Dec 08, 2011 at 10:46am IST

Agni putri at home to celebrate moms birthday

ALAPPUZHA:  ‘Agni putri’ Tessy Thomas, the missile woman of India, has come to her ancestral home Thaipparambil at Thathampilly, near here, to celebrate the 75th birthday of her mother Kunjamma Thomas, which falls on Thursday. “Owing to busy job schedule in the DRDO, I didn’t get time to visit home often. However, this time I have a week’s leave. And it will be a gettogether for the entire family as my bothers and sisters have also reached home for the birthday celebrations,” Tessy said.
 And this time, the first woman director of the Indian Missile Project is at home with the success story of Agni-IV long-range Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile, which was test-fired under her direction on November 15. She said hard work led her to the field of missile technology. “Ambition to have a career in missile technology was developed in my mind during a school excursion to the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thumba,” Tessy said. She had her schooling from St Joseph’s Girls High School, Alappuzha, and pre-degree from the St Joseph’s College.
 “After completing graduation in electrical engineering from the Thrissur Engineering College, I left to Pune to join M Tech in the Defence Institute of Armament Technology (DIAT). Though I visited home during holidays, I was forced to return immediately. The memories of backwaters, Alappuzha town and school, where I spent my childhood, always created nostalgic feelings”, Tessy said.
 She added that girls are more powerful now. “They are brilliant and ready to take any challenge. In the DRDO itself, about 15 to 20 per cent employees are women and more girls are being attracted to the field,”she said. While talking about her next project, she said the entire team in the DRDO was involved in the development of Agni-V, an ICBM with a range of 5,000 km. “We are planning to test-fire in February or March” she added. Tessy’s father T T Thomas died in 1991 and her mother lives with a sister in Alappuzha.