As a child I had all the luxury to read, dream and transform my life the way I wanted it to be. I went to IIT Kharagpur to study physics as I always wanted to study physics. It did not seem like an odd decision and I often dreamt of making ground-breaking discoveries.

However, as I discovered my true calling, I recalibrated my aspirations to become an entrepreneur in science and that was perfectly fine by my family. In the environment I grew up in, everything was possible.

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We have to look at a systemic treatment to this issue that plagues our mind and clouds our thinking about the fantastic effect a nation can have when more women innovate, invent and invest in the STEM field.

The writer is the CEO Mapmygenome