MEERA RANAWAT: in Loving Memory of Her Family
The devastation caused by the loss of one’s family most people struggle to imagine, let alone undergo. The intense period of loss and an unfathomable void created after the tragic demises of our loved ones throws us into an unnerving limbo that we gradually heal out of, never entirely of course.
Fate brought Kunwarani Meera Ranawat on similar crossroads, who suffered the
subsequent losses of her beloved husband and 25 year-old son that forever altered her life. Her deceased husband, late Jitendra Singhji was a Ranawat from Mewar and her son Navdeep, whom she lost so young, had recently studied engineering from a polytechnic in New York. It had been Navdeep’s dream to to open a quality engineering college for aspirants in and around Mewar. While coping with her family’s predated departure, Ranawat envisioned making them live on through this dream that Navdeep had so dearly nurtured. And with this generous intention in her mind and a strong determination in her heart, Ranawat established the Navdeep Jitendra Trust as its Chairperson in 2003.
Her strong foresight to develop a world-class engineering institute in Udaipur was logistically-bolstered by Mr. Shekhar Vyas, a BITS Pilani alumni, veteran and a dear friend of Ranawat’s late husband. Mr. Vyas and Ranawat teamed up as the founding trustees of what has now successfully manifested into the Techno India NJR Institute of Technology, Udaipur.
Headed by a credible set of faculties, Techno India NJR Institute of Technology offers undergraduate (B.Tech) and postgraduate (M.Tech) degrees in a versatile range of engineering courses such as Civil, Electrical, Information Technology, Mechanical and Software Engineering to name but a few. Approved by the All-India Council for Technical Engineering, the institute is equipped with a total capacity of 572 student seats and bears an affiliation with Kota’s Rajasthan Technical University.
In their founder’s message, Vyas and Ranawat have been quoted saying, “the greatest reward as founders of Techno India NJR has been the steady progress of the college as one of the finest institutions of learning in Rajasthan. Our next goal will be to establish its presence at a national level. We feel proud of the achievements of our college through collective efforts of our faculty and students; and they deserve our heartfelt gratitude.”
Under their joint leadership, the institution has already produced a bright fleet of engineers hosting various professional portfolios across the nation and abroad. The alumni include three Rajasthan Technical University Gold Medalists, three international PhD scholars in the making, a new-age village Sarpanch and one of the first lady flying officers in the Indian Air Force.
Strongly-committed to persevering with her educationalist venture, Ranawat shares her son’s vision of providing to the students of Mewar, engineering education of international standards such that they are not displaced away from their homes in search of the same.
Rajputana Collective salutes the spirit of Kunwarani Meera Ranawat and wishes her soaring success in the years to come.