This Girl is Providing Accessible Academic Assistance Online
Radha Mohanlal holds a postgraduate degree in Telecommunication Engineering from NED University of Engineering and Technology. She has expertise in the field of teaching, research as well as mentor-ship. She is very enthusiastic about women empowerment and social entrepreneurship. With this vision; she co-founded a non-profit organization named Asaan Taleem, which provides free video tutorials to help college students to excel in their academics.
Radha shared her journey of struggle and faith with Aurat Raaj, here’s what she had to say.
If you could write your own story, how would it go?
It would go from a very shy person to a person who inspires others
What is your educational background?
Masters in Telecommunication Engineering
Which organization do you represent?
What is your title at present company?
What were your interests as a child?
As a child, I would contemplate on the meaning of life and wonder why there are some people blessed with resources and why there are some who are underprivileged.
How did that thought evolve or translate into what you are currently doing?
Because I went through the struggles myself, I wanted to solve problems for others so that they do not go through the same struggle.
What is your biggest achievement so far?
Realizing what I really want to do in my life is my biggest achievement so far.
How have you broken gender stereotypes?
Yes, I am the first female engineer in my extended family i.e. both maternal and paternal.
What challenges have you faced because of your gender?
Not being given equal importance while making conclusive decisions.
Who has been your biggest role model?
I get inspiration from various people be it a FB video-maker who makes one minute videos to raise important issues of society i.e. NASDaily or Elon Musk aiming to send humans to Mars.
What has been your biggest fear? How did you deal with it?
I was scared to drive even after learning for years. I did manage to overcome it when I gathered the courage and wondered why I am letting this small thing hold me back.
What makes your work important for you and the society?
We have built an online community to provide flexibility and ease of access to students. Anyone from anywhere in Pakistan can register on our platform to connect with professional tutor and have their queries addressed. We, therefore are providing employment opportunities specifically women by offering remote work; while also connecting youth to qualified tutors all over Pakistan.
What personal challenges have you faced in your life?
There were financial constraints to support quality education. Trying to make a mark in a male dominated field of technology and also trying to bring a change in society that tries to suppress empowerment of women are all the challenges that I faced during my journey.
What role has luck played in your journey?
I do not believe in luck but I believe in faith.
What role has hard work played in your journey?
A significant role. I believe hard work and smart strategy can accomplish all goals.
What role has your family played in your success or achievements?
My family has always been supportive of my education and ideas.
Do you think women feel easily intimidated in work situations?
What advice would you give to Pakistani women?
Believe in your talent. Start with something small that you believe you are best at.
What are your interests outside of work?
Travelling and cooking.