ACM-W India seeks to take forward the task of the ACM community, but with a particular focus on the empowerment of women in computing in India.
ACM-W supports, celebrates, and advocates internationally for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field, providing a wide range of programs and services to ACM members and working in the larger community to advance the contributions of technical women. ACM-W Student Chapters are created to help recruit and retain students in computing programs. Professional Chapter-sponsored activities educate women about careers in computing and provide networking opportunities.
ACM-W India aims to provide social and professional support for women in computing, and its proposed activities include:
- Facilitate technical growth of women by organizing invited lectures, seminars, workshops and informal meetings
- Provide a platform for the sharing of information, resources, ideas and experiences
- Support women in their professional career growth and help them to face the challenges in their work environment
- Encourage them to participate in computer-related studies and research
ACM-W India's goal would be to also promote computer literacy, particularly in rural India, with the objective of empowering underprivileged women and children, to enable them to be independent and self-reliant.
ACM-W India Committee (1 July 2021 to 30 June 2023)
Chair: Heena Timani, Director, iAnanya Datalytix Pvt. Ltd.
Treasurer: Rutvi Shah, CPICA, Ahmedabad (1 July 2021 to 30 June 30 2025)
Members-at-Large (1 July 2021 to 30 June 2023)
Chitra Babu, SSN College of Engineering, Chennai
Tejaswini Apte, Independent Consultant
Lipika Dey, TCS Research
Neeldhara Misra, IIT Gandhinagar
Members-at-Large (1 July 2021 to 30 June 2025)
Mukta Paliwal, Persistent Systems Ltd., Nagpur
Manik Gupta, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad
Past Chair: Arati Dixit, Applied Research Associates, Inc., US
ACM-W India Committee Chair Heena Timani was Chair and Founder/Vice-Chair of the ACM Ahmedabad Professional Chapter. She was a member of the ACM-W India Committee from 2017 to 2019 and has been reappointed as Chair for the term July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023. She is Director of iAnanya Datalytix Pvt. Ltd. Her specialization is Bayesian inference and applications of Bayesian networks in business intelligence and analytics. She is actively involved in supporting and organizing computing events for women in India under ACM-W.