Prof. Hiriyakkanavar Ila received her MSc from DAV College, Kanpur in 1964 and was the first woman to receive the PhD in 1968 from IIT Kanpur. She did postdoctoral work at Purdue University, Lafayette in 1969 and was Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich (1984-85). She was a scientist at Medicinal Chemistry Division, CDRI, Lucknow (1970-76) and then moved to North Eastern Hill University, Shillong (1977) as a founding faculty member and continued for nearly 18 years. She moved to IIT Kanpur as Professor (1995) and continued till 2006. She was a Marie-Curie Visiting Fellow at University of Cambridge (1995) and a Visiting Professor at Locker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, USC, Los Angeles (2002), at Institut de Investigacuiones, Sovilla, Spain, and at Kuwait University (2007). She has published more than 285 research articles in SCI(E) journals.