Leadership

Shweta Kulkarni

Shweta believes passionate following of the aim rather than the routine competitive spirit. She has chosen the field of astronomy as her career after completing HSC. She is pursuing her education in astronomy through the University of Central Lancashire, UK.

She is passionate about astronomy and is the source of knowledge and inspiration for Astron-SHK Trust (Reg. No. E/35001201/2001) – an organization working for the popularisation of astronomy. She has been handling this organization from the age of 16 and became CEO at the age of 18 in 2013. Shweta has dedicated her life to astronomy and aspires to disseminate knowledge of astronomy to the maximum number of people at an international level. She has conducted more than 100 programs of stargazing, presentations, model making, school workshops and exposure visits, etc. and has delivered lectures on various topics of astronomy. Shweta is also director of “AstronEra” which is the world’s first astronomy dedicated eLearning platform. www.astronera.org

Through her journey, Shweta has received support and guidance from Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar, Dr. Jayant Naralikar, Dr. Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Prof. Govind Swaroop, India’s former president Hon. Smt Pratibhatai Patil etc.

Shweta has mastered the art of film making and film production, right from the scripting till editing in the high-end software, “Adobe Premiere Pro”. She has conceived more than 80 films of various genres. She has also received a grant from Department of Science and Technology, Government of India for the project “Astronomy for the Beginners” to produce Astronomical videos.

Shweta has traveled to almost all the states in India. She was one of the two participants who were chosen to attend the International Astronomical Youth Camp (2016) in England. She has also traveled to some European countries, to get exposure in the fields of astronomy, Culture, and people. She is also inclined towards creative art forms, literature, music and photography. She has participated in 3rd Colombo international theatre festival in the capacity of an actress.

Top Achievements

1. Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, London.

Shweta was elected as the fellow of the RAS on 12th October 2018. She became the first Indian woman to have received this honor. The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), founded in 1820, encourages and promotes the study of astronomy, solar-system science, geophysics and closely related branches of science.

2. One of the top 100 women entrepreneurs at WSP, NSRCEL of IIM Bangalore

Shweta was selected among the top 100 out of the 7000 women entrepreneurs who applied for the Woman Startup Program 2018. This program was conceived by NSRCEL of IIM Bangalore, under which, Shweta was incubated by IIM Nagpur.

3. PNG Jewellers Felicitation

Shweta’s work was appreciated by PNG Jewellers and she was felicitated with a silver coin with her name engraved on it.