and “Women issues”.
2. What are your hobbies?
I love to travel, read, meet people and do adventurous activities. (Running marathons)
3. What excites you most?
To me, being empowered means is to be a change maker in the society and being that excites me the most.
4. Tell us something about your personal life?
Born to a very humble couple from a small village in Ballia UP, where females have a set role of being homemakers, I knew I had to change the trend.
I am a mother of two teenager girls & my husband, a MNC professional is so proud of them.
Today whatever I am, I owe to my Mother and the training at Officers Training Academy. It helped me prove that women are strong, tough and at par with men.
My message to my girls & this generation – “Dream big, accept challenges and believe in yourself”.
6. What are your future plans?
My future plans – Bloom whereever you are planted. Currently being in the first Christian Women’s College of Asia I want to impact young girls, I want to help them dream big & achieve them. I want to continue working in the field of Environment & Women issues.
Here are some awards won by Dr Neerja Masih:
Recognition as ‘WONDER WOMAN’ at New Delhi, 2018 by Ms Menaka Gandhi
Awarded Research Project by University Grants Commission.
Awarded Fellow of Academy of Innovative Research in 2012.
Awarded Op Rakshak Medal, Indian Army Senya Seva Medal, Indian Army.
We thank Dr Neerja Masih for giving us her precious time and doing an interview with us.