A dedicated teacher for over two decades, a strong voice that has fought for sovereignty in the realms of science and technology, Professor Nandini Mukherjee, the CPI(M) candidate nominated by the Left Front for the 233-South Kolkata Parliamentary constituency is all this and much more. Significantly, she contested the 2011 Assembly by-election as a candidate of the CPI(M) against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee from the Bhawanipore Assembly segment of Kolkata. Armed with a distinguished academic background and strong intellectual credentials, Nandini Mukherjee passed the Madhyamik (Secondary) in 1981 from Kamala Girls School and Higher Secondary in 1983 from Patha Bhawan. She did her B.E. from Shibpur B.E. College (presently BESU) in 1987. She completed M.E. from Jadavpur University in 1991 and her PhD from the University of Manchester with Commonwealth Scholarship in 1999. Nandini returned from the UK to serve her country and continued teaching at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Jadavpur University. Her diverse research work comprises of cutting edge technologies of parallel computing, mobile computing and sensor networks all of which have made her a known face in the international academic community. Currently, her focus is on the application of rural health care through her research in the Indian context to provide remote areas with quality care at minimal cost by connecting field health workers to urban based specialist doctors. She is exploring cloud computing technology in this context. Always passionately involved with people's movements, known for taking a strong stand in favour of democratic principles and a die-hard advocate for social justice, Nandini was an active member of the SFI in her college days. An enthusiastic member of group theatre and mass song group, she associated herself with the women's movement joining the All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA). As an engineer, she connected herself with the Forum of Scientists Engineers and Technologists (FOSET), Paschim Banga Bigyan Mancha and later with the Teacher's movement in West Bengal. She was an elected representative of the teachers in the Executive Council of Jadavpur University till its dissolution by the undemocratic ordinance of the Trinamool Congress Government. At present, she is the Joint Secretary of the Jadavpur University Teachers’ Association (JUTA). She is also the Secretariat member of the All India Peace and Solidarity Organization, West Bengal State Committee.
Dr. Nandini Mukherjee