Dr. Vinata Sai currently serves as Associate Professor in the Department of English, Amrita School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Chennai Campus.
She acknowledges the guiding presence of God, Amma, her parents, family, teachers, friends, colleagues and students in shaping her career spanning 23 years. She has organised several events, headed various committees, and delivered guest lectures. She received the Vocational Excellence Award from the Rotary Club of Madras East in 2005.
English holds its sway as a global language and Dr. Vinata Sai recognises the undisputed need for developing the communication skills of students. Also, a firm believer in Vedantic philosophy, it is her earnest wish to fortify young minds with courage and confidence and assist them in their self-discovery. Imbued with Amrita’s values of love and compassion, she aspires to make a positive difference in others’ lives.
Dr. Vinata Sai completed her Doctorate from Madras University, and her MPhil in English from St. Joseph’s College, Trichy. She did her Graduate and Postgraduate studies in English at Seethalakshmi Ramaswami College, Trichy, where she excelled both in curricular and co-curricular activities. She served as the Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the College Union and was adjudged the Best Outgoing Student in UG and PG, apart from winning the Best Quizzer and Best NCC Cadet Awards. A “C” Certificate holder in NCC, she represented the Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry contingent in the Republic Day Camp in Delhi in 1985 and also participated in cycling and trekking expeditions.
An avid quizzer, Dr. Vinata Sai has won several quizzes. A few notable ones are an Expert in the Colors TV quiz, Kodeeswari, 2019; the first prize in a quiz on Himachal by TI Cycles, which entitled her to participate in the weekend category of the MTB Himachal, 2011, International Mountain Biking Event; the first and second prizes in Quest, a quiz for women conducted by the Duchess Club of Hotel Savera, Chennai, in 2006 and 2007, respectively; and the Sports Quiz on DD by Dr. Narottam Puri. She also conducts quizzes in schools and colleges.
The world posits a strong digital future but the teacher as a facilitator will not be passe is the conviction of Dr. Vinata Sai.