Jaishree Deshpande received a Master of Science in Physics in 1975 from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M), India. She also received a Master in Computer Science in 1989 from Boston University.
Each of you at Sharavathi know how to intensely pursue a problem and solve it. As you move out of IIT-M, each of you will follow different professional path. Make sure that it is a path that you are passionate about. In addition to a professional role, you will be required to play several other roles; being a wife, being a mother, being a mother-in-law, being a sister and being a daughter to ageing parents. At different phases in your life you will be taking different roles.
Pursue these roles enthusiastically and just as intensely as you are pursuing your efforts at IIT. Women are always good at juggling multiple balls. To lead a wholesome rich life you have to be good at several things. Also, you have to keep trying new things and reinventing yourself. You are all very capable people and if you set your mind to it you will be a good role model for others and more than anything else a happy and charming person to be around with.
May every Sharavite grow up to be a great asset to herself, her family, her community, her nation and the world. However, remember that unless you are at peace with yourself and happy, you really cannot help anyone else.
Jaishree Deshpande worked for the Indian Space Research Organization in Bangalore, India until 1980 before moving to Canada. She worked for several Massachusetts companies and taught courses in computer science.
Jaishree Deshpande is the Treasurer of Sparta Group LLC, and a founder of the Deshpande Foundation. The Deshpande Foundation fosters social entrepreneurship by supporting a variety of non-profit organizations in India working in the areas of health, education, microcredit and agriculture. Jaishree and her husband supported the founding of The Deshpande Center at the MIT School of Engineering in 2002 to increase the impact of MIT technologies in the marketplace. She currently serves as a Trustee for the Museum of Science and is involved with HESTIA Fund – a fund established to support quality after school programming for low-income children.