Ranjini Poddar

President & Co-Founder Artech Information Systems

Ranjini Poddar is president of Artech Information Sytems LLC, a Cedar Knolls, N.J.-based IT-services provider with revenues approaching nearly $200 million, an international headcount of more than 2,000 people and in recent years, recognition from numerous business publications and research groups as one of the fastest-growing companies – public or private – in the United States.  Artech currently employs over 2,100 IT professionals in the United States and 14 other locations worldwide, including Indian and China, and its client list now includes more than two-dozen Fortune 500 companies.

The Artech-Dalmia Center for Information Technology opened in late January on the 850-acre Banasthali campus in Tonk, a district of Rajasthan. The facility, which has a stated objective of empowering women by providing them with cutting-edge technology skills, offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the IT field. Given that Indian women are considerably underrepresented in the country’s IT industry, the program has already made an impact, according to Poddar.

“The Artech-Dalmia Center has definitely been a success,” she said. “It has made it possible for more women to take classes and advance their knowledge in a field where funding didn’t exist. As a result of this program, hundreds of women have entered the IT field, which puts them on a more even level with men.

“Women have traditionally been underrepresented in the IT industry, and so to see so many women who have graduated from the Artech-Dalmia program taking IT jobs, it is a very good feeling,” Poddar said.

The Artech-Dalmia Center represents a dream come true for Poddar, who is an adamant supporter of the advancement of women in education and business. She is active in several supplier diversity and IT-industry organizations and mentors other women business owners.