A scientist with a zeal for quest in life

A scientist with a zeal for quest in life

She is a retired food scientist with several achievements to her credit. But still, her desire is to serve the nation, to do something to keep the young generation full of energy.

Meet Renu Agrawal, retired chief scientist and rural development coordinator of the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysuru.

Agrawal, who obtained a PhD from the University of Rajasthan in 1981 retired in October 2015.  She was appointed as advisor for outreach activities of the CFTRI.

Considering her services, the International Institute of Social and Economic Reforms selected Agrawal for the ‘Abdul Kalam Life Time achievement Award’. In addition, she has bagged the ‘Women Achievers award’ confered by the International Guild of Women Achievers and India International Friendship Society. She has been selected as the ‘Best Woman Scientist’ by the National Academy of Biological Sciences.

She has developed many innovative functional foods and technologies, for improving health by natural means. She has served as the president of Association of Microbiologists of India and has been a member of many international Technical Advisory Boards. She is on the national committees of NCERT, National Science Talent Search, Scientist Selection Boards of the Union Public Service Commission, DST and DBT and many technical committees in Dubai, Bulgaria and Argentina, Indonesia.

Agrawal says, “Sincerity, commitment, discipline, dedication, devotion towards work, can make anyone to achieve any goal in life. I did not work for awards or fame. I just wanted to serve the people and society.”