ACM India Grad Cohort 2018

July 6-7, 2018 @ IIT Bombay, Mumbai

CRA-W, an international computing body, has been organising the Grad Cohort workshop since 2004 in the US for women in computing. Over the last 15 years, the workshop has helped many women students through their graduate years and beyond.

Starting this year, ACM-W India has decided to adapt the model of this workshop to the Indian setting. We are pleased to announce ACM India Grad Cohort 2018, the first pan-India workshop for women in computing. The event will take place on July 6, 2018 and July 7, 2018 in IIT Bombay. This workshop will be a part of the Diamond Jubilee Celebration of IIT Bombay.

The main goal of this workshop is to reach out to Indian women graduate students in the field of computing. In the workshop, women experts will guide the students in various aspects of their graduate careers such as finding a research topic, honing their reading and writing skills, achieving work-life balance, and many more. There will be presentations and interactive sessions conducted by experienced women researchers. The workshop will also feature one-on-one networking/discussion opportunities with senior researchers, both from industry and academia.


Online registration is now closed. If you do not need accommodation on campus and simply wish to attend the event, then you may reach the venue of the workshop at 8:30am on July 6, 2018, where you will be able to register on-the-spot.

The list of participants is here.


Given below is a list of confirmed speakers.

Shweta Agrawal (IITM, Chennai)
Varsha Apte (IITB, Mumbai)
Kalika Bali (Microsoft Research India, Bengaluru)
Aiswarya Cyriac (CMI, Chennai)
Meenakshi D'Souza (IIITB, Bengaluru)
Mythreyee Ganapathy (Microsoft, Hyderabad)
Padmaja Joshi, (CDAC, Mumbai)
Preethi Jyothi (IITB, Mumbai)
Hemangee Kapoor (IITG, Guwahati)
Shruti Kunde (TCS, Mumbai)
Neeldhara Misra (IITGn, Gandhinagar)
Rijurekha Sen (IITD, Delhi)
Rekha Singhal (TCS, Mumbai)
Nidhi Tiwari (Infosys, Bengaluru)
Mythili Vutukuru (IITB, Mumbai)


On the behalf of ACM-W India the workshop will be organised in IIT Bombay. The list of workshop organisers is given below.

Rituparna Chaki (University of Calcutta, Kolkata)
Arati Dixit (ACM-W India Chair)
Nutan Limaye (IITB, Mumbai)


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F C Kohli Auditorium,
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Kanwal Rekhi Building (KReSIT)
IIT Bombay

Day 1 (July 6th, 2018)
Time Topic Speakers
9:00 AM Inaugration
9:30 AM Masters vs. PhD. Hemangee Kapoor (IITG, Guwahati), Shruti Kunde (TCS, Mumbai) Slides
11:00 AM How to select a research topic? Shweta Agrawal (IITM, Chennai) Slides, Mythili Vutukuru (IITB, Mumbai) Slides
12:00 PM Technical reading, writing papers and choosing the venues for publishing. Padmaja Joshi, (CDAC, Mumbai) Slides, Preethi Jyothi (IITB, Mumbai) Slides
1:00 PM Lunch
2:15 PM Industry vs. academic research positions. Rijurekha Sen (IITD, Delhi), Rekha Singhal (TCS, Mumbai) Slides
3:15 PM Tea time
3:45 PM Phd academic and non-academic career paths. Job hunt. Kalika Bali (Microsoft Research India, Bengaluru), Meenakshi D'Souza (IIITB, Bengaluru)
5:00 PM Panel Discussion: Work-life balance: balancing graduate school and personal life. Panelists: Meenakshi D'Souza, Rekha Singhal, Hemangee Kapoor, Shruti Kunde, Kalika Bali
Moderator: Padmaja Joshi

Day 2 (July 7th, 2018)
Time Topic Speakers
9:30 AM Building confidence Shweta Agrawal (IITM, Chennai) Slides, Aiswarya Cyriac (CMI, Chennai) Slides
11:00 AM Time Management Nidhi Tiwari (Infosys, Bengaluru), Mythili Vutukuru (IITB, Mumbai) Slides
12:00 PM Technical presentation skill vs Inter-personal communication skill Varsha Apte (IITB, Mumbai), Neeldhara Misra (IITGn, Gandhinagar) Slides
1:00 PM Lunch
2:15 PM Panel Discussion: Life of a woman in computing: the challenges and opportunities. Panelists: Shweta Agrawal, Varsha Apte, Aiswarya Cyriac, Rijurekha Sen, Mythreyee Ganapathy, Nidhi Tiwari
Moderator: Neeldhara Misra

Local information

Details to enter the IIT Bombay Campus
Enter from IIT Bombay Main Gate. To allow entry into the campus, provide your details at the security desk and mention that you would be attending ACM India Grad Cohort.

Accomodation Details
Accommodation will be in Hostel 15, IIT Bombay for registered participants.
Breakfast will be available in Hostel 15 itself for those who are staying in the hostel.
( Breakfast Timing: 7:30a.m.-10:00a.m.)

Venue for the event is:
F C Kohli Auditorium,
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Kanwal Rekhi Building (KReSIT)
IIT Bombay

Contact us

Write to nutan[at] with the subject ACM India Grad Cohort 2018.

Volunteers: Rekha Ramesh, Priyanka Naik, Lakshmi Ganesh, Deepti Reddy, Akanksha Patel