Chandrima Shaha has been appointed as the first woman president of The Indian National Science Academy (INSA), in its 85-year history.
In 1984 she joined the National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi as a scientist. The academician has also served as the Council Member for the National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad (2016-2017), Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore (2013-2015) and as Council member of the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi (2015-18).
Shaha – who was the director of the National Institute of Immunology, has held several key positions in Science academia over the years. She was the Vice President (International) of the Indian National Science Academy (2016-2018) and is an elected fellow of the World Academy of Sciences.
The president-elect of the INSA has various awards and accolades to her name. She was awarded the Shakuntala Amirchand Award of Indian Council of Medical Research, 1992. She won the J.C. Bose National Fellowship, Dept. of Science and Technology, 2009. In 2015 Om Prakash Bhasin Award was given to Shaha. In 2019 she won the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Medal.