Dr. Reenu Yadav
Principal and Dean,
IES University, Bhopal ,
Social activist and
Every awards and achievements
come with huge responsibilities
Our readers would like to know about your academic achievements.
I am working as Scientist & Academician, in healthcare & pharmaceutical filed from last 17 Years, having research expertise includes herbal formulation Development, Phytochemistry & pharmacological screening of herbals. Developed many herbal (Dental & Antimicrobial) formulations, this work is appreciated on many national and international platforms. As my contribution in pharmaceutical research, authored Eight books & more than 65 research articles, published in the journal of high repute with 10 patents published on my credit. I am member of many Professional Bodies, Academic council & Board of Studies in Universities. Guided post graduates & PhD research scholars for their research projects. Lectured worldwide as invited speaker in many national & international conferences. More than two dozen awards & honors in the field of research & education are on my name, apart from that I love to motivate people around me for upliftment of the Pharmacy profession by organizing many skill, personality Development programs, Conferences & Seminars. I have Received many travel grants and research grants from Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) New Delhi, Madhya Pradesh Council of Science and Technology, CICS, New Delhi, CSIR- New Delhi, Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, Department of Biotechnology-New Delhi, Government of India, and HR Ministry. Currently I am working as Principal, IITM (Dept. of Pharmacy), and Dean, IES University, Bhopal (M.P.)-India. Also my name is listed in 51 most influential women of Madhya Pradesh and India. I received honour from World book of records for my social work during corona pandemic and recentaly i have been awarded with Rising star-2022 alongside women in science and education by FIP, Netherlands.
Why you chose to be an academician in you career?
This offers me academics financial security, as well as the freedom to take risks in pursuing new research lines or projects that can take several years to see results. In academia you have less pressure to hit certain short-term deadlines which allows you to take a long-term approach to problem solving. The university environment promotes cross-disciplinary thinking and research and makes it easy to approach and collaborate with experts on just about any topic. Mentoring students is another part of academic life that I found immensely rewarding. I take pride in helping students succeed in their careers and professional development. Academics are also free to choose how they spend their time. Aside from their teaching obligations, professors and researchers get to decide what projects they work on each day and when. Not being tied to the normal nine to five work hours allows academics to spend their time when they want and on the projects where they can add the most value.
What are the must have qualities of a successful academician?
According to me most important academic leadership quality that a person can have are 1; Excellent Communication Skills Are Necessary for Academic Leadership
3. Knowing When to Take Risks
5. Passion for What You Do
Please tell us about your journey from your initial education to being the principal of IITM, Department of Pharmacy?
I did my M.Phram. in pharmacognosy and M.B.A in human resource management and PhD. In Pharamceutical sciences. I have also completed a certificate course in academic leadership from FIP and American association of pharmacy colleges, USA.
I have joined my fist job as assistant professor in a private college to a dean student welfare and professor at a university in Bhopal, and currently I am working as Dean and Principal, IITM (Dept.of Pharmacy), IES University, Bhopal. Along with my responsibilities I am actively involved in Social work and fashion and lifestyle events.
What are your topmost priorities as the principal of IITM?
I believe to perform five key responsibilities and priorities well: ƒ shaping a vision of academic success for all students, creating a climate hospitable to education. ƒCultivating leadership in others. ƒImproving instruction. Managing people, data and processes to foster institution improvement.
You are a crown winner with multiple awards in the field of fashion and life style. What is the biggest award for you in this journey?
Every awards and achievements comes with huge responsibilities, I believe my biggest award is the love and respect I receive from people all around the globe and also that happiness to see the smile on the faces of underprivileged women and children when I do something meaningful for them. I feel mental peace and sense of actualization is the biggest award in my life.
What is your message to upcoming beauty talents, those who are working hard but not getting recognition for their talent?
My message to all new talents who are seeking for recognition is there is no short cut for success, my mother always used to say “Bina mare swarg ke darshan nahi hote, aur jo successful hain unhe bhi bhagwan ne kam karne ke liye do hi hath and 24 hours hi diye hai”. One has to work hard without making excuses. Being copy cats can’t give u any recognition, it’s better to identify your own potential.
What are your responsibilities as a brand ambassador of various organisations?
As a Brand Ambassador I help to promote a company’s products, messaging, and image and my purpose is to develop an efficient image by interacting with consumers and my followers. I help raise brand awareness and Maintain a positive image of the brand at all times. I am also working as Social influencer to influence my fans and followers for all positive approaches for life.
How would you like to define women empowerment in present scenario?
In My opinion am empowered women is educated, self and financially sufficient independent, she takes decisions and her decisions are valued in her family or on the decision making table in her organization. Women empowerment means women gaining more power and control over their own lives. The empowerment of women, and the improvement of their political, social, economic and health status is a highly important and in itself. In additional, it is essential for the achievement of sustainable development.
Talented working women from different creative fields from rural areas are mostly ignored, they do not get proper remuneration for their work. How women from rural India can be financially empowered?
Yes I agree, talented working women in different creative fields in rural areas are under paid and ingored. They have certain kind of inferiority feeling so they have to identify their strength and talent. Awareness is key to empower these women, digital education, knowledge about different govt. schemes to promote their work and talents can play a major role.
What are your priorities for your social work especially for women empowerment?
My area for social work is women education and women health empowerment, apart from this I love to work upon various environmental issues.
What are your achievements as the vice president of human rights and social justice committee?What is the vision and mission of this committee?
How you maintain a work life balance
I priorities things in my life, family is on my top priority. On weekly basis I maintain work list in priority order. Time management plays an important role in meeting my all deadlines of work on time. I plan my travels in advance and match the things accordingly.
You are the vice president of Nari Shakti ko Pranam. What are the focus areas of work of this organization?
Which are the things you enjoy most other than your work?
I love to spend time with my family, other than this I enjoy travelling most, love to explore different countries all around the globe and every corner of India. I feel travel is my therapy. In my opinion travel is an investment in you and my goal is to run out the pages in my passport.
You have written many technical papers during your research in pharmaceutical science. Please tell us about your research work appreciated at International level?
Till now I have authored 8 books, all are technical books based on my technical expertise, 10 patents are on my credit and published 65 research papers in national and international journals. I have presented my work on various national and international conferences like delivered key note speech on Development of antimicrobial herbal formulation with control release delivery system for the treatment of periodontal diseases at FIP Comgress-2022, at Seville, Spain
Key note speech on, The potential of phytotherapy in otorhinolaryngology, at 2nd World Congress on otology, rhinology & laryngology Paris, France, also presented e- oral presentation on “Present and future of Phytopharmaceuticals- A new class of plant based drugs” at Pharm middle east Congress, Istanbul, Turkey . Delivered oral presentation,”Extraction, isolation and formulation development of oral gel from Some herbal extracts for treatment of periodontal diseases during Pharm Middle East Dubai (UAE). Presented paper on Formulation and characterization of antimicrobial chewing gum delivery of some herbal extracts for treatment of periodontal diseases, Controlled release society, Chicago (USA). My presentation was appreciated on the topic of Some herbal dental care formulations for health and beauty” international conference on natural products ,Bangkok (Thailand). Also gave a presentation on the topic Extraction, isolation and formulation development of chewing gum from Some herbal extracts for treatment of periodontal diseases. Pharmacognosy , Phytochemistry, and natural products, at Beijing (China). I am also mentoring yound scientist at CRS, USA and FIP, Netherlands.
What do you think is the reason behind a large number of people dealing with mental illness today?
In my opinion modern and western lifestyle and long term stress is the key factors behind. In present era people are socializing on virtual platforms rather than actual meet. Increasing culture of nuclear families, rare real relationships creates social isolation or loneliness. I feel back to basics and opting for healthy lifestyle is the possible solution of the problem.
Who inspired you the most in life?
My mother inspired me the most in my life; she taught me value of hard work and motivated me for a good education. My ma has taught me that hard times can be overcome and that losing battles can be won. She has taught me more than I could have learnt from any book. She sets an inspirational example to me teaching me how to live life and make wise choices, even in the most uncertain situations. I respect her a lot.
You are always fit and energetic. What is the secret behind your fitness?
I take care of my diet and my daily routine. I sleep at 10:00 pm and wake up at 6:00 this maintains healthy sleep of 8 hours daily. Whenever I have a bit stress I take a quick power nap to get out of it. I maintain a walk of 5 kms daily.