Nazneen Banu

IDSE officer and Director of the the National Gallery of Modern Art


Nazneen is the first woman officer from the state of Bihar to join the prestigious IDSE Service under the Min. of Defence, Govt of India, and only the second woman officer in the service in the history of India. 

She earned her Master’s degree in high voltage engineering from the prestigious Indian Institute of Science Bangalore in the year 2002. 

She has served in the Dept. of military engineer services at various stations like Delhi, Visakhapatnam, Pune, and Bengaluru. She is currently the director of National Gallery of Modern Art in Bangalore, a prestigious institution that showcases modern and contemporary art in the country. 

She has handled vast infrastructure development projects related to water supply, electric supply, roads, hospitals while simultaneously being the technical advisor to station commanders of the armed forces. 

She continues to strengthen the soft power of the country and pursue cultural diplomacy at national and international levels to further the larger interest of the nation after immensely contributing to India’s military power for many years. 

Awards and Accomplishments

Awards and Accomplishments

Nazneen joined Indian Defense Service of Engineers after clearing one of the toughest and most prestigious Indian Engineering Services Examination conducted by UPSC. She secured an All India Rank of 32 .

She is the only women IDSE officer to have successfully shouldered the responsibility as a Garrison Engineer thrice, having a direct bearing on to the defence preparedness of the country. 

In 2009, she was awarded the ‘Engineer-in-Chief’s Commendation’ award  and the ‘General-Officer-Commanding in Chief Commendation’ in 2012. 

Why Nazneen Banu ?

Nazneen’s career is a true source of inspiration especially for many young women. Being the first woman officer to be appointed in a leadership role, she talks about the numerous challenges she had to face and how she broke the stereotype successfully. During her talks, she shares her experience in her field and the number of skills, courage and strength needed to achieve success in any facet of life. 



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